Act As If -Jack Canfield

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

One of the most powerful secrets of success is something that you knew as a small child: Act as if.
As a child, you may have pretended that you were a firefighter, a teacher, or a veterinarian. As an adult, you can tap into your creativity by acting like the person you want to become.
Acting as if you are already where you want to be sends powerful commands to your subconscious mind to find creative ways to achieve your goals. You’ll start noticinganything that will help you succeed. Acting as if sends strong messages to the universe that this end goal is something you really want.
How Would You Act?
If you had already achieved your dream, who would you have as friends? What type of clothes would you be wearing? How would you act? How would you treat others? Would you tithe a portion of your income to your church or favorite charities? Would you have more self-confidence? A better attitude? Would you take more time to spend with your loved ones? Take these actions now.
When I decided that I wanted to be an international consultant, I immediately went and applied for a passport, bought an international clock that told me what time it was anywhere in the world, printed business cards with the words “International Self-Esteem and Peak Performance Consultant,” and decided I would like to first go to Australia. I bought a poster of the Sydney Opera House and placed it on my refrigerator.
Within one month, I received an invitation to speak in Sydney and Brisbane. Since then, I have spoken and conducted trainings in more than 20 countries and continue to expand my business around the globe.
Create the Right Inner Experience
Most people think that if they have a lot of money, they could do the things they want to do, and then they would be much happier. In fact, the reverse is true. The outer experience of acting as if creates the inner experience – the millionaire mind-set – that will take you to the actual manifestation of that experience.
Successful people exude self-confidence, ask for what they want, and say what they don’t want. They think anything is possible, take risks and celebrate their successes. They save a portion of their income and share a portion with others. You can do all of these things now, before you ever become rich and successful. By doing so, you will start drawing to you the people and things that will help you achieve your goals.
You may not be able to fill your closets with expensive Italian suits and designer clothing right now. But you could invest in one or two really great outfits, so that when you do need them, they are there. When you dress like you have already made it, you will look the part, and successful people will naturally be attracted to you and invite you to participate with them.
The Come As You’ll Be Party
In many of my seminars, we do an exercise called the “Come as You’ll Be Party”. Everyone socializes with other participants as if they were at a cocktail party. However, they must act as if they have already achieved all of their financial goals and have everything they want in life.
After about five minutes, I stop the exercise and ask participants to share how they are feeling. People report feeling excited, passionate, positive, supportive, generous, self-confident, happy and content.
I then ask them to look at the fact that their inner feelings – both emotional and physiological – were different, even though in reality their outer circumstances had not changed. They had begun to feel like millionaires simply by acting as if they were.
Be, Then Do
When acting as if, the proper order is to first be who you want to be when you’ve achieved your goals.Create an inner state of happiness, confidence and abundance.
Then do the actions that go along with being that new person. Because these actions are inspired from your inner state of success, they’ll ultimately lead you to achieving your goals and having all the things you ultimately desire.