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The Faith Of A Child

Can you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up?  Maybe you’re still trying to figure that out…

Do you remember what it felt like though, as a child, to imagine what it was you wanted to be?  And here’s an even more powerful question:  When did you stop believing in that dream?

There is really no faith like the faith of a child.  A child believes that they can have, be or do anything they want.  All that is required is an imagination.  And, like Einstein said, it takes them everywhere!

So what happens to us when we grow up?  Some would suggest that “real life” happens, and we can no longer chase silly dreams in your head.  There are bills to pay, work to be done, and all sorts of important mature things to worry about and stress over.  Ahhhh, the joys of being an adult!

Does it really have to be that way?  Do we have to stop chasing our dreams?  Who says so?

Well, I would say that there have been a whole lot of people in our lives who have said so over the years.  Our parents, our siblings, other family members, our friends, teachers, coaches, preachers, priests, bosses, co workers, newscasters, people in movies or on TV, and just about anyone else from any walk of life.  They have all expressed to us in their varying lovable ways, these concepts of limitation.  Things like, “You’ll never be able to do that”, “I don’t want you to be disappointed, so don’t set your sights so high”, “No one really does those things”, “God may not want that for you”,  “That’s too hard”, or some other mumbo jumbo that basically means the same thing; We didn’t follow our dreams, so you can’t follow yours either!

I certainly don’t mean to suggest that you haven’t had anyone encouraging in your life, or that there haven’t been important people you know who have achieved their desired success, that is entirely possible.  And if you have had one or more of those rare individuals who have encouraged you to go after your goals, follow your desire, chase your dreams and not ever quit, then it’s likely you’ve experienced some nice successes in your life, and have probably developed some pretty healthy habits for achievement.  Congrats!

For the most part though, we have become a culture of limited thinkers, almost robotic in our quest to merely get by or put food on the table.  It seems that the desires of our hearts have given way to settling for survival, and our passion is something that we let out on the weekends, but keep nice and bottled up inside of us, along with our high blood pressure, the rest of the time.

The truth is it just doesn’t have to be this way.

If you’re the kind of person that needs to see results in order to believe, then simply open your eyes and look around.  There are a lot of people in this world who have achieved magnificent things.  And they are as human as you or I.

I will tell you though, when you have that childlike faith, and you believe in your heart that you’re doing the right thing and you’re determined to go after your goal, you REALLY CAN achieve it!  You can have what you want, you can be who you want, and you can go where you want.

In her book “21 Distinctions of Wealth”, Peggy McColl writes,

“Wealth truly is every human being’s birthright. The Divine doesn’t want us to go without.  That’s why we’re born with curious minds; the potential to think, speak, and create something new; and open hearts that are willing to trust and believe in the seemingly impossible.  Try telling a child that she can’t possibly be a princess in a castle and she’s likely to roll her eyes at how unimaginative and foolish you are.  Much too quickly, we lose our ability to believe that we can live a life of opulence and luxury.”

First off, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a real grasp on the whole concept of wealth and how they can begin to achieve it, starting NOW.  If you have not read it…get a copy!  And secondly, wow!  Is that not moving and inspiring?  It’s all here for us, if we will only believe it and move in the right direction.

I’ve said it many times…it is in our capacity to imagine that the potential for our achievement exists.  Find that kid again.  Start right now.

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4 Responses to “The Faith Of A Child”

  1. avatar Cindy says:

    Loved this so much Mike. I love the positivity that I have in my life at the moment. And as I read your blog, it made me think of when I was a child and how every time I lost a ball or something that I was looking for, I just KNEW that I would find it and I always did. Such simple faith.
    Well I have that faith back again in my life. I saw The Secret 4 years ago and have never looked back. What I think and believe I want is what I get. It never fails.
    Thanks so much for your uplifting blog. Enjoy your day.
    Cindy Mitchell

  2. avatar Jeannie says:

    Mike, this is a lovely sentiment, and I won’t say that it can’t possibly work as you said – believing in oneself is wonderful, I’m sure….but…I have never accomplished anything that I thought I could do. I have achievements, and I have never thought I would reach the goals I set. I am not saying that it was easy or pleasant to live this way, but I guess it irritates me when people make the statement (which you did not) that if you think you can, you can, but if you think you can’t, you can’t. It certainly would make the journey more pleasant, I would think, if I truly believed I could do something…but it is discouraging to be one of those who was trained not to believe in myself, my talents, and to hear so often how important this belief in self is. I was taught not to have dreams, much less reach for them, and still I can move in their direction. I just want to stand up for those of us with that childlike faith beaten out of us, and say that with enough will, we can at least take steps towards our goals, even if they are only little ones.

  3. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Cindy – I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed the post! Congratulations on not looking back and on continuing to pursue your best life with an unwavering belief. That’s awesome.
    Take care
    MS

  4. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Hi Jeannie – Thank you for your post and for your candor.
    What you are saying is so important, and I can really appreciate your perspective.
    I believe that we have all been conditioned to limit ourselves to varying degrees, and because of this there are many of us who have yet to reach our full potential as individuals. It is definitely possible to achieve great successes without being positive minded, but the success will never reach the level that it can, as when someone is in touch with who they truly are and are living with passion and purpose.
    I will tell you that it is never too late to begin the process of believing in what YOU can achieve in this life. But it really does have to come from inside you, and it is never the result of what someone else thinks or says. We all have the ability to dream and imagine, and this is not a cosmic accident. It is full of purpose!
    You are right when you say that with enough will you can start to move toward your goals. Will and determination are crucial to achievement of anything, and you are also right when you say that a positive attitude and belief in yourself can make the journey more pleasant.
    It can certainly be unnerving to hear someone constantly talk about being positive without providing some practical steps to do so, or without being realistic regarding the implementation of belief in yourself in the midst of tough or negative circumstances. I am actually in the process of writing a book on this very topic!
    Check out these two posts to get a little more of my perspective on this idea, and let me know what you think!
    http://habitualvictory.com/the-power-of-positive
    http://habitualvictory.com/any-idea-how-powerful-your-thoughts-are
    All the best
    MS

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