Focus On What (not How)
Don’t limit your dreams to things you know how to get to! The “how” will reveal itself, when you can clearly answer, “What do I want get to?” The clearer you see the “what,” the faster the “how” will come!
I recently listened to an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger by Piers Morgan on CNN. Piers asked him how he was able to go from a kid in Austria born to a poor family, growing up without electricity and running water, to becoming a bodybuilding legend, a mega movie star and a two-term governor of California.
Arnold quickly knew the answer. He said:
I always had the most extraordinary talent for visualizing. I always as a kid had the vision, and the vision was so real that I really felt that I could accomplish and turn those visions into reality. - Arnold Schwarzenegger
He did not know exactly how to get there, but he knew exactly what he wanted to get to.
On May 25th, 1961 President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to go to the moon before a special joint session of congress. At the time only 50% of NASA scientists thought we could. He defined the “what,” and somehow the nation was galvanized to discover the “how.” On July 21st, 1961 we landed on the moon!
Most of us are not comfortable staying with the question, “What do I want to do?”
We all just want to rush into action, and we just want to rush “to get there.”
And we do get there, nowhere! Nowhere worthwhile, because we did not know the “what!”
Dare to dream!
My mentor, Rev. Peter Rahme, told me this statement a few months ago that has stayed with me. I want to share it with you today. He said, “when you dream, dream big!”
Don’t worry about how to get there for now.
Yes, there will be time to answer the “how” and to form the strategy… but not now. Not until you answer the “what,” a “what” that inspires you, compels you and drives you forward with passion!
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Reading: This week I am reading the book The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg.