Let’s Pretend

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  • This morning I talked with one of my good friends, Lori. She was telling me about a great new plan that she had for her business. The excitement was palpable and grew exponentially as she shared her enthusiasm. Then suddenly she stopped, and said, “Well, that’s what I’ll do WHEN I get a sponsor.” Enthusiasm gone.

    Excitement killed by logic.
    We all have dreams. We all have the same voice inside telling us why we can’t do our own specific dream. What’s the biggest impediment stopping you from your dream?

    If I had the money… if I were younger…  if I had a partner that supported me… etc. Sound familiar?

    Now, let me ask you again- “What’s the biggest impediment stopping you from your dream?” Please share with me the “if I had x then I could move forward” belief that is stopping you in your tracks.

    Take a moment and find what that belief is for you.  When you find it, hang onto it for a few minutes, as you’ll need it in a few paragraphs.

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    Now, do you remember when you were a child how you could play “pretend” for hours? We’d set up all the empty food boxes in the house and play store, we’d pretend to be doctors and take care of others, we’d be cowboys or Indians, and after watching Perry Mason, we’d pretend to be lawyers and argue points with our siblings or friends? I can’t be the only one who did these things, can I?

    Just for a moment, I’m going to ask you to be ten years old again, and play the game of “Pretend” with me. So tell me again, what’s your obstacle?
    Now, “pretend” that you already have exactly what it is that you feel that you need to continue. If you need money to pursue your dream, you now have unlimited cash. If you need a corporate sponsor, you have several to choose from. If you need a partner, you have found the perfect person. Whatever the need is, it has now been filled. Woohoo! Doesn’t that feel great!?

    Knowing you have everything you need is one of the best feelings in the world. Feel it, celebrate it, and then, it’s time for action.

    Now that you have everything you need, what is the very next step that you would take to bring your dream to life? GO DO IT! Let me repeat that- GO DO IT NOW!

    As soon as we get out of the micro managing “How am I going to do this” stage and take action as if we already have everything we need- things shift.

    When we take action through inspiration and feel good about our choices, the results will be monumentally successful.

    When I look back at some of my greatest accomplishments, I had no idea how we were going to make them happen. The one thing that they all have in common, in retrospect, is that we took action without waiting for the “necessary” components to show up. We just “pretended” that everything was perfect and acted from that place. And you know what? By doing so- everything WAS perfect and everything did show up!

    It seems so counterintuitive to our human nature. It almost seems like we’re lying to ourselves and to the world. I like to think that we’re just telling the truth in advance.

    Just for today, pretend that every obstacle in your path, whether real or perceived, is gone. You have everything you need to move forward. Find the next step and take it.

    Have the faith that when you step forward with courage and conviction, the Universe will also step forward to support you. But, you have to have the faith first before it will show up for you. When you believe in the possibility of your dream, the floodgates to the magic of life will open for you.

    Just for today, try it. Pretend with me and then write and share the magic of your experience with us. I’m here to celebrate your victory with you, so please feel free to share your obstacle and your first step below. Thanks for being a part of our community.

    Hugs,

    Gail

    Gail Lynne Goodwin

    Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of InspireMeToday.com, bringing the best inspiration to the world. InspireMeToday.com provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to InspireMeToday.com, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006. Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

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    1. Margit Crane
      Margit Crane says:

      How cool! Just found your site through Kathy Slattengren, today’s featured inspirer! Thank you for your post.

      Last week I posted a video on YouTube called “Pretending Your Way to Success” It’s for tweens and teens but apparently adults like it too. I guess “pretending” is in the air!

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    2. Rod Yates
      Rod Yates says:

      Thank you for reinforcing a belief in optimism, there is so much despondency around at present that your words seem like Micro Economics, compared with the world scene. It makes me think that if we address the issues that are emerging ahead of them
      becoming a crisis, people might catch on to good causes and help rather than condemn. I am talking about the coming crisis with bees, particularly for the pollination of crops. Seems to me that will put finance into perspective.

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    3. Jessica
      Jessica says:

      Hi Gail-

      I am so glad you posted this. I am one that believes a lot in visualizaion. I am doing that right now with a new place that I want to move into. I can even feel the cozyness of my new apartment.

      BTW- thanks for putting this line in “It seems so counterintuitive to our human nature. It almost seems like we’re lying to ourselves and to the world. I like to think that we’re just telling the truth in advance.” I always thought that to myself, now I know that I am not the only one.

      Woohoo to my new apartment!

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