When I grew up, I routinely walked and read at the same time. People talked about this weird girl who was always in a book walking down the street. To me reading was so interesting and took me places that this poor girl could never go. I visited the Eiffel Tower, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and even Africa. All of these were so vivid and beautiful in my mind. I still mind-travel today.
Children have great imaginations, something that we adults seem to forget how to do (imagine). It was our imagination that gave us hope, kept us learning and made us pursue goals. What happened? Age does not necessarily diminish our desires, but disappointment does.
The longer we live, the more we prefer to avoid disappointment. It indeed feels bad, but … and this is a big BUT, if we take the attitude of a child learning to walk, each disappointment will just be a step towards our goal and as we persist, success is inevitable …therefore we will not quit.
Because if anyone has done what you want to do, you too can do it. In some cases, you are the example for others and don’t know it. As long as you live, you should have goals, things you want to accomplish; things you want to do and people you want to help. Do you?
That child with the great imagination is in each of us, one that still wants to reach new heights. Let’s do it together. And to help you get started, consider the following:
1. What makes you happy? (things, events, places, people)
2. What makes your heart sing? This is different from happiness. Happiness is internal, heart singing is external. You want to tell the world about it. (things, events, places, people)
3. What stops you from moving forward? (things, events, places or people that make you draw back)
4. What fears are recurring in your life? (success or failure)
5. What would you do, if you felt limitless?
Take some time and think about these. It does not need to be done in one day, because we have forgotten who we were as children and to get that back requires some quiet time. Set aside 15 to 30 minutes each day for the next seven days. Select a place that you will be undisturbed and get some soothing music (Mozart, Beethoven, etc), sit quietly and ask yourself these questions, then listen to what you have to say. Do this for at least seven days in a row; you’ll be surprised at what you hear.
This is life changing, guaranteed.
About Estell Porter
Local author, Estell Porter, shares tips and advice for simplifying every aspect of your life in her new column “Simplify Your Life.” Join her weekly on TheEmpowerMag.com to discover ways to cut costs, organize your life or find a simpler way to do just about anything.