First $9/hr, then $15/hr, then $64K/yr, and the one after $64k/yr -- $120K/yr -- is now within a few months of my reach should I continue to pursue it. In fact, I've already crossed that one off my list and moved the next goal into first place, even though technically, I'm not there yet. It's just that I KNOW I could if I wanted. All I have to do is switch from employee to consultant, which I might do next year.
Keeping goals firmly in mind -- and believing you'll reach them -- really works, folks.
Even for healing, as we can see from the placebo effect.
Definition of Placebo effect(from http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=31481)_
Placebo effect: Also called the placebo response. A remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo -- a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution -- can sometimes improve a patient's condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful. Expectation to plays a potent role in the placebo effect. The more a person believes they are going to benefit from a treatment, the more likely it is that they will experience a benefit. (highlight and italics mine)
In 2006, I was at work and had sudden, bad chest pain. I went to the ER and they took some images. The first one, on 6/22, showed evidence of a compression fracture. I saw a specialist who looked at the images and agreed. He wanted me to wear a back brace, which I didn't really want to do. When I went to be fitted for the brace, the office I had to go to was closed and it would be a couple of weeks before I go again.
Over the next two weeks, every single day and several times a day, I strongly visualized my back healing and repeated over and over, "my back is completely healed." I believed it would work, and was already feeling better by the time I went back for the second set of images on 7/9.
Below are the results from my own medical record taken 17 days apart.
Do you have any stories you'd like to share about the power of positive thinking in your life?