Last week, I wrote about making your life a great story. Building on last week, I wanted to share with you a powerful book called, Write It Down, Make It Happen. Currently, I am re-reading the book. The author, Henriette Anne Klauser, does a wonderful job of teaching us how to write out and manifest all that we desire most in life.
In the first chapter, she shares the story about how legendary football coach Lou Holtz wrote out a list of “impossible” goals.
Have you heard the story about how when Lou was twenty-eight years old he wrote out 107 goals? He had no job, no money in the bank, and a third child on the way.
Inspired by the book, The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, he took the book’s suggestion and wrote down all the goals he wanted to achieve before he died. Before his wife had given him the book, he says he had been completely lacking in motivation.
His list included many things that seemed impossible to him at the time:
Have dinner at the White House.
Appear on The Tonight Show.
Meet the pope.
Become the head coach at Notre Dame.
Win a national championship.
The book states that Lou has achieved 81 out of the 107 goals on his list from 1996. According to a more recent interview with Lou, it was reported that he has reached 102 of them!
Do you see how when you write out your goals you make your life a great story? Imagine if Lou Holtz had never dared to dream big enough to think he could become the head coach at Notre Dame and win a national championship, or the fun experience he would have missed out on had had he not appeared as Johnny Carson’s guest on The Tonight Show.
He wrote his life script, and his life became an amazing one.
“If you are bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things- you don’t have enough goals.”
– Lou Holtz
What would you put on your own list? What are all the things you want to do before you die? Make a list. Keep writing your own story. Be as specific as possible. There is no correct way to do it. Write what matters to you.
As Henriette says, do not dismiss a goal as grandiose or far-fetched. Write everything that comes to mind. Having a long list of goals gives you something to strive for. Some may take years to achieve or even seem impossible. Write them anyway.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
– Nelson Mandela
Wouldn’t you rather spend your life trying to achieve your greatest desires than sit around reacting to whatever happens and moving through life missing out on an incredible story?
Maybe you want to…
Visit the Eiffel Tower.
Ride every ride at Disney World.
See The Great Wall of China.
Go on an African Sarfari.
Swim with dolphins.
Learn to play a musical instrument.
Own a vacation home.
Have an art collection.
Travel the world.
See a Broadway play.
Endow a hospital.
Ski the Alps.
Ride a horse down a sandy beach.
Become a volunteer at your favorite charity.
Take a cooking class
Publish a book.
Learn to paint.
Meet your favorite singer.
Go to the Super Bowl.
Own a business.
Start an orphanage.
Have a supportive, healthy relationship.
Be recognized for achievements in your profession.
Run a personal best time.
Have a farm.
Make a dream come true for someone else.
Write for a magazine.
Master a new language.
Take a prize winning photo.
Get really clear on what you want and go after it! Once you write down your goals, look for the small signs and windows of opportunity that present themselves. When you get clear on what you want in life, it’s as if the entire universe conspires to help you!
It is up to you to claim your place in this world and take ownership of the story you tell. You are the author. You hold the pen. No one can write, strike through, or erase your script.
Your dreams have nothing to do with where you are right now or what anyone else says about what you can do. Allow yourself to envision a life without limits and write what you see.
Have you started writing yet?
All the best,
Sources: Write It Down, Make It Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser