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Thursday, August 01, 2013
Prosperity is a State of Mind by New World Library Cofounder Marc Allen

The day I turned thirty changed my life.

That day, without even being consciously aware of it, I tricked myself into daring to look at my life and my world in a new way. It was only much later, when I looked back on the changes that had happened in my early thirties, that I realized how powerful this simple little trick — a simple little exercise — had been.

I woke up on the day of my thirtieth birthday in a state of shock. A little voice within kept saying, “You’re not a kid anymore — you’re thirty.” I was struggling financially; it was a challenge to pay my rent every month, even though I lived in a cheap one-room apartment in a funky part of Oakland, California. I had no job, no income, no savings.

I paced up and down in my slum apartment, and then I remembered a little game I had played eight years before during a back-to-the-land experiment I had tried. One night, a group of about ten of us were sitting around a fire, and one person said, “Let’s play a game I played at church camp. Let’s imagine five years have passed, and everything has gone as well as you can imagine — what would your life look like?”

We went around the circle, and everyone spoke. I don’t remember a word of what I said, but the day I turned thirty, I remembered playing that game, and thought it would be a good idea to play it again. This time, however, I took a sheet of paper, wrote IDEAL SCENE in large capital letters at the top, and quickly filled the page with scribbled notes.

This exercise, I realized years later, tricked me into changing my life. It tricked me into imagining a prosperous state of being rather than a life of struggle and scarcity. And I realized later too that once I could imagine something, I was already halfway toward the creation of it.

I dared to dream of my ideal and put it in writing. I imagined I had a life filled with abundance. I imagined I had a successful publishing company, a wonderful family, and a big house on a hill with a beautiful, private yard. I imagined I wrote books that changed people’s lives and recorded music that people loved. The simple trick of asking myself what I ideally wanted my life to look like in five years was the key that set it all off, the key that set everything in motion.

I made a list of all the dreams I’d need to realize, all the goals I’d need to reach before I could actually live my ideal scene. Then I wrote each goal as an affirmation, as if it were actually coming into being, in an easy and relaxed manner, a healthy and positive way.

Through this simple little exercise, and then through the power of affirmations, self-talk, guided meditations, creative visualization, and prayer, I ended up changing my internal thought processes and eventually changing some deeply held beliefs.

I went from feeling and believing that life was a struggle and that it’s hard to succeed to feeling and believing that I am now creating the life of my dreams, in an easy and relaxed manner, a healthy and positive way, in its own perfect time, for the highest good of all.

“If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place,” is how Eckhart Tolle put it in The Power of Now. I changed my inner monologues and dialogues to ones that encouraged me and empowered me rather than undermining my dreams. It’s simple: change your thoughts, change your words, and you change your beliefs, your life, and your world.

The older I get, the simpler it all becomes. There are just two essential things we need to do to create a life of prosperity and fulfillment: (1) We need to dare to dream, to clearly imagine and visualize the life we want to create. We need to affirm, declare, pray, write goals, write plans, and stay focused on our dreams. And (2) we need to deal effectively with the doubts and fears that naturally arise as soon as we dare to dream. We need to keep moving toward our dreams, taking whatever small steps we can take, in spite of the doubts and fears that can undermine those dreams.

When we keep focusing on our dreams, they can become stronger, more powerful than our doubts and fears. And then we see miracles happening in our lives!

Marc Allen is a renowned author, composer, and speaker. On the day he turned thirty, Marc cofounded New World Library with Shakti Gawain, and as the company’s president and publisher, he has guided it from a small start-up operation with no capital to one of the leading publishers in its field. He has written numerous books, including The Magical Path, The Greatest Secret of All, Visionary Business, The Millionaire Course, and The Type-Z Guide to Success. He has also recorded several albums of music, including Awakening, Breathe, and Solo Flight. He is a popular speaker and seminar leader based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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