Parking Spot Perspective

Last weekend I picked up several gems from Andy Dooley’s Breakthrough (Double Your Manifestations) workshop in Salt Lake City.  I expanded on one of my favorite ideas from it:

Imagine a world where very early on parents teach their children how important – and yet challenging – it is to find good parking spots.

They’d be led to believe that getting good parking is the ultimate sign of success.

Their conversations might go something like:

“It is very important that you plan ahead to get good parking spots in life,”  and

“It’s no fun to go through life being parking lot challenged.”

We might be trained that people who get good parking spots are somehow superior. That life is easier for them.

Some of us (who don’t get good parking spots, or who didn’t come from good parking spot families) might even judge them for it.

We might take pride in walking across the parking lot great distances. We might tell stories about how it’s our karma, because we must have abused parking spot success in a past lifetime.

Radio stations would be repeatedly play songs about dreams of great parking, and the heartbreak of its elusiveness.

College girls would be on lookout for the best parkers (so they don’t have to get their own parking spots).

The very best parking spot people might host reality tv show contests to teach others how to get good parking. They might appear on covers of magazines alongside articles entitled: “10 Steps to Get the Best Parking.”

When we saw someone down on their luck, we would know without asking that they don’t get good parking. Because after all, good parking is the key to freedom and enjoyment.

But, of course, that’s not how it is for us.

At least, not when it comes to parking.

We are, however, trained to believe in the challenges of other things in life.

As a result, many of us deliberate creators manifest parking spots quite easily, while we struggle with other stuff.

Time and again I hear new clients tell me they’re great at manifesting rock star parking, but when it comes to (fill in the blank with whatever really matters to them), they’re stumped.

It’s as if they hit an invisible (self-imposed) wall on their impossible topic.

But the truth is that thinking it’s hard to manifest money (or love or health or success) is just as ridiculous as thinking it’s hard to manifest parking. Abraham tells us it’s all energy (size doesn’t matter) and that it’s just as easy to create a castle as it is a button.

The other thing is that when we don’t manifest our rock star parking, we don’t get our panties in a twist. It’s easy to shrug off.

  • We’re not doing Byron Katie’s Work on it
  • We’re not tapping away to get to a better feeling place
  • It doesn’t deter us from manifesting one tomorrow
  • It doesn’t inspire us to join support groups for the parking spot challenged
  • and we aren’t still talking about it the next day at work.

It’s simply no big deal!

Unlike when we don’t manifest Mr. Right or the big bank account or whatever else we consider important to our happineses and well-being.

In fact, imagine how easy it would be to manifest money if we were raised in the parking spot obsessed society!

If we weren’t trained that money is hard to come by (yet also crucial to enjoyment of life), imagine how effortlessly we would approach its creation!

My point being we can get hung up on ridiculous stuff, and getting hung up is what makes it hard to come by.

Get as easy with money, love, and health as you are with parking spots – and you’re home free.

It’s all easily and equally within our reach.

All we have to do is change our minds about it.

So the next time you’re feeling discouraged about not manifesting what you want, remember this tip from Andy Dooley:

“Every desire is a parking spot; and life is a game of zip zap zop.”

(And if you don’t know what zip zap zop is and how it relates to deliberate creation, attend one of Andy’s workshops!)

  • August 3, 2010
  • Edith says:

    Hi, I have always found that if I don’t get a park, then the store doesn’t have what I want, or the person I want to see is not there… almost without exception, if I can’t get a park outside or nearly outside where I want to go, then when I do get there its a waste of time for some reason. I’m not sure why I can’t manifest everything in this way, but Ive been doing this for nearly 20 years without really thinking about it. Is it the not thinking about it, the acceptance of “if its right, it’ll flow” that makes it work?

  • Suzie Cheel says:

    This is brilliant Jeanette- Love “Every desire is a parking spot; and life is a game of zip zap zop.”
    I would love for Andy to do a visit to Australia- I like what I have read of his online

  • Annettie says:

    Mitch – you’re right! The other day, after reading this article, I went to the store. When I go to the lot I realized that I hadn’t ordered the parking spot. But for some reason I felt confident. My usual spot was taken, but ! a BETTER spot was wide open for me! It tickled me rather pink.

