How many of you had big dreams as a kid?
Who did you want to become when you grew up? An astronaut? A magician? A World Cup winner? Those dreams seemed to come out of nowhere, didn’t they? Back when you were completely free to be you and the world was your oyster. You were full of possibility after possibility, and nothing seemed to limit your imagination.
Fast forward to right now. Where did all those dreams go? Did you achieve them?
If you did not, you are not alone. It’s part of human nature that as soon as you create a possibility, it is on its way out. By now you may think that it is impossible to be that astronaut, magician or World Cup winner you wanted to be. Or, you may think you failed.
If that is the case, listen for yourself in what I’m about to share.
I want to create an atmosphere of encouragement in my family. What I’ve come across, however, is their discouragement and criticism towards me and what I’m doing in my life. When they do that, I get angry at them and criticize them back. I convince myself that they don’t deserve encouragement from me. I stop trying and give up. Then I tell myself that I’m a terrible family member, and that I should just give up.
When failure comes up, you have to remember that you’re not perfect. None of us are. In my family what I’m coming up against is years of resignation and negativity that’s gone on for generations. Have compassion for yourself for what you didn’t achieve. You are facing challenges and you are playing big. And when I look back, it’s just so stupid how many times I get triggered by what they say. I forget all about what I’m committed to. It’s FUNNY! It feels like a big drama that I’m making up about my family, blown out of proportion, and it has me dragging my feet and looking gloomy all day. As human beings we do some stupid things. What’s there to do is let go of the seriousness of it all and laugh at your situation.
Don’t let failure stop you. It is a part of the learning and growing process. If you didn’t fail, where would be the adventure? It’s a sign from the universe to take a look at how you’re being and look at who you can be instead.
So who can you be? If you put aside all the stories you have about yourself – “I’m not good enough, I’m not important, and I’m a failure” – put them aside, what could you create? From nothing, who are you at your best? Who would you be at your fullest potential?
What lights you up? What excites you? What inspires you?
Perhaps you’d be a world-class gourmet with a collection of 100 different cucumbers.
Or you’d be a top-notch athlete running at the speed of sound. A swimmer who swims across all the oceans in one journey.
Perhaps you’d be the next human angel, flying far up high into the sky. The world really is your oyster. The horizon stretches out forever and all you can see is the warm red of the sun.
Or you’d be an astronaut, flying higher than the sky. You would do jumping jacks on Mars. You’d explore all the planets in our Solar System. The smoke of your spaceship would glaze over the constellations of the sky millions of light years away.
What’s important to you? Perhaps you live to serve others.
Maybe you’re a pacifist. You live to end all wars in the world.
Maybe you are the next president of Toastmasters. You are opening people up to growing, facing their fears, being the most self-expressed people they can be.
Or you really are someone more simple.
You’re someone who dances in the rain. Sings in the shower. Plays with the baby who takes your maraca. Laughs the loudest. Cries the hardest. Screams on roller coasters.
You’d be swinging from tree to tree, beating your chest and doing backflips in the jungle. You would live with puppies and yowl with the wolves.
Now, what’s it going to take to be who you want to be without giving up?
The answer lies within you, your ability to reflect and take action.
I recommend taking the Landmark Forum. It is a life-changing three-and-a-half day course where you learn about what holds you back from a life you love. You will let go of your past and your disempowering beliefs. You will be listened to as an endless possibility. And you will not only know but believe that anything is possible. You will be present to the possibility of possibility, and the openness and courage that comes out of that.
In the Forum, I discovered that I have been angry with my mom for making decisions for me in my life. And that was stopping me at school, at work, from caring for my friends, from really dreaming up what I want to do in my life. Last night, I finally let go of that, forgave her and forgave myself. What’s opening up is taking a gap year in my degree to go explore the world and make beautiful music.
Without taking the Landmark Forum, this speech would not exist. And without this club I would not complete my CC manual in such a short time. So let me offer this course to you and make a difference in your life. Let me know if you want to be part of it, and I will register you.
Whoever you say you are, you can be that right now. RIGHT NOW. You don’t need to earn a medal to live like a world-class athlete. You don’t need a Physics degree to fly. You don’t need to be President of Toastmasters to start running a great club.
Whoever you say you are, your future is created already. Stand in your future, look back and ask yourself – what happened for me to get here? Life is truly a privilege, and so is your imagination. If you are Prime Minister of Canada at heart, look back and see the elections you won, the friends you made, the campaigns you ran. Then take one action today to bring that to life.
Let your life begin!