What do you long for in your life? Does it often seem like it’s completely out of reach?
Then consider this statement: “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life that he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau
It’s likely you’ve heard this famous quote before, but have you stopped to think about what Thoreau was really trying to tell us?
Thoreau wrote those words after 2 years, 2 months and 2 days of a grand experiment he fostered. The question he pondered during that time was, “What does it mean to feel alive?” We’ve all experienced it here and there, that true sense of happiness, joy and fulfillment. He wanted to discover what it meant to live like that more frequently.
In his quote, notice he doesn’t say, “Give it a try and hope it works out.” He says “advance confidently.” The truth is that we are only limited by our ability and willingness to believe in a possibility for our life. When we are on the frequency of “try,” we are not on the wavelength or definite and definitive possibility. And the first most vital step in developing a greater believing in the possibility is to ask, “If I believed it were possible, what step could I take?”
When we take action, we exert a certainty that sends a signal to the Universe as well as our own sub-conscious minds that says, we are, in fact, serious about pursuing our dream – and our dream begins to take shape. The secret is to just “endeavor” and to take that next step with confidence.
We don’t even have to do it perfectly. Inch by inch and step by step as we do what we can with what we have, we will cross an invisible boundary. Opportunities will start to line up, the people we need just seem to “show up,” and things that look like “miracles” to others will start to happen. What once existed as just a possibility moves into our reality.
So today, let’s start “endeavoring.” Let’s ask ourselves, “What small step could I take right now, in the next five minutes, that would move me toward a possibility I would love?” Then go confidently and take it! Live the life that others dare only to imagine!
Believing in you,