Saturday, 25 August 2012

Just How Badly Do You Want It?

Being a pragmatic dreamer; one that has both his head firmly in the clouds and his feet squarely on terra firma, I've long straddled the dual worlds of sensible adulthood (working hard on a respectable career; working towards owning a house; ensuring I'm financially responsible; being a good partner, son, brother and friend; giving back to the world, etc), and starry-eyed schoolboy who really believes that we're born to find out what we love to do on this planet and to just do it, regardless of the potential roadblocks, insurmountable as they sometimes appear to be.

I don't think I'm alone here, right? So, does that mean we have to continue living this in-between limbo between sensible adult and starry-eyed child (and therefore ultimately not succeeding in either role), or can I choose? Can we still function in a world that requires us to be the responsible people that we are, yet focus on what we want to be, do, achieve and experience?

Absolutely! You do not have to focus on things 'as they are' but instead put your energies to 'things as you would like them to be'. Now, on the surface that may seem like wishful denial - but it really isn't. If, as we're continually told that 'what you think about, you bring about', then why not focus on what you desire? The stuff that is happening now - will still exist. I don't have to have my every thought trained on it....because if I do, I'll just perpetuate more of the same straddling!

So, here's the experiment - live today with the respect, commitment and responsibility that it deserves (current circumstances included), but intend something different with your thoughts. Dream brighter, louder, wilder. Feel your mood lift as you think better and better thoughts. After all what's the risk? If nothing changes, then nothing changes, but I'm certain it will.

Push through the fear and ask yourself what you're willing to do to make it happen. Providence will then come knocking on your door. It's knocking on mine...


  1. Nice blog and great thoughts. I like your breaking away from a distinction between living for the future and for now. The future, after all, flows from the present. Your attitudes about writing seem quite similar to mine. I like your attitude/blog and I'll keep an eye on you in the future.

    Your post actually had me wondering if you'd be interested in my blog. It's for aspiring novelists like yourself, and I write a lot about motivation. I made a similar post to yours called "To Will and to Be" about the Ancient Greek word "Arete" and how its concept can help people understand goals.

    If you're interested, you can find it at

  2. Thanks Luke,

    Your kind reply is sincerely appreciated. I've only just noticed it - a month after you wrote it. It's been a crazy time! I will definitely be checking out your blog, and in particular your post "To Will and to Be."

    All the best, mate.