You Can Dig A Hole To China!
Back in the late 70's and very early 80's of my own childhood, I remember watching cartoons on Saturday morning and seeing Bugs Bunny dig a hole all the way to china. "Wow! I want to do that" I thought, with that same childhood excitement my son has now. My first try to make my way to China, down through a hole was in Myrtle Beach, S.C.. My Mother took me and my siblings there every summer from New York to visit my grandparents. One day, on the beach in the hot sun, I was prepared, armed with my bucket and my plastic, yellow 4 x 3 inch shovel. I was ready, and so the challenge began!
Today, most of us have lost that childhood wonder and excitement we once held onto so tightly.
We stopped believing in those childhood fictional characters, most of us gave up on digging our hole to China, and somewhere along the way some of us even stopped believing in ourselves. We stopped believing that we could do the impossible, that we could go the extra mile and achieve more than we ever thought possible. Why? What happened? I believe some of us were told we couldn't do it, we didn't have what it takes, or we were not strong enough, we didn't have the skills, and many other reasons people say, or we say to ourselves, we can't have what we want. And at some point in our life, we bought it! And thus, all our dreams came to halt, or simply vanished all together. While we started off believing that we could have dug that hole to china, we ultimately laid down our shovel at the nay-sayers feet, simply walking away, never to look back.
This sad way of thinking is even far more true when it comes to our dreams, when we really do want to achieve something significant in our lives. You may have wanted to become a Lawyer or Doctor and somehow that got away from you and the years just went by because the time was never "just right" to start or maybe you wanted to go back to school. Maybe you always wanted to write a book but became overwhelmed at the thought of such a feat, you didn't or don't have the time. You were going to train for that Marathon, but before you knew it the day had arrived and you never got around to running. Why not, instead of coming up with reasons why we can't do something now or make up excuses, why don't we just do it. Go for it! Who cares how good you are or how far you get. Make the effort NOW! Stop procrastinating and start living your life to the fullest. Heck, this is the second blog I have ever written and for all I know, It stinks! But guess what? I don't care! Because I know every time I do this, one paragraph at a time I will get better. And so will you, no matter what you do in life. You may not want to write, but you do want to do something, what is it? We all have something inside us, a burning desire, a passion , a purpose and a hidden talent! The sad thing is, if you never get going, you'll never get it done, You'll never find out what it is, and you will regret what might have become, if you went after the girl or guy of your dreams, wrote the book, went back to school, got the degree, ran that marathon, learned how to cook, lost the weight or anything thing that has ever burned deep inside you, longing to get out, only to be trapped by your self-doubt and insecurities. Napoleon Hill said "Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right'. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." The one thing you need is a belief, a belief in yourself. And when you truly believe in yourself, you can become unstoppable! The gap between who we are and who we can become in our wildest dreams is very small. It has to start with our thinking and having confidence in ourselves, and then we must take action. We can't sit idly by and hope and wish for life to get better. We have to get better and we get better by standing up and taking action, putting one foot in front of the other toward our goals. Things just don't work themselves out, you have to work them out and it isn't always easy, in fact most of the time its quite hard and we do fail, but we get back up and we keep swinging, we don't give up. I believe its John C. Maxwell who said "The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one!"
Update: My wife Vicki was proof reading this blog when she was reminded of a story she had heard earlier in the day on NPR about a lady and a plane...
(from npr.org) "A few weeks ago, Anne Osmer left her home in Hendersonville, N.C., went to a local airfield, climbed into the cockpit of a Diamond DA20 and took off on her first-ever solo flight. Nothing unusual in that, except Osmer is 83 years old and didn't take her first flying lesson until she was 80."
To learn more about this amazing lady click here and be sure to listen to the interview!