Folks perceive me as a “go for it!” guy, it seems, and
they all ask me how I do it. They wonder what quality I possess that allows me to
walk forward while they feel stuck at square one on their
journey to achieve their own aspirations.
They’re usually surprised at my answer, because manifesting
aspirations, in my opinion, has little or nothing to do with who you are or
what type of person you are. No one
would accuse me of being a type-A personality, for example. I am also neither fearless nor infallible.
So what’s the secret?
How do I live into being the manifesting “go for it!” guy? It’s not who I am; it’s what I do. And it’s very simple.
I wake up every day, and I make an active choice to ask and answer two
1. What’s one thing I can do today to move me
closer to achieving my aspiration?
Every day, Saturday and Sunday included, I do one
thing. It could be as easy as
sending and email or making a call.
It could be something larger.
It could be resting and spending time with my family or friends. It could be working out. The bottom line is I make a conscious
effort to check in with my journey every day and land on something I can do that
truly moves me closer to realizing my chosen aspiration.
Even more important, no matter how large or small that thing
is, I remember “it’s better than nothing” is something! If I did nothing that day, there’s a
100% chance I’d feel bad. This
way, there’s at least a chance that I walk out the day feeling…okay. And sometimes great.
2. Do I trust myself
to get my “one thing” done?
Walking the walk is usually a lonely and tedious business. More often than not, there’s no one in
the room nudging me onward other than, you know, me.
Making good on my promise to myself to do “one thing” is the
difference between standing still and moving forward.
Anyone who’s been in any kind of relationship in life knows
that trust isn’t an automatic thing.
Trust is built. I’ve gained
a level of trust with myself by being honest with myself. If I think, for whatever reason, I
can’t do my chosen “one thing” that particular day, I accept it and don’t beat
myself up for it. Then I ask
myself question #1 again, this time putting the emphasis on “can do” instead of “one thing”
when I ask it.
As I’ve kept promises to myself over time, I’ve grown to
trust myself more. Now, as the
“one things” I tend to come up with each day are larger and more challenging,
it seems that my answer to the “Can I trust myself?” question is typically
yes. I have a track record now and
credibility with myself.
I can’t promise you what works for me will work for
you. I have, however, learned
this: everything you try—even if
it doesn’t work—gets you one step close to discovering what really does work
And for those of you who are wondering…Yes. This blog post is my "one thing" for today. 🙂