The first thing I do when starting on a new book project is to ask my brilliant book designer Lisa Peterson to create a cover that inspires me to do the work. This is my Memory of the Future – watch for the real thing later next year.
I have a challenge for you this week. Embrace one big goal that is important to you but that you have been putting off acting to achieve. Fix that goal firmly in your mind. Download my Memories of the Future Guidebook and apply the 10-A Formula to that goal.
For the next seven days set your watch or other alarm to go off every hour. When it does, create a vivid mental picture of that goal accomplished: your book between covers and selling off bookstore shelves, accepting your graduate school diploma, signing a big check to endow a charitable cause you truly believe in, soaring over Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in scuba gear.
I can almost guarantee you that within a microsecond of you creating that mental image, the inner rain will start to fall. You’ll see the barriers and not the dream. The toxic voice in the back of your head will tell you that you can’t afford it and you don’t deserve it. You’ll let go of the “impossible dream” and shift your attention to something that is more immediately doable, like checking your Facebook page.
You’ll give in to what Steven Pressfield, in his indispensable book The War of Art, calls Resistance.
Each time that happens, it will be your personal Moment of Truth. Will you allow the inner sunshine of optimism and confidence to nurture your dream? Or will you allow it to be soaked by pessimism and self-doubt?
Walt Disney famously said that if you can dream it you can do it. That is true. But only if you don’t rain on your own parade.