How Arnie Rolls: Schwarzenegger as Creator
Some of you may have heard Arnold Schwarzenegger’s success with deliberate creation, but for those who haven’t, here’s an inspiring read from Dan “The Man” Lok’s newsletter today:
My friend Steve Chandler told me this amazing story…
Arnold Schwarzenegger was not famous yet in 1976.
Steve and Arnold had lunch together at the Doubletree Inn in Tucson, Arizona.
Not one person in the restaurant recognized Arnold.
He was in town publicizing the movie Stay Hungry, a box-office disappointment he had just made with Jeff Bridges and Sally Field.
Steve was a sports columnist for the Tucson Citizen at the time, and his assignment was to spend a full day, one-on-one, with Arnold and write a feature story about him for the newspaper’s Sunday magazine.
Steve had no idea who he was, or who he was going to become.
During the interview, Steve casually asked, “Now that you have retired from bodybuilding, what are you going to do next?”
And with a voice as calm as if Arnold were telling him about some mundane travel plans, he said, “I am going to be the number-one box-office star in all of Hollywood.”
Steve tried not to show his shock and amusement at his plan. After all, Arnold’s first attempt at movies didn’t promise much.
And his Austrian accent and awkward monstrous build didn’t suggest instant acceptance by movie audiences.
Steve finally managed to match his calm demeanor, and asked Arnold JUST HOW he planned to become Hollywood’s top star.
“It’s the same process I used in bodybuilding,” Arnold explained. “What you do is create a vision of who you want to be, and then live into that picture as if it were already true.”
Years later, some entertainment TV show was saying that box office receipts from his second Terminator movie had made him the most popular box office draw in the world.
Was Arnold psychic?
Or was there something to his formula?
Having a crystal clear vision, visualizing it and acting accordingly will surely bring you success.
Dan “The Man” Lok
Married to Maria Shriver; governor of California; it’s not hard to see that Arnold continued having fun with the art of manifesting. (And that perhaps his wife is, too!)
What we know is that it wasn’t just visualizing his desire that served him, but also speaking it out loud as if his success-to-be was a given fact. Powerful habits, there!
Thought you might get some inspiration from his story – I know I did!