“The greatest dreams are always unrealistic.” ~Will Smith

Here is the promised update on the “Come As You Will Be Party”.  Again, the idea for this comes from chapter twelve of Jack Canfield’s book: The Success Principles.  The basic concept is this: you get together with a group of people of similar ambition and you completely pretend to be living your dream life from five years from now.  All of you talk up your current life: Where you are living; how you make your money; the kinds of cars that you now drive; the trips you are able to take; the people that you now hang with; the books you have written; whatever; this is your chance to feel what it will be like to really be living your dream life.  You don’t worry about how you got there.  You don’t worry about seeming outrageous.  You listen to each other tell your more exciting dreams as though you have already accomplished them and you be excited for each other.

Do you want to feel what it is like to be a best-selling author?  This is your chance.  Do you want to feel what it is like to own a vacation home for your family and friends to use on the Amalfi Coast of Italy?  (These are two of my dreams, but you can use them too! :) )Feel that way now.  What ever your dreams – come as though they are already real.  Bring props, dress as you would, really be your future self; these are keys to making this exercise really useful.

For me, I thought this would be easy and feel very natural.  I was surprised.  I had a hard time at first really stepping into my future life.  I had trouble really saying my dreams aloud to other people as though they had already happened – were already a part of my day to day existence.  This was great information for me.  I am not mentally ready yet for my dreams to happen.  Wow!  I am still reeling from that.  I have some work to do on myself yet; this is not a surprise – I am just surprised how much work I have left to do!

Overall, this was a great experience.  After the initial disorientation of living my future, I felt great!  I could see and feel so many things that I had not even imagined and my motivation – Wow!  I am completely committed now to doing what it takes to make my future life a reality and I gained lots of insight into what it will take to get me there.  This was one of the most powerful exercises that I have done in years.

How about you?  Do you know some like-minded ambitious people that would like to take a very powerful step towards making their dreams become real?  Time to make some calls and schedule a party!  Have fun and let me know how it goes.

Till next time…Jack

“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire.” ~Arnold H. Glasow