Dwell In Possibilities and Watch Your Life Soar
In his book, Creativity: Flow and the psychology of discovery and invention (1996), author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says: “The only path to finding out what life is about is a patient, slow attempt to make sense of the realities of the past and the possibilities of the future as they can be understood in the present”. In a sound bite world where we want answers “tout de suite”, it’s hard to accept that the best ideas or solutions can only revealed in “a patient, slow attempt”; that we have to actually work at creating possibilities for the life we want.
The ideas are easy enough to generate; finding and implementing the workable ones is a little trickier. But it’s worth the effort. When you take time to cultivate the possibilities already within, you have a much higher chance of finding the right ones, those that best suit your needs at that particular time in your life. For example, someone can give you 10 possibilities for a new home, but if the possibilities are too far out of reach – too expensive or too far away from your work, they won’t be very useful. You create real possibilities by engaging your imagination and designing activities that are focused on what’s most important to you. By engaging your mind, your heart and your spirit you create the possibilities that ultimately create your desired reality. Sometimes the possibilities help you take giant leaps; sometimes you need possibilities that help you take smaller steps towards an ultimate goal. For possibilities to flow effortlessly, you have to create an inviting environment.
- Start by taking stock of what’s going on in your life and what you’ve accomplished so far. Having a sense of all that you’ve accomplished opens up new possibilities.
- Then ask yourself what unfinished business there is left. Ask what hopes and dreams you still have for your future.
- Ask what your role models would do if they were you?
- Make time for reflection to take your mind off the “busy-ness” that is in your life right now. Reflection can take many forms including quiet time in your favorite place, a conversation with a trusted friend about your future, meditation or taking a retreat.
- Ask big “what” questions. What if…? What would I do if I wasn’t afraid? What’s possible? Then ask the smaller questions – who, where, when, why, what else, what’s next and how.
- When you have an important question, write it down so you’ll see it every day and keep asking the same question for several days to let your subconscious mind create possibilities.
- Use quotes, poems, affirmations and other inspirations to stir your creativity.
- Use creativity tools such as brainstorming, right brain/left brain thinking, mind maps and story boards.
- Start a vision board or create a journal to capture ideas and explore new possibilities for your life.
- Get inspired. Be a kid again for a day. Get on a swing and fly high. Dance, sing or listen to your favorite music.
In the right environment your creativity will fire on all cylinders and you’ll see all the possibilities that are available to you. You’ll amaze yourself at all the ideas you can generate. When you narrow down the workable ideas, you’ll begin to see coincidences emerge and converge to help you make those possibilities a reality. In his book Anam Cara: A book of Celtic wisdom (1997), John O’Donohue says: “All the possibilities of your human destiny are asleep in your soul. You are here to realize and honor these possibilities.” You owe it to yourself to dwell in the possibilities that will help you soar in life and to become all that you are capable of becoming.