Life, writing

Ask it. Believe it. Receive it.

For year’s I’ve had a little painted trinket on my desk that says: Dream it. Believe it. Do it. It was my mantra for years.

But something I’ve come to wonder in the last few days is this. Is that the right mantra?

I’ve long believed in Karma, and getting back what you put into the Universe. But what if what you put into the Universe is snark and self-deprecation? (Yikes. My go-to spirit animals.)

How far will that energy take you? Spoiler alert, not very far. That said, it IS possible with someone with snark and self-deprecation to have dreams. To believe in those dreams. And to do the work to follow those dreams. But will the dreams come true if the dreamer is constantly downplaying said dream? Belittling the thing they want to come true?

Probably not.

This is not an easy realization to come to. And those who know me well know that the FIRST person to trash my work is, wait for it… ME. How do I ever expect others to value my writing if I don’t?

Ouch. Life lessons are painful to learn.

Now, removing those negative instant thoughts won’t be easy to correct in myself. I know this. But the first step to solving a problem is admitting it, yes?

Therefore, starting today, August 24, 2021, I’m going to begin the process of re-wiring my thoughts. And that starts with changing my mantra.

The first thing I’m going to do each day is ask the universe for what I want. Not just the dream of something vague and unobtainable, but for something specific I want to happen.

The second step is still to believe it. Believe you will achieve the thing you ask for. By far, the hardest step for me. That fear of success is a real thing. But you must believe it, or it won’t happen. Ask the Universe for something and trust that it will provide it for you. The how isn’t important. Your belief that it WILL happen is what matters.

Finally, Receive the doors the Universe opens up. I think we often ask for something, then when an opportunity comes to get that thing we asked for, we ignore the opened door. Step three requires that we keep our eyes open when the Universe responds to what we’ve asked for and latching onto it.

To help me stay focused, I’ve started a journal where, for the next 30 days, I plan to write down that trifecta. I will ask the universe for the things I want. I will believe that they will come true. And I will receive the gratitude when the doors open.

Is it possible this journey will end in a few days with nothing more than a few wishful thoughts to show for it? Of course. Anything is possible. But then again…

Anything is possible.

Now, if you’ll excuse me. It’s time to repaint my mantra.

Danielle Bannister, author and changer of my own destiny


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