If you’re going to dream, Dream BIG

“I like thinking big…if you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.” — Donald Trump 

I love that quote.

When was the last time you thought big? I mean really big. You’re wayyyyy out of your league, BIG?

For me, it was about five years ago. I decided that I want to become the oldest person to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest. At that time, the record was 64 years old, and I figured by the time I am 64, that record probably will be gone.

Considering the physical condition I was in, and the fact that I have never climbed anything higher than 2000 feet above sea level, maybe 500 feet above ground, I knew it would have to be in the distant future. I figured 75 would be a good round number. So I set a goal to climb the Mount Everest on my 75th Birthday.

That was five years ago. Just last month I celebrated my 55th birthday, which gave me reason to ponder on my dream. What have I done in the past five years that has brought me closer to the realization of my dream?

My initial response was, “not a darn thing.” But, upon further pondering I realized that I have made considerable progress towards the fulfillment of my dream.

First and foremost, it is no longer a whim. In the past five years I have ingrained it into my subconscious as something that will take place. it is a given, not a wishful thinking. I must confess, that it started out as a joke, upon a whim of thinking big, but it has taken on a life of itself now.

The first thing I did, when I made that goal, was to search for a picture of Mt Everest on the web and set it as my desktop visual. Then, I told my family about it. My wife laughed, my daughter (13 at the time) thought it would be cool, and my son (11 at the time) wanted to know how old would he be then and if he could go with me. (he has since then changed his mind about it).

The next thing I did was to share it on-line in a forum at SOGR. I was studying the Science of Getting Rich (SOGR) at the time, as I am now, since it is a continuous study, and I was very active on the forum and had a following with whom I exchanged ideas. Everyone was very supportive. Not only that, some people promised to hold me accountable for it. (I am so grateful for them)

Next, I started telling people in my off line network – friends, extended family, colleagues, Toastmasters – about it. In five years, I have only found only one person who ever made fun of it (“I suppose you can pay someone to carry you up there”).

It is funny, when you make a commitment and are focused on something, life will bring you whatever you need. About a year ago, while sitting in the ortodontist’s office, I saw a magazine with Harrison Ford’s picture on the cover (the new Indiana Jones movie was coming out). As I looked at the table of contents to see what page the story was on, another article caught my eyes.

“Three year plan to the top of Mount Everest” 

I forgot about Indy Jones. That article made me realize that it was time to supplement my visualization with some serious planning and action. The article described the minimum physical capacity BEFORE starting the training, which would evetually lead someone to the top of Mt Everest. That was an eye opening list. I figured I could do it in six years instead of three. That would put me at sixty.

Earlier this year, I set that as my primary mid term goal. I am going to make my first summit of the Everest in 2014, on or around my sixtieth birthday. I made the commitment that I will change my lifestyle so as to make that a reality, not just a possibility.

I have made a few Quantum Leaps, and life is constantly presenting me with new information and opportunities to make the needed changes as I move towards the realization of my dream.

As a result, I am working on launching another blog in the near future, that will be dedicated to my journey to the top of the world. The purpose will be create a blueprint for others to follow, but I know, along the way, it will become much more than that. Life just works out that way.

COMMITMENT

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too.

 All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, that no man could have dreamed would come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

 Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. 

W. H. Murray
The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

What are you dreaming of?

Whatever it is, Make it BIG!

Larger than life BIG!.  

Out of this world BIG!

I promise you, Life will go out of its way to help you grow into it.

And when you have discovered it, you’ll realize that it is one of the main reasons why you came into this world.

“To find out what you love to do demands a great deal of intelligence; because, if you are afraid of not being able to earn a livelihood, or of not fitting into this rotten society, then you will never find out.

But, if you are not frightened, if you refuse to be pushed into the groove of tradition by your parents, by your teachers, by the superficial demands of society, then there is a possibility of discovering what it is you really love to do. So, to discover, there must be no fear of not surviving.” — Krishnamurti

Dancing with God

I had been struggling with the idea of starting a blog to share with the world my experiences and my thoughts and feelings about them, the lessons I learned and how I grew both intellectually and spiritually as a result of those experiences, but I lacked confidence in my ability to consistently produce enough material to keep it going. So I procrastinated, and I procrastinated some more, and some more, till I couldn’t procrastinate no more…. Then I procrastinated some more, and some more.

But, you know what? When your purpose is calling you, you can procrastinate for only so long. First you lose the comfort of procrastination. It is no longer satisfying to procrastinate. Then, you begin getting uncomfortable with it, and then it just becomes down right unbearable. You can’t take it anymore, you have to do something about it.

Well, when I got to that point, I went out and signed up for a WordPress account. Now I can fool myself by procrastinating to learn how to work with WP, and I have been doing that since July of last year. But, unbeknownst to me, I had been actually gathering up the courage and the confidence to do it. I was learning to recognize my passion and purpose and to trust it, to surrender to it.

Last week, I went to the library and got two books on blogging and finally went out and bought a for Dummies book on WordPress and started playing with it. I still wasn’t sure what I am going to write. But when I got to where I was learning about creating a post, an email I had recently received surfaced in my mind. I instantly knew that my fears about my inability to have things to write about consistently were unfounded. When you surrender to your purpose, you recognize that your ego no longer has to be incharge. You don’t have to do anything, everything is done through you.

Now, I am sitting here laughing at myself as I write this post, because I am doing exactly what I wanted to do all along: Sharing my experiences, and  my thoughts and feelings about them. It’s not that big of a deal when you surrender to your purpose.

Do not hesitate or waver for fear that when you come to any certain place you will fail for lack of ability. Keep right on, and when you come to that place, the ability will be furnished to you. ~ Wallace D Wattles, Science of Getting Rich

Oh, and if you are wondering what was that email was that triggered the “duh!” moment and prompted the confidence, here it is. I just could not deny you its wisdom.

Dancing With God

When I meditated on the word  Guidance, I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word.

I remembered reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.   

When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully. 

The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.  When I saw “G”: I thought of God, followed by “U” and “I”.   “God, “U” and “I” dance.”   God, you, and I dance.   

As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust   that I would get guidance about my life.   Once again, I became willing to let God lead.

My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings and mercy are upon you on this day and everyday. May you abide in God, as God abides in you. Dance together with God, trusting God to lead and to guide you through each season of your life.

This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached. If God has done anything for you in your life, please share this message with someone else. There is no cost but rewards are many. So let’s continue to pray for one another.

And I Hope You Dance !