They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. They say things happen in threes, and they also say things happen for a reason.
Everywhere I have gone this week I have been confronted by famous quotations emphasizing the power of action over thought. On Sunday I logged on to my favourite health website and the first words that my eyes fell on were a quote from Dr. Steve Maraboli: “The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts; it gives you what you demand with your actions”. I thought this quote was interesting and I bookmarked the article to read later and promptly forgot all about it.
Yesterday I checked my email and I found a second quote from Elbert Hubbard: “Parties who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of the field in hope that the cow will back up to them.” (I rather like this one – I spent a lot of time on a farm when I was young and the idea of a cow ambling backwards through a meadow is completely absurd to me). This time I paid a little more attention and thought about cows for a while as I ate my granola.
This morning I found a third quote this time attributed to Ovid: “Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish”. And suddenly I realized that there was a theme running through all of these snippets of wisdom and I found myself thinking about the nature of Maraboli’s universe, and more specifically what I was demanding of MY universe?
Because my universe is the sort of place where synchronicity exists because I believe that synchronicity exists and I therefore demand that it does exist. My universe is also the sort of place where I always get a parking spot in front of the store I am going to, I don’t get caught in the rain, and I am never late for anything.
My universe is a pretty cool place where these things are possible because I believe that anything is possible – no matter what the problem is, or what I need to accomplish; I simply challenge myself to come up with a solution and invariably I do. And then, I take action no matter what. I don’t worry that a task is too difficult, or too frustrating or too expensive – I just figure out what the first step is and I take it even when I don’t know what comes next.
But the exciting thing is that there is always a “next” in my universe. I may not know how to balance stones in such a matter that they appear to defy the laws of physics (as they do in the picture that I posted today) but I know that it is possible to learn if I really want to and I demand it of myself. It might not be easy to learn, but it is possible and I have actually seem someone do this.
This approach works because I demand of myself that it work. I don’t worry what others will think of me (or this post for that matter); I just do whatever it takes to get to whatever comes next. Age and experience are not my obstacles, they are the foundation on which I build everything that I do.
What are you going to demand you do next in your universe?
To read more about Elbert Hubbard click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbert_Hubbard
To learn more about Dr. Steve Maraboli click here: http://www.stevemaraboli.com/