How Arnie Rolls: Schwarzenegger as Creator

ArnieSome 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.

Happy visioning!

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!

  • November 12, 2009
  • Anonymous says:

    I guess deliberate creation takes on a whole new meaning here…

  • Bruce says:

    I met Arnold when he was on a book tour for his book The Education of a Bodybuilder. As I recall he told the book store crowd gathered to hear him speak that it was important that they first buy his book then he would talk. Even then Arnold was always focused. Later in the movie Pumping Iron he told an interviewer that he dreamed of going to America and being different than anyone else. Later in the same film he told a story about learning about his father’s death two months prior to a bodybuilding competition. He explained that his focus was so intense that he decided not to attend his Father’s funeral because it would be a distraction from his training. Very extreme but in Arnold’s mind this was the degree focus necessary to create a new reality.

  • Brigitte says:

    YES! My intuition have always told me this guy has done what he has done by thinking success. I swear I didn’t know anything about his biography, but I kind of knew this before reading it.
    Yes. You may agree or not with his policies, but… What do you think people told him when he said he wanted to get to be a Governor? ‘What? Are you crazy? It’s not easy! It’s impossible! You CAN’T do that!”.
    And, yes, he could and he did.
    (That’s why I’m studying Political Science, too. I want to have someone said ‘She could and she did’… ;] ).

  • Gillian says:

    Wow, wow, wow, so inspirational, thanks Rhonda for sharing the story!

  • Florin says:

    Good Vibe Terminator.just kidding, he really is inspirational to millions of people. He knew he can be whoever he wanted to be, so here he is. Everyone loves him.

  • What an awesome story, now I know why Arnold has always been so appealing to me (despite being a republican-LOL). The Law of Attraction is always on whether we’re aware of it or not. I always thought if I ever met the guy I would really like him. I just did a post on an amazing example of manifestation from my 11 year old daughter. It wakes me up every morning!
    By the way, I love your blog Jeannette!!

  • Alora says:

    Wow. I am sitting here wondering if I should amp up my wanting and clarity on some things I’d like but am sort of dorking around on.
    Making it easy.
    (Sort of the: do you want it or not? If not, move on. If yes, then get on with it and get clear. Wow, I’m motivating myself. Look out! LOL!)
    Gosh, because I think I had this belief that if I really got clear on wanting something then I would have to work hard to manifest it doing things I didn’t like to do – so if I only half-arsed wanting it then I would only have to do some things I didn’t like.
    But I can REALLY want something and get REALLY clear on it and have it be a REALLY big something AND have it be easy!
    Holy Epiphany, Batman. Thanks, everyone. I feel like I just got a LOA session. 🙂 Weee!

  • Hi Jeanette,
    Great post, I’ve always liked Arnold so much (despite being a republican, LOL) and now I see why, I thought it was just his carisma and cool movies, but the LOA is always working even when we’re not aware of it. I didn’t know he was such a deliberate creator! I just posted on something my 11 year old daughter manifested, its really cool.
    Love your blog!!!

  • Iyabo Asani, The Inner Genius Coach says:

    Oooh! I am enjoying this one.
    I love finding out that folks that are so visible are practicing our beliefs here. It is always so encouraging.
    However, what really got me in the post and all the comments is “asking for it to be easy!” I must remember that one. I do not often ask for that.
    Well, the thing that really gave me goosebumps is Kim’s revelation that she psychicly tweeted what she came across to you and you put it in a blog post.
    You guys must drink the same water or something.
    Ok, I have not been crazy about Arnold but I do have to give him tons of credit for this part of it.
    Love and Gratitude!

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  • Kim Falconer says:

    MY jaw dropped when I came here this morning.
    A week ago, my son loaned me a bodybuilding text (we weight train together) written by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    I open first to page 229 ‘randomly’ and read: Mind over Matter, the most powerful tool. ‘Technique alone won’t do it…it’s the power of the mind that brings results.’ (Published in 1976)
    I was going to copy some of his inspirational quotes and tweet them to you (last week). Got busy and haven’t done it yet. I can see now that all I had to do was ‘think about’ sending them. (When did you ‘pick them up?’)
    Wow…goosebumps on this one, for so many reasons!
    x Kim

  • Adrienne says:

    Good point …I can see asking for “fast”/”quickly” is another version of asking for “how”. Then asking for it to be “easy”/”easily” is equally another version of asking for “how” (both identically being adjectives/adverbs that modify the “way” the manifestation unfolds).

  • Janette says:

    *jaw drop* – great post and comments!
    Last night I finally articulated clearly what I want (boy, that’s been a long time coming, LOL – but I digress…). And now here you all are with this BRILLIANT reminder about keeping it EASY.
    Time to go back and rewrite last night’s diary entry, tee hee!

