Introduction to 5 Steps to Manifesting Your Dreams
I have been talking a lot about the 10 key skills needed for future jobs, but I thought I’d change the pace somewhat. I attended an Ellevate Network Toronto event where Nicole Normand talked to us about the five steps to manifesting your dreams. I thought it was very appropriate here because all of us have dreams, whether it be a promotion at work, or a trip around the world.
What are steps you can take to help you manifest your dreams?
If you want to secure a promotion at work, then there are specific things that you need to do. At the top of the list is learning the 10 keys skills to thrive in 2020. One of the things that Nicole Normand does, is to hold a Vision Board workshop. During my conversations with her, at the end of last year, I created my vision board, something I hadn’t done in a few years. Have all your goals on your vision board, as one of the tools you use to achieve them.
UPDATE: First Published in February 2017
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To learn more about vision boards, I read The Complete Guide to Vision Boards by Christine Kane. It’s a very short book, which was a great reminder about vision boards. I took a course close to 20 years ago, and have forgotten what I learned.
Five Steps to Manifesting Your Dreams
Step 1: Set a Vivid Vision for Yourself
What do you long for? When Nicole asked that question, I wrote down 10,000 members for my subscription website, which I have to create. This was a great reminder to me that I have to get started on the process.
She also talked about the Rule of 33/33/33, which I found fascinating. Thirty-three percent of the people you spend time with should be greater than you – sponsors, mentors and coaches. These are people who are smarter than you, whom you can learn a lot from. Perhaps they have traveled the path that you are now on.
Another 33 percent of the time you spend should be with people like yourself. In this instance, you could be each other’s peer mentors. And the final 33 percent of your time should be spent giving back. It’s very important to give back, and it doesn’t have to be financially. It could be volunteering your time.
Get rid of the people in your life who do not serve your greater good! I’ve heard it said countless times that you are the sum total of the five people who you spend most of your time with. Who are your five people? Do they serve your greater good.
And remember, what you can see you can achieve. Start working on your vision board today. I have included a YouTube video, and if you are located in Toronto, Nicole Normand hosts regular workshops on creating your vision board.
Avil’s Vision Board
Step 2: Watch the Resistance
Chatter stops you from achieving your goals. You know that little voice in your head that tells you that you are no good, or who do you think you are being so audacious. Nicole calls that chatter Gremlins. Get rid of them. Most of the times when I hear them, I repeat backspace, backspace, backspace, then replace the chatter with something more positive. Tell yourself that you are bold, then recreate a time when you were feeling really great, to get rid of the chatter.
The Point of Attraction is where you feel resistance. If you’re feeling fear or doubt, you’re at a low point of Attraction. Give yourself some self-love. You have to do something to change the level of your vibration. Move your level of frequency from low to high.
If you want to read a great book about moving through resistance, Do the Work by Steven Pressfield is a great book. I’ve read it twice.
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Step 3: External is a Reflection of the Internal
Your inner world leads to your outer world. Develop the habit of doing morning pages, a concept that Julia Cameron writes about in her book, The Artist’s Way. When you wake up, write three pages of whatever is in your head. This clears your head, so you can start your day with a fresh mind. Before you go to sleep, evaluate how your day went. This is something that Benjamin Franklin did. I read this in the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Review of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin) which I have read twice. Nicole Normand advises that you write the responses to the following in your journal each night.
- Write down three things that you are grateful for.
- What did you do to contribute to your happiness?
- What were your successes, even small ones?
After you have done that, set your intention for the next day. For example, say, “Tomorrow, I would like to review my blog post, complete the articles for my client, and write one book summary.”
Shift your feelings from Joy to Love. Choose your thoughts carefully because thoughts have power.
Step 4: Trust and Surrender
Believe in yourself. Repeat, “I am worthy of my dreams.” You are absolutely worth it.
Step 5: Receive
The Universe gives gifts every day, do not sabotage yourself. Learn to gratefully accept the gifts you’ve been given. If someone gives you a gift and you do not like or need it, accept it, then give to another person who can use it.
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