Wish It, Dream It, Do It


Do you toss pennies into a fountain for good luck? Do you make a wish before you blow out the candles? Do wishes really come true? We all have wishes, whether small, like getting a date, or big, like running a company. This is a 52-step guide, one week at a time, to help you accomplish your dreams. These chapters will encourage you to:

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Do you toss pennies into a fountain for good luck? Do you make a wish before you blow out the candles? Do wishes really come true? We all have wishes, whether small, like getting a date, or big, like running a company. This is a 52-step guide, one week at a time, to help you accomplish your dreams. These chapters will encourage you to:

  • Ask tough questions that will help you to focus on your goals
  • Experiment with specific strategies to achieve those goals
  • Practice defining and overcoming the obstacles that delay your achievements
  • Affirm your achievements, so you can stay inspired

Under Leslie Levine's clear, creative, and gentle guidance, you will gain the courage to test yourself without worrying about failing or being judged. So take this book, your wishes, and your life into both hands and make your own, real miracles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416540342
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/30/2006
  • Pages: 288

Meet the Author

Leslie Levine, a writer and speaker in Chicago and president of Leslie Levine Communications, has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs, including the Today show, CBS This Morning, and Fox News. She is also the author of Ice Cream for Breakfast: If You Follow All the Rules, You Miss Half the Fun and Will This Place Ever Feel Like Home?: Simple Advice for Settling In After You Move, which was selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best work/family books. Visit her website at www.leslielevine.com for more information.
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Week 1: Take a Step
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

-- Lao-tzu, Chinese proverb

1. What did I wish for when I was young?

2. As a child, did my wishes and dreams ever come true?

3. Am I willing to wish, dream, and do, even though I'm not always sure what I'm wishing for?

4. Today, right now, am I paying attention to the parts of my life that matter the most?

5. What's the first thing I need to do before I embark upon this year-long journey?

6. Am I prepared for the hard work ahead?

7. What will my life look like in a year?

Like you, Wish It, Dream It, Do It is comprised of many interrelated pieces. What brings about movement in one part of your life is likely to promote activity in other areas as well. On the flip side, if you're stuck in one situation, another aspect of your life may come to a standstill, too. Applying the holistic principles set forth in Wish It, Dream It, Do It will enhance your ability to become whole and centered.

The material will help you uncover and reexamine old beliefs that have curtailed your efforts to wish, dream, and do. Some strategies will test your commitment and resolve to create the kind of life you've always wanted. Each week you'll learn how to master a new strategy, but more important, you'll learn something new about yourself. Throughout the book you'll find the support and encouragement you need to propel and maintain your progress.

As you immerse yourself in the strategies presented here, you will discover what you're meant to do, your purpose. But don'texpect your heart's desire to remain constant as you work your way through the book. At one moment your dream will be in picture-perfect focus. Perhaps your dream to pursue a master's in social work is beginning to fit in nicely with your schedule and you're prepared to register for your first class. At the next moment, however, your dream might resemble a swirling blur preparing to become another image, different from the one that came before it but more defined, maybe even a little sharper -- you still want the degree, but you're thinking that maybe you'd first like to get some experience in the field.

Throughout the process you will occasionally come face-to-face with certain fears. Many of us worry that others will find out that we're frauds. This is especially true when we begin to inch ever so slowly toward our dreams. Remember this: Pursuing your dreams is never a fraudulent act. Still, like little hooded goblins, these fears may linger longer than you'd like. You can try to shake free of their power, but they're stubborn and they'll hang on. If you want to capture your dreams, you must learn to coexist with these fears. Certainly, some of your fears will surrender. Others, though, will want to stick around. You can either allow those hangers-on to hold you back or face them head-on and say, "Fine! You're not going to let go? Well, hold on, because it's going to be quite a ride."


