There are very different schools of thought when it comes to committing to one’s wishes, dreams or goals.
We often hear it’s best to state them out loud and tell others about them in order to stay committed to making them happen.
I’ve heard this philosophy countless times over the years. I’ve often not been a fan of proclaiming my goals, mostly because I was afraid what would happen if I failed and looked like a complete fool.
In my post about The Best Year Yet, I admitted to having a love hate relationship with goals. We can get incredibly tangled in the emotions of having set them and feeling as though we must see them through even if we’ve truly changed direction in our hearts.
For sure, goals and dreams can be incredibly complicated. And as we pursue our journey towards making them happen, often times it becomes even more complex than we had imagined. We may find that it takes over so much of our lives that we become wildly out of balance. At that moment, we may have to make a decision, to either continue on, or retreat.
Our deepest dreams and goals are quite precious, and for the most part they are actually rather fragile, especially before they begin to really take root and grow.
Something so delicate as a goal in our heart, should be cared for with great conscientiousness. Not to be carelessly tossed out in the world in hopes that it takes flight.
There’s a book I love and I read portions of it almost daily, even though I’ve read it many times. The Perfect Power Within You
by Jack and Cornelia Addington.
Here’s the section that now lives on my wall serving as a constant reminder:
“Keep It To Yourself and Do It.” “Have you ever had a wonderful idea that seemed to lift you and take you soaring to a new height? You could see wonderful possibilities and a whole new future contained in this idea. And then you enthusiastically told it to your best friend. His face remained immobile. Somehow or other, he had caught none of your enthusiasm…and by this time you had your doubts too … The power of a steam engine is caused by controlled pressure. The power in your idea is controlled by keeping the idea to yourself until it has built up enough momentum to carry itself into manifestation. Don’t let the steam off. The longer you can keep it to yourself, the stronger it gets. Do not expose your immature ideas to be smothered…”
I don’t want to know your secret wish while it’s growing in the warmth and love of your heart and mind. I do not want to release its magic before it’s born. Let your secret dream grow strong and manifest, then let me cheer for your success!
Have you ever let out a wish or dream only to have it wither away? Have you held them in silence and seen them into manifestation?
How do you honor your wishes and dreams?