Today I was riding with my daughter on the way to drop her off at the sitter’s before work. It’s Spring time in the South, thus my sinuses were flared up as usual.
I asked, “Please pass mommy a Kleenex from the box next to your booster seat.”
She politely responded, “Yes mommy!” She reached her short little six-year-old arm out to me and continued, “Here you go!” While she followed through perfectly with obeying mother’s request, there was one little snag in our process. Since I was driving her reach was just a bit too short. I didn’t want to take my eyes off the road to turn around and reach for the Kleenex.
“Can you reach a little bit more for mommy to get the Kleenex?” I inquired.
Her response was, “This is as far as I can reach.”
I snickered a bit because I knew she could reach further. I’d seen her do it time and time again in the past. For whatever reason this morning she didn’t want to be as cooperative as she usually was with this request. “Yes you can, try it.” She did as told and I was finally able to get the Kleenex, keep my eyes on the road and end my distracting sinus moment.
To prove a point to her, at a stop light, I placed my right hand in front of the passenger seat where she couldn’t see what was or was not it. I followed with, “Baby, I have some candy up here. Can you reach to get it?” As suspected she immediately put all the girth she could into reaching all the way past the passenger seat for my hand that held the invisible candy. Once she did that I replied, “I don’t really have any candy, but I wanted you to see that you could reach as far as you wanted to if you wanted to.” She just smiled really hard because she clearly got my point.
Thus the point of this post, following your passion or obtaining your goals is just like my daughter reaching for that invisible candy. If you really want something bad enough you’ll reach whatever lengths, heights, etc to get to your goal or follow your passion. She didn’t make an excuse when she thought the goal was to get some candy. Your success is dependent on the same premise. You can’t make excuses and expect to reach your goals. You can’t believe your reach is as short as a six-year-old and think you’re going to make it to the finish line. Today I encourage you to reach as high, as wide, as long as you have to. Reach until you just CAN’T reach anymore. Not until you just don’t feel like reaching anymore. Your happiness depends on it. Treat your goals, your passion, your life as if the end result is the sweetest piece of candy you’ll ever taste.
Until the next post Passionistas, live life out loud and live it passionately! You’ll be glad you did! 😉