How to Use the “Act As If” Technique

If you’re struggling to achieve your goals, this might be the technique for you. Can't seem to get what you want? Why not try acting as if you already have it? This powerful technique can help you overcome any blockages and achieve your goals with the law of assumption. We’ll explain why it works and how to use it! 

    What is the "Act As If" Technique?

    The “Act As If” technique is a manifestation method that helps you reprogram your subconscious mind by assuming that you have achieved or attained something before you have it. 

    It has its roots in psychology and neuroscience because it is essentially tricking the mind into believing you already have something, which has a positive flow on effect on your mindset and behaviour that will help you achieve your goal.

    From a philosophical perspective it also falls within the law of assumption. The law of assumption is a concept that was derived from renowned philosopher Neville Goddard. It states that to change the outside world, you first have to conquer the inner-workings of the subconscious mind.

    This is where the “Act As If” technique comes in, when you assume that you have something, you’re shifting any negative or self-limiting beliefs about yourself. This changes the inner world which will be reflected in your outer world.

    How does the "Act As If" technique work?

    Remember, not all of your thoughts are conscious. Around 90% of your subconscious thoughts are the same every single day. So, it’s difficult to change your mindset when you’re not aware of this repetitive thought pattern that is beyond your control (for now).

    When you use the “Act As If” technique you are behaving as if you have already achieved your desired income. When you start to internalize this belief, it starts to be reflected in your outer world. 

    For example, if your goal was to be more confident and social, you might use the “Act As If” technique by behaving more confident. This might mean when you walk into a room that you’re standing up straight instead of slouching, maintaining eye contact, smiling and engaging in conversations with people you might not ordinarily have. 

    As you start to behave in this way, you may begin to feel more confident, and start to receive positive feedback from others, which can further reinforce your confidence.

    How to Use the “Act As If” Technique 

    Step 1: Identify your goal

    The first thing you need to do is to figure out what you want. What do you want to achieve? Who do you want to become? This could be anything from being more self-confident, to earning more money or becoming more fit and healthy.

    Step 2. Visualize yourself achieving the goal: 

    This is a step people often miss when trying to use the “Act As If” technique. Visualization is extremely important for the subconscious mind, you want to trick the brain into believing in the goal.

    Take some time to visualize yourself as the person who has achieved their goal. Try to feel this deeply, as if you already have it - what does your life look like now? Sit in this visualization for as long as possible.

    Step 3. Identify the behaviors associated with the goal: 

    What are you doing now that you’ve achieved your goal? Try to identify the actions or behaviors that you’d need to achieve your goal.

    For example, if you’d like to become more fit and healthy, what kind of action would you need to take on to achieve this? 

    Step 4. “Act As If” you have already achieved your goal: 

    Now that you’ve identified your goal and the behaviors associated with it, start behaving as if you’ve already achieved it. 

    For example, if your goal is to be fit and healthy, get rid of any negative self-talk about your appearance, weight or health. 

    Keep your mindset positive and start acting as if you’re already fit and healthy. Take on new challenges with this mindset to achieve your goal. 

    Step 5.Positive self-talk: 

    You have to stay positive. The subconscious mind is smarter than you - it knows when you’re lying. A great way to trick the mind is positive self-talk to reinforce your new behaviors and mindset. Tell yourself that you are capable of achieving whatever you want in life and when self-doubt creeps in, shut it down with some positive affirmation. 

    Step 6. Practice: 

    It takes around 28 days to create new neural pathways so practice makes perfect! After around a month this new “Act As If” mindset will become a habit and your new subconscious pattern will emerge much more positive and proactive. 

    As you continue to behave in this manner to achieve your goal you will internalize your beliefs which will help you to stay motivated and focused on your goals. 

    Final Thoughts

    If you’re looking to make a change in your life than the “Act As If” technique might be for you! It uses the law of assumption to create new neural pathways and ultimately change your life. By choosing your desired goal, visualizing it and creating new habits like positive self-talk you will be able to internalize your new belief and achieve.

    Now the only thing left to do is try it! 

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