Act as if – Part One

The only way to change your story is to change what you believe about yourself. Every time you change the main character of your story, the whole story changes to adapt to the new main character.

 – Don Miguel Ruiz

Many of us have gained the understanding that we actively participate in creating what we want in our lives. One place to start is to be clear about what it is you want.

So, what do you want?

One way to help you figure out what you want is to write out what you don’t want. Look at the worries that occupy your mind the most. A couple of common examples are, I don’t want to live paycheck to paycheck and I don’t want to get the flu this season. Now switch those to state what you do want: I want financial abundance and I want vibrant health.

Allow these words to become your new self-talk. Watch how you use your words. Someone recently said to me, “I want this experience to be non-drama.” I suggested to take out the word drama altogether and simply affirm, “I want this experience to be peaceful.”

It can be powerful to take this one step further by stating what you want as if you already have it. If you get a bill in the mail that you fear you will have trouble paying, turn your self-talk around with a positive affirmation such as, “Thank you for my financial abundance” or “I now experience financial freedom and for this I am thankful.” Allow positive feelings to come up as you think or say those words.

This is the acting as if part. This is the part that requires imagination and faith. This is the action part, the part that really takes practice. Studies have shown that it takes 25-30 days to create a new habit. I suggest for the next 30 days, you try your best to act as if. Figure out what you want and then act as if those things have already manifested. There is powerful energy in this. This is the same power behind prayer.

Consider this excerpt from the Bible:

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.  – Mark 11:24

The words don’t read, believe that you will receive them, but believe that you have received them. These are powerful thoughts to think and this is the energy to feel when you manifest what you want in your life.

Are you ready to actively participate in creating your life? Have you suffered or struggled enough? Have you allowed yourself to be a victim long enough? Have you complained and whined enough that now you’re even annoying yourself? Can you recognized the old habits that are no longer serving you, but have simply become habit or even addiction?

If an old habit starts to automatically kick in, talk to it. It may seem silly at first, but who is in charge? The habitual thought pattern or you? Start today, right now. All those things you want, act as if they already are. Do it for fun and see what happens.  See how you feel. Use your imagination and enjoy.

Remember, begin with what you want.

Be specific, be confident, believe…then simply be.

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