Sometimes you just gotta put it out there and claim what’s rightfully yours! I’m not talking tangible things that you may have earned ownership rights to; I’m talking about being on a personal and professional vision quest and staking claim to your desired result.
I know so many of the “self-help gurus” tout that you should visualize your dream home, dream car, dream job and you will get it. So many people follow their guidance to the letter yet fall short of getting even their dream scooter, let alone their dream car. Why does it work for some and not for others? Don’t you think that if it was that straight-forward we would all be realizing our dreams? Is it because our dreams are not really heartfelt or because we have focused on things like cars, homes and jobs in the first place?
I believe that when our dreams stand to benefit the greater good, we are more likely to get what we want. Maybe even then we’re more comfortable with asking. And maybe when we’re comfortable with what we want we are likely to ask for it in a way that actually calls it into existence.
Part of the mystery of being comfortable with our desires comes from acknowledging the goal, visualizing the end result then feeling the emotions that are tied to the bigger picture. For instance, what feels better to you: wanting and asking for a $125,000 sports car or wanting and asking for your family to have a safe, well-running vehicle? For me, it’s the safe and well-running car that can take me on the long-term journey. Because unless you win the lottery, the journey will most likely be longer. And having all that you need to sustain you is of utmost importance. Now, let’s just say that owning a Maserati is something that could benefit the greater good, then by all means name it then claim it.
But I like to name and claim the little victories along the way. Baby steps! For instance, our company was recently looking for office space when we found the perfect space, in a great building, with a great view. The square footage was double what we were looking for and so was the cost. It was almost as if we all had an epiphany when I said, “Let’s claim it guys. This is our space.” Sometimes you have to takes steps that say you’re ready for success. Within days we landed three new clients. DAYS! THREE! And any one of them could justify the larger, pricier space.
Not being desperate and not clutching onto the dream is key in moving in baby-step fashion to the desired result. And moving with confidence doesn’t hurt either. I like to think of it as a proactive, positive, calm approach to realizing good to manifest in your life.
So many times we confuse trying with doing. Trying suggests that you may fail; doing suggests victory! It’s no wonder Nike chose “Just Do It” over “Just Try It.” Not very empowering, eh? Part of realizing your goals and dreams is the act of doing the little things along the way to get you there. You can’t just sit back, visualize the sporty car and in effect do nothing by way of steps to get it. You have to make preparations (like getting larger office space to accommodate a larger staff because you landed bigger accounts), you have to proceed with confidence; you have to name it and claim it to be yours on the front end then work your tail off calmly and confidently to get the things you want.
Might the end result in a big, fat paycheck at the end of the year, yep…but that’s not what I visualized. My big picture consisted of a happy, healthy work environment, great office energy, a dynamic team and a vehicle (not the 4-wheel kind) to areas of my life I want to develop such as public speaking and writing; all of which are happening now. Not because I’m trying to make these things happen, but because I’m doing them! I named it back in November and I’m claiming it every step of the way, right now! Go name and claim it for yourself today!