"Your focus determines your reality." It's not a new idea, but it's one that many people don't truly understand. A couple of years ago, my reaction to that statement would have been, "Yeah, whatever." However, now that I've begun to see the truth of it my response has changed.
If you look around you, you will see the truth of the statement. Simply observe the lives of the people you come into contact with. Those who are focused on sports bring sports into their lives through their actions and attitudes. They play them, they know people who play them, they know where to go to play them, they know the best places to buy equipment, they may even have connections that allow them to get better equipment for less, etc.
You can see the effect that the strength of the focus has on people as well. Some people only focus casually on sports, and they have a team at the local YMCA, they play pickup games of whatever every Sunday with their friends, stuff like that. Then you have people who's life focus is sports, like Micheal Jordan. He focused on basketball with all his might since he was a kid, and it made him arguably the best basketball player ever. He wasn't really that great at baseball though... that's not where his focus was.
Similarly, everyone around you is getting what they focus on to one degree or another. Good or bad, big or small. If you see a coworker talking about getting a boat, you see him looking through catalogs trying to find his ideal boat, he checks out lakes and rivers near his home and determines the best times to go boating, he tells his friends about the boat he's going to have... sooner or later, you are going to see him with a boat.
However, there may be someone who constantly says things like, "I wish I could have a boat." Or, "Man that would be a great boat, too bad I don't have the money right now." It would not surprise me at all if this person never gets a boat. Right now they are not truly focusing on a boat, they are focusing on not having a boat. They are focused on their inability to have a boat, their lack of a boat. Because of that, they will continue to get that, no boat.
That's how it works. In the past year, I began almost inadvertently to focus on sales. I listened to training tapes on sales, I read books, I thought about it a lot, imagined myself selling things, etc. And now, almost a year after this started, I am surrounded by opportunities to sell things. My focus gradually drew sales into my reality.
This works for anyone, with anything. Some things take longer than others, require more dedication and effort, but they will manifest. Just give it time, but keep focusing. Focus on what you want in a positive way. Focus your mind, emotions, and actions on what you want and it cannot help but manifest in your life.
Here's the formula:
Write down what you want in positive terms. E.g. "I want to completely own a porsche (no payments to be made) by May of 2008."
Then simply start focusing on it. Imagine yourself in the porsche, driving it around curves, pulling up to work in it to looks of astonishment from your coworkers, smelling the leather interior, etc. Go to the Porsche website and browse the cars, thinking how it will feel to walk into a dealership and point to one and say, "I'll take that one. No need for financing, I'm writing a check." Actually go to the dealership and look around, test drive one if you can. Whatever you need to do to experience the feeling of having it as fully as you can.
The key here is to think in terms of "When." And never in terms of "If only." "If only" is the language of wishful thinking. "When" is the language of ownership (of anything, not just cars). If you find yourself "wishing" you had a porsche, then simply change your wording in your head so that you find yourself knowing you will have a porsche, it's just a matter of time.
The Porsche is just an example. This formula works with anything.
Credit for this formula must be given where it's due. My main resources on this are "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill, and "The Secret" DVD. Others talk about it all the time as well though. Deepak Chopra mentions it in his "Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" among others, and numerous other people talk about it as well. Everyone lives by it, whether they know it or not. Those who know it and take advantage of it simply have an edge.
Congratulations, now you know!