Come as You Are: 5 years Later
Imagine going up to a party where every person in attendance showed up and acted out what their ideal life would be like 5 years in the future? It may sound a little silly, but it's a powerful exercise because it forces you to do several things:
- Define (with specificity and clarity) what and where you want to be.
- Experience (see, hear, feel) what is like to actually embody that vision.
I learned about this strategy from Jack Canfield's Success Principles and pitched the idea to the members of the book club that I attended on a monthly basis. At the time, I had just started to latch onto the idea that I could become a writer, although there were always feelings of imposter syndrome creeping in. Still, I decided to go for it. I took a book off my shelf and created a new dust jacket for it so I could walk around and tell people about my new book and how I wrote it to be a positive change agent in the world.
It was not only fun to act the part of my own vision, but to hear what others came up with. One woman wanted to convert a building her family owned into a retreat center. Another woman wanted to help form a community centered around promoting the arts for children that didn't have the financial means to explore these opportunities.
Years past by and I almost forgot about the event until last November when I finally published my first book. Upon reflection, I remembered that we had this gathering where I had set the intention, but I had no written evidence of the time and place of the event. It wasn't until today when it appeared on my Facebook feed that I realized that I had met my goal just under the wire. The funny thing is that about a year ago, I felt compelled to (finally) get off my ass and make it happen. Was it a divine guidance or just a coincidence? I don't know, but I'm encouraged to throw another party, and this time set an extremely ambitious set of goals!
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About Rick Manelius
Quick Stats: CTO of Contact Mapping. Author of Winning the Lottery Within. Graduated from MIT in '03 (BS) and '09 (PhD). Life hacker and peak performance enthusiast. This blog is my experiment in creative writing, self-expression, and sharing what I've learned along my journey. For more information, read my full bio here or contact me.