We all have dreams in life, yet for most of us, we never fully realize those dreams. In many cases we don’t know what we want in life. And if we do, we don’t know how to manifest them and make them come alive for us. A friend shared a 4-step process that really works well for me. Perhaps you will find it useful too. Here’s one way to manifest a dream:
1.) Dream a dream
The first place to start is to ask yourself, “What is it I want in my life?” It can be something really simple like earning extra income or having more love in your life. Or maybe a new house or a new car. Or it could be something as profound and grandiose as helping the world and the people around you.
Whatever it is, visualize it as if you are living that dream fulfilled. Breath life and feeling into it. Give yourself permission to dwell in that feeling. What does it feel like? How do you feel about yourself now that you have achieved that dream? Internalize that feeling and make it part of your every day self.
2.) Set goals for yourself
The next step is to set goals for yourself to achieve that dream. Be specific in choosing your goals and have a measurable outcome. Specify a time frame that you will accomplish each goal. One formula I use and follow is this: I am ___ (specify your goal) by ___ (specify the date that will be accomplished.)
Here are a few examples:
- I am bringing in $5 million of revenues by December 31st this year.
- I am feeling extremely energetic and ready to run the marathon Saturday.
- I am talking to 5 new prospects about my business each day.
Use the “I am” phrasing to help you internalize the goal and makes it feel more real and achievable. You can always start with “I have” if you need help getting started, though I’ve found “I am” to be more powerful for me.
3.) Make a plan of action
Take each goal and break it down into small, bite-sized chunks. These are stepping stones that will take you from where you are at to where you want to be. Ensure that these activities are something you can do every day and are easy to do. This is your road map to success.
When putting your plan together, visualize yourself moving through the process step-by-step and make adjustments to your plan as needed. This is an important step because as you visualize it. You get a sense of what it can feel like for you. This helps you to internalize those feelings and to connect with them.
4.) Take action steps
Now here comes the fun part, taking that first step. Take a leap of faith, believe in yourself and go for it. Take that first step. You know what you have to do, so do it. Now take the next step. Don’t think about it. Turn your mind off for 20 seconds and take that step.
Immediately take another step, and the next, and the next. Now you are developing a stride and generating momentum. Follow your plan of action; it’s the road map you have laid out for yourself. Keep taking another step closer to your goal. Before you know it, you will have manifested your dream.
Yet this is not the end of the process though. It continues all over again with dreaming a new dream. Stretch yourself. Envision a new dream. This time double it in magnitude. Why not really go for it and triple it! It requires the same amount of effort either way, so give yourself permission to dream bigger than what your mind currently allows.
That’s the beauty about imagination; it has no limits. You will be amazed at what life brings to you when you envision yourself in a larger room. And most of all, have fun with the process!
So take a look had what you would like to manifest in your life. Remember, it starts with a dream and it’s YOUR dream, so make it count!
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