Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! We are living in the dreamers world. Where you are today is the product of the pictures you unconsciously stored up in your mind years ago. We are like painters. Each one of us paints the kind of future he or she wants on daily basis without knowing it. Any thought or picture you hold in your mind all the time will be printed out in real life one day.
You are like a living magnet, you attract things into your lives that are in line with your most dominant thought. The moment you start meditating on a particular thing, you build a magnet in your mind to attract the content of that thought. Any picture you paint in your mind will be delivered at your doorstep one day, whether good or bad.
The following exercise which was inspired by Jack Canfield is designed to help you clarify your vision. Although you could do this as a strictly mental exercise by just thinking about the answers and then writing them down, I want to encourage you to get deeper answers that serves you better.
Start by sitting in a quiet and comfortable environment where you won’t be disturbed. Then, close your eyes and ask your subconscious mind to give you images of what your ideal life would look like if you could have it exactly the way you want it, in each of the following categories:
1. First, focus on the financial area of your life. What is your annual income? What does your cash flow look like? How much money do you have in savings and investments? What is your total net worth? Next, what does your home look like? Where is it located? Does it have a nice view? What kind of landscaping does it have? What color are the walls? What does the furniture look like?
Are there paintings hanging in the rooms? What do they look like? Walk through your perfect house, filling in all of the details. At this point, don’t worry about how you will get that house. Don’t sabotage yourself by saying, “I can’t like in the elite neighborhood.”
Once you give your mind’s eye the picture, your mind will solve the “not enough money” challenge. Next, visualize what kind of car you are driving and any other important possessions your finances have provided.
2. Next, visualize your ideal job or career. Where are you working? What are you doing? With whom are you working? What kind of clients or customers do you have? What is your compensation like? Is it your own business?
3. Next, what is your ideal vision of your body and your physical health? Are you free of all disease? How long do you love to live? Are you open, relaxed, in an ecstatic state of bliss all day long? Are you full of vitality? Are you flexible as well as strong? Do you exercise, eat good food, and drink lots of water?
4. Then move on to your ideal vision of your relationship with your family and friends. What is your relationship with your family like? Who are your friends? What is the quality of your relationships with your friends? What do those friendship feel like? Are they loving, supportive, empowering? What kind of things do you do together?
5. What about your personal life. Do you see yourself going back to school, getting married, attending workshops, or growing spiritually? Do you meditate or go on spiritual retreats with your church? Do you want to learn to play an instrument or write your autobiography? Do you want to run a marathon or take an art class? Do you want to travel to other countries?
You can write down your answers as you go, or you can do the whole exercise first and then open your eyes and write them down. In either case, make sure you capture everything in writing as soon as you complete the exercise. Every day, review the vision you have written down. This will keep your conscious and subconscious minds focused on your vision.
When you have finished writing down your vision, share your vision with a good friend or mentor whom you can trust to be positive and supportive. You might be afraid that your friend or mentor will think your vision is too outlandish, impossible to achieve, too idealistic, unrealistic, and materialistic. Almost all people have these thoughts when they think about sharing their vision. But the truth is, most people, deep down in their hearts, want the very same thing you want.
Everyone wants financial abundance, a comfortable home, meaningful work they enjoy, nurturing relationships with their family and friends, and an opportunity to make a difference in the world. But too few of us readily admit it. You will find that when you share your vision, some people will want to help you make it happen. Others will introduce you to friends and resources that can help you. Just make sure you don’t share it with dream abortionists. Through your years of friendship, am sure you know the right mentor or friend to share your vision with.
You will find that each time you share your vision, it becomes clearer and feels more real and attainable. And most importantly, every time you share your vision, you strengthen your own subconscious belief that you can achieve it.
I have practiced and taught this principle for years, and the result is amazing. While writing this article, I looked up to see my own dream on the wall, and over fifty percent of the dream have been fulfilled. Kindly engage in this exercise this week. You can go to a quiet place, lodge into a hotel, or go for a retreat to get this done.
Don’t forget to write down every detail. It might not make sense today, but if you can believe in it, it is a concluded matter. Go ahead and paint the picture of the kind of future you want to feature in. Wisdom is profitable to direct! (If you’re living in and around Abuja, kindly check the handbill below. Your life is about to change drastically).
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