10/08/2014 02:30 pm ET Updated Dec 07, 2014

2 Strategies for Designing and Aligning With Your Dream!

Parables are teaching stories, and this is a good one. It shows us how our dreams are waiting for us to be in alignment with them. Once we are in alignment with our dreams, we can then experience our dreams as our life.

A middle-aged man walked into a bank. He approached the teller and asked, "Will you cash this check?"

The teller looked at the check. "Yes, just sign the back, and I will give you the money."

The man stumbled back and said, "Wait a minute. I don't want to put my name on the back of that check and hand it to you. You'll be holding my check with my name on it and you might decide not to give me the money."

"No, sir," said the teller, "When you sign the back of the check, I will give you the money. It's a banking policy."

"I understand that," the man replied, "But it makes me very nervous to think that you'll be holding my check and you might decide not to give me the money."

"Sir, I will give you the money, but you have to go along with banking policy," the teller said.

The man argued with the teller. Back and forth they went.

Finally the frustrated teller replied, "I'm sorry. I'm not going to be able to help you. I need to invite you to leave so I can assist the other people in line."

Angered, the man left.

He walked to another bank and went through the same routine. He aggravated another teller, and again he was refused service.

The man traveled to a third bank. Again, he refused to sign his name on the check before receiving his money from the bank. Again, the man argued with the teller.

Finally the miffed teller reached under his desk, pulled out a rubber bat, whacked the man on the head and commanded, "Sign the darn check!"

Stunned, the man looked at the teller, then picked up the pen, signed the back of the check, and handed it over. Cordially, the teller handed the man his money.

Money in hand, the man returned to the first bank, walked up to that first teller and said, "Look, a bank down the street gave me my money."

"Yes, but I'll bet that even at the other bank you had to sign the back of the check before you got your money," the teller replied.

"Well, yeah, I did," the man said, "But you see, no one ever explained it to me the way they did."

Sometimes the exact thing we want is just waiting for us to align with it. Often, though we resist it even when it is loudly knocking at the door of our life. In this case, each teller was telling the man how to get exactly what he wanted. He let his fear and uncertainty stop him from following their instructions. In other words, he was not in alignment with his dream.

Then, there was a "whack on the head with a rubber bat" which brought him into alignment. This is common. For some people that "whack" could be heartbreak from a relationship or dissatisfaction in our lives. The pain we feel tells us we're out of alignment with what we truly want.

Let's now look at two strategies you can use to get, and stay in alignment with your dream.

The Teller of Life

Factor 1: Are You Designing Your Dream?

You can have any life you want. The Law of Specificity states that, "To activate your dreams, you must first be clear about the life you want to design."

Many people make the mistake of being general and not specific. "I want to be financially secure." "I want to be happy." They expect the world to unfold in a way that makes them happy when they themselves are not even sure what that means.

Would an architect know how to draw you a "beautiful house?"

The architect would look at you and say, "You've got to tell me what you mean by 'beautiful house'. You've got to describe it in detail so I can draw you a blueprint.

Would you like a modern kitchen or a French country kitchen? One bathroom or five?"

Life is always seeking further expansion and expression through you. It is designed to bring you any dream you can imagine. First, decide what you really want with crystal clarity. Envision every detail of the dream you want to bring into existence!

You've heard the stories of inventors, like Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell, who knew precisely what they wanted to invent and held that vision until the answers became clear.

If you look for evidence of how designing your dream works, you will see it everywhere because everything was created twice.

Literally nothing exists that was not first an idea in someone's mind. The incandescent light bulb was a vision in Edison's mind before he created it. The car you drive was first envisioned by a designer before it was made on an assembly line. Speaking of assembly lines, long before cars were mass produced in factories, Henry Ford envisioned a way to produce more cars than anyone ever had before.

Consider the design details of your dream. This is how to bring it to life.

Factor 2: Will You Sign Your Name To It?

When building your dreams, it is tempting to go to the teller of life and ask for the money without signing over your check.

What I mean is, life wants to give you your dream, but first you get to commit to it. You must put your whole self into a vibrational match with what it is you want. Give yourself over to your dream without holding back.

Many of us reply, "Whoa, whoa, whoa... Wait a minute! I don't want to put my full self in. What if it doesn't work out? I want to know it's all going to work out first. I want to know all the details, and then I'll put my full self in. Then I'll 'sign the back of the check.'"

When you sign your name to the life you want -- thus getting in alignment with your dream -- your clear intention sends a signal to the world around you, and a magnificent thing begins to happen.

As you connect to your dream, you begin acting in alignment with your dream.

And through the harmonic Laws of Vibration and Attraction, resources, people, and circumstances begin to appear in your life, all of which are connected to the dream you have designed.

As surely as a teller will give you money after you have signed the check, so too will your dream begin to manifest, once you have put your name to it and once your whole self is committed.

These universal laws, practices and principles make it easier for you to awaken to who you really are and what you are capable of.

So what is it you really want, and are you willing to sign your name to it?

Dream Big Today!

Mary Morrissey