The Universe is Your Dog: How to Happen to Your Business Instead of Your Business Happening to You - Christine Kane

“Start by becoming a pack leader in your own world and healing your own world, and the effects will ripple.”                                                                                          – Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer

One of the Best Practices revealed in my Uplevel Your Life Mastery Program is called “Mental Dress Up.”

This is a game that you can play daily.  It is designed to bring intentions to life by literally embodying them in your own being.

Here’s how it works:

Take a few moments throughout your day and Be [Fill in the Blank with Desired Thing].

As you’re driving you can become a best-selling author. What would that feel like? When you’re at a party, try being someone that everyone wants to talk to. Be wise. Be someone who has so many clients, you can hardly get through a day without turning people down. Be someone who is certain of what she wants. What does that feel like?

Don’t get all scrunchy-faced and try to VISUALIZE. That’s just WAY too much pressure.

Instead feel the effortless shift in you, and BE successful. BE a fun person. BE wealthy. BE a rock star. Whatever!

My client Isabella started using this technique when she decided to “be someone who loves to run with her dog in the morning.” She was amazed at the results.

Typically after a few blocks of running, she’d start wheezing and feel awful. But when she became “someone who loved running with her dog,” she had more stamina and felt great during the run. She got better and better at this game until she actually began to love running with her dog!

One morning, she was returning from a run. Another dog and his owner were walking in her direction. Isabella’s dog, Bruno, is still healing from an abusive past and can be aggressive with other dogs. So, Isabella started to get anxious, clinging to Bruno’s leash.

Then, she remembered Mental Dress Up.

Instead of getting nervous and reacting to her dog’s bad behavior, she focused on how calm she felt and how much she loved her dog. She also played Mental Dress Up on Bruno, feeling that he was always very loving and peaceful around other dogs.

It worked!  Bruno was fine. He followed her energy, and they both headed home without incident. To Isabella, this was a nice little miracle.

At this same time, Isabella was starting a new business. She had experienced a whole range of emotions from enthusiasm to fear to excitement during the process. At one point, she met with her accountant. The accountant was skeptical, issuing warnings to Isabella about the numbers and telling her the reasons why the business wouldn’t work. (Gotta love those accountants, huh?)

During our coaching call, she shared these stories – about the triumph with her dog, and about the discouragement from her accountant. She wanted to know how to deal with her emotions after this deflating meeting.

Here’s what I told her:

I said, “Your accountant is your dog.”


It’s true!

People follow your energy.  It doesn’t matter if they are mentors, accountants, lawyers, audience members, listeners, friends, or customers.  People follow your energy, just like dogs.  You always have a choice to step up and lead them.  Just like Cesar Millan has been telling dog owners for years. And just like Bruno showed Isabella in that one situation.

I told her that the success of her business would always be up to her. I told her that every business owner, artist or entrepreneur experiences bad news, good news, depression, loss, gain and insecurity. The decision to quit, fail, or succeed is always hers.

In that moment, her accountant might have sensed her fear and found all the negative stuff he could muster up to dissuade her.  He became her dog and followed her energy.

You don’t have to be a Jedi master to tap into someone’s emotional state of being. You just have to be human. Had Isabella been feeling confident, most likely the accountant would have presented his views in a different light.

Ultimately, I told Isabella this:

“The Universe is your dog.”

Everything and everyone follows the energy and emotional state you bring to it. Decide that you can do something, and the Universe follows that decision. Choose to radiate love and wisdom, and the Universe follows that radiance.  Be fully invested in your businesses success, and the professional people will give you a higher level of advice.  This is not always an easy place to go. But it almost always teaches us about our own power to create or transform any situation.

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  • Jennifer Ressmann

    Yes, Yes, Yes!! I always feel better, & that I can do anything, when I’m full of confidence!
    Thanks for a great article Christine!

  • Kaylee

    I love this! Especially the idea of Mental Dress Up – I’ve done this before and it’s soo much fun! Thanks for the reminder. Excuse me while I become a well-known and respected public speaker, blogger, author. 😉


  • Jennifer Flint Designs

    Great reminder! I have been noticing this myself, actually – on the days when I’m all meditated up and feeling relaxed and lovely, my boyfriend seems to react to me quite differently and automatically, as does everybody else. It’s actually kind of fun to play around with my energy to see if I can get those different reactions! Which isn’t manipulative at all, because the only one I’m manipulating is me.

    I also love the idea of pretending to be someone else. Years ago when I was trying to pass a typing test so I could get a job, I failed a couple of times because I was so horribly nervous. Eventually what I did was to pretend I was a character I liked on TV who was really confident and capable, and I passed the test with no problems at all. I never forgot that! 🙂

  • Leticia Parra

    I love the unique analogy you used. I was so good at pretending when I was younger—and have forgotten how much fun it was.
    My Mental Dress Up: In a healthy and positive way, I am now a highly successful and sought out blogger.
    Thanks for being there for us and keeping our intentions focused.

  • Angela W Rockett

    This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today. Spooky. 😉 Thank you, Christine!

  • Clara Bellino

    Great article Christine, thank you!

  • Janelle

    This practice really Upleveled my tennis game! Instead of going out to the courts as me (the beginner tennis player who was frustrated), I actively tried out what it would be like to be Serena Williams on the court, and I was amazed at the results. I returned a lot more shots that I never would have even tried to return before my mental dress-up, and my tennis game grew by leaps and bounds. Thanks for this Christine!

    • Andrea

      Oh Janelle, this experience is fantastic!!!

  • renee lighton

    fabulous article! Just what I needed to read. THANK YOU!

  • Stephanie Whittemore

    My new mantra – “The Universe is your dog.” Love it!!!

  • Jana Kellam

    This is a GREAT article, Christine! I know you’re probably shocked that I would respond so enthusiastically to something about pets, right? 😉

    Since animals are so sensitive to our energy, and since we don’t have the same fears of being judged by them as we do about people, they can be excellent partners to practice shifting our mindset. I love the story about Isabella and how she was able to take the lesson she learned with Bruno and transfer it to the people she interacts with on a daily basis. What a beautiful reminder about the power of our energy!

    Anyway, thank you for this… I’m now off to go share it far and wide!

  • Andrea

    I am in your Uplevel programm and the day I got that dog-message I was teaching a daily worrskop about bodylanguague. So I sais to me the whole day: I am so magnetic to new clients and everyone wants to work with me. That just put me in another energielevel. I tell you what happened: At the end of the day, there were 5 persons standing in a line and asking me if I am ready for this work and this work, and and and! So, that was amazing!!!

    My part is now to get in contact with them again! So that I can make it complete result!

    Thank YOU Christine!

  • Shannon Bednowicz

    LOVE This insight Christine! Mental dress up – my new daily homework!

  • Araceli

    I think your analogy is very appropriate. I feel the difference every time. If I am in a place of greatness, people always complement me in some way. When I’m not, or allow some sort of fear to creep in, I blend in with the world and go unnoticed. Thank you for a wonderful article!