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Athletes, actors and other celebrities have sometimes credited the law of attraction for getting to where they are today. Life coach Judy Siblin-Librach tells us how she is using the power of “as if,” and urges everyone to give it a try.

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When we want to attract something into our lives — money, romance, a great job, a deeper sense of purpose — the acting “as if” exercise means simply acting as if we already have what we want.

Olympic athletes do this all the time, and many celebrities have used the acting “as if” technique to achieve their goals.

One of those celebrities is Oprah Winfrey, who credits the “law of attraction” as the reason she was able to land her dream role of Sofia in Steven Spielberg’s film The Color Purple. Oprah read the book The Color Purple numerous times, and told everyone she knew that she wanted to play that part.

She prepared for it. She got into shape for it. And even though she’d never acted in a major film before, she did manifest her desire. She got to play the role of her dreams.

In 1985 Jim Carrey acted “as if” he was a successful star when he wrote a cheque to himself for $10 million for ‘acting services rendered’. At the time, he was a penniless actor. But by 1995, he was able to command $10 million for his first major motion picture.

There is actually a parallel in Judaism to acting “as if,” and it is during the parting of the Red Sea. In Jewish legend, Nachshon was the brave soul who walked into the Red Sea first before it split, showing us that taking the initiative, and taking action, is how it all happens. Nachshon took the action first, acting “as if” the sea would part, even before it actually did. And then as you all know, God did cause the sea to part, creating one of the greatest of all Biblical miracles.

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A Personal Example

For the last twenty years I have struggled with my weight. As a life coach, I help my clients find their purpose and live their dreams, and yet for me, weight has been a big obstacle. Ever since having kids, I have perpetually attempted to lose those extra pounds. I’ve tried every diet out there, some attempts being more successful than others.

And then one day last month, I realized that acting “as if” I were already at my optimal weight might be a great place to start. I set a goal for myself, much like Jim Carrey and Oprah did.

Now, I know that a person who is fit and healthy works out every day, drinks lots of water, and doesn’t eat after 7 pm. So I started to act “as if” I were that person.

Sometimes it helps to imagine a celebrity or a real person, and step into their shoes, doing what they would do. Would they order an extra-large latte, or a small?

If you want to lose those ‘quarantine 15’ extra pounds, organize your photos into albums, or achieve something you've always wanted to do, just begin by acting “as if.”| Photo: Bill Oxford (Unsplash)

It’s also important to take action around your goal. So after watching the impressive workouts that Sasha Exeter was doing on her Instagram page, I noticed that she drinks from a large gallon-sized water bottle with great slogans like “You did it! You’re almost there! Way to go!” So I ordered one online.

It really helped!

I also partnered with one of my coaching clients, and we wrote to one another after every meal, letting each other know what we’d eaten, and reinforcing our commitments to give up carbs and sugar. It worked. We both began getting closer to achieving our goals 

So if there’s a quality you want to have more of — more positivity, more calm, more groundedness, more effervescence — acting “as if,” and taking some action toward your dream, does work. Imagine that ideal version of yourself, and begin acting as if you were that person right now.

As our lives and careers are shifting during this pandemic, one of the best bliss tips I can give you is this: Believe in yourself so much, that you can visualize who you want to be at the end of all of this. Use this time as a gift to get there. 

My process is writing down what I eat every day, and walking regularly. I ordered a white dress online, and right now it doesn’t fit. But by continuing to act “as if,” I am hoping to wear it by the end of this year!

So, try imagining your ideal self, and use the pandemic ‘time-out’ to make it happen.

Not only does acting “as if” make your goals and dreams come to life, but there’s another aspect of this technique that is magical: acting the way you want to feel can transform your mood, your outlook, and your disposition in a very positive way. 

So, if you want to lose those ‘quarantine 15’ extra pounds, organize your photos into albums, or achieve something you’ve always wanted to do, just begin by acting “as if.”

Judy Siblin-Librach is the host of the weekly radio show and podcast Finding Your Bliss, on Zoomer Radio AM 740 FM 96.7. She is the creator of the online magazine Finding Your Bliss, and host of The Bliss Minute, a daily dose of happiness and positivity on Instagram and Facebook accounts @theblissminute. Judy has been an on-camera host and reporter for numerous TV shows both local and national, including her own show “In the Spotlight” (a showcase for Canada’s performing artists) which won Best Arts Program in North America by the Hometown U.S.A Video Festival. As well, she won a CBC Telefest Award for her documentary called “It Has A Name… Neurofibromatosis.”

She has also written for major newspapers and magazines across Canada.

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