Make Your Dreams a Reality by Changing Your THOUGHTS!

"Fais de tes rêves une realite." Make your dreams a reality. We always tell people to go out and accomplish all their dreams, but how do we actually do that? How do we actually make our dreams a reality?

One would probably just say, "hard work. duh." which is true. With hard work and perseverance, you can make your dreams a reality. But that's only 50% of it. Working hard will only get you so far. You'll work and work and eventually, you'll hit a road block that you can't get past with just more brute force. 

No, to get past it, you have to change your thoughts

I know this may sound a bit hippy-dippy, but hear me out.  Changing your thoughts can change your life. Why? Because of a handy-dandy thing called the Law of Attraction. 

Now if you're completely, 100% new to the Law of Attraction, I recommend checking out a few different resources: Abraham HicksThe Secret, Dari Awakened, and Gabrielle Bernstein.  These readings / people have completely changed my life. They've changed the way I think, the way I go about life, and the way I set the goals I want to achieve. I highly, highly recommend checking them out, but in the mean time, here is, essentially, what the Law of Attraction is:

“Simply put, the Law of Attraction is the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on. It is believed that regardless of age, nationality or religious belief, we are all susceptible to the laws which govern the Universe – one of which being the Law of Attraction. It is the Law of Attraction which uses the power of the mind to translate whatever is in our thoughts and materialize them into reality. In basic terms, all thoughts turn into things eventually. If you focus on negative doom and gloom you will remain under that cloud. If you focus on positive thoughts, and have goals that you aim to achieve you will find a way to achieve them with massive action.”

So essentially, if we focus on what we want the right way (more on that in a sec) and manage to stay in a positive mindset most of the time, we can make all of our dreams come true. How cool is that! 

Now you may be saying to yourself, "Hannah, that's impossible. I can't just think something up and it'll happen," and I get it- I was in that mindset too. I didn't believe that this was possible. You see, I'm a bit of a compulsive worker. When I get started on a project, I will work and work and work until I've completely exhausted myself. It's part bad-habit, part strongest quality. But regardless, I felt that your dreams could only come true by hard work and brute force.  I believed that was all it took, working, working, working. And you know what? That never, ever worked.  

Take this for example: when I was younger, I was a ballerina. I trained at this elite ballet conservatory for most of my life, which is still, to this day, regarded as one of the top ballet schools in the nation.  And part of that was due to their absolutely phenomenal competition teams, which would often perform in places like France, Spain, and the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.  

When I was in high school, I wanted to be on one of their teams so bad.  It was my ultimate dream. I would've killed for a spot on one of their teams. But since I didn't want to end up in jail (kidding) I decided to work as hard as I possibly could to ensure I'd make it on the teams.  I spent every waking moment I could at the studio. Whether it was in my own classes, private lessons, renting extra studio time, etc. I was always training as hard as I could. I would come home from an evening of 4+ hours of dance, only to then chug a protein shake, hop on the treadmill for an hour ,and then weightlift for another 30 minutes.  I worked myself to the absolute extreme, and made sure my body and technique were in tiptop shape. 

Then auditions would roll around and I'd be so excited. I'd get in there and feel like I killed it, giving it my absolute all and showing off all the work I'd put in the previous year.  

I auditioned three years in a row, and guess what- I never got it.  Nope, I was never accepted on a team. I was crushed. I thought I had worked so hard, and my hard work felt like it was never enough.  

However, what happens when we let go of pure brute force, and instead, let our positive mindset help govern things? Let's look at another story of mine:

Back in December 2016, I decided I wanted to start a clothing line. I spent hours researching ethical and sustainable manufacturers in the Bay Area, priced things out, planned kickstarter pitches, drew sketches, etc. I even came up with a name, and secured the Instagram handle and the email address. I brought the idea to my mom, who was always an aspiring fashion designer, and while she loved the idea, she told me, "Just wait a bit. Don't dive into it right now. Give it some time, think about it some more. Let it simmer." So following her advice, I did just that. I packed all my papers away in my desk, and bookmarked the idea for later. Every now and then I'd think of it, and just send the silent prayer to the universe that one day, I'd be able to do that.  

