When my son and I take walks we look for dandelion heads to “blow wishes.” While we were out the other day I picked mine and asked, “should I wish for something I really-really-really want, or something I’m pretty sure I can get?”
And then it occurred to me that I should pick two and wish for both.
I sometimes think that our wishes are the very things that hold us back. We too often wish for the seemingly impossible, something so far out of today’s grasp, that we don’t even try to grab for it. It’s an impossible wish, right? We’ll never get there, right?
Well, maybe. So why not make two wishes?
First go ahead and wish for the seemingly impossible. Set the bar ridiculously high. Higher than you can achieve today. Higher than you can achieve next year, in 5 years, maybe in a lifetime. Go for an all-out, break-the-bank, a this-would-be-utterly-bleeping-amazing-if-I-got-it kind of wish.
Now wish for something that isn’t too far from your grasp. (Go ahead! Really, this isn’t cheating in the wish department. I promise.) Make a wish for something that you’re pretty sure you can achieve today, or in the next 6 weeks, or in the next 3 months.
Wish, achieve, repeat.
A decade from now look again at your big wish. Did you achieve it? Maybe not. But look back on all the little wishes and see how far they have taken you. Sometimes big wishes are exactly that — big wishes. But more often than not the little wishes become reality, and a sweet one at that.
Leo Burnett once said,
When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.
He’s right. So make two wishes. Go.