I was doing some deep thought and meditation this week on being able to see opportunities to achieve desires (manifesting dreams). I realized that many people (myself very much included) may not see possibilities because they can’t overcome their aversion to changing habits and thus feeling discomfort with giving up the old to make way for the new.
- You want a vacation, but think there’s no way your budget will allow for that. You might not be willing to see that giving up vices and buckling down on a strict budget could allow for the purchase of a plane ticket.
- You want a relationship but aren’t willing to see that you must move in different circles, meet different people, go to spots and events that you wouldn’t normally attend. Let’s be honest, if you’re sitting at home, it’s unlikely Mr/Mrs Right will simply show up at your door (or at the one bar you frequent).
- You want to lose weight but haven’t yet found that magic pill? Get uncomfortable with diet and exercise.
- You want a new/better job? You’ll have to work for it through time, research and possibly more education. This will likely require extra effort beyond your already regular 40-hour work week.
Our instant-gratification, materialistic society blinds so many people to the possibilities of the freedom and happiness of their dreams, yet discomfort is growth’s best friend. Ever hear of growing pains? There is no growth without change.
When I wanted to move to Hawai’i, I was of the belief I would need thousands and thousands of dollars so I could have a roof over my head and food to eat. I “knew” it would take me years to achieve my dream. I did a prayer/meditation session and asked that the blinders be removed so I could recognized opportunities when they arose. Within a matter of days, I had stumbled upon an opportunity to live in a tent on a farm that provided kitchen facilities, running water, hot shower, work and food – all for the price of a plane ticket there. The challenge and discomfort came when I had to whittle my life down from an 1,800 square foot house with garage, pool and yard down to a 10′ x 10′ tent.
Change also requires commitment. Do you want something badly enough to commit to it? Do you want it enough to give up the ways of being that are no longer serving their purpose in your life? Take off the blindfold and seize the opportunities – if you want them.