  • Mitch says:

    Ha! Zip Zap Zop is one of our regular warm-up games at Second City! 😀
    And believe it or not, I *have* had to reach for better feeling thoughts in order to get good parking. lol But you’re right, it’s so much easier if I just turn on the good music while I’m driving and don’t think about parking at all. That’s when the perfect spot is there for me every time.

  • Stacy says:

    This has been excellent food for thought. I never really think about parking spaces one way or the other. So when I get an awesome one I just think “Cool” and when I don’t get one I don’t really care. Which to me is how it would be most awesome to live – if you get it, great, if not it doesn’t even make a blip on the radar.
    There was a time I was more concerned about parking. I worked at the theatre downtown and EVERY single time I left to go to work, I would repeat in my head, “I reach my destination safely and directly and on time and I find free, safe, close by parking.” And that happened ALL the time. Even when I was thinking I’d be late because of traffic issues or I was running behind. I think I was late twice in nearly a year’s time (and that is dealing with the notorious Atlanta traffic often during rush hour). Also I NEVER paid for parking and 99% of the time I got a spot exactly where I wanted. I never had anyone hit my car or break into it. And I wasn’t too far away that it felt unsafe when I was walking back to my car after work (which often was VERY late).
    I truly expected to easily find parking – and I did.
    Now to internalize this with the other “BIG” stuff.

  • Tammy says:

    Brilliant in its simplicity, you rock Jeanette.

  • Peregrine John says:

    Voops. Got so excited I forgot to enter my name and stuff…

  • Anonymous says:

    This is the most hilariously apt metaphors I’ve seen in a long time! Definitely something to keep in mind. As Yoda demonstrated, false perspective is no help at all.
    Andy + Frank = Genius. I’m in.

  • Julie B says:

    I love this. Sort of a modern day Aesop’s Fable (for adults!) I echo that this is one of the best, cleverest, coolest, and kick-a@@ articles. Takes all the “charge” off “stuff” and just puts me in a “I always get a great parking spot” kind of attitude.
    Thank you Jeanette – you should write children’s bedtime stories!!

  • Jeannette,
    What a great analogy for how are thinking manifests.
    It really made me stop and think –
    My confidence is 1000 percent at getting parking places, but not when it comes to some of my more precious goals.
    I realize I have to stop analyzing and over-thinking – just go out there and PARK in the space that belongs to my goal!
    Terrific! Thank you so much.

  • Parul says:

    Thanks, Mary!!
    And your post reminded me of the other “givens” in my world… ideal body, ideal money scenario and ideal family and ideal everything else!! 🙂
    This is what I love about us LOAers/ GVUers, we can brag and boast here to our hearts content and be appreciated for it! 😀
    I’d turn all shades on the color wheel if I had to say this to my “other” friends. 😉

  • Ohhhh Parul!! This is brilliant: In my world they are a given.
    Woo hoo!! So is my ideal relationship, ideal money scenario, ideal business, ideal body, etc. 🙂
    Thanks for that little nugget of wisdom! Just the way you said it really hit home for me.

  • Parul says:

    Fabulous perspective, Jeannette!!
    Honestly, I don’t even “think” about Parking Spots. In my world they are a given.
    Boy! Now to apply that to the “Relationships” and “Fun Jobs”! This is going to be such fun!!! 😀

  • Iyabo Asani says:

    I love the new name of the post Jeannette! Ha!
    Thank you my friend.
    I miss you too.

  • Beth says:

    This was great fun to read through.
    A number of years ago, a friend of mine was in town and as we turned into a shopping center, I mused out loud about a close parking spot. She quickly piped up with “Oh, I always get close parking.” And we did. So I always say “always” about parking….and also about all the other issues as well. It brings it through, and its much more fun to always have something good, as opposed to always complaining. Always…being happy.

