Whether you think you can, or you can’t either way you are right.

Henry Ford

While out on a hike recently, I remembered something quite important.

You see, we had gotten lost off-trail for 3.5 hours, and I wasn’t sure we were going to make it back to the car before sun-down.

Normally, being lost wouldn’t have fazed me much. In fact, It would’ve fed my appetite for adventure and adrenaline.

However, this time around, I was with a barely 1-year old pup, and we ran out of fresh water. Add to that, she has a mild case of hip dysplasia but she doesn’t know when to stop or let me know she’s hurting.

A rare sense of responsibility kicked in, and all I wanted to do was get us back to the car. I lost my way – both literally and figuratively – and forgot why we went on a hike to begin with: to get lost in nature.

Luckily for me, something shiny ripped across my line of sight: a man with one (maybe even two) prosthetic legs was pedaling on a mountain bike up a pretty steep terrain. He was fantastic – his energy was contagious, and I couldn’t help but smile at his thirst for life.

While many of us would easily point fingers at someone else, or something else for our response to why we didn’t:
  • laugh more often
  • do more of what made us smile
  • create the business we wanted to five years ago
  • pursue the (wo)man of our dreams
  • find a way to get paid to travel
  • have better, more reliable friends
  • spend more time with family
  • [insert your regrets here]

Others don’t use life circumstances as an excuse for why they don’t live a big life.

To say that

… we grew up in a poor family, so we don’t have the network of friends to support grand visions;

… life trauma got in the way of being able to be self-compassionate or forgiving;

… our partners don’t support us enough to create a business that matters;

… we have ADHD and can’t accomplish visionary goals;

… we have life responsibilities that don’t allow us to explore the world –

would be to say that we have no free-will or control over where we end up.

It’s a fear-based response wired within us, but science shows us that we can undo those neural networks and build patterns that motivate, inspire, and support what we know to be true deep in our hearts.

Through hypnotic meditations, we can undo any type of programming. And when we learn to remove fear from our ways of thinking or perceiving the world, we take back control.

Want a leg up? You can access hypnotic meditations like this here.

Live with intention. Inspire with love.

Photo courtesy of Timothee.