I get inspired by those whose lives were lived as examples of the power of imagination, of thinking, and of the will to manifest. One of those I admire is Albert Einstein. A few of his quotes have resonated with me for many years, especially as I became a more purposeful, mindful manifestor of the life I want to design. He has been quoted as saying:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
“If you want a happy life tie it to a goal, not a person or thing.”
“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
Everything begins in our imagination, in that untouchable area of our mind, our heart, our human spirit. Yet we so infrequently tap that constant resource when we most often need new ideas, new ways to resolve issues, new possibilities to pull us forward and new hopes for a better future. Vision today builds our future tomorrows.
I have added a few powerful success practices around broadening your perspectives and creating new visions. These have all worked for me and my clients, family and friends, and I know they can be of service to you. Treat yourself to new possibilities in your life, your work, your relationships, and your purpose. Every new thing you want begins in your mind’s-eye!
I love the old Frank Sinatra song Strangers in the Night, especially where he sings “do-be-do-be-do” a number of times. That melody stuck with me since the sixties – and now I know why. Many people have in their heads that in order for them to be happy they have to ‘get’ or ‘have’ something, which requires them to ‘do’ something in order to get it. They spend their life on the hamster-wheel chasing after things they think they need to bring them happiness.
Actually those with the highest happiness and well-being levels figured out the reverse is the true formula. They put the “be-ing” aspect first, which requires you to focus on the type of person you desire to become in order for you to be happy. Then you list the “do-ing” things needed to accomplish what you want to be or have. We are human beings first and always, and who we are dictates what we do and end up having. If you see patterns in your life that deliver unwanted results, look at who you are being first, and see what you need to change within yourself. Your ‘be-ing’ directs your ‘do-ing’ which will lead to new ‘having.’ Keep this reminder top of mind when looking at the cycles of your life. Most often, the be-ing aspect needs to evolve in order for new do-ing and having to occur.
Under each question below, list who you want to be in the next one to three years. There is no right or wrong answers. Have fun with this. This exercise may provide you with deeper direction, vision, and clarity for your life, work and relationships.
Q: Who do I want to BE?
Q: What do I want to DO?
Q: What do I want to HAVE?
- Manifestation 101.
As I have studied Wallace Wattles, Neville Goddard, Dale Carnegie, and others who were adept at watching how people make their desires come true, I synthesized their wisdom into what I call The Manifestation Process. When I desire something and have clarified the goodness, truth, and beauty it will bring, I use the process below to stimulate positive actions and await the results. This process has served me and others well, and I encourage you to study and practice becoming an intentional creator.
- Visualize the IT – the state, goal or object desired – as happening now. Create a clear, compelling picture in your mind that generates big feelings and creates excitement. It could be one image, a series of images, or a short film. Form a distinct mental image of what you want your IT to be. Then Intend IT!
- Take some time and contemplate the IT of what you want. Allow gratitude to enter around the realization of your IT, and ensure that IT is in alignment with your highest ethics. Tap into your higher self through meditation, contemplation, and visualization. Be mindful of IT.
- How does IT feel in your gut, head, heart, body? Assess whether IT feels 100 percent or less. Write down your beliefs about IT. Is it fully believable within you or less so? Investigate any doubts, and allow them to diminish to zero.
- Hold fast to the intention of IT. Believe IT 100 percent, and will your attention to IT. Think, believe, and act in full faith with IT realized.
- Identify one or two big feelings you would have if IT happened. Don’t associate this with acting “as if”—this is only about feelings! The feelings could be gratitude, joy, peace, etc. Remember big feelings!
- While holding the image, breathe those feelings into every cell of your body, deepen them, intensify them, and make them bigger than you ever have! Experience those feeling more fully than you ever have. Let yourself go! There is no limit to how deeply you can feel something! Breathe those feelings in like they are the only oxygen in the room! This is called breathing a feeling.
- Make it even stronger! Double the feelings!
- Hold the feelings for a full minute. While holding that visual image and the supercharged feeling, repeat these words of power with great authority and intent until it feels complete:
“Already done, already accomplished!”
Assume the feeling of the desire fulfilled throughout your being as often as you can during your days!
- Say “thank you” to your divinity/higher power, positively reaffirming the outcome of your desire made manifest. Realize, with great gratitude, that you do get what you want. Retain your vision, stick to your intention, and maintain faith and gratitude. Act with faith and intention in every interaction. Pay attention to any clues that IT is on its way. Be a magnet for others to receive a sense of advancement or increase from being with you. Give them more value than they give you.
- Feel and act, imagine and contemplate “as if” your vision is already realized—with 100 percent faith—until your IT is manifested. Take the last few minutes of each day, review your IT, and fill your mind of with gratitude as if IT is realized. Don’t get caught up in worry or trying to control any outcomes. Imagine IT, desire IT, intend IT, believe IT, feel IT “as-if” IT’s already accomplished – and let IT go.
- The Life I Choose.
Choice is the action birthed from creative thinking. When you see clearly what you desire and form it into a compelling vision with a full sense of the intended feelings, the last step is to choose what you want. From any of the previous exercises, picture the desire or vision that impacts you the most at this moment, and connect it with the statements below. Be as clear and positive as possible. You can use “I choose to be,” or “I choose to” statements. Once completed, keep your “I choose” statements in view so that you connect with them frequently.
I choose ___________________________________________.
Ayn Rand summed vision up this way:
“Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. Their goals differed, but they all had this in common: that the step was first, the road new, the vision un-borrowed. The great creators — the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors — stood alone against the men of their time. Every great new thought was opposed. Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The airplane was considered impossible. The power loom was considered vicious. Anesthesia was considered sinful. But the men of vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid high prices. But they won.”
What is your grand vision for your life well lived? When will be a good time for you to be envisioning, moving toward, and living the life you desire?
There is only the NOW – If you SEE it now you begin the process to MAKE it manifest in your life!