My all time favourite quote is “You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true” Richard Bach.
Every time I remember it I feel incredibly empowered and excited. It means that anything my imagination conjures up can happen. The other day I rented a DVD called ‘Man on Wire’ and it shows beautifully how true that quote is.
‘Man on Wire’ is a documentary film about an incredible French man called Philippe Petit. In the late 1960’s Philippe decides he will walk on a tight rope from one of the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center to the other.
What makes this really incredible is that when he decided to do this, the World Trade Center hadn’t actually been built NOR could he tightrope walk. He read about the towers being built in a magazine in a dentist waiting room. As he was reading he got the idea to perform this incredible act.
Over the next 6 years in was consumed with realizing his dream. He teaches himself to walk on a tightrope, and he gets some of his friends on board as he needs help with the practicalities of getting the wire in place.
His plan to perform this tight rope walk is actually illegal. However there is something very innocent about this crime after-all he isn’t trying to steal anything or hurt anyone. Besides the possibility of being in serious trouble with the law, the walk was exceptionally dangerous…he could have died.
I won’t tell you all the details because I would like you to watch the film with the same sense of excitement that I felt. However this story is the perfect example of how even ‘crazy’ or ‘far fetched’ goals can be realized.
Adults with ADHD have many brilliant and inspired ideas. Yet very often instead of following through with them and making them happen, they bring themselves back to ‘real life’. While it won’t be possible realize every idea ( chances are you have many), it is possible to implement the ones you feel extremely passionate or excited about.
Your ideas don’t need to put you in physical danger! Perhaps yours is a business venture, a travel adventure, or a relationship that you would like to pursue. When you get an idea that excites and inspires you, rather than push the idea away and think ‘well that is so outlandish’ Remember Philippe Petit’s amazing story and follow your dream knowing with certainty that you have the power to make it come true.
Finally, watched Man on Wire. Absolutely brilliant. The lesson learned from his experience was the amount of preparation that went into preforming the stunt, although one of his friends felt that they were under prepared. I guess at some point you have to actually do it. You can’t prepare forever.
Adaptive Path has an interesting article on “Goal Mapping”
I also like the the SMART criteria for setting goals: