My 12-year old daughter is a bit shy and timid in nature. And she’s never shown any interest in sports of any kind. Nevertheless, she recently expressed interest in playing soccer. A bit surprisingly, she made the team. After the try-outs, her coach told her that “she was not afraid of anyone” and would make a good addition to the team. Want more articles like this? Create an account today to get BiggerPocket's best blog articles delivered to your inbox Sign up for free Not afraid of anyone? Really, my daughter? Clearly this coach saw something in here that I did not. Then an interesting thing happened. My daughter came home and declared that she was not afraid of anyone. And in fact, she started behaving that way. Instead of holding back and trying to avoid contact with the ball, she moved towards it aggressively. Since then, her confidence has sky rocketed. Related: I’m a Successful Investor Because I DON’T Seek Perfection: Here’s Why What is reality, then, really? Is she shy or is she fearless? The answer is “yes.” She is whatever she decides she is. More accurately, she is what she declares and believes. This reality may not be outwardly visible at the time, but it will surely be over time. Can We Determine Our Reality With Our Minds? I think as real estate entrepreneurs, we fall short of what we can achieve because we don’t declare that which we want to be or achieve. I interviewed Paul Hutchings on one of my podcasts. He spoke about a complete transformation of his personal and professional life after having begun affirming that which he wanted to be and achieve. He was literally living in a trailer home with his wife, barely getting by. After having re-read the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, he began his daily affirmations. One of his affirmations was that he would make $3,000 per month from his internet business. He said it took many weeks for him to believe his own affirmations and 6 months for his affirmations to become reality. Mind Over Matter I tested this “mind over matter” theory recently after reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. In it, he postulates that your body only needs as much sleep as you tell it. I know for a fact that this is untrue because I tested this extensively over the last few years. I have concluded that my body needs exactly eight and a half hours of sleep. I can do less for a day or two, but will pay dearly for it on the third day, when I will crash and sleep for 12 hours straight. But I decided to give Hal a shot. He seemed to know what he was talking about. So I told my body that from hereon forward it needed one hour less sleep per night. Then I set my alarm for 6 a.m., a long hour before my normal waking time. Amazingly, I woke up at 6 a.m. without feeling tired all day long. This continued all week. I was waiting for the typical crash and burn that Friday night, but it never came. I’ve now been sleeping an hour less per night for the last 3 months. Perhaps it’s true that reality is what we think it to be. We think, and therefore, it is. If this were true, what would be the implications to our lives? To our real estate investing aspirations? Related: How To Survive When Your Spouse Doesn’t Believe In Your Dream I think the potential is staggering. Perhaps it’s possible that we hold ourselves back simply by thinking small. If we could start thinking bigger, maybe our reality would expand to fill the size of our dreams. Maybe these daily affirmations we read about aren’t all a bunch of hooey, but instead perhaps they can shape our future. Now my question to you is, what kind of experience have you had with affirmations and visualizations? Compared to others out there, I am but a newbie with regard to mindset practices and therefore would love to hear from you. Leave your comments below!