Updated: Apr 29, 2020
At the end of The Wizard of Oz, Glinda tells Dorothy, “My dear, you’ve always had the power. You just had to learn it for yourself.” Ohhhhh Glinda, you sneaky good witch, letting Dorothy get chased by flying monkeys and sniffing poisonous poppies just so you can tell her to buck up. It reminds me of an Adam Sandler quote from the Wedding Singer, “Things that could have been brought to my attention YESTERDAY!”
The truth is, though, that Dorothy needed to learn to rely on her own resourcefulness and gain self confidence. You see, life doesn’t stop throwing apples at you. Right now, COVID is our wicked witch and has released some very troublesome flying monkeys and we’re all running scared. But unlike our friend Glinda, I’ll tell you before the end of the movie “My 95%ers, you have the power and it’s time to learn for yourself.”
I know so many of you are absolutely paralyzed with fear right now. Today it’s flying monkeys but tomorrow it will be poppies. The point is, it’s all temporary and we as humans have to constantly adapt. You have the power within you to temper your reaction to life’s scary situations. And that starts with putting one foot in front of the other and constantly moving towards your goals.
First, you can change your perspective by taking a deep breath and looking at life from a 10,000 foot view. This will pass. Someday you’ll wake up in your bed in Kansas and the flying monkeys will be gone. When it does pass, your life might be pretty close to the same or it might look different than it did before. The best thing you can do to squash your anxiety and prepare yourself for getting back to life is to start putting success habits into place so that you can steer your life in the right direction.
There are so many things that ARE in your control right now and the more you excel in those areas, the better you’ll feel. Remember, it takes a single match to light a fire. One step in the right direction leads to more and more, you just have to believe you can and then take action.
For example, how many times have you looked at a celebrity and said, “Sure, I could be in amazing shape too if my job was to work out.” Well, what’s holding you back now? Start with smaller steps. Go for a walk in your neighborhood or dust off the treadmill and do what you can. There’s a reason JUST DO IT is one of the most iconic taglines in logo history.
Get started and you’ll see that huge mountain was just a molehill after all. And that it’s not such a big deal to climb the next one, and the next one, and the one after that. But here’s the thing - our friend, the law of compounding, tells us that all of those molehills will add up to form that one big giant mountain you were so afraid to climb in the first place.
Every little success habit is like a drop of water on the wicked witch. You ARE okay. You ARE resilient. You WILL get through this. And not only will you get through it, you’ll be stronger for it because you never stopped moving, towards your goals.
So the key is to KEEP TAKING ACTION on those things you know will lead to your happiness. Not the hollow temporary low-hanging fruit kind. But the deep, soul filling long-term kind that will continue to pay dividends. Step by step, day by day these actions will lead to more and more positive momentum on your way to becoming an unstoppable force! You won’t need to tap your heels together three times to instantly take you home to the same old mediocre life, because you’ll be building a life that will one day give you that magical sense of what home should really be like. Not through cosmically witchy powers, but through your ability to make and stick to the commitments you make to yourself.
This week’s action tip:
Make a list with your biggest failure habit in each core. Then create an action plan to replace each failure habit with a success habit that you can start right now.
Failure habit in relationships = I catch myself not listening to my spouse because I’m paying attention to my phone.
Success habit = I will put down the phone and actively listen to my spouse when they speak or when necessary I will communicate by saying something like “Can you give me a minute to finish this work text so that I can give you my full attention?” and then following through!