  • Rhonda says:

    One last thing that I have learned:
    Asking for “Quickly” is another version of asking for “How”.
    You are not in charge of this, no matter how much you try.
    Let it go….

  • Gemstone3 says:

    Thanks for answering my question from the last post in a clear, concise manner! Much appreciated.

  • Well said, Adrienne.
    And everyone, let’s not forget that Arnold didn’t give up when it didn’t happen overnight. These stories are always fun to hear when we have evidence of the “successful happy ending” … but all of us RIGHT NOW are in the middle (or beginning or nearing the end)of another happy ending story for our lives.

  • Adrienne says:

    Loved this post and Rhonda’s comments. Thank you!
    When I remember :), I affirm that what I’m trying to manifest comes to me “quickly and easily” No problem! It’s quick & easy! As Abraham once said, “It’s just as easy to manifest a mansion as a button.” (we just have more limiting beliefs around the mansion 😉 )

  • Rhonda, I sure appreciate you sharing your extensive insights into this particular example! Very inspiring, indeed.

  • Rhonda says:

    Thanks, Jeannette and Tia;
    There are many lessons for us in his story.
    “Arnold” didn’t ask to marry into the “Kennedy’s” specifically. He had a multi-paged written list (first Pray Rain journal?) and he knew the qualities he was seeking in a partner.
    If he iniitially asked to be married to Maria specifically, it would never have happened (plus they were unaware of each others existence at the time). The Gremlins would have squashed it.
    The Kennedy’s are and always will be Democrat and he held Republican views.
    Some of the family (Jackie Kennedy) has been famous for views of Actors being akin to Prostitutes and that wasn’t a suitable profession to be in if you are a Kennedy. I can only imagine what she had to say about bodybuilders.
    Joe Kennedy Sr.’s political career came to a careening halt after he was viewed as a Nazi Sympathizer. “Arnold’s” father was in that party.
    The Kennedy’s fought (by all means necessary) to overcome the stigma of their immigrant Irish Catholic heritage to take their place in history and an Austrian immigrant with Nazi ties (especially after Joe Sr.’s situation) who wanted to marry into the family at that time, I assume would have, in the very least, be viewed as inappropriate.
    These views and battles were very public. Who can overcome those types of Gremlins initially to manifest?
    So…. What we have here, at first glance, is an unknown, non-english speaking bodybuilder who Maria has stated was “not her type” (at the time) who holds republican views and has a Father who was a Nazi and then marries into…. well, the Kennedy’s.
    It all worked out. He still says that Maria is the woman of his dreams and from all accounts, they have a very successful marriage. I believe they ended up meeting very sweetly and innocently at a party and it started from there. I am grateful that I was not part of the initial family gatherings after they announced they were together. Talk about awkward Thanksgiving Dinners!
    Lesson 1: Be SPECIFIC
    Lesson 2: Stay out of the How’s
    Lesson 3: Always, ALWAYS ask that it be easy and enjoyable!!!!!
    He is a Master Manifestor and I have followed him for some time.
    He has accomplished the impossible many, many times. What he forgot, is what I continually forget to do, and that is; ASK FOR IT TO BE EASY!
    When things don’t work out easily for me, I then remember that I forgot to ask for them to. I am getting better but I take it for granted sometimes that the universe should know it is a standard order. I have learned it does not. Every order is new and fresh.
    I have put up “post-its” to remind myself of this.
    Best to you all,

  • I LOVE that example, Tia! Thanks for posting it!
    And Sara, thanks for popping in as well. 🙂

  • Sara says:

    LOVE THIS!!! Thanks for sharing… good, good reminder.

  • Goosebumps at Rhonda’s story! Wow!! Very cool to hear about so many famous people using LOA whether they call it that or not 😀 I have a friend who went from being a high school dropout to earning in 6 figures (probably close to his goal of 7 now) and what did he have on his wall?
    Just one single giant print out that said “$1,00,000”. Back in 2002, I had no idea what he was doing, had heard of the power of intention, Wayne Dyer etc but was so not interested in learning more till another 3 years had passed. Oh!

  • Oh my gosh, how cool is THAT, Rhonda?! I hadn’t heard that, but it doesn’t surprise me.
    And the “similar political views” thing is HILARIOUS!! lol
    Thanks for posting, Rhonda!

  • Rhonda says:

    I love this post.
    He has stated in many interviews and books that he manifested Maria, the perfect woman for him. He had a very specific list of how she should look and that she should come from a well known and respected American family.
    He also mentioned that had he know then what he knows now, he would have added a bit about having similar political views. Details….
    It just proves that we all get what we ask for and the Universe is the ultimate comedy writer. How else can an unknown immigrant body builder who barely speaks english and wants to be an actor marry into one of the most prominent families in American history?

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