I don’t remember where I heard or read this idea, but the concept is straight forward. If you want a particular situation to exist, you determine what the results would be if the situation did exist, then you take steps to bring those results about independently and this will help to bring the desired situation into being.
This method has its limitations. If one wishes to be a millionaire, buying a Porsche 911 might not be the proper way to go about it (though there might be cases….)
Many years ago my brother urged me to answer the question of “How are you?” with “Terrific!” regardless of how I actually felt. I tried it. And I was surprised to learn that answering “Terrific!” (exclamation point clear in my tone) actually made me feel better and often seemed to brighten the mood of the questioner.
Now Scientific American finds that my experience is not unique (and here I thought I was one of a kind…). Smiling makes a person happier, at least in the short term. The linked article mentions evidence that smiling in the face of reason to frown constitutes repression of feelings that then manifest themselves in other ways. So don’t get carried away with it.
Hat tip: 3quarksdaily