There’s a certain ingredient to success that I’ve talked about many times, but it’s not the core of my message.
And that thing is “Acting as if” you’re already successful.
You may have heard of this before, and it’s very popular in what I call the “woo woo”, or law of attraction space.
Because, while I believe developing the right skills and taking the right actions are the keys to success…
There’s another part of me that knows in order to be successful, you must also act the part before you become successful.
Because what’s the alternative?
I think we both know if you act unsuccessful, you’ll stay unsuccessful.
So, today I wanted to share a few personal stories of times I “acted as if” to get what I wanted in life…
Or as Law of Attraction people would say “manifest” what I wanted in life.
I’ll also include specific videos to help you “act as if” so you too can “manifest” what you truly want out of life.
How I Surrounded Myself With Luxury While I Was Still Broke
When I first got started in business, I was dead broke.
I knew I had to get used to money and being around luxury if I wanted to make a lot of money.
So, instead of working at home, I’d set up my office in the lobby of luxury hotels.
I was surrounded by what I call ‘wealth triggers’.
I could barely afford anything from the restaurant except the occasional green tea.
Eventually I was able to eat lunch and dinner there, or spend the night if I wanted.
This is the power of your environment, which is why I always recommend if you want success to upgrade your environment first.
The Day I Bought My Dream Car
When I first got my driver’s license, I bought my Aunt’s old Ford Escort.
It had 100,000 miles on the clock, and the passenger side door didn’t work.
Everytime I drove mom to get groceries, she had to enter through the driver’s side door.
So, when I became financially successful, I’d had my eye on the Mazda Rx-8 for a long time.
Every time I’d see someone driving an Rx-8, I’d tell my friends…
“That’s my car.”
They’d say “No it’s not Dan, you’re not driving it.”
I’d ignore them and continue to tell myself that it was my car.
Every day I drove that car in my mind.
I’d go to the dealership and literally “smell the leather” of the car I wanted.
One day, I went to the dealership and told the salesman, I wanted to buy the Mazda Rx-8 and I told him exactly what I wanted in the car.
He looked at me puzzled…
“Don’t you want to take it for a test drive sir?”, he asked.
“No, just give me the papers to sign, and I’ll take the car.”, I replied.
He kept asking me if I wanted to test drive it, but I kept declining his offer.
After buying the car, you’d think I was excited driving it home, but I wasn’t.
It felt normal, because I’d driven the car so many times in my mind, it was like I already owned it.
Years later I’d upgrade to the Bentley, but that’s another story.
Why I Hired a Limousine To My Speaking Gigs
Many years ago, when I was just getting started as a speaker…
I used to take a cab to the airport, which would cost around $60.
I thought to myself, how can I upgrade my trip to the airport and act like a successful speaker?
I decided to take a limo to the airport instead.
The price difference was only about $40, but it made a huge difference to my confidence and the way I felt.
My audience didn’t know I rode in a limo, but I knew, and that was all that mattered.
I’d sit in the back of the stretch limo with my Fiji water and my music, and I noticed people always looked at the limo to see who was inside.
People couldn’t care less about who was riding in a cab though.
All this affected my performance and helped me present better than I did when I took a cab.
I even went back to cabs for a while and noticed my performance drop.
So after that, I said “no more cabs”.
What can you do to upgrade an area of your life like that?
It doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars, as I’ve just mentioned the difference in price for me was only $40.
Why You Can’t Get Rich Looking Poor
If you’re still not convinced how powerful it is to “act as if”…
Let me share with you something I teach my mentees.
That is, you can’t get rich looking poor, and you definitely can’t get rich feeling poor.
If you want success, you’ve got to look and act the part.
It’s the only way.
Because when you look good you feel good, and when you feel good you perform better.
Finally, I found this video from my mentor Dan Peña where he shares his experiences “smelling the leather” as he calls it, and why it’s so important.
If you study any successful person, almost all of them will say acting “as if” is a key component of their success, on top of all the action they take.
If you look at the words “law of attraction”, the main word that makes up the word “attraction” is “action”.
That’s why positive thinking by itself doesn’t work.
But when you combine the right actions with “acting as if”, something magical happens.
To your success,
P.S. – I created a program called Wealth Attraction Secrets, I think you’ll enjoy.
It’s designed to help help you unlock the magic the makes the law of attraction work.
Without this vital piece of the puzzle the law of attraction simply won’t work.