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“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ~Napoleon Hill

How many times have you seen that inspirational Napoleon Hill quote on a poster or printed across the image of someone daring the impossible? “Brilliant,” I say. “I want to achieve something amazing, too!” I tack it on my wall, tape it to my mirror, even write it in bold letters across my white board. I absolutely believe that it’s true. But at the end of the day, week, month, or year of being inspired, I’m just flat tired of holding on to a positive thought. After years of Positive Thinking, here’s what I’ve figured out.

Believing isn’t the only ingredient in the recipe. “Achieve” is an action word.

Law of Attraction

Don’t get me wrong. I read The Secret, and I believe in the Law of Attraction, too. I’ve had enough “amazing coincidences” to be willing to put it in writing for the Universe to read. I believe! If you haven’t been introduced to the Law of Attraction before, here’s a definition from Remez Sasson (founder of Success Consciousness).

“The law of attraction is the attractive, magnetic power of the Universe that draws similar energies together. . . [It] manifests through your thoughts, by drawing to you thoughts and ideas of a similar kind, people who think like you, and also corresponding situations and circumstances.”

You’ll find some good information on his website: But how much farther along would I have been if I’d hung this Will Rogers inspirational tidbit on the wall next to my Napoleon Hill?

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~Will Rogers

An Experiment

So what if we were to meld belief and action into one amazing thought that “whatever we say we want to do or have, we can cause it?” Wow! What would that take? A couple years ago, my friends and I took on an experiment in causing our future in a game we called “life by design.” It entailed declaring what we wanted to cause in the next 10 years of our lives, and then using all the laws of success at our disposal to bring our imagination into reality.

If you could have anything you want, what would you paint on the canvas of your life?

First Road Block

If you’re like we were, ten years is a daunting canvas. Most of us have a hard time knowing what we want to achieve this week, much less a year—or 10 years from now. I laugh because when I’m walking out the door, I don’t have a clue what I want to do for dinner. Yet that is the question my now retired husband asks, every morning. Don’t you dare ask me what I want to do Friday night, much less New Year’s Eve. But there are a few things that I do have planned out, and I have a secret wish list that looks like: “What I’ll do if I win the lottery.” I bet you do, too.

The best dreams happen when you’re awake.” ~Cherie Gilderbloom

Come Play with Us

If you’re interested in playing the Life by Design game with us, I’ll be posting a running commentary of our play-by-play and the methods to our madness at periodic intervals. I’ll share the worksheets we used to keep track of our efforts, and what has shown up in our lives because of them. You’ll have an opportunity to hear from some of my team members, as well, and maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own Life by Design group. The first step is letting your imagination run wild.

“First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And, finally dare.” ~Walt Disney

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