Don’t wait until you have the resources before setting a goal. Stretch yourself. Set a stretch goal, even one that seems unrealistic, and see how life supports you. Here’s an extreme example.
I play piano. In my college days, I didn’t have one. I couldn’t afford to buy or rent one. For the longest time that stopped me from getting a piano. Why? Because I thought (held the picture) that I could only have a piano if I bought or rented one. I thought I needed the money first.
Once I was presented with the picture of being an End-Result Thinker, not thinking I needed the resources first, I gave it a shot.
I began picturing having a piano and looking for a way of getting one that I didn’t have to buy or rent. Once I set the goal, I soon had this thought:
Hey, you know there are probably people out there who have a piano and find it a burden. I could offer to store it for them.
Actually, I thought, there are probably people with two pianos who would love to have me take one off their hands. That way, they would probably let me keep it for years, since they already had one piano.
So at my job as a 7-11 manager (putting myself through college), I began asking all my regular customers who had known me for some time whether they had an extra piano that they would like to have someone store for them.
It took only two weeks. An older gentleman who lived nearby said his wife had two pianos and they had been thinking what to do with them since they needed only one.
I arrived that weekend with a friend and a truck. We walked into a very nice home. One piano was an older black upright Baldwin piano. The other was an even older, beautifully crafted Chickering spinet piano with a top that folded down turning it into a table. It was lovely.
We started heading toward the upright piano, and the man said, No, my wife likes the touch of that piano, please take the Chickering.
It was incredible! Beautiful appearance. Wonderful touch. Bell-like tone. I had that piano in my home for almost five years.
Even today, the piano in our home belongs to someone who has no room for it right now.
So you see, it wasn’t a matter of Positive Thinking. It was more a matter of End-Result Thinking and applying imaginative exercises.
It required no extra effort. Just a willingness to suspend disbelief and recognize that the possibilities of achieving a particular goal are much wider than we often believe. We just have to think from the End, As If.
I knew there was a way to get a piano without buying or renting one.
I set the goal. I saw it, I felt it, I acted as if it were a done deal.
I got the piano within a couple of weeks.
Try it. Pick any instrument you’ve always wanted, for you or your child. You will be amazed.
You create your life every day
by writing, picturing, and feeling
what it is right NOW.