“What if you believed it when you told yourself anything was possible?”
My dad saw this written on a bathroom wall at a music venue and sent it to me. Sometimes wisdom is found in the most unexpected (or expected?) places.
I figured it was timely right now as I’ve seen a lot of those 10 years difference pictures in my feed, and unless you’re Pharrell who’s seemingly and superhumanly defied the entire aging process, we all know 10 years can change a lot.
It’s not the pictures that got my attention though, it’s the captions below. Many of them include something along the lines of, “If you had told me 10 years ago I would be doing (fill in the blank), or living (insert location), or feeling (elated emotion here), I wouldn’t have believed you.” Here’s the thing. I think it’s a humble sentiment when someone announces they had no idea they’d be in the position they are today, and I do believe there is an element of surprise and spontaneity to all of our life paths, but to be honest, somewhere along the line that person had to believe they could be where they are now. There’s no way around it. They had to take a look at the world they were currently living in and decide that there’s a better way. More importantly, they had to decide they can do something about it.
Then they had to believe it. Really believe it. Right down to the core of their bones into the depths of their soul at the deepest most granular cellular level.
So profoundly rooted in belief, they could see it.
As a result, I won’t be posting a 10-year challenge picture because what I have instead is a 10-year vision. I’m embracing what 2019 has in store but it’s too short-sighted, it’s just a stepping stone to 2024 and 2029.
The 10 year plan is where things really make a difference. Anything is possible in 10 years time. Start there and work your way back. Then, when you’re sitting in front of someone as the 10 years evolved version of you (looking just as good as Pharrell) and they ask, “Did you ever see yourself doing, living, feeling (blank)…” You can look squarely at them and answer without hesitation; “Yes. I did. Clearly, vividly, and repeatedly. I knew because I believed it into existence.”
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.