We are just 10 weeks away from yet another New Year … if you’re like the masses (ordinary people) then you’ve already forgotten the goals you set at the beginning of this year and already have set your sight on (have started trying to achieve) another resolution and goal you’ll likely approach (move close to) in the same way next year.
But hey! That is no attitude (opinion and feelings about something) to have. It’s not time to give up (quit). Your dreams and goals are important. It’s time to get to work and create the exact life you dream of.
Maybe your goals include losing weight, getting out of debt, repairing an old relationship (or starting a new one) or even starting your own business. Well, Know this! I am absolutely certain you can achieve these goals – and more!
You might be wondering (thinking about and wanting to know)…
Why do we lose track of (forget) time and eventually (finally) let go of (quit going after) our hopes and dreams?
Are we insincere (saying something nice that we don’t really mean) when the goals are set and simply lose interest?
Do we really mean to continue in a lifestyle that is frustrating (makes you feel angry because of failure) and confining (limiting)?
Is it our intention (what we really want) really to continue in a life style where we feel stuck (confused and don’t know what to do)- year after year?
I don’t think so. We live our lives by a set of beliefs, or paradigms, that are always with us. These are beliefs that we have developed (started to have) over time to help us define the world and our place in it. The biggest mistake we often make is to underestimate (to think something is smaller than reality) the power of our ingrained (established and difficult to change) beliefs and their ability to limit our ideas of what is possible in life. When we set resolutions or goals that challenge (fight) these paradigms, we are frequently (often) doomed to failure (from the beginning it is certain that we fail)- yet don’t understand why.
I want to tell you a story that I heard years ago about a young man who moved to the desert. He decided that he wanted a nice green lawn and bought several gallons of green paint. He then painted the dirt (ground) in front of his house bright green. When asked why, he replied, “Because everyone knows you can’t grow grass in the desert.”
His neighbors laughed behind closed doors as every few months, the man painted his dirt again to brighten his ‘lawn.’ Each time someone would ask why he did it, and each time he would say, “Because everyone knows you can’t grow grass in the desert.”
Finally one neighbor took pity on the man (felt sorry for the man and wanted to help him). He pulled him aside and asked, “What is the number one sport in Las Vegas?”
The young man thought a moment. “Golf.”
“And where is Las Vegas?”
“In the desert.”
“Then why have you never planted grass?”
“Because you can’t grow . . .” The young man paused (stopped for a moment, didn’t finish his word).
“Grass in the desert?”
Our belief systems are not logical (reasonable and sensible)- in fact they frequently defy (refuse to follow) logic and will work against us when challenged. This is the reason that we so often set resolutions only to find (we will be surprised) that another year has passed and nothing in our lives has changed – we’re still painting dirt! We have the power to change but it requires two steps.
Consider (think seriously of) starting a new pattern — right now.
How would it feel to be waking up everyday, knowing you stuck with (continued doing) every goal you had, and saw it to fruition (achieving the goal; accomplishment)
Choose to confront (face; encounter) the paradigms and limiting beliefs that have been holding you back from your deepest desires and dreams. Don’t look back ever again and ‘wish’ things had been different. Make a choice right now to MAKE it happen. You have that power. I challenge you to stop painting over the dirt in your life, change your perspective (point of view; thinking pattern) and plant the seeds of change.
To your success,
Chairman and Co-Founder
Proctor Gallagher Institute
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