Why is it that some people stand out in every field of human endeavor?
Why is it that some authors, like JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, sell millions of copies, while others struggle to make a living? Why is it that some business tycoons, like Richard Branson, Bill Gates, and many others whose names we never hear, make billions of dollars for themselves while others struggle to make a living? Why is it that some sportsmen and women, like Serena Williams and Roger Federer, stun the world with their accomplishments, while others struggle to even play a good game?
The answer is that they have something the others do not: they have a picture, a belief, a conviction, call it what you will, of themselves as being a world-class champion in their fields.
They also have the strength and determination to develop their skills, by getting mentoring and training, by talking to others who can advise them, and by practicing till what they do becomes automatic.
But most of all they rely on their subconscious to produce the end result for them. They trust the power of manifestation.
Here’s a quote from Tiger Woods: “There’s no sense in going to a tournament if you don’t believe that you can win it. And that is the belief I have always had. And that is not going to change.”
Here’s another: “Well, you know, a lot of people look at the negative things, the things that they did wrong ….. But I like to stress the things I did right, because there are certain things … that are just positive reinforcement.”
And a third: “I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for – getting paid for doing what you love.”
Here are some quotes from Richard Branson (estimated worth $4.9 billion): “My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.'” Read more.
And again: “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” And another: “You never know with these things when you’re trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental.”
So what about JK Rowling? She says: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
And: “Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”
Here’s another: “I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
What do these comments tell you about manifestation? No matter that these people are the exemplars, the pinnacles of achievement in their fields. You may not wish, you may not need, to achieve such wealth, and your desires may be much more modest.
I offer you these quotes to guide you to the principles which will allow you to achieve whatever you want:
- the power of the imagination in forming a desired outcome
- the astounding power of emotion in fueling your journey to that outcome
- the essential element of positive expectation in this process
- the importance of enjoying what you do so that your heart and soul can embrace it fully
- the power of consistency and determination
- the essential character of trying, failing, getting back up and succeeding in the end (caution: this might just be my belief system speaking – I don’t really know that failure is a necessary prerequisite to success, I just hear a lot of people say it and I appear to have taken it on board as my own belief…. Perhaps I should abandon it! LOL! Seriously: what I think failure can do id teach you lessons you need to learn that will then enable you to succeed.)
If Tiger Woods produces a shot that seems impossible to any normal golfer, is he doing that with conscious thought? Or is he doing it by relying on the unlimited resources of his subconscious mind, which can calculate every aspect of his shot so that it lands right next to the flag? Or could it be that somehow he’s tapping into the universal intelligence, the cosmic consciousness, the infinite intelligence?
Does it matter? If manifestation is an act of faith – which it is – then maybe you just don’t need to know the answer to the most fundamental question of all (“How does it work?”).
Whatever the secret of manifestation, of getting your desired outcome, when you’re flowing with your subconscious and the universe is in harmony with your objectives, you’re in the place that sportsmen call “the zone“.
This is the place where you can do nothing wrong, where everything goes your way; it’s the place that leads to success and achievement.
Manifesting The Negative
It won’t surprise you to learn that manifestation works in the opposite way. The person whose belief system says something like “I only have to look at food to put on weight” is feeding the universe a prompt which it will – without question – manifest! (Obesity beckons…..)
And if somebody says “I want to be rich, but somehow it just never works out for me” it’s a fair bet that you know where their belief system is taking them! Remember Henry Ford’s Maxim:
You see, when your belief system tells you that “you will never be rich”, the universe listens and then it conspires to put you in the wrong place at the wrong time so you miss juicy opportunities, it causes you to feel powerless, and it repeatedly demonstrates to you ways in which your belief is true. You are in fact programmed for failure.
Actually, you’re constantly programming yourself for failure.
Now think about that: to what extent are you prepared to take responsibility for your situation, right here right now?
To what extent are you prepared to accept that where you are in relation to money, relationships, sex, success, happiness, love, your place of work, the nature of your work, and every other aspect of your life, are ALL, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, the product of what you are thinking and feeling and believing to be true about yourself, right here right now?
Because only when you fully accept that your life is the product of your thoughts and beliefs can you begin to change it.
And by the way, there’s no point blaming the people who gave you those beliefs (mom / dad / teachers / abusers / bullies / and the rest). If blaming them changes your situation, let me know, I’d like to hear about it!
The reality is quite simple: you’re the only person who can begin turning your ship around right now, and you can do start that process simply by saying new things to yourself – things that serve you.
You’ve heard of affirmations, no doubt. On their own, they won’t necessarily change your thinking, but they’re a good start. To the extent that you find yourself able to believe them, they will change your thinking patterns. (But, it must be said, when you find one of these affirmations doesn’t fit, it’s time to work on the beliefs that lie below your resistance.)
- Everything I need comes to me easily and effortlessly.
- I attract fulfilling and mutually supportive friendships.
- I have a job I really enjoy and it pays me well. I deserve pleasure and fun in my life.
- I attract abundance, love and well-being.
- My heart is open to give and receive love.
- I deserve the best and my needs are always met.
- There is enough for everyone and I am happy to receive my share.
The more I receive, the more I have to give.
- I am my own person. I choose how to think and behave.
- I accept and value myself exactly as I am. My body is healthy and I nurture -it well.
- I have the confidence to do everything I choose to.
- My imagination is boundless.
- I am full of wisdom and the answers to all my questions lie within me.
- Divine love is working through me now to create … (a loving relationship, a comfortable home, my perfect job, a beautiful healthy body, etc)
GUIDELINES FOR AFFIRMATIONS:
• Always write and speak affirmations in the present tense, as if what you want to manifest has already happened. Choose something truly meaningful to you.
• Use only positive words and phrases, not negative: e.g. “I enjoy a healthy diet”, not “I no longer eat too much chocolate”.) Keep the sentence short and succinct.
• Avoid moments when you are feeling distressed or extremely negative, as this will be discounting your feelings and the affirmation will not ring true.
• Write the affirmation in a bright color and put it where you will see it regularly.
• Speak it aloud (or sing it!) several times a day for at least three weeks.
• Support your affirmation process by using creative visualization to experience the “ideal scene” which is the reality of your affirmation.