You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.

What is it about our upbringing or life experience that teaches us how to make a wish come true?

I’m not talking about the fairy godmother story in Cinderella, nor the three wishes from the genie in Aladdin, but rather the innate understanding that if we have a wish, deep within us, that we are wholly empowered to manifest that into reality?

Does it come from the positive reinforcement of our achievements in our formative years?

Does it derive from continuous reinforcement that putting our efforts into studying, turns into good grades on our papers and our exams?

Does it come from working hard at an athletic, artistic or musical achievement, and collecting accolades along the way?

When we study others who have made their dreams come true, do we personalize their experience and transpose it upon ourselves, so that we feel as if we have an internal roadmap/compass upon which to rely?

There are many ways that this small, but astronomically large variable in our world gets formulated, supported, and ultimately reinforced on a regular basis.

The more that we are myopically focused on working to achieve something, the more our efforts and energies point towards a specific opportunity or conclusion that strikes us as being potentially attainable.

During this process, we are all the more focused on making our efforts and energies reflect various aspects of the prerequisites required for such a wish to come true. This can be reinforced through society, literature, media, family, or friends.

Whichever combination of these variables reinforces the prospect that this wish we are so focused on, could very well manifest, are valuable, because in the course of this happening, we are being conditioned.

This conditioning, like any form of regimen, trains us to discard the negative stimuli that wants us to believe the wish is unattainable, and instead reinforces us with information that drives us to set our sights high, in order that we might achieve what we are most desirous of accomplishing.

When we are infused with a dream, we must always remember that a dream is a starting point, and the ultimate goal is to formulate a game plan, act intelligently on that game plan, and never lose sight of the resilience necessary to capitalize on this to our greatest personal or professional advantage.

Happy Saturday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!