“Watch what I can do,” Logan swung his chubby arms back and forth several times before clapping his hands and resting them on his hips. He wore a sky blue t-shirt that read, “Watch out. I bite!” and his three-year old face had the clear markings of a little boy who didn’t know from the words I can’t. It’s too hard. He studied the multi-colored art structure outside the 59th Street entrance to Central Park and with a loud grunt pulled with all his might onto the circular bench, held onto the arc for support, lifted his right leg to touch the side, and jumped down. “See! That was good!” Logan giggled, ran around in a circle and started the process all over again. “This one is gonna be good too.” I looked over to Logan’s parents who shared, “He’s been doing this non-stop for the last 15 minutes and each time he gets better at pulling himself up and completing his acrobatic moves.” After congratulating Logan on his excellent climbing capabilities. He pulled me in to share some words of advice, “Never, never, never, never, EVER, touch a dragon.”
Now while I’m not sure of his concern over touching a dragon should I come across one during my walks in Manhattan, it did seem like sound advice. But what stuck in my head for the rest of last night were his words “Watch what I can do!”, “That was good!” and “This one is gonna be good too.” When was the last time you said those words to yourself, let alone shared them with another person? Chances are you were about Logan’s age or at least prior to turning 18. It didn’t matter that I was a stranger watching his performance, Logan was excited about what he had learned to do ~ so much so that he wanted to get better and better. The scratches and scrapes on Logan’s arms, nose and forehead were pretty good indicators that he was determined to succeed in most, if not all, things he tried. By the end of our time together, he added sound effects, theatrical motion and flair to his dismounts. And the best part, he laughed.
It was clear that Logan knew without question that he was incredible and limiting thoughts were not a part of his consciousness. It’s only as we get older and are subjected to external influences and other individuals’ “realities” that we begin to adopt their truth as our own. Fear (False. Evidence. Appearing. Real) based thoughts prevent us from stepping out on faith, trusting the unknown, and only allowing ourselves one time for success. We doubt when there isn’t tangible proof of growth toward our goals immediately, instead of understanding that work is happening in the background. Have you ever gone to the gym determined to get in shape? You work out at least three times a week and weigh yourself every day or look at the mirror to see what has changed. Just when you think it’s not working or you’re not doing it right, your jeans are baggy or you find you are able to run up and down flights of stairs without losing your breath.
Although yourself to have unlimited “Do Overs”, and have FUN while creating the dynamic & delicious life you deserve. Watch what you can do! Yes, it was good! The next is gonna be good too! You are a grateful, dynamic, energized, joy filled, prosperous & loved (insert wonderful noun here).