Applying focused attention to seemingly impossible goals or dreams can lead to what some people call miracles. It certainly seemed that way for Andrea Fisher after a terrible automobile accident left her comatose and without the use of her arms and legs.
Andrea had been a happy and successful television producer, and now her life was turned upside down. When she awoke from the coma three months later, her husband immediately asked for a divorce. Every neurologist she consulted said she was a quadriplegic and was never going to get better.
As soon as she understood the reality of her situation, Andrea set a monumental goal: to walk out of the hospital on her own. Within a year Andrea was off the respirator. Within three years she had stood up. And within seven years she did, in fact, walk out of that hospital on her own. How did she do it?
Every day Andrea focused on her goal and took specific steps toward achieving it. She arranged for a diet of holistic foods in the hospital. She got regular massages and chiropractic adjustments. Even though she could not feel anything from the neck down, she knew they would be good for her body.
Each day, Andrea spent time in prayer and meditation. She expressed gratitude for each breath she took, each beat of her heart, the good things in her life and the possibilities for her future.
She went to work releasing her feelings of depression, anger, fear, frustration and other self-defeating emotions. She also visualized her goal daily, imagining herself working out, lifting weights, walking, riding a bike—all the physical activities she had loved.
When she stood for the first time, Andrea surprised every medical doctor and neurologist who had worked with her. Later in her life, she spoke at neurological conferences, and specialists around the world studied her case. They concluded that her walking again was a miracle, because they could find nothing scientific to account for it.
But to Andrea her recovery was no more a miracle than the fact that she could breathe or her heart could beat. She insisted she could explain every single detail of her breakthrough.
Imagine what you could do if you applied that same kind of focused attention to your personal goals. Maybe your goal won’t take seven years to accomplish. It might take seven months—or even seven weeks.
In my book The Success Principles, I refer to this daily focus as the “Rule of Five.” I suggest making a list each day of five steps that will move you closer to your goal. Then check them off as you complete each one.
Be very specific about the steps. If your breakthrough goal is to achieve your ideal weight, for example, your list might look like this:
- Do morning stretches for 10 minutes.
- Walk for 30 minutes.
- Prepare a healthy lunch with plenty of green vegetables.
- Go grocery shopping right after lunch to avoid shopping while hungry.
- Spend 15 minutes visualizing goal or reading affirmations.
The cumulative effect of these daily steps can be profound. Small steps are manageable, and achieving them daily keeps you motivated and your momentum strong.
Whether your goal is to drop 20 pounds, run a marathon, start a business or write a book, apply the Rule of Five each day and see what “miracles” you can create in your life.
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