In 2009 I took a little red piece of cardboard, folded it in half like a tent, and on it I wrote:
One year later I walked down the aisle of a Jet Blue plane heading to the Caribbean, with a smile plastered on my face because I got what I wanted. Here’s how I made my wish come true.
I took that little red card and placed it on my nightstand so I could see it everyday when I woke up and just before I went to sleep. Travel is my passion so when I read the words, I envisioned myself walking down the aisle of an airplane with sunlight streaming through oval windows.
For a year I worked, cleaned, exercised and lived my regular everyday existence. Whenever life felt hard, which was frequent in New York, and I needed a distraction, I pictured the plane and said the phrase in my head.
Next thing I knew, the fun, wealthy family I babysat for asked me to accompany them to the Caribbean for two weeks. After that it was a G6 private jet to Florida for a week. From there it was private islands and Pinot Noir and so many other cool things.
I can’t believe I’m getting paid to do this, my mind shouted!
What’s crazier is that from there, my dream got even bigger than I imagined. For two years, I worked that amazing job and saved up enough money to send myself on a trip around the world.
Now I’m saying: I can’t believe I’m paying myself to do this!
Yes, I had to make sacrifices and difficult choices, but we all do that everyday anyway. Writing down what I wanted made it happen. And you can do it, too with these 5 simple steps.
5 Simple Steps to Getting What You Want
- Pick a short memorable phrase that encapsulates what you want. Make it flexible, “I want to help sick people” vs., “I want to be a nurse.”
- Write that phrase down and put it somewhere you’ll see it everyday.
- Chose a mental image that matches that phrase.
- When you feel bored, sad, or underappreciated, daydream your vision and think your phrase.
- When it comes time to make a choice in life, whether it is about the type of bread you buy or a career change, measure it up against that phrase. Some things will be neutral, some things will push you forward, and others push you back. Keep what feels right and throw the rest back.
The most challenging part of this process is maintaining your individuality. This is your dream for your life, which means your path to success will be unique to you. The whole thing sounds crazy, but I’m living proof. And I’m happy to answer questions to help you on your way. Now you just have to decide.
What’s your dream?