There is no coincidence, and nothing happens “by accident”. Each event and adventure is called to your self by your self in order that you might create and experience who you really are. All that is required is to know this. For you are the creator of your own reality, and life can show up in no other way or you than the way in which you think it will.” -Neale David Walsch
In 2009, at the age of 25 I had made close to $80,000 selling group employee benefits and as my salary increased, the void expanded. What was I doing with my life?
As the question persisted within, I witnessed my life shatter around me. The girl I loved abruptly left, my brother was hospitalized, sales dried up, and when I looked in the mirror, I was embarrassed with the person I had become.
When I realized that everything that mattered to me was gone, I made the decision to follow my own intuitions or die in the process. The fear of failure no longer held me prisoner because I had nothing left to lose. “Out of the ashes, rises the phoenix.”
I definitely sympathize with the difficulty confronting the views of traditional media, our loving parents, and those around us when we first commit to building a vision. In response to this, I want to share some key insights that have helped in building my own path amidst the resistance.
Do you have the courage to embark upon the journey to bring your own dreams to reality?
1. Develop a vision
The creation of vision is something we all practice on a daily basis, however, it is a process that we are often unconscious of as we rationalize or blame outside events for our current situation. It is time for you to WAKE UP and recognize your potential! What do you want to be? What do you want to create in your life?
The purpose of developing a vision is to seek your highest truth, to become the best version of yourself based upon your current level of consciousness. There are no right or wrong answers, so feel free to expand your perspective through experience.
It is not seeking to become that will free you, it is understanding who you truly are that will allow you to break away from perceived limitations. Be Your Own Hero!
2. Write down everything you can about the vision (be as descriptive as possible)
When you develop a vision it is important to be as descriptive as possible. Think of every little detail and envision how you want it to be.
I constantly carry a composition notebook around with me to be able to capture a vision the instant it comes to me. I used the same process of visualization playing football and at times, it was simply unbelievable to see events I envisioned the night before play out on game day. It was if there was no difference between dreaming and reality! When my athletic career ended, I started using visualization to create all aspects of my life.
3. Be confident in your ability as a creator (don’t let the external environment impact your internal vision)
You must be fully confident in your power of creation. If not, you will simply allow small adversities in the external world rob you of your power. People fail in this process because they second-guess themselves (rationalization), develop a sense of fear, or they let others strip away their power.
If you could create anything you wanted, would you have the courage to bring your highest vision to reality? Do you fear glimpsing your highest potential?
The only way to find truth in your life is through developing your perspective through personal experience. Next time you find yourself rationalizing, take a look up at the infinity of the night sky and rethink what is possible. You are the creator of your reality and you must take full accountability for your path.
4. Focus on one thing at a time and be PRESENT with everything you are doing
The power of creation is a tremendous gift but it can also cause you to go crazy if you are unable to control it, which is a primary reason why many people fear it. You must always be in the present moment and focused on the current task. It is easy for your mind to get caught up in the past or the future, causing you to “leak” precious energy as you project yourself in non-existent worlds.
By being present with everything that you do, a new quality of excellence comes to your work and relationships. If all you have is NOW, why would you not enjoy the experience and make the most of it? Through this mindset, you will be amazed at how your life will be transformed.
5. Meditate to regulate your internal environment
Meditation is the most important exercise to fully comprehend when trying to bring visions to reality; without it, your mind/time will consume you. The moment that you begin to feel an elevated emotion (fear, anger, arrogance, sadness, etc) you must instantly meditate.
If you do not learn to meditate in these emotional states, the elevated emotions will rob you of your ability to focus and cause you to spin like a top. In my experience, individuals who learn to center their energy are far better prepared to handle the obstacles necessary to bring a vision to reality.
The vast majority of our world are constantly caught up with emotions of the mind and through their inability to harness them, they paralyze themselves. Emotions aren’t a bad thing, however, you must be able to take control of your internal environment to witness your true power.
When an emotion comes to you, embrace it completely and learn to let it go. You will lose all of your creativity the minute that you identify with a negative state or fail to let go of mounting stress. Adversity is not a negative thing, it is often a wonderful gift which allows us to grasp our greatest power (how we choose to respond and expend energy).
6. Be consistent and learn to ”flow” when creating
The concept of “flow” can be described as the feeling of joy or bliss while working on a vision that you are truly passionate about (I am experiencing this right now). During “flow”, time seems to melt away effortlessly and a new level of creativity consumes your work.
You most likely have experienced this phenomenon in your life, but were unaware of it when it occurred.
Is there anything that you do that allows you to lose track of time? What is it? If you experience the phenomenon of “flow” it is important to be consistent with the task you are working on to develop your abilities in this realm.
Do not rationalize to yourself that you are wasting time on things that others would deem unimportant. If you can experience flow, trust in your abilities and watch what you can create!
7. Stay unattached to the outcomes: Do not identify yourself with your vision
The moment that you identify with a vision or become attached to the outcome you lose your power of creation. Many people play “roles” throughout their entire lives, meaning that they identify who they are through their career title, relationship, amount of money in their bank account, and other external focuses. The problem with doing this is that when the external is taken away, you no longer know who you are.
Experiencing this first hand led to my collapse and through this difficulty, I was forced to dive within. Many people will go throughout their entire lives and will never understand this illusion. These individuals will seek to become without understanding who they truly are. They will never accept their tremendous power within and in doing so, blame their suffering on an unfair, outside world.
8. Do not fear when you realize your tremendous power of creation (you will try to rationalize it at first)
When you first begin to grasp your potential, you won’t believe it. You will simply think you are crazy for thinking that you can create your realities. Believe in yourself and do not be afraid. If we are all able to tap into our potential, there is no limit to what we can create.
Don’t let “religious zealots” or other nay-sayers condemn you for acknowledging the power within. This teaching is universal within all religions and it not often understood by the masses. If you are a Christian, I recommend looking into The Gospel of Thomas, which branches the philosophies of the East & the West. Any platform that brings about a sense of separation from other human beings is weak and will not serve your highest purpose.
9. Empower others to develop their own powers
With great power comes great responsibility. Help others realize their true potential and create tremendous change in your community. It is our responsibility as members of the younger generations to reshape unconscious systems that are part of an old story. We must alleviate the dependency on government and break out of the illusions forced upon us by mass media. You must learn to trust your inner guidance and LEAD through example.
10. Show love towards everyone/everything that you experience and be grateful for the power that you possess in this life
To feel love you must be love. Be thankful for everything and everyone that you experience and take responsibility for all aspects of your life. Through this trust in yourself and your highest vision, you will give people permission to do the same in their lives.
Start today by focusing on your daily interactions and be the change. The fate of our world depends on your willingness to answer the call.
You can do it.
We are currently seeking those who wish to dream big and create lasting change in their communities. Do you think you have what it takes to lead a life aligned with a higher purpose? Apply by September 15th to be a part of The Higher Purpose Project taking place in Big Bear Lake, CA with Dan Adams and Phil Drolet. #BeYourOwnHero
About the Author
Dan Adams, a highly successful visionary entrepreneur, Creator of the 2012 ESPY Award-Winning Mission Kilimanjaro, NCAA Record Holder, aspiring actor, and adventure junkie driven to help people realize their infinite power to create their lives. Was inspired to create The Higher Purpose Project in 2012 after witnessing the need to empower young generations to “be their own hero” and evolve failing structures found in political, religious, educational, and financial sectors.