"The standard of success in life isn't the things. It isn't the money or the stuff -- it is absolutely the amount of joy you feel."
---Abraham Excerpted from the workshop: Lincroft, NJ on October 15, 1996
This concept is vital to your enjoyment of life. Did you know that you can feel so very good when you're just imagining or visualizing a result (or even the process) and haven't even attempted it yet! Isn't that pretty cool? I think it is and I can tell you it's a definite truth. I have used this with my ultra running events and have felt terrific as I've crossed the finish line for a 100 mile event while lying in my bed doing my visualization. The actual event might even be a let down if I've done the visualization correctly.
You can enjoy being a millionaire even before you make anywhere near that much money. You can feel just as if you had it in your bank account by knowing how you want to feel and how you will behave and think when it happens. In actuality, it doesn't even really matter if it ever does occur if you've been thoroughly enjoying the process of feeling your way there.
The more you have these joyful feelings, the more you're going to bring what it is you're thinking about into your life. How would you feel if you had a million dollars? Write it down. Savor it. Write yourself a story about what you'd do and how you'd feel while doing it. I know that I have my own vision of what I'd do if I either had a million dollars or won the lottery and there is very little in this world that would make me feel as good as doing those things would. So, thinking about doing those things puts a smile on my face and makes me very happy and warm inside. Of course it would be great to actually have the million or the lottery but I can get great feelings and thoughts just by pretending I have it. Those feelings improve my health and happiness without having even one more penny in my pocket.
Practice this. Think about what you want and then "pretend" you already are there and have achieved whatever it is. How are you feeling? Are you smiling? Is your body feeling better? Let us know what's happening in your life when you try this.