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.