The next month, January 2016, I was at the Oakland Women's March with my friend, Jess, when I received an email from a lady. She said that she had an ethical and sustainable manufacturing company based in Arizona, and would love to work on launching a line of printed tee shirts with me.  I was shocked! Just a month before, I had set the intention that I wanted to start a clothing line, and then out of the blue, a month later, a woman contacts me about doing just that. Not only was it that, but it wouldn't require me to invest a ton of money (which is great for a college student), and I wouldn't have to worry about fulfilling and shipping orders.  Not only did my dream completely manifest, but it manifested in a way even better than I could've thought of myself! And the best part- it didn't require any brute force. Yes, it still required both physical and mental work, but I didn't have to overwork myself to make it happen. I simply had to take inspired action, set the intention, and wait for the universe to deliver.  

So with that said, what are the steps we can take to make these dreams a reality? What can all of us do to stop doing what I did in the first story (work and work with little success) and do more of what I did in the second (work hard, but step back)? I've narrowed it down to three steps below.

1. See It.  

What exactly is it that you want? Maybe you want to manifest the love of your life, or a new job promotion, or your dream vacation to Bali. Whatever it is, the first step is to pinpoint exactly what you want. Let's take the lover, for example. That's what you want the most. Then the first step is to sit down and visualize what it is you want. What do they look like, what do they act like, what do they do for a living? Where do they live, what car do they drive, how do they treat the people around them? The universe loves when you get specific on things, so dive as deep into this fantasizing as you want. I personally think the best way to do this visualizing is through meditation, but you can really do it anywhere. Just sit down without distractions and get lost in your thoughts. 

Another great way to do this to write down a physical list. Write down a list of the qualities you want in a person- maybe it's a sense of humor, or ambition, or even blonde hair. Write it all down, and tuck the list away for later. This is setting the intention. 

2. Feel it. 

But it's not enough to just want something and expect it to happen. Even with visualizing, just visualizing looks and scenarios can be superficial. The next step- and this is the hardest for some people- is to focus on how it makes you feel. How does that lover make you feel? Do they make you feel happy and loved, or excited and nervous? However the feeling is, however you want to feel, focus on that feeling and bottle it up. A great way to do this is again, through meditation. Sit down in your meditation and think about that person, and let whatever is meant to come, float into your brain. Visualize the two of you together, and focus on the feeling that you get in that daydream. If you're doing something happy, let that warmth spread down all over your body. Capture that feeling and bottle it, and focus on the sensation it brings you. The LOA works better when you can focus on a feeling, rather than a thing. Let this positive feelings guide you, and try to hold on to that feeling of happiness throughout the day.  

3. Work for it. 

With all of this said, you do still have to work for it. You can't just sit on your couch eating potato chips and expect your lover to come waltzing into your life.  You still have to work for it and be active. Go out a lot. Spend time in public places, such as coffee shops and restaurants.  Go on dates, let your friends set you up with people. Put yourself out there, because if you don't, that dream lover will never find you.  It's the same as if you want a car. It's not enough to just visualize what it looks like and how it makes you feel when you drive it. Start saving up the money for the car, try to find deals on some online, etc. The universe will not just hand you what you want on a silver platter. You have to put in the work required to yield the beautiful outcomes.  

As Dari Awakened says about the Law of Attraction, "It's simple, but it's hard." Meaning, the steps are relatively simple- there isn't much to them. But actually implementing the Law of Attraction into your life and using it to its fullest advantage? Now that is hard.  But with some hard work and dedication, it's absolutely possible. I'm extremely grateful to have manifested so many things in my life, things that maybe I'll share on here one day. And if I can do it, then you can too. Make your dreams a reality. Create the life you always imagined for yourself. And don't be afraid to live the life you live within your wildest dreams.  

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