Reminder: Say What You Want To Be, Then Do What You Have To Do

It’s important to treat yourself as if you already are what you’d like to be–then become it. Let me explain.

I started out as a florist, however I knew that as much as I loved doing flowers, I wanted to be a designer.

When folks asked me then what did I do for a living, I started saying, “I am a designer.”

The moment I started doing this, I became one.

Whatever your dream is, even if at the moment it feels impossible, I encourage you to begin acting as if what you would like to become is already a reality.

It is this world of “inspiration” that will guide you to access anything you would like to have in your life.

“By having the courage to declare yourself as already being where you want to be, you will almost force yourself to act in a new, exciting, and spiritual fashion. Treating yourself this way can become a habitual way of life.”*

“This doesn’t involve deception, arrogance or hurting others. This is a silent agreement between you and god in which you discreetly work in harmony with the force of the universe to make your dreams become a reality.”*

So, dream big and trust the amazing positive forces of success. I know I do.

Do you feel that you are on a path to becoming your “dream” self? Are you being gentle with yourself in allowing things to happen at the “right time”?

*Excerpt from the book 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace by Dr. Wayne Dyer.

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  • Anika

    I would really just like to thank you for following your heart that you might share insight to help others do the same. I have always believed there was greatness inside of me. But until recently, I wasn’t sure what it should like coming out.

    I am an Event Designer. When I think of a scene from the screenplays I write in my head for people’s events, I can hear the background music. My dreams have always been in color, which I realize now is necessary to being an Event or Experience Designer.

    You, Preston, have blogged the very words that I needed to read at this season in my career to catapult me forward. Had i read them 18 months ago, I wouldn’t have been through enough for them to resonate. I love that you tell us to be, “gentle with yourself in allowing things to happen at the ‘right time’” I stressed myself out for a full year after being laid off from my corporate career 2 years ago because I couldn’t seem to “get it together”. The irony is that my creative purpose couldn’t have revealed itself then. Stressing would have killed any creativity,

    Everyday is a beautiful and exciting one. Even on the days I would really like 15 minutes more sleep, I am ready to get to work, because the work in progress is me! All of the images I have carried around and shared only with family and friends for their events can be offered to any who want them.

    Thank you, dear Preston, for heeding your call that I would have a mentor to guide me towards the evolution of mine. To honor your gift, I will pay it forward as I go to all who can gain anything from the steps I have taken.


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  • http://YOURWEBSITE Daphne

    I have to say Preston, you are truly an inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing your insight, advice and letting us into your mind. It really is appreciated.

    I always knew I wanted to work on the creative field, but somehow life got in the way and I got stuck in the corporate world. I’ve been thinking about switching gears and following my passion (design) for a really long time, but have been to afraid to do it. Reading your words has given me the necessary drive to push forward and move on to making my dreams come true.
    So again, thank you.

  • Christine

    What an excellent post! I have always felt this way. Saying it, feeling it, and believing in it makes it real and wonderful. Doing it makes it happen.

  • Wincy

    Thanks so very much for the inspiration! I am now learning the importance of being gentle with myself and allowing things to happen at the right time. This is one of many confirmations that I have had this week. I am on the path to becoming my dream self.

  • Debra

    I love this post Preston. It’s great advice that you have given me before, and i am taking it.

  • Bhupi

    Ever since I was little, the Art of Henna always fascinated me. After graduating from university, working in a high flying corporate job, my dream became a reality. I gave up working an 18 hour a day job and went backpacking in India for 2 years.

    I learned this traditional art with the help of a 9 year old girl who was working outside my hotel. She was amazing. I have been practicing the Art of Henna for almost 15 years but I have taken my artistry a step further.
    I doodle on anything and everything, so when I hosted a pottery painting party in May 2009 it was inevitable that my piece would turn out to be unique. The teapot received star treatment as a full bridal design unfolded onto its curves. It took almost four and half hours but was worth it. Reluctantly I handed it over but I was assured that it was in safe hands. Two weeks later, it arrived at my door step after firing and glazing. I was gob smacked, it was magnificent.
    After lots of experimenting and much deliberation, it didn’t take long before I found the perfect technique allowing me to paint glassware and transfer my passion for henna onto other mediums. It started with Teachers Gifts at the end of the school year and this in turn spurred me to offer them for sale.
    I started off with Cocktail glasses and the inventory slowly started to grow. I’m still a very new business but am on the right track to follow my dreams.

  • Anonymous

    Hello Preston,

    Thank you for this post. It really resonated with me as i am currently seeking out inspiration from everywhere, to help keep me on track to fulfil my dreams. Just when i start to have doubts, i seem to get a nudge from the Universe to point me in the right direction, letting me know that i am being guided at all times.

    I was not intended to be online today, but i am big believer in everything happening for a reason, as i now know that the Universe had another message to deliver to me, and this time it was going to be delivered by Preston Bailey :-)

    I am working towards getting out of the corporate world and following my creative instincts. I have wishes and ideas… and finding my way to manifesting them. Your guidance and inspirational advice has come at the right time and much appreciated.

    Love and Light Roxy

  • Mimi

    Just found your blog. Thanks for the inspiration,

  • Nishaka

    Excellent Post. You are what you believe yourself to be. I am a Event Planner, yet looking to be “The” Event Planner in my area. The one you go to first for your event planning needs. My passion is strategic planning and organization. I’m not the “Designer”, but I love working with Designers to bring the creative element to the event. Thanks again for a great post!

  • dgoodiesinc

    Hello Preston,
    You are an Inspiration ! I recently added an Event Planning Division to my Gourmet Goodies Company. You truly create all things beautiful. Thank You !!!!!

  • http://YOURWEBSITE D

    Found your blog today. SO happy I did. Thank you….:)

  • Keke


    Thank you for your words of encouragement and inspiration. This week for me was filled with many challenges, fear, and doubt. Reading this post made me realize that I can dream big, and with patience and peace within, it will become a reality in it’s due season.
    I will meet Preston Bailey one day.. See, I am already dreaming big and speaking it into existence. Thank you again Preston..

  • Jennifer Ward

    I must admit, it is often difficult for me to say, “I’m a graphic designer” or “I create custom, designer invitations for high-end events.” I believe it has something to do with the fact that I don’t have the education to back up those statements.

    Thank you Preston for opening yourself to the rest of us, showing us that you have encountered the same issues and concerns that we have.

  • Victoria (Numily Creations)

    As a business owner, we take on so many roles and wear many hats. So I can honestly call myself and some I am just assuming the responsibility until someone else comes along to take over. I started with “I am a Pastry Chef”. But soon I was much more. As you did, I started calling myself an artist. Now, I can actually say “I am an Artist”. What I’d like to add to that is the title of entrepreneur. I work at it every day. Thank you for constantly sharing and inspiring!