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Jan 03, 2019 05:37:56

State Your Wish & Obstacle

by @brianball PATRON | 348 words | 401💌

Brian Ball

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This is just an experiment.

Many years ago, Barbara Sher, a wonderful woman who's old enough to be a grandmother to most of us, figured out a secret to success. It may sound too simple.

It requires you to check a couple of boxes to ensure you're working the magic formula correctly.

First, you cannot be successful alone. What might that even look like? 


"Isolation is the dream killer." she says. 


Let's just take her word for it and carry on.


Second, you must get help.

To get help, you follow a simple request formula to a group of people. (In this experiment, the group is us here on 200WaD.


To get the help, you state out loud, ( or in the comments ) your situation using the Magic Formula.


The Magic Formula (Fill in these blanks:)

I want to do / be / have _______________ but I can't because _________________ .


Let's have some fun. 

Fill in this formula in a comment below.


There are several hundred of us here on 200WaD now, but for this to work, you only need one good connection / piece of advice / link to a resource, etc.


Here is an example sentence:

I want to bring my idea to life but I can't ( code / design / market / write / etc. )


The wish: ( bring my idea to life )

The obstacle: code / design / market / write / etc. 


Summary: 

People can help you get anything you want. 

To trick them into helping you, you just have to say what you want and tell them why you can't get it. Our brains will be triggered to solve the puzzle ( of making you wrong about not being able to get your wish ).

Do we want to make you wrong? I don't know. Maybe, deep down, none of us believe we humans actually have real limitations — especially for simple human desires that others have possibly already solved.


Homework: Use the Magic Formula in the comments.

I'll start.


I want to stop drinking coffee for a month, but it's a very strong habit that I tell myself I enjoy. Help! ( in the comments )

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    @brianball - how did I miss this awesome experiment?

    Keni avatar Keni | Jun 11, 2019 22:00:55
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    @brianball
    Replying to: "I want to stop drinking coffee for a month..." (LOL... it's an obsessive thought buzzing in my head since... ever, so maybe i'm not "the" person to offer advice. And yet, just writing last sentence made me realise, that I've never really WANTED to not drink coffee, I just understand, it is supposed to be good for me. Seems it is not my sincere wish after all.)
    How about staying a month in a place too far from a single grain of (GOOD :D) coffee to make the effort of obtaining it outweigh the temptation ... (This indeed is my experience, but...)

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 08, 2019 10:45:36
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      @lucjah -0 That's possible. I've got an invite for a beautiful place on the beach in Brazil. It'd be easy to give it up there in exchange for some fresh-squeezed juices.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jan 08, 2019 17:45:09
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      @brianball now i'm envious... ;-) Have fun then!

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 08, 2019 20:35:46
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    @brianball I love your post! The Formula is a gem. Hope it works, lets try:
    The wish: I'd like to do hyperlinks here
    The obstacle: cannot figure out how

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 08, 2019 10:26:30
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    @brianball Great! ? I will write a 200 words on a magic formula tomorrow! Then post it on my social profiles. Let's see how the experiment goes

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 03, 2019 19:35:22
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    @brianball awesome formula. I'm a big believer of setting intentions and using my voice. This method is so simple but helpful!

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 03, 2019 07:34:16
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    @brianball I want to move to another country within three months but I don't even make any money yet.

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