Happy New Year from the Cotswolds in England. I’ve spent a relaxing few days in the English countryside and it’s been just what I needed to recharge the batteries.
And I met this fascinating couple as we were enjoying aperitifs before our New Year’s Eve dinner. As we were talking to them, it became evident that they’d been married for 50 years and it was always her dream to go to Australia, but the husband was concerned about the flight.
He said to me that there would be no way he could travel that far as he’s only ever flown a maximum of four hours at a time, so there’s no way he’d make the long trip Down Under. He said he wasn’t afraid of flying but the long haul flight just wouldn’t be possible for him.
But I’m not one to back down from a fear, and the word impossible isn’t something I use anymore (I’ve done a lot of mindset work to get to this point). I’d encourage you to remove it from your vocabulary as well, because thoughts become things, and what you think about, you bring about.
So I took it as a challenge to support this gentleman in taking his wife to Australia and to find a way to get there, because I believe there’s always a way, you just have to be persistent.
I asked him if he could do a seven hour flight. He hesitated slightly but thought it was be possible for him so I explained that he could fly from London to Australia via Dubai and Singapore, making the trip in three legs of seven hours.
He was surprised, so I went on to explain that he could stop in Dubai for three hours, stretch his legs then continue on to Singapore where I’d recommend they stay for a couple of nights to explore, because it’s a very clean, fascinating and wonderful place. That way they’d adjust to the time difference and get a good night’s rest in a hotel, before finishing the trip with just another seven hour leg.
It was like I’d just invented sliced bread! They were were both very intrigued.
The wife - who’d always had the dream of going to Australia - was so excited by this, and the husband - who was previously of the opinion that going to Australia was simply impossible - now held the belief that it was possible for them.
In a matter of minutes, this elderly couple of 50 years married had gone from holding the limited belief that visiting a dream destination was impossible for them, to actually getting excited by it and knowing that it will one day be a dream come true.
You see, thoughts become things, and the more you tell yourself something, the stronger that belief comes. The more you repeat something over and over in your mind, the more it becomes ingrained in your subconscious.
It then imprints into your mind as a thought habit and as soon as you find yourself in a similar situation, your mind will draw upon that memory and hit the play button.
This is because your mind likes to optimize itself (and save time) so instead of assessing every single situation as new, it’ll go into its repertoire of albums, find the “Australia is impossible” playlist, and immediately play that track as soon as the thought of a holiday in Australia enters your mind.
The key is to flip the switch and create a new story, so your mind holds to a more positive, limitless belief, and that’s when your life will start to shift gears.
And later that evening when I saw that couple again, I asked the Gentleman if a holiday to Australia was ‘on the cards’. And he looked at me and said matter-of-factly that they are already discussing it and it’s going to come true.
Just like that. From an “impossible dream” to reality in a matter of moments. You’ve just got to expand your thoughts, believe that everything is possible, and start living your life like you were born to.
I can’t wait to see you in Australia, and anywhere else you’ve dreamed of going.