“Difficult things take a long time, impossible things... a little longer.” Walt Disney
What if you could make wishes come true by simply writing them down. What would you wish for? How hard would you be willing to work for it? Do you believe you can do it, or get it? When was the last time you sat down with a pen and paper and wrote down what you want? What do you want your life to look like from this day forward?
Here is a great fun exercise to get you to know yourself better, and get more acquainted with what you want in your life. Write your life’s story beginning today. So if you are a married woman, working at a law office with two kids and a dog living in the same home for 25 years, start there. Then write the rest of your life story, just like a memoir or biography. The difference is you control and write what happens from this day forward and where you end up. The only rule is that you remember this is your story, your life, it should not be what you “think” you should want or have, or what your husband or wife or kids would want, just you.
When you write your life, what would it look like? Where would you be living, with whom? Are you working? Where? What does your home look like? A condo in Florida, a one-bedroom cabin in the mountains? How do you spend your time, where do you get your money from and how are you feeling? When you write keep in mind it could include things you have never seriously thought of before. It could include a new job, a vacation, a move, a divorce, a marriage, whatever it is it must be just your wish. Do you know what yours is?
Once you have identified it, written it, see it in your mind and feel it in your heart, now it’s time to put it in motion. Your beacon is your goal, your guiding light is the belief you can get it and your dedication to your commitment will manifest it for you. This is powerful stuff.
The greatest tool in getting whatever it is we want is commitment. The person who reaches any goal they set, from losing weight at Weight Watchers, to getting a gold medal at the Olympics, is being totally committed to their stated goal.
Commitment, however, will only be as strong as your core belief in your ability to get what you are committed to. Commitment requires hard work, consistency, the ability to fail and keep trying and never lose belief in yourself or your mission. It reminds me of the famous children’s book, The Little Engine That Could by Wally Piper. The most memorable line in that book is the little blue engine going uphill, huffing and puffing and saying to herself those famous words ... “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”
The story is about believing in our ability to overcome obstacles, and we can. We all knew, even as children, that if that little blue engine just believed she could do it, then all she had to do was try as hard as she could, and she’d get there ... and she did! Remember if you can’t climb the wall, build a door; if you can’t build a door, build a window; if you can’t build a window, dig a tunnel! I know you can, I know you can, I know you can!
Nancy Witter is an NYU certified life coach, firstname.lastname@example.org.