Clap if You Believe

Think ‘impossible’ and dreams get discarded, projects get abandoned, and hope for wellness  is torpedoed. But let someone yell the words ‘It’s possible,’ and resources we hadn’t been aware of come rushing in to assist us in our quest. I believe we are all potentially brilliant and creative–but only if we believe it, only if we have an attitude of positive expectancy toward our ideas, and only if we act on them.
~ Greg Anderson, The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness

Do you remember the first time you saw Peter Pan?
Do you remember the scene where Tinkerbell’s light went out?
I remember being a very small child in a movie theatre.

The only way Tink could be saved was if we all believed. Not only believed, but we had to clap for the magic to work.  I remember holding my breath, I knew it was a movie… but what if….  Could we all believe?  Could the adults believe?  I closed my eyes and clapped with everybody else, “I believe!”  just in case it would make a difference. Just in case my believing could save her.

I find life like that.  Sometimes I’d think what is is. You can’t argue with reality.  Make the best of what you’ve got.  And yet… what if it could make a difference if I believed?  What if things could change?  What if?

Working with hundreds of people over the last 30 years I can tell you for sure that it does make a difference.  I’ve watched people who refused to believe let opportunities walk right by them and people who believed find synchronicity and possibilities that I wouldn’t have believed if I hadn’t seen them myself, not once but over and over again.

Marie’s a great example.  Marie had been in the mortgage business for over 30 years.  She was a mortgage underwriter.  She wanted to something different, but starting over after 30 years?  Could she believe?  She wrote out her ideal day including details down to her morning cup of coffee while
answering e-mails in her fuzzy slippers.  She wanted to work with groups of people, something like HR but not exactly.  She wanted to work with a diverse group, help communication between peers, with bosses, and customers, help people enjoy their job.  She wanted to get up in the morning raring to go. But wasn’t that too much to ask? Was it believable? Could she believe?

She did all the exercises as though having her dream was possible. She took action to move towards her dream.  Two months later her boss left.  A new job opened up. The description sent chills down both our spines.  It was almost word for word what she had written.

Now its your turn.  What is that dream you have?  A new home?  A special vacation?  A book you want to write?  What if it could come true?  Write it down, fill in the details. Feel it. Focus on it. Make space for it in your life.  Look at all the ways you limit it or don’t believe. Take actions in its direction.  Can you believe?  If you can believe magic can happen.  Try it.

Think of your dream.
Now close your eyes –
and clap.


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