Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Live Your Dreams – Literally!

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By Jack Canfield

Intention is a powerful force. Fueled by imagination, it brings to life the dreams of champion athletes and best-selling authors alike.

– Tara Lipinski was just six years old when she decided to be a figure skater while watching the Olympics on TV. When her mother saw Tara standing on a chair and asked what she was doing, the future champion replied, “I’m standing on the podium at the Olympics receiving my gold medal.”

– For years college students Jim Nantz and Fred Couples role-played the same scene: greeting each other in Butler Cabin at the Masters Golf Tournament for the awarding of the championship green sports coat. Every Saturday Nantz, the would-be sports reporter, interviewed Couples, the would-be golf champion. Several years later the scene played out for real.

– I had not written a single word of my first book when I walked into a party pretending to be a best-selling author, fake books in hand. Since then over 100 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books have sold.

When you visualize and affirm your goal, you give it a dynamic power that sets the stage for success. As I explain in my Effortless Success personal learning course, this focus actually trains your brain on what you need to make it happen.

The human brain has this amazing tool called the reticular activating system. It operates full-time to let in the information appropriate to our current intentions.

When you’re driving and feeling hungry, for instance, what do you notice? All those fast-food billboards. If you suddenly realize your gas gauge is on empty, your focus changes to finding a gas station.

When you form inspired intentions linked to powerful emotions, the reticular activating system filters out what you don’t need and lets in those resources you do need—the people, ideas, and possibilities. Those resources were there before, but you weren’t seeing or sorting them, because you were focused on fast food, gas stations, or something equally mundane.

Now, however, you see the valuable resources that match your beliefs and align with your goal. You start to perceive opportunities, attract supportive people, and take actions that accelerate your success.

If you want to seriously energize your dreams, consider this fun exercise from Effortless Success. Host a Come-as-You’ll-Be-Party:

1. Invite a group of your friends or colleagues to a personal gathering or a business get-together.

2. On the invitation write, “Come as the person you will be five years from now when you have achieved your goals.”

3. Date the invitation five years from the time of the party.

4. Encourage people to bring props and to dress as their vision of themselves in five years.

Then, celebrate your success! Spend the evening bragging about your accomplishments and talking about how happy you are. Embody your dreams and you’ll attract what you need to bring them to life.

Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul® and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at:

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