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  • Excellent post, Jeannette! 🙂
    For some reason, the line “It doesn’t inspire us to join support groups for the parking spot challenged” REALLY spoke to me. I can’t say I’ve ever joined a support group per se, but how many of us have done therapy, attended seminars, read every self-help book under the sun (I have!) in order to “fix” a certain part of us? Or in order to totally eradicate that part of us that “can’t do relationships”, or “can’t figure out how to make money,” or “can’t lose that extra weight,” or whatever. And we all know that what we put our attention on increases!!
    Really good reminder, Jeannette, that all of this CAN be easy… in fact, as easy as we choose it to be!!

  • Nicole says:

    Jeannette – you are like the parking fairy! As you wrote this article yesterday, every where I went, someone was leaving at just the right time so I could park right up front! When I went out for lunch & dinner, the waiters at both restraunts seated me exactly where I like to sit.
    How easy it is! I can totally feel this vibe shifter changing my atitude about everything.
    Lots of love Parking Fairy Girl!

  • VisionaryFairy says:

    Oh man…I really wanna hear about this!!!
    “(And if you don’t know what zip zap zop is and how it relates to deliberate creation, attend one of Andy’s workshops!)”
    I have been playing zip zap zop in acting and improv classes for years now!!!

  • Jeannette, as others said, ONE OF YOUR BEST EVER! Your intellect delights me! I love the way your brain thinks!!!
    Can’t tell you how SPOT ON this was for me and also, how much I enjoyed you and Andy at his seminar.
    Blessings Blessings Blessings and may manifesting chocolate be easier than parking spots!

  • Kerrie says:

    Great post, Jeanette! I too attended Andy’s workshop — as a matter of fact, I’m “ACTIVATE PARKING KARMA girl.” I think this is a great reminder of how simple life can be. THAT’S RIGHT I live an inspired life and share my wisdom generously!

  • MissyB says:

    Andy – get your bum over here to the UK !

  • Michael, I can’t begin to tell you how much more I enjoy this journey with you on it, too!
    Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for writing in to say so.
    Much appreciated, my friend! 🙂

  • Michael says:

    This is easily one of the best, cleverest, coolest, and kick-a@@ articles you’ve ever come up with. Thank you so much! Wow, how big a convoluted game have I made money…and all the stuff money can buy…which must mean I’m a success…which means I’m worthwhile…which makes me a better dad…which means my son won’t be on Oprah bitching about living on Top Ramen…hahahaha…
    I will read this again in about five hours, just to remind myself of how much fun life is supposed to be…
    thanks Jeannette…

  • Kerrie, I want to friend you up on facebook! You are a girl I want in my field!!
    Thanks for popping in, girlfriend, and for providing such great inspiration to us all!

  • Leo says:

    I was Darrell posting from twitter, I will be Leo this time 😉
    I just love this article and all the comments! Thank you Jeannette! I was watching someone from the passenger seat point of view recently, my driver was looking for a parking spot, they wanted the one right in front of the store, but as soon as a car would leave, in came another car to take their spot. I thought, I wish I could drive for them and attract them a good parking place. No sooner had I started thinking this way and a car pulled out like magic! My driver pulled right in. Now this article 🙂

  • Andy, you attract the COOLEST people! I LOVE that and am totally borrowing it!
    (And I thought your “Pavement Boy” participant was cool!)

  • Andy — that’s so cool!

  • Andy says:

    In Las Vegas, one woman said she manifest parking spots by saying, “ACTIVATE PARKING KARMA” every time she gets into her car! It became the running joke through out the workshop on Sunday!

  • You show us how it’s done, Frank!
    I may channel you (and some others here) next time I’m wanting some front row parking action.

  • Very cool Jeannette (and Andy)! Love this!
    I’m so freakin’ good at creating parking spots. I love to go to places that are notorious for not having parking and sailing right into the perfect one. I did this just a few weeks ago in Greenwich Village. On a Friday night!
    Zip zap zop — I’m off to sail right into even more delicious relationships and bigger, more overflowing bank accounts!
    Woo Hoo!!

