I am living in yesterday’s daydream.

I know that sounds weird, but I’m telling you, it’s the truth. I feel like I’m constantly having déjà vu.

For example, I live on a block in a neighborhood I envied for years. I used to drive through downtown, always look at a particular row of houses and, from the bridge overlooking it, say, “It must be so beautiful to live there.” Now I do. I didn’t even realize it at first. I had already moved in, and then one day walked out to the corner and noticed that same bridge in front of me.

It’s not just that; it’s lots of little things, such as the creative community of friends I have or my job as an inspiration editor. These were all fleeting thoughts in my mind, and now they’re part of my life. It’s uncanny.

If people ask me how I got to be so lucky, I shrug and say, “God’s been incredibly kind.” I don’t have any answers. I’m not trying to brand some pop philosophy here or give you five steps to make your dreams come true. I do want to ask this:

If what you do and where you are in six months is a reflection of what you’re thinking about right now, would you be better off?

God is listening to your thoughts, and the universe is absorbing your energy all day long. You’re constantly sending signals about who you are and what you want. If you believe the best is yet to come, you are drawing all those good things to yourself.

When my mother discovered the power of thoughts and words, she never let her children say a bad thing about ourselves again… even if we were joking. If speaking about a new venture and one of us said, “Knowing me, I’ll fall down and break a leg,” she was quick to say, “Don’t speak that over yourself.” I didn’t get it at the time, but now I see that she knew the importance of self-fulfilling prophecies. Your words and thoughts create your universe – good or bad.

So, what are you thinking about?

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