As we’ve been talking about the Live Your Dream 5 step recipe over the last few weeks, we’ve talked about brain play among a slew of other things. I’ve explained that you need to feel your dream realized. Your brain doesn’t know if you feel like a successful business woman because you’re imagining yourself in the corner office or because you actually work there.
Your brain responds to where you live (and work) in your brain.
All too often, I hear people say, “When I have money in the bank, I’ll feel successful.” “When I loose that extra weight, I’ll feel really good.” “When I find the love of my life, I’ll be happy.” But that’s actually backwards.
To have money in the bank, you need to be saying (and really feeling it), “Wow, I feel successful!” You need to play with feeling successful now—before the money in the bank comes in. I know that’s probably the polar opposite of what you’ve been told and trained to do and believe. But trust me, scientific research backs me up on this one.
Halloween’s the perfect time to play with this concept. Why? Because it has everything to do with getting into character and “pretending” with an extra scoop of ‘pretending so well that it feels real’. It’s like that exercise with a lemon…
Maybe you’ve done this at some point in your life. Close your eyes. Imagine a lemon. See it. Feel it. Smell it. Now, very slowly, bring it up to your mouth and now, bite into it. If you’re really in this exercise, your brain can’t tell that there’s really not a lemon in your hand, and it will signal to your mouth. And voila! You’ll salivate and feel like you just bit into a lemon.
Have you ever dressed up as Dracula? You can’t stop yourself from changing your accent to something close to what you’ve seen and heard in the movies. Have you ever watched a child dressed as a fairy princess? In real life, she’s a tomboy who stomps her way through life in cowboy boots and raucous laughter. Put her in a princess dress and a tiara, hand her a wand, and suddenly she’s shy and quiet.
In the same way, it’s time for you to put on the full regalia of your dreams. Remember, when you think about what you want to be or do or see, do this:
- Get centered
Feel the tailor helping you put your custom made jacket on.
Feel the vibration of the steering wheel as you drive the new car.
Imagine the texture of the floor as you step into your new house.
Open the refrigerator door in your mind and look at all the beautiful colors as you choose from healthy foods.
Taste the salt of the ocean or hear the crunch of the fall leaves as you hike to the top of a mountain.
And, since it’s Halloween, feel free to put on a costume if it helps!
As we wrap up this series on making your dreams come true, I want to emphasize one important detail.
When you’re going through the process, remember that it has everything to do with you, your dreams and your brain. No one else gets a vote about what you want to create for yourself or how you’ll get there.
The better you get at this, the more people will notice subtle changes. Your posture may change or you may choose a different style of clothes to wear. You’ll definitely handle stress easier because you’ve made relaxation and meditation a part of your routine. The more you act the part, the more you’ll feel it and those emotions are what makes all the difference.
If you will follow these steps, you’ll create an energy around you and your dreams that will be undeniable. It’s a palpable energy field.
People will notice and some may even ask what’s different about you. If you tell them about this practice, some will be intrigued and others will be critical. That’s just the law of nature and math. Don’t let that throw you off your practice.
Remember, this is YOUR life and YOUR dreams.
I’ve had such a great time sharing this dream realizing series with you and the feedback I’ve received has been wonderful!