I’ll bet the title of this article has some of you reading it wondering what in the world I’m going to share. Maybe it even sparks a hesitation or possibly a quick judgment. Others of you are eagerly reading this, hoping that I’ll reveal some magical key to help you think success into existence. Hopefully what I share will be enlightening and freeing to all of you, and I would sincerely appreciate your thoughts and comments on the topic.
I’m writing about this because of a recent discussion that I had with a student, and subsequent follow-up discussion on one of our Mastermind calls. It was a great call that many of us learned some great things on, and we got a much clearer insight into the idea of being able to manifest things into existence.
One of my students who came to an event that I hosted last year struggled to write out his vision. He was so busy with the drudgery of life that he couldn’t get through the clutter and around to thinking about what he wanted his life to look like. Just about the only thing that he could convey in a written vision was to get his work week of five 11 hour days to 3 days. He felt if he could work only 3 days a week, then he would be able to think more about living life.
His profession is a lucrative one, but stressful and requiring him to stay on his toes at all times. The thought of doing it only three days per week and not taking a major cut in pay seemed like a big challenge. But this student left with a vision: Get my work week down to 3 days per week. That’s it!
Ten months later, the student was pleased to say that they were able to accomplish this major step. Not only did they get the number of days per week down from 5 to 3, they were able to cut their commute down from 1 hour each way to 20 minutes each way. And the best part of all was that their compensation would not be affected at all.
“It’s amazing at how writing it down caused my vision to manifest into existence,” was the student’s feedback to me. This was a major accomplishment by my student and I’m so proud of him because he’s going to achieve pretty amazing things with his free time. First and foremost, I hope he dedicates a large portion of the 100 hours per month that he gained to his family. It’s going to be great. But at the same time I have a concern. Assuming that we have the ability to “manifest things into existence” is in my mind giving ourselves a power that we do not have. It is also setting ourselves up for a major letdown. If we are not able to “manifest” something into existence, then the problem lies within ourselves.
Instead, what this student experienced was an awareness. Writing down that he wanted to work only 3 days per week versus 5 days per week was the beginning of realizing that just maybe this could happen. The reason he worked 5 days per week is because he thought that it was the way things are supposed to be. He was conditioned to believe that you work Monday through Friday. Many Americans suffer from this conditioning.
Instead, this simple little written vision opened up the student’s eyes to the fact that this just might be possible. When he discovered that another person who is in the same profession but was making 2-3 times as much in 2-3 days per week, he wanted to know more. He learned that there were others in the country also pursuing working less time and building their businesses in such a way to be more efficient and not hinder their income. Through his research, he discovered that there was another professional in his area who was also pursuing this path. After approaching the other professional, he was able to work out a job for himself which fulfilled his vision for working 3 days per week instead of 5 days.
The opportunity was always there. It’s not something that he manifested as a result of writing it down. Writing it down helped him to recognize the opportunity that was always there. There wasn’t anything magical about it. He simply became aware. His vision is simply what made him notice that there were others already doing what he had hoped could be done, but didn’t believe could be done. His vision was empowering in the sense that it helped him to see beyond his current circumstances, and gave him the courage to move beyond them.
This same principle applies to all things. We don’t manifest $1,000,000 into our bank accounts because we think about it. The $1,000,000 already exists, and it’s there for anyone who is willing to take the necessary actions to move it from one place to their checking account. If you don’t believe that the money could be yours, you will never take the necessary actions to make it yours. However, if you believe in it, if you write it down as your vision, you will recognize and see the opportunities that are all around you which will help to make your vision a reality.
Don’t leave success and life up to some magical chance. Instead, recognize that you have it within yourself to accomplish great things when you are simply aware of what it is that you are trying to accomplish.