Someday you will die.
And that’s really the only someday thought you can count on.
The rest of your someday thoughts are like the numbered balls in an old school bingo basket. . .bouncing around, one idea on top of the other. Your dreams tumbling about willy nilly.
And therein lies the problem.
You don’t think of your dreams as possible, and you don’t give them the attention they deserve.
You mostly think of them wistfully, with a tender ‘someday, maybe’ longing.
Someday I’ll travel the world.
Someday I’ll sing on stage.
Someday I’ll be my own boss.
Each one tossed about, spinning endlessly in the basket of your mind.
Whatever your someday desire is, it’s time to get real about the fact that right now – today – it’s neglected, cushioned by the unknown and surrounded by the thousands of negative thoughts you think every single day.
From the book Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff:
“Our minds—made up of our thoughts, beliefs, and self-talk—are always ‘on.’ According to scientists, we have about 60,000 thoughts a day. . . And what’s even more startling is that of those 60,000 thoughts, 95 percent are the same thoughts you had yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that. Your mind is like a record player playing the same record over and over again.
Still, that wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the next statistic: for the average person, 80 percent of those habitual thoughts are negative. That means that every day most people have more than 45,000 negative thoughts. Dr. Daniel Amen, a world-renowned psychiatrist and brain imaging specialist, calls them automatic negative thoughts, or ANTs.”
Basically, your someday thoughts (aka the dreams and desires you’re neglecting) are being trashed by an army of ANTs.
So, how do you stop your dream from being sidetracked by this army of negative Nellies?
As always, let’s keep it simple because it’s rarely (if ever) as complicated as you think. That’s the good news. The bad news is you don’t usually believe that and over analyze almost everything (but don’t worry, it’ s not just you!)
Back to the old school bingo hall for a moment. . .
Remember how all of a sudden one of the balls would get sucked into the shoot? Then the announcer (Bingo caller? What were those people called???) picked it up and announced it over the microphone.
That’s what you’re going to do next.
Hold the intention to notice everything positive that happens to you. Notice every single thought that supports one of your someday dreams.
Notice what you see, hear and feel. Use all your senses and keep track of everything that brings you joy, satisfaction and a positive sensation.
What you’re doing by noticing is helping that one dream get sucked into the shoot, and the best way to fight the ANTs is to rewire your brain for positivity.
Truth is, you’ll find evidence for whatever it is you look for.
Just for today, your job is to look for the positive.
And just like those numbered balls, one of your someday dreams will speed through the shoot asserting itself in the present.
From someday to one day, and then a date you’re willing to commit to.
It all starts here.
Over to you:
1. Choose one of your someday dreams.
2. Use this dream as a filter; notice every thought and action that supports its realization.
3. Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.