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  • Maya Angelou once said,

  • "A solitary fantasy can transform a million realities."

  • What dream or vision do you want to turn into reality?

  • I always wanted to go into business for myself.

  • I could be a consultant.

  • I'm going to go gluten free, right after I eat that last piece of chocolate cake.

  • (Laughter)

  • You know, one day I'm going to stand up to that crabby boss.

  • I look good on paper, I should feel great.

  • I just know there's more.

  • You know it because you feel it.

  • You lie awake at night. You talk about your dreams with your partner

  • and your friends, but more often than not,

  • you continue to do those same behaviors that keep you from making the change.

  • You ask yourself, "How can I make it happen?"

  • Research shows, the odds against you making a change in your life --

  • -- 9 to 1.

  • 9 to 1, even if you're facing a life-threatening illness.

  • But let me show you how to beat those odds.

  • You can live the life you desire. It's right there in front of you.

  • But in order to achieve it, you must first see it, then believe it,

  • and then you must graciously ask and train your brain to help you

  • execute your vision.

  • So how do we see our vision?

  • Through a picture.

  • A picture can create movement.

  • A picture...

  • can unite nations,

  • a picture can pull at your heart

  • and fill you with a deep desire to do something.

  • At Roche Pharmaceutical, the president asked us to create a picture

  • of his vision.

  • Prior to having one, less than 40 percent of the employees understood

  • the company's vision and strategy.

  • After seeing this picture, 96 percent understood it, and 84 percent

  • understood how what they did everyday align to that picture.

  • So how can you use a picture to get what you want?

  • By simply drawing one.

  • You don't have to be an artist or know how to draw.

  • As naive as your drawings might be, when you draw where you are,

  • your current state, and where you want to be,

  • your desired new reality.

  • Suddenly, you have a road map for change.

  • So what is your current state?

  • Well, let's say you're Joe.

  • Joe has a good job.

  • Joe has a lovely wife, Amy.

  • Joe makes good money,

  • but like many of us, Joe wants more from life.

  • And he'd like to get rid of a couple of things.

  • Maybe that intense workload, maybe that negative boss.

  • Maybe Joe has a higher purpose; he's just not sure how to get there.

  • So, now, Joe's current state is visual.

  • We remember things better when they're attached to a picture.

  • 65 percent better to be exact.

  • So now let's imagine that Joe wants to change something in his current state.

  • He wants to build that desired new reality that he dreams about.

  • In order for Joe to freely dream,

  • he must first...

  • ...trick his brain.

  • Because the left side of your brain, as you know, houses the critic,

  • who is forever trying to keep you safe from harm, make sure you

  • don't do anything dangerous or stupid.

  • So let's have Joe tell the critic that he's just going to use his imagination.

  • Using your imagination activates the right side of your brain,

  • which makes you creative and filled with possibility.

  • So now, let's dream Joe's new life.

  • In the best case scenario,

  • one year from today, what is Joe's life like?

  • Hey, Joe has a new job. Great.

  • Joe has a new boss, himself.

  • Joe has a couple of great collaborators,

  • and Joe is just bursting with creativity and ideas,

  • and all of those things we dream about.

  • Connection,

  • and purpose,

  • and freedom,

  • and love.

  • Now I'm drawing this picture as the favor to Joe today.

  • But in real life, he'd have to draw his own picture.

  • Because he can't afford me.

  • (Laughter)

  • Actually, because you get the most power when you paint your own picture.

  • So now, Joe has his drawing,

  • so now he's got to soak it in.

  • He has to fill it with color.

  • He has to fill it with emotion.

  • He has to get inside of it, as if he's on the inside, looking out.

  • Your brain actually emits serotonin and Oxytocin when you draw and dream.

  • So you feel happy.

  • Capable, creative.

  • You feel cool.

  • So now, we have Joe's current state and Joe's desired new reality.

  • So how can Joe get from here to there

  • in just three bold steps?

  • Three bold steps?

  • If I knew how to get from here to there in three bold steps,

  • I would have done it 25 years ago

  • when I had a mullet.

  • (Laughter)

  • Here is where the magic begins. Your brain knows you.

  • It's cataloged everything you've ever seen, heard, experienced,

  • real, or imagined.

  • You just have to ask it to put the pieces together for you.

  • It as simple as that.

  • We live in a three-dimensional world,

  • but the light falls on the retina in

  • a two-dimensional fashion, and the brain, it has to cope with it.

  • So how does it deal with this extra dimension?

  • It guesses.

  • It guesses!

  • And just as it can guess where your cup of coffee is when

  • it goes to pick it up, it can correctly guess

  • what the three bold steps are that you should take.

  • All you have to do is look at your picture and then close your eyes.

  • This allows the brain to recycle what it sees and reconstruct it,

  • add to it everything you've ever seen, heard, experienced,

  • or fantasized about, and then it will serve you up

  • with the best possible solution.

  • If you just relax and you ask it,

  • now what's the boldest thing I could do to get from here to there?

  • Boom, immediately it will tell you.

  • See it,

  • believe it,

  • act on it.

  • Now, the danger is, if any of those three bold steps are too scary,

  • this instinctual rational side of your brain

  • is going to try to talk you out of this.

  • Oh, no, no, no, I don't want to do that...

  • Oh, that desk it's not too small, my legs aren't cramped under there.

  • Oh, 20,000 a year, oh, that's a decent salary.

  • Oh, that boss, he's not that mean to me.

  • You know what, I'm just going to stay right here.

  • I feel really comfortable here.

  • So how can you get yourself to do the boldest thing?

  • By drawing the most compelling picture, so when you look here,

  • you're in pain, it hurts.

  • When you're here, you're ecstatic,

  • it's fantastic, you're already living inside that

  • connected and free life you drew.

  • So, everyday, you get up, you soak in your picture, you step into the possibility,

  • and this is the most important part, you act on it.

  • You do one small thing.

  • You call up that friend you know who started her own business,

  • you ask her "How did you do it?"

  • You ask Amy, "Will you support me in my vision?"

  • You go to your boss and you ask him for a raise.

  • And you become that one person out of ten to make change happen.

  • Now, I put this template on your chairs,

  • so that you can do for yourself what I just did for Joe.

  • You've seen some fantastic ideas today that

  • have inspired your dream.

  • I dare you to draw that dream into that template.

  • I double dare you to choose a symbol in your drawing

  • that represents that desired new reality, take a picture

  • of it with your phone and send it to us at TEDxRainier.

  • Maya Angelou said, "A solitary fantasy can transform a million realities."

  • Just three bold steps can transform one reality, yours.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

Maya Angelou once said,

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