When you picture your future with emotion, it drives you to do amazing things. Years ago, in my quest for financial freedom, I spoke to my friend George who was farming across a beautiful lake. He got me interested in buying a lot at the same place. The day came for me to tour the entire property so I could make a decision to buy or not to buy. A few people were engaged to create a path through this forest-looking plot for me to see the property end-to-end. A few minutes through the trees, one of the guides asked, “Did you people see that huge snake sleeping comfortably in the tree up there?” The mention of a snake created so much fear in me because we were told as kids how dangerous snakes could be. I immediately thought, I am in the wrong place and perhaps I should forget buying the property. I was assured that there is a way to deal with snakes in the area and that I should not be intimidated at all. We continued with the process until we got to the end of the property and, voila, we were right in front of this beautiful lake. My heart started racing with all the possibilities and what I could use the property for. I no longer thought about snakes but what I could create on the property. I finalized the negotiations and bought the 12-acre property. I went home that night and started dreaming of what was possible. I thought of a training center, a camping site, an orchard, a vegetable farm, a personal recreational home to spend weekends with friends and family after work in the city and after traveling back from my seminars, speaking engagements, and consulting assignments.
I did my plan and started work on the property. In a matter of two years I had the house built, a training hall to take a maximum of 100 people at a time for training, a boat to ferry people to and from the training center across the lake, small houses for tourists to rent when they visited the property, over a thousand seedless orange trees, a large poultry farm of 7,000 birds, and other things. I tell this story to impress upon you that picturing the finish line with emotion works. I saw people coming to my training center for training, the sight and sounds of birds when I visited the place, enjoying the quiet waters of the lake as I crossed with my boat, and all the good stuff. I enjoyed developing the property, spent weekends with friends and family over years before I sold the property to immigrate to North America. I wish I could put into words the emotions and feelings I got when I was dreaming all these things and when it finally got built. You can do the same too by doing what I did; picturing the life you want, the type of success you have imagined. Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve. I achieved what I envisioned and you can too.