Here are 6 reasons I like pre-paving:
- I have complete control. It’s my mind, my thoughts, my feelings. It’s totally up to me how and when I pre-pave.
- It feels good. The kind of pre-paving I do is positive so it feels good. And that makes me want to do more of it.
- It’s creative. When I pre-pave, I’m deliberately creating my future.
- It’s anticipatory. Positive expectation is one of my favorite emotions, so pre-paving is an opportunity for me to feel positive expectation in copious quantities.
- I can do it for anything and everything. I pre-pave before a coaching session with a client, before I pick up the phone to call customer service, before I sit down to record a podcast episode. Even my sleep improved when I start pre-paving before going to bed at night.
- There is no downside. If you think you’re protecting yourself by anticipating and being prepared for the bad that could happen, you’re not. You’re only feeling bad while you prepare and pre-pave, AND you’re creating your reality. It’s lose-lose. You feel bad in the process and create what you don’t want. But pre-paving with positive expectation is win-win. It feels good in the process and creates a future you want.
“Positive expectations bring good things into my life. They are like a giant magnet attracting the positive and repelling the negative. When I have positive expectations, I think positive thoughts and take positive actions that result in a positive life.” —Abraham
“I’m just not wired that way.”
Now, all this talk about positive expectation rubs some people the wrong way. You might believe that you’re not wired for positivity, for looking on the bright side.
A belief is just a thought you keep thinking. Which means you can choose to think a different thought—one that serves you better.
Rewire yourself. Make the decision to pre-pave in a positive way. Start today paving your future with positive expectation.
“Oh it’s going to be great. I’m going to live happily ever after. I’m so looking forward to things falling into place. I know I’ll know it when I see it. I don’t have to figure it out right now. Things always work out for me. I’ll know what to do when the time is right. I’ll be guided every step along the way.” —Abraham
Let me share a process to help you pre-pave.
It’s called Segment Intending.
A segment is any point in time, any block of time.
- So when you wake up in the morning, that’s a segment.
- When you’re getting ready for work, that’s a segment.
- When you’re commuting to work and in a meeting with your boss, those are segments.
Most people observe whatever is going on around them and let the segments of their lives carry them. But with Segment Intending, you ask yourself: What is my dominant intention in this segment?
Instead of moving into the next segment of your day and just observing it as it already is, you are giving thought in advance to your expectation. How you want that segment to feel. Your intention for that segment.
This process helps you take control of the segments of your life by intending what you want from them.
This process will help you be more deliberate about focusing your thoughts. It will help you become more aware of where your thoughts currently are, and it will help you to more deliberately choose the thoughts that you offer. In time, it will feel very natural to you to stop, for a moment, upon entering a new segment, and deliberately direct your own intent or expectation.” —Ask and It Is Given
Most of us have been trained to be objective—meaning we look at the pluses and minuses, the pros and the cons. We observe what’s around us and focus on what-is.
This Segment Intending process causes you to stop focusing on what-is and to begin focusing on something that’s coming. It helps you focus less on how things are feeling right now, and more upon how you want them to feel. And so, with practice, you can become very adept at increasing your positive expectation.
“This Segment-Intending Process may feel too simple or too easy to be of value, but a deliberate application of this process will turn an unfocused life, filled with unsatisfying experiences, into a dynamic, passionate life experience.” —The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent
You have the power to create your day.
Pre-paving is a way to make your daily life flow more effortlessly.
Project into the future what you want, not what worries you or what you don’t want.
“Today, no matter where I am going, no matter what I am doing, no matter who I am doing it with—it is my dominant intention to see what which I am wanting to see.” —Abraham
So start Segment Intending. Start pre-paving with positive expectation when you’re…
- seeing the doctor
- going on a date
- taking an important call
- commuting to work
- stepping into a meeting
- getting started on a project
- hitting the Send button
- talking with your spouse
“The thoughts you think today are preparing your future. Every thought that you think that is directed toward what you want for your future is of great benefit to you. Everything that you are thinking about your future that you do not want is a disadvantage to you. Whether thinking of vitality and health, or decline and disease…you are pre-paving your future.” —The Law of Attraction Cards
Start pre-paving with positive expectation.
Imagine things as you want them to be. Picture things going easily and effortlessly. Picture what you want.
Short lines, smooth commute, great service, harmonious conversations.
“Today I would like to see the evidence of things working out for me.” —Abraham
Be filled with positive expectation. Focus on the positive aspects of what’s around you and project what you want in the future.
Let the Universe delight you.