Whoa.. I am so thrilled about this interview that I don’t even know where to begin. Tut.com? Meeting Mike Dooley? Infinite Possibilities? The daily Notes from the Universe? Many of you already know about Mike and TUT but for those of you who don’t, TUT stands for Totally Unique Thoughts and is based on the premise that Thoughts Become Things.
I met Mike at the Vancouver Playing the Matrix tour and blogged about Manifesting in the Matrix, an event that changed my manifesting game.
Instead of focusing on specific things and insisting on them happening, he talks about focusing on the end FEELING result of what you want and allowing it to unfold in ways you may not have foreseen. Why limit the Universe to your imagination?!
Infinite Possibilities, Mike’s last book is about about simple, practical ways to change your thoughts and your life. I’m loving this book so much that I wanna give a copy of it to one of you.
Or if you prefer, the brand new Manifesting Change book that’s currently at #3 on Amazon. Read on, comment & be in to win.
1. Hi Mike, what does Your Life YOUR Way mean to you? When did you realise you were living life your way and how did that make you feel?
It means “I decide everything.” Yet ironically, everyone does this any way (decides everything in their own life), just as everyone is now, already, living the life of their dreams, or living their life, their way.
It’s just that people need to change what they’re primarily dreaming about in the areas of their life where they would like to see change.
But to get to the point as you mean it, “Life YOUR Way,” to me, means having creative freedom, spending freedom, vacationing freedom, choice in friends and associates freedom, work freedom (I don’t mean “not working,” but, “doing work I love”), etc.
I realized I was living my life my way, in this sense, when I was once helping someone with their perspectives about 8 years ago, and as they were asking, “when is my life going to take off,” “why is it taking so long,” and “am I doing this right?”, I had this strange dejavu feeling…
As I paused and let the sensation overcome me, I suddenly realized why these questions sounded so familiar: They had been my own questions, questions that I asked repeatedly, all the time, not so long before helping this friend!
And in the most bizarre way, since by that time they were no longer questions I was asking (because I was living my life my way), I had to stop and question:
When was it that I was talking like that? And when did I stop? That old me seemed like a stranger to the new me, and the weirdest thing was that I could not pinpoint when the transformation took place!
There was never one night when I went to bed asking those questions, and the next morning I had the answers. Most life changes happen like this, as we hold on to our dreams, and take lots of unending action, daily, weekly, monthly, AND YEARLY, our lives literally, almost unnoticeably, being morphing into the dreams we held onto.
It happens invisibly and seemingly slowly when we are waiting and “watching the pot that is to boil,” but once the morphing has “completed,” and we catch ourselves comparing our new life with the old one, it seems to have happened VERY FAST!
And one of the morals of this “story” is to therefore not judge the progress you’re making with your physical senses alone, because at best it will seem slow and weird, and at worst, you might think you have not made any progress and be inclined to quit.
2. Many people fail to get going because they have so many passions that they can’t decide which one to pick. How did YOU discover and pick (if you had more than 1) a passion you could turn into a business / career you love?
My situation was different 10 years ago when my life was at a crossroads and it was time to make something happen.
While I had a lot of interests, I had no idea of what my passion was.
If that’s all you’ve got, you still have to choose, and GO!
Do not wait. Take action. Do anything. The only place the ship of your dreams will never find you, is when you are at home waiting for it.
After defining our dreams, we MUST go out into the world, hoist our sails (take action), so that the magical winds of the Universe can fill them.
3. A common refrain amongst people who are stuck between wanting to follow their passion & their many responsibilities is the very ‘real’ fear of “I don’t have money / time / don’t know how to make it work / what if it doesn’t work out, how will I survive?!”.
What was the biggest challenge / fear YOU faced in turning your passion into a living and how did you take the first step in getting past it?
The hardest step is the first one. It was for me. But when you get to a point when the risk of failure (for trying something new), is more bearable than the status quo, it becomes easier. Yet until that time comes, I suggest readers stay where they are!
Wait until you know when it’s time to leap, and then leap… you will know when. And if you don’t know yet whether or not that time has come, it hasn’t.
Alternatively, you can always play both ends to the middle. Keep your “day job,” and moonlight too. There is no shame here. See your “day job” as a stepping stone that will buy you time to ready yourself for change.
Remember, Mariah Carey, who has as many #1 hits as the Beatles (less 1, I think), was a waitress while launching her singing career!
4. Knowing what you know now and seeing how successful you are, what ONE most important piece of advice would you have given yourself when you were first starting out & is there anything you would have done differently?
I wouldn’t do a thing differently. And I’d tell myself, “Mike, you’re doing everything right. Just because you can’t yet see the miracles that are now happening on your behalf, doesn’t mean they aren’t happening. Relax. Enjoy the ride.
The day will soon come when you’ll look back on these formative years of your “career” with sublime fondness, and you deserve to enjoy them now as much as you will later, in hindsight.”
5. Being an entrepreneur requires commitment and discipline in both mindset and marketing. What are your best daily / weekly habits & practices that help you stay inspired, productive & making progress especially when it gets “tough” to keep going?
Keeping busy solves almost all problems and challenges, and it keeps you inspired and on track. How do you get yourself to keep busy? By remembering that nothing new can come your way, unless you are.
# Any last words?
Thoughts become things and dreams do come true.
Wasn’t that such a fantastic, inspiring and empowering interview ya’ll? I don’t think I’ll get over the excitement of featuring MD on Your Life YOUR Way anytime soon 😀
THANK YOU Mike, you world adventurer & legend, you. ps: I love that you’re a fellow ! mark ab-user, lol.
And just cos I’m such an unashamed #fangirl, here’s a picture of me giving Mike a kiss for Jeannette & me. That’s a story for another day..
Go on now, leave a comment telling me what you liked in this interview & which book you want to win. One of you will be getting an Amazon delivery soon, yay!
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