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to help you build and live a
BETTER THAN AVERAGE LIFE
A $10 Million Dream
World famous comedian Jim Carrey told a story about writing himself a check for $10 million for “acting services rendered”. He gave himself three years, Thanksgiving 1995, and placed the check in his wallet. And sure enough, just before the deadline expired, he found out he was going to be paid $10 million for his role in Dumb and Dumber.
Of course, the time between him writing that check and the visualization manifesting, was filled with a lot of hard work. The fact remains though; him visualizing achievement of a very specific goal focused the energy and efforts needed to make it a reality.
A Better Than Average Dream
A little over three years ago I decided I was going to create a curriculum to teach young black men the principles of being Better Than Average; goal setting, positive mindset, and masterminds. I pictured myself standing in front of a classroom working with boys and helping their parents, teachers, and involved community members build the foundation upon which those boys would grow into successful men.
Better Than Average Results
Within weeks of forming that clear picture in my mind, I was facilitating my first "Be Better Than Average Boys" workshop at a local elementary school. I constantly experienced that feeling of deja vu because my reality so clearly aligned with the vision I had of my life's goals.
At the end of the 12 weeks, the boys had an incredible graduation ceremony attended by the school staff, community members, business and community leaders and their parents.
Since then, I have made steady progress toward my goal. I've written and self-published two books that detail the philosophies and principles by which I live my life. I have made alliances with many community leaders and programs whose mission aligns with mine. I've won multiple awards and received recognition from civic and political leaders. I have spoken at community roundtable events, and to groups of teachers. I've even begun an after-school workshop to teach goal setting and achievement skills. Within the next few months I be holding a workshop for parents and teachers to learn the information and techniques to teach their kids.
If You Can Conceive It And Believe It - You Can Achieve It
If you want to build and live a better than average life for yourself and others, two of first things you must do is idealize visualize what you specifically want. If you set vague goals you’ll get vague results if any at all. The more detailed the picture in your mind of what your goal looks like once achieved, the greater the energy and effort you will exert to make it a reality faster.
You must be able to see yourself achieving and living your dream.
A tried and true technique of any car salesperson worth his commision is to have the customer test drive a car. They encourage you to tune the radio to your favorite station and to adjust the seat to your comfort level. They know that it becomes increasingly difficult for a person in the market for a new automobile to resist purchasing once they’ve seen themselves in the car and experienced the exhilaration of driving that new car as if it was their own.
In effect, the salesperson is manipulating the customer into setting a goal of buying that car by introducing him or her to, and letting them experience, new compelling reasons to buy.
Make and take time to visualize what achieving success looks like to you. Is your goal to have a new car by the end of the year? Go to the car lot and sit in and even test drive that car. Is your goal to write a book? Go to Barnes & Noble and imagine your book on the “New Releases” table. Is your goal to start your own company? Create a business card with your name and title as the owner and put it somewhere you’ll constantly see it.
Close your eyes and picture what life looks like for you after you achieve your goal. Where are you? Who’s around you? What do you do everyday as a result of achieving your goal?
Help Is Available
On December 2nd the Black Business Initiative, Dream Culture and Be Better Than Average will help you prepare to leave your Comfort Zone in 2018 by hosting the 3rd Annual Vision Board Party: Leaving My Comfort Zone!
A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal.
It serves as a guide to your goals for the future. It is a visual representation of your dreams and your ideal life.
At this FREE community event you will get all the supplies you need to create an amazing vision board for 2018. We encourage you to bring images and other supplies that are meaningful or personal to you and your vision.
Jonathan McMillan is a success strategist and inspirational speaker. He specializes in gang intervention, desistance strategies, community service, goal setting, identity building and interpersonal relationship development.
Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for booking information
I am a simple man who has lived a complicated life. The lessons I've learned from the experiences I've been through and the challenges I've conquered have helped me develop a philosophy that life is meant to be lived at a level better than average.
What Our Clients Are Saying
I thought I knew what setting goals looked like. I believed that I was doing it the right way. But, after attending BTA workshop, I realized that I wasn't asking the right questions and digging deeper within myself to define that answer. I was skimming the surface. I'm grateful for the new insight and the tools to move further faster with my goals. I ask myself everyday, "What am I doing today to advance toward my goals?" Thanks, Jonathan, for your wisdom and spirit!” - C. King