NOW, LET’S MOVE TO Phase Two.
Phase Two is also just a mental exercise, and it doesn’t cost you one red penny. Phase Two is as follows: “Pretend” that you already are what you want to be, and that you already have what you want to have.
Ask yourself, “How would I feel if I were already the person I want to be? If I already had the things that I have written down on my Phase One list, how would I feel? What would I do? Where would I be right now?” In other words, assume the fulfilled dream.
Assume the feeling of the dream fulfilled. When a farmer plants a field of corn, he cultivates it, rains fall on it and the sun shines on it and it grows and grows until one day it is ready for the harvest. You see, Phase One of this formula is like planting the seed. Phase Two is like watering, cultivating and warming the soil by the sun shining on it. When you “pretend” that you are the person you want to be, you go through special mental activities or mental exercises which are like plowing the corn, or cultivating it.
When you assume the warm, deep emotional feeling of the person you want to be, it is like the warm sunshine shining on the growing corn. I can tell you many details of what actually takes place inside you and what happens in the whole universe, when you “pretend” but believe me, I know that if you will do it in simple childlike faith your dreams will come true. Is that fair enough at this point?
Later on, for those of you who are interested, I will be happy to go into the deeper aspects of the laws involved.
Someone will ask, “How do I comfortably go through these mental exercises of pretending that I am a certain person in my dreams?”
One of the best ways that I have ever used is as follows:
I first assume that I have already attained my desire.
Then I ask myself what event would normally take place after I had attained my desire but would never take place other than if I had attained my desire.
Then I make arrangements to live that event as though I had already attained my desire.
For example, I went on the air on my first television program on June 19, 1955. I had my desire to be on television written down for several months before June, 1955. So, in March, 1955, I arranged an occasion to dramatize an event which would normally only take place after my first appearance on television. I arranged to have a debut party at my house, and the time was, as we pretend, the evening after I had debuted on TV that afternoon.
Each guest was invited and given a script, which told him exactly what to say at the party. So each guest arrived with great joy and enthusiasm congratulating me on having done a fine job that afternoon on my first telecast. All evening, our discussions were regarding how happy we all were that the program had been launched so well in the great good that would be done by the principles of genuine success being taken to so many hundreds of thousands of people, etc.
We pretend that we were celebrating the start of a television program in March, but the actual program did not start until June or about three months later. But we all assumed the mental attitude, the excited feeling, the tones of reality, of having already started the program. I happen to know that by doing this very thing it played a very important part in bringing my dream into fulfillment so soon.
You don’t have to do anything great in order to use this one, two, three, four technique.
Let’s suppose that your little girl wants a new tricycle. One day you see her riding an old broom around in the backyard. You ask her what she is doing and she says, “I’m riding my new red tricycle.” She is using the same technique. She, first of all, did Phase One, which is to decide that she wanted a new red tricycle; then she was doing Phase Two by riding the broom and pretending that it was already her actual new red tricycle. It’s just that simple. It doesn’t cost a penny so far, and it’s just a mental activity which you go through like a little child.
Let’s suppose that you want to be a person who has great poise so that you can meet all life situations without fear or feeling of nervousness. You would even like to be able to stand up and speak before groups with poison comfort. Then, if that is what you want, you have your Phase One part already.
What about Phase Two? You would do several things. Every time you attend a group meeting in the person of poise gets up and gives a really good speech, you see yourself as being the person giving that speech. Get that feeling of giving that speech by pretending that you are the person giving it. Also, give a party and coach your guests and celebrate your having given a great speech the day before. Also, line up some chairs in your living room, and one day when no one is there but you, assume that all those chairs are full of people.
Stand up and talk to them as long as you can think of anything to say. It doesn’t matter at this point, just keep standing there and keep talking about anything whatsoever, and after a while you will get a feeling of comfort and you will then begin to control your thoughts. Then, after awhile, you will find yourself taking advantage of every opportunity of accepting appointments to speak before groups and you will one day find that you are a person of poise and confidence.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to be the President of the United States, and Ambassador to a foreign country, a Congressman, a Senator, a movie star, a great singer, a great industrialist, a great attorney, a great salesman, a great farmer, a great housewife and mother, a great secretary, or a great whittler, you can become anything you want to be, big or little, by applying this one, two, three, four technique.
Can you fulfill Phase Two? Sure you can. All you need is the desire and humility of a little child.