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Make Your Dreams Come True

6 Guidelines to Go Bigger, Run Faster, and Live Longer
Mike Dooley
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Jun 28, 2018 at 05:15 PM

Destiny? Miracles? Fate? Luck?

My book, Life on Earth: Understanding Who We Are, How We Got Here, and What May Lie Ahead, is a collection of my questions and my answers, chosen to help you joyfully rock your life.

These questions and answers have given me the traction to live deliberately and create abundantly, loved and in love, with lots of friends, traveling the world, living a life that has exceeded my wildest dreams.

Thoughts become things.

Not sometimes but all the time. Not just your positive thoughts, but the other ones too. It’s an immutable law as rigid, as predictable, and every bit as dependable as gravity. In fact, no one can ever turn it off.

But this isn’t bad news! It’s awesome news because they’re your thoughts, and every minute of every day you get to choose exactly what you’re going to think.

And with this principle, you can bring virtually anything you can imagine into your life, and it’s not just limited to material things.

You can imagine more love, more joy, and more laughter.

For example, what makes people fabulously rich? The answer exists. Do they all have high IQs or EQs? That’s a BIG N.O.— just look at the people with mountains of money! Rarely are they the “sharpest tools in the shed.”

They all believed that it could happen to them.

They all dreamed and imagined either avalanches of cash crashing into their lives or of something else happening, unrelated to cash, yet that would consequently, intentionally or unintentionally, create avalanches of cash.

And once you believe something, you can’t help it, it’s the nature of “things,” you automatically start thinking more and more thoughts along the lines of your beliefs, which ultimately means you start dreaming, imagining, speaking, and behaving along those lines.

And once you go there, what happens next?

Your thoughts will become the things and events of your life—it’s the law.

To see this in its simplest form, what happens when someone throws a ball into the air? Right! Midway through its journey, it begins falling back down to earth.


Because it has to. It’s the law. Now, let’s make this a little more complicated, so that you really get how simple it is.

In order for that ball to begin falling back down to earth:

• Does it matter who threw it?

• Does it matter how old they think they are or how young they really are?

• Does it matter how good-looking and popular they are?

• Does it even matter whether or not they know about gravity and the principles of physics for that ball to come back down to earth?

No! Nothing matters once they throw that ball, because as it leaves their fingertips, the Universe and its principles take over.

And that’s exactly what happens once you choose your thoughts. So, choose them . . . wisely.

What might you suggest they do to harness this power?

First be sure you, they, understand that anyone really only has three points of contact with life’s magic or this principle:

  • Their thoughts
  • Their words
  • Their actions

Not to make this complicated. Everything still boils down to thoughts becoming things.

But you speak your thoughts as well. Your words are nothing more than your thoughts charged with enough urgency that they roll off of your tongue.

Your actions are nothing more than your thoughts charged with so much intention that they’ve thrown you into motion.

Which tips us off as to how and where you can begin deliberately using this principle of thoughts becoming things to spark major life changes.

You only need to do what you can, with what you have, from where you are, and it will be enough to turn any tide in your favor.

How do you use your thoughts?

Defensively - Simply monitor yourself. Be an observer. Become aware of what you’re thinking and, to the degree possible, do not allow yourself to continue focusing on things that do not serve you.

The more you think about something, the more you either draw it forth or perpetuate its existence in your life.

Your thoughts are not just thoughts. They’re the building blocks of your tomorrows.

When you discover those that are unhelpful, to the best of your ability, change “the channel.”

Again, don’t worry that you worry.

Remember, you’re inclined to succeed and your positive thoughts are far more powerful than your fearful and worrisome thoughts.

Offensively- Visualize. And don’t just wait for runaway trains of negative thinking to emerge before you try this out!

If you understand that your thoughts become the things and events of your life, how could you not spend just a little bit of time every single day deliberately thinking thoughts of the life of your wildest dreams as if you were already living it?

To this end, here are six guidelines that may help. They’re not rules. This is all about thoughts becoming things.

Visualization Guidelines

1. Just do it once a day. That’s it. One time a day, and then drop it. Get back to the here and now, appreciating who you already are and all you already have.

Do not start doing it 27 times a day, thinking that it will be 27 times more effective than if you did it just once. If you visualize 27 times or even 7 times a day, there’s a tendency to start comparing where you dream of going to where you are here and now.

And if you’re spending so much time between the two worlds, you may become overwhelmed with the seemingly great distance you have to travel, become psyched out, demoralized, maybe even give up.

Don’t risk it! Don’t become overwhelmed. And don’t start living in the future when your happiness does most certainly spring from the here and now.

Solution: one time a day, and you’re done until tomorrow.

2. Don’t visualize longer than 5 or 10 minutes. That’s the max, not the ideal. Three or four minutes a day would be awesome.

The reason not to visualize longer than 5 or 10 minutes is because no matter who you are, if you try to visualize longer than 5 or 10 minutes, you are going to start daydreaming.

Don’t go there. In fact, you might use a countdown timer so that you aren’t wondering during the exercise how much time you have left.

Once you visualize for 3 or 4 minutes, you’ve made your mark. You’ve created the impression of what it is you want. Those thoughts are now striving to become the things and events of your life.

3. Imagine every possible detail. When you’re visualizing, consider and include every conceivable detail. See the sights, hear the sounds, smell the aromas, feel the textures, put in all of these details, and, for extra credit, put in some extraneous details.

All extra details make the image in your mind more real. When you’re visualizing, clarity is power.

4. Feel and imagine the joy. It’s just one more detail, but it’s such an important detail that it gets its own guideline, and it’s the detail of emotion.

Emotion acts like a power booster for all manifestations. It makes the whole process happen faster. Emotion is what you’re really after, right?

The reason you want more money or more friends or improved health is always for the emotion of joy and happiness. So when you’re visualizing, feel the joy, feel the happiness.

5. Put yourself in the picture. This is critical but easy to overlook. See yourself in the picture. It needs to be YOU and YOUR LIFE that’s being played out on the “movie screen” of your mind, not just pretty, detached scenery.

You want to imply ownership. You don’t want to just manifest fleeting glimpses of your dream life, you want them to be permanent.

6. Always and only dwell upon the end result. When you’re visualizing, always and only dwell upon the desired end result of your dream coming true, or beyond.

Never worry about the “hows.” How your dreams will come true is beyond your ability to know, yet this doesn’t jeopardize that you can still know it will.

When you insist on hows, they become the “cursed hows,” because you’re putting all of your eggs in one basket, stressing yourself out, and eliminating from contention innumerable other paths that Divine Mind could have used to make your dream come true.

Take these first few steps. To be alive as a conscious creator, deliberately living in a paradise cloaked in the illusion of matter, where going bigger, running faster, and living longer depends entirely upon what you choose to think, say, and do.

Because, after all, thinking big but acting small, or being excited but playing it safe, are both the same as thinking small.

I offer these guidelines to reassure and confirm your own suspicions about life being totally awesome.

I’m simply spreading some really, really good news about Life on Earth.

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Mike Dooley
Mike Dooley is a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers international tax consultant, turned entrepreneur, who's founded a philosophical Adventurers Club on the internet that's now home to over 500,000 members from over 182 countries. His inspirational boo Continue reading