I've just been diagnosed with cancer and I'm going in for surgery," I heard my sister saying through the phone. My mind was reeling. I clutched the phone, took a breath and tried to speak, but before I could get out a word, Renee was telling me survivor stories about the remarkable actions all these courageous people had taken to fight cancer and win.

For the next 20 minutes, she narrated story after story, interspersed with declarations of how she was going to implement in her own life what each of these survivors had done.

Today, Renee is completely cancer-free; today she is one of those survivors that she admired and studied and talked so much about. Yes, part of it is all the productive and positive actions she modeled, based on their courageous examples. But I believe Renee became a survivor the day she decided to act like one.

It's the same for you: you become an entrepreneur the moment you decide to act like one. You become a multi-millionaire when you begin acting like one. You become happily married when you act like that's who you are. You become a great mom or dad when you begin to act like one!

Are your actions those that belong to a person who is healthy, wealthy and wise? Or are they the actions of a person who is sick, bankrupt and dense?
I recently read an article in Psychology Today about a study on human behavior and success. While the article spoke about the importance of affirmations and positive thought, this was not what made the greatest difference in the people studied. The people in the study who experienced the greatest and most rapid success were those people who changed the way they behaved. In other words, they "acted out" the results they wanted. The study concluded:

"People don't think their way into positive actions as fast as they act their way into positive thinking."

How about you? Are your actions those that belong to a person who is healthy, wealthy and wise? Or are they the actions of a person who is sick, bankrupt and dense? You'll stop thinking small when you stop acting small.

Sometimes Rich Actions Cost Only Peanuts

Several months ago, I went to Nordstrom with my daughter Auriana. After a day of shopping, we walked into a coffee shop where I laid eyes on the most amazing peanut butter and chocolate dessert I'd ever seen. I was salivating as I suggested to Auriana that we treat ourselves and split it. When she turned me down, I reluctantly ordered a coffee, passing over the tempting dessert.

A few minutes later a gentleman in his late 70's walks over to our table. "I could tell how much you wanted this," he said as he placed the peanut-butter-and-chocolate delicacy in front of me. "Let me treat you today." That dessert cost the man only a few dollars, but the impact it made on both Auriana and me was profound.

Several months later, Auriana was in the mall with her cousin; they decided to have lunch in the food court. When it came time to pay for their order, Auriana pulled out her money and announced that she wanted to treat her friend to lunch.

That same day, I was at a convention in New Orleans, in a long line at Starbucks waiting to order my cappuccino, when the woman behind me struck up a conversation. When it finally came my turn to order, I told the man behind the counter to put this woman's cappuccino on my bill. From her reaction, you would have thought I'd bought her a convertible Jaguar!

That cappuccino cost me only three dollars and change; the lunch Auriana bought her friend cost her only six dollars, just as the dessert the man bought for us cost him only a few bucks. What a small price to pay for the rich feeling that these actions produce.

Are your actions rich? You'll begin thinking big when you start acting big.

How to Be a Millionaire

Let's say you want to become a millionaire. Begin by making a list of behaviors that you believe exemplify millionaires. Ask yourself:

How do millionaires walk into a room? How do they greet people? Introduce themselves? Treat their family members? How do millionaires dress? Shake people's hands? Get into and out of a car?

When you can answer the question, "How do millionaires behave?" and begin to model that behavior, you'll be acting yourself into positive thinking and increase your chances of attracting opportunities that will ensure you become a millionaire.

Here's the fascinating part: it doesn't really matter whether or not the behaviors you think millionaires have are accurate down to the detail. It only matters that they are aligned with your values and your beliefs. When you begin implementing these actions, something triggers in your subconscious, telling you that you are a millionaire.

Create your list of behaviors of the healthy, wealthy and wise. What are the behaviors of happily married people? What are the behaviors of great moms and dads? What are the behaviors of successful network marketers? Begin implementing these behaviors in your everyday life, and you will act your way to success!

You'll begin thinking big when you start acting big.

LISA JIMENEZ is a veteran network marketing leader; her Conquer Fear! collection is available at www.networkingtimes.com/link/jimenez