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Practice being rich, skinny and madly in love.

“You are what you practice most.”—Richard Carlson

When I played soccer, my team met twice a week at a park in front of Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to practice. Likewise, when I was learning Clair De Lune on the piano, I rehearsed it over and over again. Practice, of course, makes a new skill normal, second-nature.

Practice is also imperative when setting intentions. It’s important to practice being what you intend to manifest.

If you want money, for example, you have to practice being rich. Every day for at least an hour (or better yet, 24/7 once you get the hang of it), act like the prosperous person you want to become, BE the recipient of abundance you are in Truth. Make all your buying decisions from the perspective of a wealthy person. Ask yourself, “WWOD?” (That’s “What would Oprah do?” for those of you who’ve never worn one of those bracelets.)

When buying makeup, for example, don’t choose the cheapest kind. Act like a wealthy person. Act like you deserve abundance.

My daughter, who just came home for spring break, and I spent the whole two weeks practicing being wealthy. Every day, we went out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We shopped and saw movies and didn’t one time consider price tags. We were, to quote Gandhi, “Being the change we wished to see.”

If your intention is to drop poundage, practice being skinny and beautiful. Strut around in the body you want to have. Feel that gorgeous beingness with all your heart and soul.

If you want a fabulous relationship, practice having one. One of my favorite stories about relationships comes from a therapist who was counseling a guy on the brink of divorce.

This lovelorn husband says to the therapist, “I cannot wait to get rid of my obstinate, unhappy, horrible wife. And I’ll do anything to make her pay.”

“Okay,” says the therapist, “Here’s what you do. For the next three months, build your wife up. Tell her how beautiful she is, praise her, act as if she’s the woman of your dreams. When you ask for that divorce down the road, she’ll be devastated that she’s about to lose that kind of attention.”

Six months later, the therapist runs into the same guy at a party. “Hey,” he asks, “Did you ever get rid of your obstinate, unhappy, horrible wife?”

The guy looks at him with utter indignation. “What are you talking about?” he says, “My wife is the most beautiful, perfect partner a guy could ever have.”

What do you want in your life? Start practicing.

Pam Grout is the author of E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

2 Responses

  1. I’m going and out to lunch and shopping til dinner time than out to dinner and and I will not be eating fastfood.

  2. I am just reading E Squared right now, along with Jumpstart your Metabolism. Today, I ordered Living Big, so needless to say I am a fan. But more than that everything I have read thus far has spoken directly to my heart, my mind, and what I have been in search of for such a long time. Therefore, I am just learning how to create my life by my thoughts. I am a “concrete thinker” wherein I need to know the nuts and bolts of how to walk daily in order to incorporate something into my life. So, if I am thinking about my ideal weight, for me, and pursuing those thoughts, in the everyday life of working, how does this play out in your mind? Must you constantly have these thoughts on your mind, or specifically how should your mind be operating on a daily basis at work or cooking or whatever? Then, if I am to walk around in my new beautiful slender body, but my eyes catch myself in the mirror, and you know my thoughts will bombard me with the “inaccuracy” of my slender body, how do I proceed from this point? Thank you in advance for any and all help!

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