The only way to take control of your life, raise your standard of living and move beyond merely surviving is to create your own unique product or service that you offer to increasing numbers of people in exchange for the things of value that you desire. This simple formula applies to countries as well as people. A self-sufficient economy has its own products or services of value to export to the world. Similarly, a self-sufficient individual has something of value to exchange in the global marketplace. That thing of value is based on your natural talent, skill, or interest—in other words, your passion!
Steps 6 & 7 in the Creative Process
In previous columns [“The Power of Clarity(1)”: July 29, 2010; “The Power of Visualization(2)”: Aug 4, 2010; “The Power of Acceptance(3)”: August 11, 2010, “The Power of Focus(4)”: August 18, 2010], and “The Power of Intuition(5)”: Sept 1, 2010], we spoke about the need to have clear and specific descriptions and images of your goals as the first step in bringing them into reality. We covered the need to visualize (or sensorize) your desired reality as often as possible. We discussed removing the mental and emotional blocks that may prevent you from committing to your goals. We touched on the need to focus your attention on the desired outcome, and we suggested developing your intuitive abilities to receive guidance on what you should do. This brings us to Steps 6 and 7 in the 7-Step Creative process: Action and Manifestation
Once you receive guidance on what you need to do next, your next step is simply to do the things you are guided to do. I know that is easier said than done. Many people are reluctant to take action for any number of reasons: perhaps they are not clear on what they want to achieve; they don’t feel worthy of the goals they desire; they have difficulty focusing on a single goal for sufficient lengths of time, and so on. In other words, they have not addressed the previous 5 steps in the creative process. You can see, therefore, that taking action is easier if you have practiced and performed all the previous steps.
In my experience, the single most important block to achievement is one’s belief level—people don’t sincerely believe that what they desire is actually possible for them. They may not voice that lack of belief out loud, as it is typically subconscious, but if they really believed that certain outcomes were possible in their lives, they would find the necessary paths to achieve them. That’s why many life coaches recommend setting believable goals as the first step in creating the reality you desire. If, for example, you wish to make more money, and are currently earning $10,000 a year, then you wouldn’t set a goal to earn $1 million by this time next month. A more believable goal to strive for might be $15,000/year. That’s something your mind would have an easier time believing.
The next most important quality to develop in order to take action, is discipline. Discipline is the ability to continue on a course of action towards an outcome even when the initial desire and excitement surrounding that outcome is long gone. It is the ability to say “no” to instant gratification. It is the ability to keep getting up at 5:00am in order to work on your dream life before going to work. It is the ability to stay in and work and resist life’s numerous temptations and distractions to do otherwise. It is the ability to act according to your internal moral compass to achieve your long-term goals, even though others encourage you to veer off course for short-term gains. And, it is the ability to keep doing all of the preceding year after year if necessary, even when it appears that everything is going wrong and the dreams seem out of reach.
As you proceed through life, you evolve. As you evolve, so might your dreams and the paths required to get you there. Therefore, as you take action and move towards your dream life, it may be necessary to readjust your course every so often. Be willing to redefine yourself, redefine your objectives and redefine your strategy. In other words, be flexible and look for opportunities for reinvention where others see failure.
If you are living in a house and wish to build a bigger better house, it may be necessary to demolish the existing house down to its foundation before you start building anew. In much the same way, once this creative universe we live in gets its orders from you that you want to change your reality, mysterious forces are set in motion that begin making the necessary changes in your life. If you’ve been living with people who think negatively and are going nowhere in their lives, you may find yourselves arguing more frequently and spending less time with them. Or it may suddenly dawn on you that a “significant other,” has grown in an entirely different direction from where you now find yourself. You may have to make some hard decisions about who to keep with you on your journey, and who to leave by the roadside. If not, these individuals may hold you back from reaching your dreams.
We live in a receptive and constructive universe that responds to our thoughts. When you say you want a better life, visualize and set goals accordingly, things naturally start to happen to bring you the life you desire. (Really! It’s true!) What happens, however, is that most people miss the clues, and interpret the ensuing chaos, tension, stress, turmoil, strained relationships, disagreements, disappointments, betrayals and lack of support from those they love as an indication that they’ve made a bad decision. Or worse, they fail to see the connection their new way of thinking is having on their relationships and environment, and get distracted putting out seemingly unexpected, and unrelated fires in their lives.
What is actually happening is a commonly-experienced phenomenon I call “The Reconstruction Crisis.” Be warned, and do not resist it. It is the crisis of demolition of your old life that must precede the building of your new one.
The Result of Action is….
Finally, step 7 of the Creative Process is Manifestation: the coming true of your dreams.
Slowly but sure, piece by piece or perhaps even miraculously overnight, the dream that you have been clear about, visualized, accepted, focused on, intuitively guided towards, and acted on with discipline and consistency will take form in your life.
Starting today, review the 7-step creative process. Get clear on your desired reality. Do the research. Make the call. Buy the book. Take the course. Complete the application. Seek out mentors. Get advice and encouragement from specific people who think the way you think, or who have accomplished what you wish to accomplish. Implement the 7-step creative process each day, every day, and then experience first-hand what it feels like to live a dream come true!
Inspired by Paul Scheele
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Until next week, remember, success is a journey, not a destination!--Walt
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Walt F.J. Goodridge is author of over two dozen books including Turn Your Passion Into Profit. Walt offers coaching and workshops to help people pursue and profit from their passions. Originally from the island of Jamaica, Walt has grown several businesses in the US, and now makes his home here on Saipan. To learn more about the Saipanpreneur Project and Walt’s philosophy and formula visit www.saipanpreneur.com and www.passionprofit.com)