There is a saying that crops up now and again that is often easier said than done, and that is, go for it!
But in order to ‘go for it’, you have to know what you truly want. Joan has been discussing reflection and an end-of-year assessment over the last several weeks, all building toward ‘going for it’!
Knowing what you want, though, is the step necessary before. So, in this discussion, Joan talks about getting to that point, which is mainly understanding and believing that anything is possible.
Q. It seems simple…nothing is impossible. Most of us have heard this before but how can such a simple thing be true?
Joan: During a recent family dinner I was relaying a story about how I was planning to become a member of a local government board. Without skipping a beat, my 21-year-old niece looked at me and said, “Yes, Aunt Joanie, you can be on the board.” I replied, “I know, I am going to be.” She then said, “Of course you can if you believe it.” To which I stated, “No, really, I am going to be on the board.” She came back with a resounding, “Yes, I believe you can!”
At this point I was laughing hysterically because I realized that she was reinforcing what she believed to be wishful thinking on my part. She was cheering me on guided by the advice that I (and her mother) always offer her: that anything is possible with a positive attitude and belief in oneself.
Even though I was actually appointed to the position and wasn’t referring to making a wish come true, I was so proud of her (and shocked that she actually listened) for getting the message.
And what a powerful message it is: anything is possible when you believe in yourself!
Q. How does one get to that, though? How can someone truly believe in their mind that anything is possible?
Joan: Think about it for a moment … anything is possible!
When was the last time that you truly believed anything was possible, that you could achieve a goal or make a dream come true?
It isn’t always easy to have the confidence to believe that you can make anything happen. The routine of daily life beats you down and often you’re left jaded and depressed. Fear has a way of sneaking in and governing the way you live. Naysayers remind you of your shortcomings until their beliefs become yours, too.
Q. So, how do we clear those negative thoughts out of our heads?
Joan: Climbing out of the rut we call life can be a challenge. But, guess what? You have the power to change every aspect of your existence. But, in order to do so, you have to do two things: you must decide what you want and you must believe you can do it. Everything else will follow; you will find a way.
As another year comes to an end and a new one begins, with endless possibilities, it’s the perfect time to examine where you are in your life and where you want to go. Once you know the direction, create an action plan, educate yourself, and get moving!
Remember … nothing is impossible when you believe it’s possible!