My goal has been to read an average of a book a week this summer and so far I have been doing pretty well. As usual, the majority of my selections have been non-fiction and usually focus on motivational thinking and personal empowerment.

I just finished reading The Circle by bestselling author Laura Day.

It is amazing in its simplicity and lyrical in its presentation.

The red circle on the cover of the small but powerful hardback represents the place where we place our wishes.

It's the starting point...the match that sets the blaze that becomes our dreams realized.

I will not ruin the experience by outlining the entire process. But I will take a moment to discuss the first place most people go wrong.

Most of us never make goals. Most of us never make wishes.

We stop making wishes, most of us, when the candles on our cake reaches the higher double digits.

Wishing is for kids. Wishing is for dreamers.

Both statements are true. But also true is that wishes are for ALL OF US!

We ALL need to wish for something, and most of us DO, just so subconsciously we don't realize it.

Most of us have wishes of getting rich. Who wouldn't? But most of us follow that wish with immediate thoughts of "Oh, that's crazy!" or "Talk about a fairy tale!" or "Getting rich is for other people, not me" or "I can never be rich because (fill in the blank)".

A wish is only useful if we have a sincere belief that we can attain it. If you wish to lose weight, you have to be able to believe you CAN lose weight.

More importantly, you have to be able to SEE the new you. See yourself in your mind exactly how you will look at your new, ideal weight. The way your clothes will fit you. The way you will feel when you look in the mirror and see the svelte, healthier you.

With any wish, your next step after making it is to act as if you already have it. This is another thing that we forget to do once we become adults. Children have no problem at all pretending they have all their Christmas presents, even if it's JULY!

So make a wish and act as if you already have it. Feel it! Taste it! See it! Hold it in your hands! Take it all in!

This is, of course, just the first of many steps outlined in The Circle by Laura Day. Her book is an adventure, it truly is. It's a book that can be enjoyed in just a couple of hours. But the tools it provides in helping make your wishes come true really will change your life.

If you believe.