Be Careful What You Wish For ... You Will Probably Get It!
by Chris King

Proponents of goal setting and self improvement methods tell us that, "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, we can achieve." The good news is that this is true - of course, we don't just wish for it, we need to set goals and work at achieving our dream.

Right? Well, mostly right. I am going to share some stories with you in this article that illustrate that if we wish hard enough, or vocally enough, for something to happen it often does happen. I strongly believe that there are forces working in our favor, so be careful what you wish for.

If we say something affirmatively often enough, it will often come to pass. You may have heard about, read about, or even used affirmations. These are positive statements, made in the present tense, that describe where we want to be - even if we are not there yet. For example, "I am an accomplished website designer/developer who has more work than I can handle." Actually, this is a statement that I made repeatedly a year ago, and, yes, I have been learning, networking, and marketing in the meantime. Today my wish is true, and I am practically overwhelmed with all the work I have to do.

I know that this method works, because it has happened to me so many times in the past. Originally, I was a math major. I returned to college to take some art classes at the college level. Having trouble getting into them and needing to get written permissions from the instructors, I told them I was working on my portfolio so I could apply for graduate school in art. Guess what? I ended up working on a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art. Another turning point in my life happened when I was laid off from a textile design studio job. Even though I had no background in restaurant work, and expecting the layoff, I kept saying that, "I could always work as a waitress. With my personality I would be good at it." Guess what? I ended up working as a server for 17 years (along with other careers) and loved every minute of it.

If we think about what we want hard enough and with conviction, it will come to pass. Just in the same way as speaking about what we want to happen, if we think hard enough, believing that it will be true, it will be. Of course, I know that you are thinking about your future as a free agent and your lofty goals, but a simple way to test this premise on a daily basis is in the parking lot. Brian Tracy, in one of his incredible tape series, talks about this method. On the way to the mall or local shopping center, picture in your mind the parking space, right up front, that will be waiting for you. It works, even during a busy holiday season. You will find the spot open, or as you drive up, the person parked in your spot will pull out, making room for you and your car. I even wave and under my breath, say, "thank you." If you don't believe me, try it. But, remember, to make this work, you have to believe it works.

When we write down our dreams, wishes, and goals, they will come to fruition. There are many different ways to approach goals. Some proponents suggest writing long-term goals, then listing the short-term goals with the steps needed to be taken to reach them. Others suggest writing two or three major goals on a card and reviewing them daily. And, one of the methods that works miraculously for me, is to write out what I would like to achieve during the year, placing the list of goals in an envelope, and then reviewing it at the end of the year to find that I have achieved everything, and even more than the goals I wrote. The theory is that my subconscious is working on those goals all year, attracting the people, actions, and interactions necessary to achieve them. And this leads me to the next paragraph.

Two clichés that I believe are: "When the student is ready, the teacher appears." and, "When one door closes, another opens." I am sure that you have heard these phrases repeated many times, and you may consider them trite. But, as an independent professional, a free agent, and a freelancer, I know that both work, and I also know that being optimistic about our futures is one of the most important precursors of our success. Every time I have needed some important information or wanted to learn a skill that will aid my journey toward a destination I seek, the right person just happens to be seated next to me at an event or a presenter shares the facts I've been searching for. And, every time a project is completed, a job is over, or a career ended, another pops up on the horizon. And it is usually a better alternative than any I imagined.

Be patient. Serendipity is at work all around us. Sometimes as freelance livers, we can begin to panic when our futures look bleak. I know, I’ve been there too. It is important, though, to continue to believe in your dreams and wishes. Serendipity is defined as "the gift of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for." Just remain open and flexible, knowing that the right forces will come together to work in your favor.

Remember, be careful what you wish for -it will probably happen. I do believe in miracles. And because I believe in them, they happen! Let me know how they work for you. I love getting your FEEDBACK!

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