Because people are always looking for that magic formula for a better life, a lot of people have become very wealthy offering said magic formula.
I’ve been running in New Age circles for a dozen years now, and I’ve met a lot of wonderful, talented individuals. Most of them have been broke, or nearly so. They’ve all been seeking some magic formula to bring them wealth and make their business succeed.
I’ve listened to and watched more than my fair share of experts with the answer to all my problems. I’ve learned from dozens of talented individuals. And I’ve never heard anything I didn’t already know.
I realize that may sound like a bold statement.
You might think I’m pretty egotistical to think that. But I’ll bet most, if not all of you, have had the same experience. Particularly when it comes to growing your business, I’m sure you’ve listened to an expert with a revolutionary formula and been told something you already knew. The truth is, there are shockingly few ideas that are truly new or revolutionary. Most of the time, it’s a slightly different spin on an old stand-by.
Part of the problem with magical thinking is movies like “The Secret” and “What the Bleep.” Films like these gloss over part of the success equation that includes taking action. People like the idea of the Law of Attraction because they mistakenly believe they can think their way into a smaller dress size, a better job, or a happier marriage.
But thinking about it is just the first step.
Here’s the rest of the story, the Magic Formula for living the life of your dreams.
- Think about what you really want in your life. Start by choosing one area: work, love, friendships, health, finances, location, whatever. It’s your life, and it’s time to create it to be the way you want it to be.
- Close your eyes and imagine you already have it. What would you be able to have? How would you act? What kind of things would you say? And most important: how would you feel? Let yourself be filled with the feelings.
- Now for the magic part. Every day, first thing in the morning, go to that feeling place. Fill yourself up with the feelings you expect to experience once you have that thing you really want, and sit in the feeling for about 30 seconds. While you’re still at the peak of the feelings, DO SOMETHING. Do something— anything —that will move you in the direction of the thing you want. Do something that someone who already has what it is you want would do. Whether it’s an obvious action, like putting on your running shoes and jogging a mile, or an inspired action, like calling up a former colleague who popped into your head unexpectedly, only to find that he has a new business opportunity for you, this is the magic in the formula. I know, it’s really more on the mundane side, but it’s magically powerful.
If you really want to change your life, the secret is to take consistent, daily action toward your goals.
Yes, there are a lot of other tools and tricks you can use to help propel you toward your goal, but there is none more powerful than taking consistent, daily action. It’s not sexy, and it may seem overly simple. But if you don’t do this one thing, the rest of them won’t help much.
I’ll leave you with a challenge: commit to taking consistent, daily action toward one of your goals. Every morning, write down three things you want to accomplish that will move you toward your goal.
Next, write down what you believe to be your biggest obstacle. This may seem counter intuitive, but I believe that the perceived obstacle is only a problem when it’s jabbering away in your subconscious.
When you bring it to the light, you’ll find ways around it or you’ll find other things you can do that make the obstacle irrelevant. I’ll give you one example: you might think you need a website to start your new business, and the obstacle is you don’t have the money to hire a designer. That fear of not having the money, left hidden, might prevent you from learning that you can get a professional looking website for free.
At the end of each day, with your three tasks completed, spend a few moments expressing gratitude for a job well done. It doesn’t matter how large or small the tasks are, just that you do them. Try this for thirty days and see how much progress you’ve made.
Johanna Lyman is the JOY Professor. She teaches people how to create the relationships and experiences they really want so they can live a life of joy, love and abundance. She has helped thousands of people all over the world live the lives of their dreams. Check out her website here.