When I ask students who have read my book (thanks, students!) which part of Unsinkable they found the most meaningful, they point to three things:
- The chapter about learning how to say “No.”
- My insistence that business is “about the money.” (Since it's out of context here let me elaborate. I partly mean that you shouldn't delude yourself into working for free, or less than you are worth. I also believe that if you do what you love the money will follow.)
- The power of picturing your dreams with as much detail as you can.
How often I give advice that I forget to practice myself! I've been reminded again about how to mentally manifest abundance. First, through a book I’ve just finished reading called Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power: Everything You Need to Know about the Law of Attraction. The author, Bob Doyle, refreshed me on the effectiveness of creating mental pictures, allowing your thoughts resonate in ways that will attract what you desire. (This can be a list of goals, affirmations, a prayer, or a meditation.)
I had a funny experience with this concept on Sunday at a Washington Capitols hockey game. I have never been to professional hockey game, but my sister was visiting and my 20-something son suggested it as it as a fun family holiday event. I usually hate sports, but since I also have a 20-something nephew who thought it seemed like a good idea. Turns out I loved the fast pace, and it was an exciting game.
There were only 8 minutes left in the game against the Philadelphia Phillies when the Caps came from behind to score 3 goals in the last eight minutes. The Caps finally won in a thrilling shoot out.
Although it was an astounding and memorable family time, there was another cool thing, a moment that reminded me how important just being open to the abundance of the Universe can be. As a novice to the Verizon Center and game-day promotion, I didn’t know why everyone suddenly started looking up. The announcer said something like, “Our gifts to our fans are falling from the sky.”
Energized with the winning spirit of the day, I put my arms up and thought to myself, “Whatever it is, I’m open to receiving it.” Suddenly, small white and red parachutes began to fall from the ceiling. Each carried a Caps T-shirt folded in a square. Barely aware of a parachute headed in my direction, I stretched out my arms. I reached a little farther into the aisle as one of the parachutes gently glided toward me. I squeezed the soft t-shirt in my hands. Fans wearing Caps jerseys stood nearby, but the parachute was so obviously intended for me that they didn’t chase after it (or rip it from the hands of someone who could have been their mother).
I wasn't surprised at all. It felt effortless, natural, and that the “gift” was mine from the moment I decided to outstretch my arms.
Positive expectancy, openness to receiving, and getting into the spirit are powerful tools for manifesting a t-shirt. I'm a neophyte hockey fan, but I appreciate that a game is a metaphor for life, so I am going to use the muscle memory of my game-day experience to visualize energy creating abundance in my life. (Not that the T-shirt isn't fabulous!)
P.S. Please share a gift or blessing you have received and how it came about. With your permission, I may include your story in an upcoming blog.