"The most important thing in life is to stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will.' Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities."
- David Copperfield, Magician
"I wish I could lose weight."
"I wish I could stop smoking."
"I wish I could exercise regularly."
"I wish I could read a book a week."
"I wish I had more customers."
"I wish I could visit my family in Australia."
"I wish I could afford to send my children to the best school."
"I wish I could speak Spanish, type faster, bake cakes, prune my roses ..."
"I wish I could give up my job and work for myself."
So what is stopping you?
We all have the same 24 hours per day and roughly the same number of brain cells combined with physical and mental capability. The difference is what we do with these resources. Other people are turning the "I wish" into "I will" and so can you.
When Anthony Robbins was at his lowest point in his life, 38 lbs overweight, living in one room and working as a janitor, he realised that things would only change if he changed. He made a commitment to read one personal development book every day. Was that easy? Probably not. Did it require sacrifice, dedication and self-control? No question. Has the effort paid off? Millions of times over.
The only way you will turn the "I wants" into reality is when they become a must which converts into a "I will". When you want something badly enough, you will have to plan how to turn the possibility into a probability. Only when the pain of not having something becomes greater than the pleasure of the alternative can you start to achieve your goals.
From 1983-85, I studied a professional qualification in Advertising & Marketing by correspondence for two years on top of a full-time job from 8.30am to 6pm. I went home and made dinner so that I was ready to start studying at 7pm and kept going until 11pm, five nights a week. Did I have other places to be? Yes. Did I have friends inviting me to join them? Yes. Did I miss a lot socially? Yes. Might I have missed interesting TV programmes? Yes, but I did not have a TV at the time so avoided that distraction. At the end of two years I was offered an interesting and challenging job with a major US advertising agency working on one of the world's top advertising clients. That was my pay-off for the sacrifice.
When "I wish I could learn to ski" becomes "I must learn to ski because it is a healthy sport in the fresh air surrounded by beautiful scenery and my sister has asked us to join her family next winter", you have taken the first step to making ski-ing a reality. Write down the reasons why you must have or do something then post them where you can see them everyday. You might need resources like money to do a training course, money you do not currently have spare in which case I suggest you learn how the Law of Attraction can bring into your life whatever you desire once you know how to apply the science.
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"How am I going to live today to create the tomorrow I'm committed to?"
- Anthony Robbins
© Antonia Stuart-James 2007