Acting As If – Creating the Life You Want

Mar 16

Acting As If – Creating the Life You Want

Thus post was originally published in June of 2014. I still love this book and I’m creating the life I want. I am a writer.

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Through June and July join me for Creative Life Book Club. I’ll discuss a nugget of truth from a current book I’m reading. The current book is Real Magic by Wayne Dyer.


 

Chapter three in Real Magic is one of my favorite chapters so far. He has fourteen points on creating a miracle mindset:

  1. Reserve your judgement and disbelief.
  2. Create a real-magic zone in your mind.
  3. Affirm yourself as a no-limit person.
  4. Develop a new mindset toward the concept of intuition.
  5. Discover the secret that sits in the center and knows.
  6. Learn to learn through knowing and trusting rather than doubting and fearing.
  7. Affirm that your intention creates your reality.
  8. Experience surrender and satori.
  9. Learn to act as if the life you visualize were already here.
  10. Live according to your spiritual self first and your physical self second.
  11. Study the paradox, “You can never get enough of what you don’t want.”
  12. Ask nothing of anyone and practice unconditional acceptance.
  13. Begin to develop authentic power for yourself.
  14. Practice daily meditation.

I’m going to discuss number nine, acting as if.

This is one of my favorite things to do. It has a lot to do with where I am today and how I got to this point after the divorce and later reconciliation.

Acting as if means “act as if” you’re already what you want to be. Do you want to be wealthy? Well, how does wealthy you act? What do they do in the morning? Do you want to be healthy? What does healthy you do when it’s time for lunch? Do you want to have a certain profession or title? Well, what did that “you” do in order to get that profession or title? Did they take a class or take a test? Then take the class. Take the test.

Living this way has helped me grow in faith more than almost anything else. When I “act as if” I’m a successful writer, it gets me in the chair and writing. When I “act as if” I’m a traveler, then I travel. I see things that other people may not see. In fact, I believe I’m a traveler so much that when I go back to visit my hometown I’ll be looking at it through a traveler’s eyes, not the eyes of someone who lived there for 20+ years.

This is more than “fake it ’til you make it.” There’s something that goes along with living this way, day after day, that changes you. It starts within your mind, then it gets into your words and your actions.

For example, let’s take one of my goals of being a successful writer. First, what does that look like to me? For some, it may look like living in a New York apartment like Richard Castle or having your book on the top of the New York Times bestseller list. That’s fine – success looks like different things to everyone. For me, being a successful writer means I can earn a living as a writer. It means I can share information or a story that I enjoy and I can interact with fans who also enjoyed my story. It means I enjoy my work each day. It makes me happy.

So what does my example of a successful writer do in the morning?

She has a cup of tea and reads over material from the day before to refresh her memory.

She eats a good breakfast and plays with her dogs.

She sits at the computer with her outline and writes.

She doesn’t go back to correct anything. She knows that time will come. She allows the first draft to BE a first draft.

She stops writing when her energy is gone.

She takes the time to eat a healthy lunch.

She interacts with her fans and followers on social media, having as much fun as they are.

She does something physical every day.

She reads writing books or takes a class to stay sharp on her skills.

When someone asks what she does – even if she has a day job in a cubicle or in an office – she calls herself a writer.

What do you want to be? How can you act as if you already are that person? Share your examples in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

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