  • Woo hoo!! I manifested a blog visit and a comment from Andy!!
    Now THAT is getting me excited in ways that rock star parking doesn’t!!

  • Andy says:

    WOW!!! You said it better than me! Love it. I am going to repost this on my wall!

  • Leo, you’re on a roll! I am not one who regularly experiences rock star parking, so I love hearing from those of you who do!
    ha ha!

  • Can’t wait to hear what you do with your translated power, Alina!!
    Thanks for reading and especially for posting, my friend.

  • Alina says:

    Brilliant article! I’m great at manifesting parking spots, btw. I’m so thriving in that world where parking spots are It. 🙂 Let me go work on the other stuff. Lots of love, and all the best,

  • Oh boy, I can feel the power of this, Laura, where your comment reflects the laughter replacing the frustration!
    Now THAT’S a sign we’re making a nice shift! woo hoo!

  • Iyabo Asani says:

    Jeanette, my most favorite post of yours is “A Tale of Two Vibrations.” I still quote that one liberally.
    This is going to be my next favorite.
    Boy, you seriously hit the nail on the head on this one! I am in that spaceship with you.
    I have swung both ends of the wand at different times. When I came to this country, I cleaned houses to make extra money. I have gone on and made tons of money. Now, I am not making as much as I used to but I do not have the expenses that I used to either.
    Some times, I have to cut back or cut down but it is really no big deal. When you are in business for yourself, sometimes that happens.
    And yes, we hang our salvation on the money or the guy or the pregnancy yet, today, right now, in this very moment, all is so good!
    Thank you for putting things in a parking lot perspective!

  • Laura says:

    Jeannette!! This is so great..and so easy to relate to! What really made me laugh was “doing Byron Katie’s work” for a parking space! HA!!! Who would you be without that thought? Is it absolutely true! OMG…this is hysterical! Makes you really see how silly we all are!
    I just loved this…great job on turning a simple idea into a fabulously relevant post!
    Thank you!

  • “Parking lot perspective”! I think now I’ll be quoting YOU, my friend!!
    ha ha
    I like that!
    Let’s get it in “parking lot perspective,” whenever I have a client getting hung up.
    Very nice, Iyabo.
    Nice to see your smiling face here again. I’ve been missing you in my world lately!! Looking forward to your Money Mindset call Thursday night.
    In fact, I think I’m renaming this post, thanks to your comment!!

  • lol – the “Universal catalogue”! You’re a hoot, Annette!
    Yes, your post made me think of my client who is manifesting money, but got pregnant instead. And my client who would love to be pregnant, who has no trouble with money. We each have our “spaceships,” don’t we?
    Wait, that’s a total limiting belief! I’d like to put myself in the category right now of one who has no “spaceships” and gets that it all really is very easy!!
    Thanks for jumping in on this one, Annette!

  • Annettie says:

    Reminds me of Star Wars and Yoda’s great advice question “Judge me by my size, do you?”
    And Luke’s later comment on Yoda raising the ship “I don’t believe it.” to which Yoda replies “THAT is why you fail.”
    Parking spots, spaceships, money – – it doesn’t matter. The energy matters (haha, Quantum Physics pun). What’s everyday for me is amazing for you. What’s everyday for you is amazing to me. Rather silly when you think about it as you do parking spots.
    Maybe it’s because we think more than a parking spot is asking too much? – – I’m sorry to bother you Universe, but may I please have a successful business/relationship?? I don’t want to put you out, cause it’s not like it’s just a parking spot, do you have time??
    And meanwhile the Universe sits there whistling and kicking dust – Oh great, another parking spot. Don’t these people get the Universal catalogue??

  • Pernille Madsen says:

    Wonderful post, Jeannette, it made me smile big 🙂
    And it made me really f e e l how absurd it is that we give so much importance to money or whatever our biggest manifesting challenge is!!!!

  • Jeannette says:

    That’s exactly what I thought, Pernille!
    The absurdity of our self-imposed challenges are obvious when we put it in the context of parking spots.
    Nice to see you online again! Did you have a lovely vacation?

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