Today, I have some homework for you. I want you to write something. A journal entry of your perfect day. But not just any perfect day. This entry will be dated January 1, 2021. And it’s going to be a celebration of the fact that 2020 was the best year of your life. Really.
If you read my book Accept Your Abundance, you know the drill. The idea is, you write a movie script of your ideal day, after you have manifested a life of prosperity and abundance. The objective is to imprint your subconscious mind with this powerful vision, so you are programmed to actually bring this new reality into existence.
Normally the script you write is a peek into your future: the day you take your company public, walk your daughter down the aisle, make your first million, launch your new show on Broadway, open that new restaurant, or see your book at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. But we’re going to switch it up. The slant this time is that you’re celebrating New Year’s Day 2021 in total gratitude, because 2020 was your best year ever.
This reality – you, experiencing your best year ever in the middle of a worldwide pandemic – isn’t as farfetched as you may believe. Because you know that the greatest opportunities come from our greatest challenges.
Think how the current situation has raised your awareness of how important your friends and family are to you. I have friends that I usually chat with for 5 minutes, because we’re all busy. But during this time of self-isolation, we’ve been catching up, talking about what really matter for 45 or 60 minutes at a time. You’ve probably had similar experiences, calling your elderly parents or grandparents more often, checking in on neighbors (or them checking on you), perhaps home schooling your kids.
Next think about the opportunities you have to enrich your life when a huge chunk of the world is in quarantine. You can be devoting extra time to your self-development routine: learning a new language, taking up yoga or meditation, reading the classics, or getting in extra workouts. In a practical application sense, you can also be learning specific skills like copywriting, speaking, Internet marketing, etc., that will accelerate your career when things settle down.
Maybe you’re with me so far, but you’re thinking you can’t work, or your business is shut down right now, so 2020 is going to be a financial setback. But is that really true? The world is slipping into a recession. And that means most people will be impacted by that. And it also means you can choose not to participate in it!
When the lockdown started, I had almost one million dollars in revenue evaporate within 10 days. Public seminars, conventions, and other live events had to be postponed or cancelled. But my coaching programs and consulting business have exploded with new clients who I am helping to navigate through the challenges of the pandemic. My business model has adapted to the new reality. Just like yours may need to…
Nobody likes getting a flat tire, but for the guy who owns the tire store, that’s how he sends his kids to college.
It doesn’t matter what your job or business was before this; what matters is what you choose to do during this. I’ve been shocked at the ingenuity of people during this time, recognizing new opportunities to solve problems and add value. There may be no better time to reinvent yourself than right now. So, let’s get back to your homework…
Your assignment is to write a compelling journal entry for the morning of January 1st next year, detailing the story of this perfect day. Make sure to involve all your senses, to make the experience seem as real as possible. You want to see it, hear it, taste it, smell it, touch it, and feel it. It is only when you experience prosperity in your mind and heart first, that you manifest it on the physical plane. So be sure to involve all those senses. Here’s a brief example to get your creative juices flowing:
January 1, 2021
I woke up around 6:15 as the sun started peeking through my window. The gentle ocean breezes were blowing through my bungalow in Fiji, where I’m vacationing this week. I opened the trap door in the floor and dropped some breadcrumbs to feed the fish. Instantly there were dozens of fish: blue, green, orange, yellow with red polka dots, even purple with green stripes. The water was perfectly clear, and I could see down to the bottom. I decided on a swim before breakfast, so I walked out to the deck and jumped off. The cool Pacific instantly refreshed me as I tasted the salty water and breathed in the tropical ambiance.
Becky was still sleeping so I toweled off, quietly ordered green tea, orange juice, and some tropical fruit from room service. Then I went back out on the deck to listen to the birds and reflect on why 2020 turned out to be the best year of my life...
You get the idea. Write it as if you are actually experiencing it, involving all of your senses, so you imprint this experience strongly in your subconscious mind.
Only share this script with people who support, encourage, and want the best for you. Those you can count on as Mastermind partners toward your success. Keep this script in someplace like your planner, briefcase, or purse, so you have it handy every day. Whenever you have a free five minutes, re-read your script. When you get stressed out during your day and feeling overwhelmed, close your door, turn off your phone and email, and read your script to yourself. This will calm you, center you on your goal, and reinforce the positive programming in your subconscious mind. This is a very powerful tool for manifesting your prosperity and abundance.
Breaking the process down to the simplest level, your subconscious mind does not distinguish between real events and events that you intensely imagine. The stronger you emotionally relate to the event, the more powerful the imprinting on your subconscious mind becomes. When something is programmed convincingly enough, it has to happen. Really. Because the subconscious portion of your mind doesn’t question, rationalize, or analyze – it simply does what it is programmed to achieve.
Will you accept the challenge?
One last thing. Maybe two. First, what do you say we start a tsunami of light and love? I’m asking that you tap dance on the “share” buttons above. There are a lot of people buying into the recession and negativity right now. We need to help them reframe the situation and recognize the blessings and opportunities that await them. And please call out a couple friends on social media with the hashtag #2021Challenge and a link to this page. In fact, let me start the ball rolling right now: Bob Burg, Lisa J, Curt Mercadante, and Steve Keating – I’m calling you out to take the #2021Challenge (I’m going to do lots more on social media. Let’s get this energy out into the world.)
And second, if you’re up to it, please post your journal entry in the comments below. If it’s too long, please post a link in the comments to it on your blog or somewhere else it is posted. (Please don’t post links to coronavirus conspiracy theories, political rants, or your new $79 e-book. Just link to your actual journal entry.) By making a public declaration, you will buy in to your vision even stronger. And it’s bound to inspire others. I hope you’ll join me in making 2020 the best year of your life this far.