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     Four Magic Words

You have two incredible tools that form the FOUNDATION of your creative power. Whether you're aware of it or not, you're already using one of these tools to create everything you currently experience in your life -- good and bad alike. Begin using these two tools together, and you'll harness a creative force within you to manifest your heart's desire. These tools are attention and intention.

ATTENTION is defined as, "concentration of the mental powers upon an object." You use attention any time you concentrate your thoughts upon something, whether it's an object or just another thought. A simple law of the universe says wherever you focus your attention, you also focus your creative energy. In other words, what you think about, you CREATE in your experience. 

The second tool, INTENTION, is defined as, "an aim that guides action." Intention is the item or the reality you want to bring into your experience -- the object of your desires.

When you focus your attention on what you want and make it your intention to create it, you take hold of a creative force that can literally move mountains. Alexander Graham Bell spoke of this force when he said, “What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he KNOWS exactly what he wants and is fully DETERMINED not to quit until he finds it."

The four magic words that position you to use this creative force is your own life are..."What do I want?" Sounds simple, right? It is. But it's not always EASY to know what you want. Further, when you do actually decide what you want, you face the challenge of ASKING for and receiving it. Even further, you've faced those times when you actually got what you wanted, only to discover it wasn't as great as you expected. You end up just accepting and tolerating whatever life throws you, whether in the form of your career, your mate, your income, your living environment, etc. Then, of course, in our state of "tolerating life," the more we focus upon what we DON'T want, the more of it we experience. In the words of fitness guru Susan Powter..."Stop the insanity!" 

"What do I want?" Begin using these four words each day. As Stephen Covey says, "Write it down, asterisk it, underline it."  If you ask it, the ANSWERS will come. Keep asking until the answers do come. You see, you will always get something -- even if it's only more of the same. As a child, when you awoke Christmas morning, you knew you'd have stuff under the tree. But if you didn't make a list of what you wanted, there's no telling what you'd get. It works the same with every area of your life. Every day is Christmas morning. You'll always get something. Have you made your list yet? "What do I want?"

Just say it out loud with me. "What...do...I...want?" To the extent you get CLEAR on the answer to this question, you can focus your attention on it and make it your intention to create it. I'll leave you with the simple and direct words of Walt Whitman, who said "claim your own at any hazard." It's your life! Make it great.


Michael Pollock is a popular online writer and Personal Coach. He works with proactive people who are determined to make their lives all they want them to be. Visit his website at www.successfulifecoach.com. You can also subscribe to his popular online newsletter at .

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