“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.
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 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.
LOVE this, thank you Pam………
Love you and your messages and I do understand practicing those things but let’s not forget practicing being exquisitely happy with being comfortably abundant, bodaciously curvy and madly in love with ourselves. I love acting as if but also actively seek happiness for me as I am. Thank you for being you.
So, I need practice in all 3 areas you mentioned. 🙁 That’s a lot of practicing. But it will be worth it. Maybe I’ll focus on the first 2 for starters. Think I’m done with number 3. I appreciate this very much, Pam. Thanks.
Pam I love reading your posts. Also, as a therapist, I need to let you know that ethically we cannot approach a client or former client at a party. In fact, we probably should leave the party! Thank you for noting this, and have a most wonderful next post- I am looking forward to it!
Kimberly Peterson, LMHC
I need this now! I have Pam’s books and currently reading :”Living Big” I get inspired but need something to keep me going. Like this might do.. I am printing it out to reread. often I wish there was a printer friendly version of these. I have thought of that, “What would Oprah do?:. I was once writing to someone about a camera lens I wanted to buy, but didn’t feel I should spend money on, I could use for other, more practical things (like food) she said “does it make your heart sing?” But, I need the “rich and skinny” like what I want, not what “seems to be”
I like the idea of acting rich Pam, but that is difficult if you haven’t the funds to buy any better. Also, my greatest wish would be to live by the sea, but how one would put that into practice if one is not near the sea.?
I do get continued upliftment from you blogs, thank you.
Wow! Love this so much!
Thank you Pam for the great reminder that we create our reality so make it a good one!
Great advice! Thankyou Pam 😊👍🏻 It’s so easy to just keep rehearsing what we already know rather than practising something new, but unless we change what we’re practising how will we ever learn to become anything different? It seems I’m an expert in quite a few areas that I’d rather not be (😂!!) so I guess I need to choose the fields I want to be an expert in and start practising like my life depends on it 😁 (which I guess it does!) 👍🏻
Pam, I love you <3 <3 <3
I love your lighthearted take on the course it keeps me balanced💖
I love, love your blog. I look forward to them every day, Can’t wait to have them in book form or audible to take with me wherever I go, wholly joyful!!!!!!!!!
Thank you, Pam ❤️
I practiced accepting money into my life. Then I found a lot of cash in the street. I gave it into police, waiting the 6 months required. After that wait, I strode confidently into the police station, fully expecting to be given the money, since no one had claimed it. I was wrong. The police had changed their policy-finders of cash do not get to have that money given back to them.
So I wonder what this story means.
LOVE the story about the lovelorn husband & therapist!! <3
I love this approach of practicing. Thank you!
Absolutely LOVE this!