Suspend your disbelief. Okay, so you've never found a four-leaf clover or thrown a penny into a wishing well. Perhaps you don't even think about the stars or notice when one shoots across the horizon in a blaze of glory. Well, before you even turn the page, relinquish your doubts -- for at least a week -- so that you will be more receptive to the possibilities and opportunities that life has in store.

Set your own pace. Ideally, you'll want to work your way through this book chapter by chapter. If you rush ahead you may neglect important questions and exercises intended to help you create the life you want. On the other hand, you know yourself best and should therefore be the judge of how quickly or slowly to take this journey. If you prefer to skip around and find what applies to where you are in life, by all means do what works for you.

Find a wish it partner or form a group. You may want to enhance your efforts by finding a partner who shares your desire to wish, dream, and do. A partner can be a good sounding board and share experiences as the two of you move along your journeys. A group effort can be effective as well, although you might want to consider a few ground rules before you begin. If you do join up with like-minded individuals, make sure everyone is in it for the right reason -- mutual support. (Please see One More Thought, p. 267, for details on how to form a Wish It Group.)

Celebrate every achievement -- small and large. Don't let your achievements slip by unnoticed. Celebrate whenever you can. Pick up your favorite carry-out and eat by candlelight one night. Send yourself a congratulations card. Use a certificate template on your computer and print out your personal award. Recognizing and honoring each success -- major and minor -- is the best affirmation you can give yourself.


How would I like my life to look in a year?




The first steps I can take to wish, dream, and do include:




What are the initial challenges I'm likely to encounter?





As I take a step to wish, dream, and do, I imagine an entire galaxy of infinite hope.

As I take a step, I


Copyright © 2004 by Leslie Levine

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Table of Contents




week 1 -- Take a Step

week 2 -- Summon Your Creativity

week 3 -- Put It in Writing

week 4 -- Dress the Part Before You Get the Part

week 5 -- Embrace Your Imperfections

week 6 -- Show the World Who You Are

week 7 -- Preserve and Manage Your Time

week 8 -- Cross Train

week 9 -- Be (a Little) Courageous

week 10 -- Talk About It

week 11 -- Harness the Power of Prayer

week 12 -- Learn to Let Go

week 13 -- Ask for Help

week 14 -- Make Peace with Your Past

week 15 -- Cherish and Honor Your Work Space

week 16 -- Break the Rules

week 17 -- Study Your Lines

week 18 -- Connect

week 19 -- Unwrap Your Intuition

week 20 -- Prosper Wherever You Go

week 21 -- Outgrow Your Shell

week 22 -- Give Something Back

week 23 -- Sit with Your Disappointment

week 24 -- Pick Your Heroes Carefully

week 25 -- Celebrate New Year's Every Day

week 26 -- Support Another Dreamer

week 27 -- Know the Answer to "Who Do You Think You Are?"

week 28 -- Persevere in Spite of Obstacles and Other Perils

week 29 -- Unfold Your Path

week 30 -- Cultivate a Gracious Heart

week 31 -- Go to a Room of Your Own

week 32 -- Carry a Three-Way Mirror

week 33 -- Stay in School

week 34 -- Wait with Charm and Patience

week 35 -- Find Grace in the Balance

week 36 -- Apprehend Your Mood Thieves

week 37 -- Protect and Nourish Your Soul

week 38 -- Choose Process over Outcome

week 39 -- Listen to Your Quiet

week 40 -- Replenish Your Fun Jar

week 41 -- Create a Mentoring Squad

week 42 -- Practice Forgiveness

week 43 -- Perform Mistake Magic

week 44 -- Love Yourself from the InsideOut

week 45 -- Respond with Compassion

week 46 -- Simplify When You Can

week 47 -- Yield to the Moment

week 48 -- Take Care of Yourself

week 49 -- Put Your Faith to Work

week 50 -- Become Your Own Center of Gravity

week 51 -- Live with the Distractions

week 52 -- Turn the Life You're Living into the Life You Want

One More Thought -- Start a Wish It Group

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