I'm in a summer state of mind at the beach - I hope the summer promises some rest time for you too. (Create a vacation in your mind as often as you can.)
As I sit here on the beach, it's a good time to think about the past, present and future - and today I am thinking about miracles.
Recently I heard myself say, "It will be a miracle when [fill in the blank] happens."
A light bulb went off right away and my inner wisdom gave me a talking to as she shouted:
Miracles do happen.
You are thinking about it all wrong.
We may think of them as unexpected, unbelievable, seemingly impossible things that happen in our lives but we are able to invite and allow miracles.
It’s the same as having a vision and setting goals.
It’s important to reach for things that we think are miraculous.
And there are things that we can do to invite miracles.
But first you must believe it is possible.
Ahhhh - believe it is possible.
In my work as a personal, leadership team and organizational coach, I find that believing that a future state is possible is critical for making anything happen.
What I often see is that we identify future states of the way we want something to be (visions and goals) - and then we continue doing, acting, saying the things that make it impossible to move to a new state of being.
This is a pattern that, once identified, opens the door to positive change.
Have you ever seen or experienced this "holding onto the past" in your organizations, families, communities or personal lives?
As I see every day in my consulting practice, letting go of the past is tricky business - it relies on behavior change - and behavior change relies on conscious and deliberate action in a newdirection.
In order to allow miracles to happen, we need to be aligned (i.e., poised to receive) and ready for the future state - this means we may need to let go of old ways of thinking, speaking, doing and interacting.
It may mean inviting new thoughts, new words to speak out loud, new ways of behaving and new ways of interacting.
And here I find it in my own life. They say we teach what we need to learn.
In my case, use of the word "miracle" to refer to my dream put my miracle further away from me than it needed to be. Actually, as I think about it, my dream is in process - achievable - I am working on it every day - one day at a time - one step at a time. It is coming closer every day.
I am going to embrace my miracle instead of keeping it at arms distance. As I teach my students, this requires a simple adjustment of thought and verbal communication.
What about you?
What is the “miracle” you’d like to invite into your life?
We can open our arms to miracles. We open or close our arms through the things we say and do.
Are you aligned (i.e., poised to receive your miracle)? Are you ready to allow the future state into your life?
Embrace your miracle.
Define what the future looks like - write it down or draw a picture - imagine it happening.
Invite your miracle.
You are worthy of a miracle.
© Kathy Sturgis, Ph.D. Kathy is founder of Refreshment Zone and is an organizational and personal development specialist with a doctorate in communication. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on motivational programs.