Have you ever had a time in your life when things were going really well? I mean really well? Effortlessly, as if by accident, you wish for something and the right people, the right circumstances and resources show up. You easily reach a goal that once seemed impossible. It almost seems like a dream – a fleeting moment of luck. What if you could harness that ability whenever you want to achieve anything you want in your life? Imagine…more focus, money, freedom and fun could be yours for the asking. Would you learn the secret? Would you use it?

Successful people attract abundance into their lives with purpose and intention. It is the secret that all people who maintain success and prosperity in their lives share. It’s a secret that many don’t talk about openly. Why? Most people believe that working harder, longer and with more effort is the key to great success, and they don’t believe that success could come any other way. After all, isn’t that what we were all taught in school? Get a great education, go to college, and get a job. Well, let’s face it – it’s not working so well is it?

The truth is I experienced a lot of financial success at an early age. Millions of dollars came into my life. I worked hard to grow a multi-million dollar business. After all, grow a bigger business is the goal, right? Wrong. The pursuit of success led me to an unbalanced approach to life. Work hard, no play, go in early and leave late became my mantra.

I couldn’t take it. It had to stop. Somewhere there was a key to finding the balance I craved. But where? Who could tell me the secret? How did successful people have it all – a profitable business, health, family and free time? I asked every successful person I knew to tell me the secret. They all told me that true success comes from mastering the skill of manifesting – bringing into reality the things that you want using your mind. In essence, it is about using the infinite resources of energy, the Universe, to assist you in your quest.

Could it really be true? Could anyone manifest his or her own version of success on a continuous, repetitive and consistent basis? Was there really an infinite source of energy and knowledge, just waiting to help me? I had to find out, and I had nothing to lose. So I practiced, learned, and great things happened. Today this powerful system is an integral part of my everyday life, and I am proud to share it with you. Do you want great things to happen to you too? Start here and they will.

  • Make a decision to have what you want, when you want it

This is deceptively simple. It would seem that making the decision to have whatever you want would be easy, but most people are tentative when it comes to being specific. People say things like It would be nice if… and We’ll see what happens when… It won’t work. First, you must state that I am in the process of… or I will be when making a decision. Make sure you’re clear on when you will receive the results. You must be resolute, and allow no one (not even yourself) to undermine your confidence in your decision.

So what do you want? Starting thinking and practicing now. Here are a couple of practice sentences to get you started.

I am in the process of becoming a millionaire by the time I am 50.
I will be living a life of personal and financial freedom on or before my 45th birthday.
I am going to have a weeklong Italian vacation in 2005.

Start small. I’m having chicken for lunch today is a very decisive statement. I am going on vacation in Los Angeles for a week in June is also decisive. Once you have practiced and mastered this decisive language, you are ready to move on to step 2.

  • Be clear about the outcome

The next step is to be extremely clear about the details of the outcome. This is done in the context of what you DO want, not what you DON’T want. Practice visualizing yourself in the situation you want to create. How do you do this? Once again, the simplest way is to start small.

Think about this: when ordering a salad in a restaurant, you choose the type of lettuce, vegetables, cheese and dressing. You visualize how the salad will look when it arrives at your table. You are clear about what you want. After all, when you’re thinking about the salad, you don’t have a visual picture of a chicken sandwich in your mind, do you? Of course not! You have a visual image of the salad you wish to eat. It works the same with bigger items, like financial freedom. You must visualize the money, the bank statements, investments or just plain truckloads of money arriving into your life.

  • Detach from the process

One thing that holds many people back is not knowing how to do something. Forget it. The how to do it instructions will appear after you have clearly defined what you want.

Take the example of ordering the salad. After you order, you don’t have to worry about how the salad will take shape. Every restaurant prepares salad differently, but the outcome is the same – it arrives at your table ready to eat. It is the same with all other events in your life.

  • Expect that it will happen

Now that you’re decisive and clear about what you want and not trying to control the process, set an expectation that what you want will in fact appear. It may not appear in the way you thought or at the precise time. Possibilities you thought were a sure thing may disappear. In fact, you may even experience frustration, anxiety or impatience trying to control the outcome. Ask yourself what lesson could I learn from this experience and turn it into a personal growth opportunity.

  • Be Open To Possibility

As I mentioned in the last step, the path to the outcome may (and probably will) show up in ways you never imagined before. It is your job to explore possibility. Suspend judgment of how things should be done based on your past experiences and ask yourself Is the situation, person or resource that is in front of me supposed to help me on my journey? If so, how? When you ask the question, you will be given the answers – one step at a time.

  • Practice Gratitude

Are you thankful for the things you have in your life right now? Do you look at your challenges as an opportunity to grow or a burden that needs to be eliminated? When you practice being thankful for specific events in your life, including the burdens, even when you don’t understand why they appear in your life, your ability to manifest accelerates almost to the speed of thought.

Practicing these steps means taking action, being consistent and being open to change. Getting what you want does not always mean that it is easy. Challenges occur. Emotions, other people’s negative views and comments set you back. But in the end, it all comes back down to your choice. Choose to get what you want and it will happen for you. That’s a promise. Guaranteed.

Stephanie Frank is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker and entrepreneur. Take the free quiz Do You Have What It Takes To Be The Next Accidental Millionaire? at www.AccidentalMillionaire.com.