What If You Could Be & Do Anything?
The Magical Power of What If Thinking
The problem with affirmations is that they often require us to believe things we clearly don’t.
If I stand in the mirror and tell myself that I am a tall, handsome guy with six pack abs and cannonball shoulders, I’m certainly going to struggle to believe it.
Maybe after a year of working out with a personal trainer I could come to believe this, but until then I’m going to be deluding myself.
I have experimented with affirmations for over a decade, and I have found that while they work sometimes, they often do not.
The few times they *have* worked is when the following applied :
a) I believed in what I was affirming
b) I did them long enough and with enough repetition (at least twice per day for 3–4 months minimum)
c) I wholeheartedly wanted what I was affirming to be true
After using affirmation — often combined with visualization — for years with minimal success, I started thinking that perhaps I was in resistance by trying to force myself to believe things that I clearly knew were not true.
I was not a millionaire, so it often seemed absurd to tell myself that I was.
I was in the midst of multi-year dry spell, so affirming that I was in the most amazing relationship imaginable seemed equally absurd.
But What if?
I have always had an active imagination, and I remember even as a kid having the thought “what if?” in my head all the time.
Of course the what if usually involved me speculating about whether I could develop superhero superpowers or use a magic wand to get my homework done with no effort.
Later I realized that “what if” thinking could be applied to real life scenarios and could be positively life altering.
The magic of “what if” thinking is not that these two words are magical in any kind of woo-woo sense. They are not incantations that bring us whatever we want. It’s not a real-life version of ‘abracadabra’.
What these words do, however, is make an emotional impact that can supercharge everything else we do to achieve our goals and manifest the life we want.
Asking “what if?” can allow us to see that while we don’t currently have what we seek, it is indeed very possible. It can be ours if we open our minds to the possibility.
So rather than looking in the mirror and telling myself affirmatively that I am tall, handsome, and have an amazing six pack, I could be more realistic and use the “what if” approach.
What if I really were standing here looking at my six pack abs? What if I actually had them? What would it be like and how could I get them?
What if I started going to the gym and doing all the right things (exercise, diet, etc.) that would allow me to achieve my goals? What if I started doing shoulder workout at the gym and really did develop cannonball shoulders?
I can’t grow any taller, but…what if I changed the way I dressed and wore clothes that gave me the appearance of being taller? What if I switched to shoes that make me look taller? What if I slim down and develop a physique that adds to the appearance of being taller?
Now the affirmations that previously seemed to be ridiculous and unbelievable start to look like something that is not only possible, but in fact is very probable if I start taking some simple actions.
Standing in front of the mirror again, I start thinking, “Wow, I can actually achieve these things I used to affirm.”
If a goal is achievable, which most of them are, then there should be no resistance to “what if” thinking?
Unless it’s prohibited by the laws of physics, then I can assure you that your goal is possible.
So you want to become a multi-millionaire, but you think the odds of achieving this are too low. Not many people make millions of dollars, you think.
But actually there are a record number of multimillionaires being minted each year, especially in the last five years. There’s no reason it can’t be you.
Just ask yourself “what if it could be me? What if I could discover what multimillionaires know and apply it to my own life?”
You can use “what if?” thinking for any goal you have, regardless of how likely or unlikely you consider it to be.
Some things are truly impossible, but the goals that most people pursue are far from impossible.
The key is not to believe that you already have the things you want, but rather to just come to the realization that it is possible.
Believing something that is not currently true does not cause it to magically manifest into our lives. We don’t need to be delusional and try to convince ourselves that we have things we don’t.
A simple question can be more powerful than a scripted statement that may bear no resemblance to reality.
“What if?” thinking hasn’t given me every single thing I have ever wanted. I still have a long list of goals and things I want to attain.
But it has allowed me to reach many goals that I once thought were impossible.
If you have struggled with affirmations and visualizations in the past, I would highly encourage you to give this approach a try.
After all, what if it really does work?