It has been said that we are all going through life like millionaires with amnesia.
This is an analogy that most of us connect with right away. Who, at some time or another, hasn’t daydreamed on what it would be like to suddenly win the lottery? Or to find out that out that that dusty jewelry box you bought at some yard sale is a priceless antique? So often our reveries of greatness end there. The phone rings, we ‘snap out of it’ and push the next piece of paper across our desk.
But what if, instead of just ‘existing’ and going through the motions of our daily lives, we chose another path? What if, we are living without even realizing that we already possess a birthright of wealth beyond our imagination?
Well we do. Every single person has a wealth of creative potential within them. Some of us were fortunate to have tapped into that potential early in life, others of us (most of us) got a glimpse of that spark within and then had it extinguished by the winds of ridicule, a flood of tragedy, or simply the practical demands of life. You know who you are.
We ALL have dreams. Today, I’m asking you to remind yourself of that and take a step in the direction of living life on your terms. This doesn’t mean you turn your back on all your responsibilities and join the circus. Sometimes, we convince ourselves that change always has to mean a drastic upheaval in our circumstances when in fact, even a subtle shift in our ATTITUDE can bring about a significant change in our level of fulfillment.
So, let’s not wait until the new calendar year to make positive resolutions. Let’s take a moment now, at the start of this new school year while the energy of Fresh Starts and New Beginnings moves among us. Resolve to do even a few of these things and you will unearth the wealth of potential within and let your creativity flow!
Acknowledge your dreams – Take some quiet time to reflect on what are those things that you’ve always dreamed of doing. Don’t filter them in terms of what you think is ‘realistic’ – this is time to just write your list of “Things I Would Do If I Knew I’d Succeed.”
Feel the fear and go forward anyway – Now, pick one of those things and make a plan as to what you would need to do to see it realized. Do you have to take classes? Buy a pair of tennis? Invest in a new ice cream maker? The plan starts here! The type of fear we feel at the thought of a new and challenging project is not the cautionary force that serves to protect us from danger. This is the toxic fear that is fueled by memories of being laughed at and criticized. Never allow fear of failure to keep you from pursuing and learning.
Respect and love yourself – This is a vital aspect to tapping into the wealth of potential within. This means making time for you to ‘be still’ with your thoughts and committing to make healthy choices for your mind, body and relationships. And hey: get some sleep!
Expect good things to happen – Why not? Did you know that we often default to pessimistic thinking simply because we’re afraid of disappointment? We’d rather expect the worst and be able to say “See? I KNEW it!” rather than expect the best and delight in the journey. Every time you get in your car, you don’t spend every moment thinking: “I know I’ll get into an accident. Just wait and see.” No. You know it’s a possibility, but you still get in, buckle up, drive with caution, keep your eyes open for signs and opportunities and enjoy the ride.
Discover! – Try something new or do something different. This is how we reinvigorate our brains, spark new ideas and see new possibilities. The best way to get out of a rut is to choose to do something new and different. Each time we learn something new, we stimulate our brain to sprout new neurons.
Share – Give away something every day. We’re not talking big gestures here. The smallest unexpected gift is a grand blessing to both the giver and receiver. Share that movie or book that’s been sitting on your shelf for ages. Say a heartfelt thank you to someone for something specific they do for you or others. Share your magazines with the hospital. The bottom line: look for opportunities to show unexpected kindness…and then step up and do it!