Determine and eliminate all actions, thoughts, and behaviors that are contrary to your dream, desire, or decision. Reread the quote from Larry Winget at the beginning of this chapter. If you want something, you will put all of your available energies into it. Otherwise, it's just a pipe dream. It's important to know the difference. "Heroes and cowards feel the same fear; the difference is in the action." C. D'Amato End all habits that support a reality different from your intended outcome. Get--and hold--an internal picture of your desire, your goal, your dream. Don't allow the picture to become watered down with ideas of failure or sour grapes. Let the negative language drop away. And don't listen to anyone who tells you what you want isn't possible. "If I were writing the laws, I would make it a crime to give up on yourself-because it certainly carries a life sentence if you do." D. A. Benton Take all necessary steps toward your dream. Once you know what the dream is and what outcome you have pictured, and once you have made the decision to eliminate all of the practices that lead you away from, rather than toward, your miracle, the way will show itself. The steps will become visible. Take them. Even if they appear difficult. "A lot of people know what to do but few do what they know." Anthony Robbins Acting as if, then, is not hope; it's not even faith. You begin walking the path you have chosen, and you don't look back. Commitment somehow brings the necessary guidance. The way is shown. The right tools, the right people, the right circumstances materialize as if by magic. But it isn't magic. It's action. *(P.S. I have recently come across authors who pooh-pooh the 'act as if' idea. Seems it's just so much New Age nonsense that can keep you from dealing with 'reality.' So be it. Let them believe as they will. But if you choose to write this one off, you'll ultimately miss the whole point of this series. Your choice. And as always, blessings to you.) "The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers." M. Scott Peck.