Two Decembers ago, two days before New Year’s, my husband, Joe’s, grandpa passed away. We knew he’d been sick, but weren’t expecting him to die so soon.
Joe and I currently live in New York, but his family lives in Texas. Which meant we had to take an unexpected trip (we were planning a visit, but not ’til the next month).
Problem was, we didn’t have the money for the trip. Christmas had just passed and things were tight.
At the time I was doing a lot of mindset and manifestation work, and something I knew in my gut was, if we really wanted to go down to Texas for the funeral, we had to decide right then and there that it was a done deal and then we had to take action like it was.
I asked him: do you want to be there for the funeral?
Or course the answer was yes, so immediately I said, OK, then it’s done and now we need to act like it is.
So we pulled out our suitcases and started packing. I got on the phone and canceled all the appointments we had scheduled for the week. We knew we’d be driving down, so Joe took the car to the shop to make sure it was safe to drive it. He called to tell me there was a minor problem that needed to be fixed before we took it on the road. It was a $200 fix.
Even though money was tight and we still had no clue how we were even going to pay for the trip to go to Texas for the funeral, we just kept acting as if we already had the money. We got the car fixed. We called the vet and got my dog flea medicine (’cause them Texas fleas ain’t no joke!)
In our minds, going to Texas was a done deal.
So later that day when I received an unexpected payment of $2,500 from a prospective client I spoke with weeks prior, I wasn’t totally surprised.
OK, that’s a lie. I was freaking blown away! After only a few hours of acting as if our Texas trip was a done deal… it was. We had the money we needed to go to Texas for the funeral.
This is still one of my absolute favorite manifestation stories (and I have a lot of them). And when I look back and think about what I really did to make it happen, this is how it breaks down:
If you want to make something happen, it absolutely starts with deciding what you want. Once you know what you want, then you need to decide that it’s a done deal.
You have to decide you want it, it’s yours and that getting it is a non-negotiable. This is really the first step.
Acting As If It’s A Done Deal
Now you can’t just decide something and get it. You have to actually take action. And the actions you take need to be FROM the place of it already being a done deal.
If my hubs and I had decided we were going to Texas for the funeral, but then instead of taking action in that direction we just went about our usual day, there’s no way the money would’ve manifested. It manifested because we took action in that direction.
We packed our suitcases. I canceled appointments because we were going to Texas–we decided it–so we wouldn’t be there for the appointments. We spent money we didn’t have to repair something on our car that didn’t really need to be fixed, but it would be better for it to be if we were going to drive it 3,000+ miles to Texas and back.
We did this because if Texas was already a done deal, and the money was already in our hands, those are the exact actions we’d be taking.
So we took those actions… in faith.
The money wasn’t in our hands yet, but we knew it would be if we just kept moving in that direction. Because Texas was a done deal.
Which brings me to…
Take A Leap of Faith
In order to make the leap from where you are to where you want to be, it requires a leap of faith. You have to be willing to risk being wrong and go for it. You have to be willing to believe that it will happen.
Otherwise it won’t work.
A friend of mine recently announced on Facebook that she had applied for a temporary job, which she was really excited about. After her interview, she decided she wanted the job.
Even though she didn’t know for sure that she had it yet, she decided to act like she did. She dyed her hair a more normal color (’cause they didn’t allow blue in the workplace) and she bought some work clothes.
These actions sent powerful signals to the Universe, signals that said: I got the job. The job is already mine.
So not long after when she posted a status to Facebook sharing that she did, in fact, get the job, I wasn’t at all surprised.
Because she acted as-if. And acting as if is the most powerful way to manifest anything you want.
But it took a risk. She dyed over a hair color she really loved and spent money on new clothes. She did this in faith, believing that if she took action in the direction she wanted to go, she’d get what she wanted. And so she did.
Sounds too easy, right?
Can you really just decide you want something, move in that general direction and then get it? Yep.
Problem is, most people aren’t willing to take the risk, to deal with the uncertainty of not really knowing if it was going to work out. So they don’t take those actions. They just decide they want something and then sit around hoping it will happen, or they take tiny actions that are comfortable, but don’t push themselves to take the bigger, scarier actions.
And so they don’t manifest what they want, even though they want it.
If my friend had applied and interviewed for the job, but then didn’t get prepared to actually have the job–by dying her hair and getting some new work clothes–do you think she’d have gotten the job? Probably not.
Getting what you want requires a leap of faith and taking a risk–even a small one.
Be Open to the How Showing Up
So often people think they have to figure out how they’re going to make something happen before they can take action. And that couldn’t be more wrong.
The how isn’t up to you. The how is up to the Universe.
What’s up to you is the what and the why.
You don’t have to know how something is going to happen to make it so. You just have to decide and then move in that general direction.
We didn’t know how we’d get the money to go to Texas, we just believed that we would and moved in that direction. So of course the money showed up.
We were open to taking action. We didn’t know which action would make it work, so we just took whatever actions we could think of.
And that’s all you need to do too.
What Does This Have to Do With Writing?
Everything, really. Because this process of deciding what you want and then acting like it’s already a done deal, it works in all areas of life, not just with jobs and money.
It works with being a bestselling author, it works with getting your writing project done, it works with any result-based writing goal you can come up with.
You just have to decide what you want, know it’s a done deal and then move in the direction of it.
For example, when I decided a couple months ago that I wanted to hit #1 on Amazon, I had no idea how I’d make that happen. I just knew I wanted it to happen. And then I went to work moving in that direction, I:
- Made a decision to write and publish one eBook a month for the rest of the year (because the more books you write, the better your chances are of hitting #1, right?)
- Wrote my new eBook (in 15-minute increments over the course of 30 days)
- Got inspired to create a high-level accountability group for emerging authors who were ready to make big things happen
- Named the new group the Bestselling Author Mastermind and I actively told people they could watch me as I became an Amazon bestseller (a big risk–considering I had no idea when it would happen or if it even would, I just believed that it would)
- Published the book
- Paid $32 for a promo to a list of book lovers
- Posted stuff on social media and sent emails to my list
Those were the actions I took in the direction of becoming an Amazon bestseller. Again, I had no idea how it would happen or even which book it would happen with. But I knew it would eventually happen. So I acted like it.
Here’s how the Universe showed up for me, it:
- Found 113 people to buy my book over a three-day period (and then another 476 over the rest of the month!)
- Inspired a results-based title that helped the book to pretty much sell itself
- Aligned the timing so that my book outsold all the other books in its category long enough for it to be at #1 for a day and a half (and then it went back to #1 again a few days later)
- Dropped in my inbox a half-price sale for a software called Bestseller Ranking Pro (which I purchased and used as a research tool for how many books I’d need to sell to hit #1 and what category to put the book in–which turned out to be the one all my eBooks are in: authorship)
And on May 4, 2016, I became a bestselling author on Amazon. The how showed up because I was willing to take the actions I could think of and stay open to getting inspired ideas for additional actions to take.
You can have anything you want for your writing life and your life in general. Anything.
But you’ve gotta be willing to decide and then move in that direction until it takes.
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