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Here's my latest trick for living life and achieving my dreams: I just pretend everything is going to work out.
Before you even BEGIN to go there, NO! This is not The Secret! I absolutely do NOT think that just by believing something is going to happen I will somehow manipulate the universe into giving it to me. The universe isn't a vending machine and I have no idea how much cash would be required to make my dreams come true even if it was. Probably a lot.
Nope, this is just a way to trick myself out of holding myself back.
Step 1: Think about a thing that you want in your life.
Step 2: Imagine that it's definitely going to work out eventually, you just have to do the work to get it there.
Step 3: Magically find that you have stopped getting in your own way and start doing the things that will get you there.
Step 4: When it seems like it's not working out, remember that it will, and this is all just part of the story of how you got there.
Another way to look at it is to ask yourself one simple question, over and over again: "If I really believed this was going to work out, what would I be doing to make it happen?"
Seriously though, it's not that all the doubts are gone, but it really made it easier for me to move forward on some goals that I was making insurmountable thanks to fear and insecurity. It is so much easier to think about next steps and to act on them if I think about them in the context of future success.
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