Have you ever thought about what you could do, if you really decided to?
Im not merely talking about what your skills, education and talents
are capable of. Im talking about what is really possible for you.
There is a very
real possibility that you can do virtually anything. Not alone, not
without new information, not without changing in some ways, but certainly
within your ultimate grasp.
Now many people
would say to me, Jim, be realistic. Some things are just not possible.
To them I say, a realist is simply a pessimist who doesnt want
to admit it. Ive never heard a realist take an optimistic
posture on any topic. They always say, Lets be realistic.
and then go on to explain why your idea cant be done.
Imagine a realist
saying, Realistically, we dont yet know what the possibilities
are. There are more resources than ever before. This could be easier
than we think! Better, eh?
One thing I have
learned over the years is that luck really does come to those who commit
to a goal. Scientists and philosophers call it synchronicity.
It is when things come together in an unexplainable way to help you
reach your destination. Sometimes you just happen to meet someone who
has the answer you need or shares your interests. At other times it
is written off as timing or blind luck.
I dont see
it that way. I believe that there are some universal principles at work
that most people miss. There have been references to this phenomenon
in philosophical and religious literature throughout history. Without
waxing poetic, here is what goes on.
When any person
makes a decision to bring about a certain outcome, the entire universe
starts the process of making it happen. As long as the person persists
in the belief that they are creating the desired result, the process
continues. When doubt, hatred, or fear dominates the person, the process
stops and other forces direct the worlds energies in other positive
directions. This is why there is power in positive thinking.
Sometimes we express
a strong desire and the result occurs immediately. We call this a miracle.
At other times we strive long and hard without visible progress. The
operative word there is visible. There are too many elements
in the world for us to be conscious of how they all interact. But the
moment we decide to do what it takes to create a result, the universe
bends toward us to assist. This continues unless we do something to
stop the process.
That is why I say there is nothing you cant do. There are things
that might not be worth doing but almost anything can be done somehow.
To do such things requires a certain state of mind. It requires optimism,
determination, clarity, love for all mankind and humility. Optimism
is the only productive way to think. Not Pollyanna blind faith in spite
of the facts, just the continuing belief that there is a way and that
you will ultimately find it. Determination is to do what is necessary
even if it is not convenient, if you are not in the mood, if it takes
more than you expected, and if it is not fair, meaning that you have
to contribute more than others.
Clarity of focus
is essential in order to activate things in your favor. So goal setting
in writing is essential to get things going. The clearer your focus,
the more compelling your influence becomes. When you believe unflinchingly
in your cause, others will be drawn to you.
Love of all humanity
means respect for the dignity of and sensitivity to the needs of others.
Contrary to Gordon Gekkos line in the movie Wall Street, (Greed
is good. Greed works.) greed does not work, because it separates
you from others. Only love and respect will connect you to all who might
And finally, humility.
If we realize how little we know, we will be a lot more humble. Humility
is an acknowledgement of our own limitations. But it is not an admission
of defeat or weakness.
Emerson said, Desire
is possibility seeking expression. If you truly want something,
the possibility of it surely exists. That does not mean that it is a
good idea for you. It just means that it could happen. But if you are
dedicated to achieving something deeply and sincerely, then it is incumbent
upon you to pursue it.
Where the problems
arise is when we decide that we already know what it will take to do
the job. Far too many variables exist for us to really know
what it takes in any instance. So we must move forward based on what
we know, while listening to the messages the world is sending us. We
sometimes find that an even better outcome is available to us through
a simple change in direction. At other times we simply need to learn
the lesson life has to teach us at a given point and then move on in
a new direction. We never know how valuable that life lesson will be
later on as we pursue a greater goal.
So I encourage you
to be realistic, there is no limit to what you can do!