Healthy Beginnings

LEVERAGING THE UNIVERSE: 7 Steps to Engaging Life’s Magic

By Mike Dooley

Reviewed for Healthy Beginnings By June Milligan, M.Ed., CCHt|

This is the third book in a series exploring the ideas of self-fulfillment, personal success and spiritual accountability. Mike Dooley’s first two books, Infinite Possibilities and Manifesting Change were New York Times best sellers. In this latest book, he explains that in just seven steps, you can channel the Universe’s incredible energy to achieve your dreams. This is accomplished through practical strategies and simple exercises that anyone can do.

The most important and most basic idea in this book is “thoughts become things.” The second most basic is that you “must take action toward your goals.” Everything else stems from these premises. If you consciously control what you think about, talk about and expect, and also create “traction through action,” you basically cannot fail.

The seven steps to an amazing life begin with Understanding Your Power. Not understanding our power and its source is the number one reason people give up on their dreams. However, with understanding, doubt is banished, confidence soars, and living deliberately, rather than by default, becomes automatic.

Charting Your Course and taking stock of where you are now, no matter where you are, and answering three simple questions will reveal what you can immediately begin doing to bring about major life changes—even if you don’t know down to the last nitty-gritty detail exactly what you do want.

Taking Action and Delegating is vital. Knowing what you can, should and must do—versus what you mustn’t ever do, and knowing what you must delegate, is crucial.

Leveraging the Universe by learning how to playfully use your thoughts, words and deeds will bring exponential returns on your effort. This is beyond having a vision and running with it.

Aligning Your Beliefs with your dreams is basic. Knowing what you want and aligning your beliefs, thoughts and expectations with those goals and dreams is the very foundation of change.

Engaging the Magic by persisting toward your goal causes an unpredictable evolution of events, circumstances and ideas which will ultimately bring about the manifestation of your dreams.

Adjusting Your Sails while being sure you’re on course is vital. At first, there may be no trace of “land on the horizon” even though you’re under full sail, but there are ways to assure you’re on course, despite appearances.

Mike is an advocate of the famous Goethe quote, “Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no one could have dreamt would come this way. So whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. For boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

Mike is a former tax consultant turned entrepreneur, who’s founded a philosophical Adventurers Club on the internet that is now home to over 425,000 members from over 182 countries. His inspirational books have been published in 25 languages and he was one of the featured teachers in the international phenomenon, The Secret. Today, Mike is well known for his free Notes from the Universe e-mailings.

An example of a Note From the Universe is: “Tell you what: if you can get happy right now, in spite of any problems, challenges and circumstances that seem to taunt you, I’ll take care of those problems, challenges and circumstances, as well as the ever after. Do the math, take the bait, and never look back. Tallyho! The Universe.”

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