“All things are created twice; first mentally; then physically. The key to creativity is to begin with the end in mind, with a vision and a blue print of the desired result.” – Stephen Covey
Tony Robbins attributes a lot of his early success to designing what his ideal life would be like, and going for it.
He imagined what he wanted his life to be like and he figured out how to make it happen.
Sure, he made mistakes along the way, but he stayed focused on what he wanted, and he kept taking action. He changed what wasn’t working, and did more of what was working, until he achieved his goals.
But what really made this meaningful for him, aside from the lives he changed, is how it all came together, described as an ideal day and an ideal environment.
It all boils down to how you spend your days and the environment you create to support you.
What would your ideal day and ideal environment be?
Can you picture them in your mind?
If you already experience your ideal days and your ideal environment on a regular basis, then good for you.
If not, no problem. Let’s figure out how to get there.
If you want better days and a better environment, it starts with your mind. Put on your director’s hat and imagine your perfect day. Break it down: morning, noon, and night. See the scenes and imagine the experience.
In the book, Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement, Tony Robbins shares the approach he used to create his ideal day, his ideal environment, and ultimately, his ideal life.
Design Your Ideal Day and Ideal Environment
Walk through your ideal day and your ideal environment. Imagine the scenes and the people involved.
“It’s great to have all kinds of different goals. However, what’s even nicer is to be able to design what all of them together would mean for you. Now create your ideal day. What people would be involved? What would you do? How would it begin? Where would you be? Do it from the time you get up to the time you go to sleep. What kind of environment would you be in? How would you feel when you climbed into bed at the end of a perfect day?”
Describe it in Detail
Get specific and write it down. Writing it down will force you to get more clarity on what you really want.
“Use pen and paper and describe it in detail. Remember all results, actions, and realities we experience start from creations in our minds, so create your day the way you desire it most.”
Tony Robbins’ Story
Tony went from nearly rags to amazing riches. No magic slipper, no genies, and no fairy godmothers were involved. Instead, it was the power of the human mind in action.
“Does all this work? You bet it does. Three years ago I sat down and designed my ideal day and my ideal environment. I’m living both right now.
At that time I was living in a dinky place in Marina del Ray, California, but I knew I wanted something more. So I decided to design my perfect day and then program my subconscious to create that ideal life by daily experiencing in my imagination my life exactly as I desired it most. This is how I began. I knew I wanted to be able to get up and see the ocean in the morning, and then I wanted to be able to take a run on the beach. I had a picture – it wasn’t perfectly clear – of a place that had both greenery and the beach.
After exercising, I wanted to have a great place to work. I saw it as someplace tall and spacious. I saw it as a cylindrical shape on the second or third floor of my home. I wanted a limousine and a driver. I wanted to have a business with our or five partners who were as strong and excited as I was, partners I could meet and brainstorm new ideas with on a regular basis. I dreamed of the ideal woman to be my wife. I didn’t have any money, and I decided I wanted to be financially independent.
I got everything I programmed into my mind. Everything I imagined then has come to pass. My castle is exactly the kind of place I imagined when I was living in Marina del Rey. I met my ideal woman six months after I imagined her, and married her eighteen months after that. I’ve created an environment that totally nurtures my creativity, that constantly triggers my desired to be everything I can be, and that creates for me a daily attitude of gratitude. “
Why Does it Work?
It works because you get your mind, body, and emotions all going in the same direction, instead of riding off in all different directions. It also works because you have a target to aim for.
“Why? I gave myself a target, and every day I congruently gave my brain the clear, precise, direct message that this was my reality. Having a clear, precise target, my powerful unconscious mind guided my thoughts and actions to produce the results I desired. It worked for me and it can work for you.”
People get stuck when they don’t like what they’ve got, but they don’t know what they want. It’s harder to move away from something, if you don’t have something to move towards.
It’s also easy to fall into the trap that the grass is always greener somewhere else, but the real trick is to find ways to grow more green grass right under your feet.
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