It’s as simple as that. Or is it? We hear stories about people who are fulfilled and successful, motivated and inspired. What many of these people have in common is that they started their Journey of Success with a simple idea that ultimately sparked growth in their personal lives while contributing to the world around them.
I had some crazy dream about Skylab, America’s first space station, last night — how I was trying to walk on one of its pinwheel arms while maintaining my balance in a gravity-free environment — not an easy task even within the fuzzy confines of a dream. All of which got me thinking, mid-dream, about what a wonder the whole contraption of Skylab is. Having experienced its interstellar wonder in my dream, I woke up thinking about how much research and groundwork and hope and intention and vision and forward thinking went into creating it.
Skylab didn’t just happen. It started with a simple idea and it grew. Maybe someone scribbled his or her original idea of it on the back of a bar napkin. Maybe it was the result of some astrophysicists having breakfast together at a conference. Maybe some scientist woke up with a detailed dream of it. I don’t know Skylab’s true genesis, but someone had to take it and move it beyond a doodle or an entry in a lab notebook.
In a TED talk (click on the link below), Tony Robbins tells the story of his family receiving an unexpected and generous Thanksgiving Day kindness when he was younger. As a teenager, Robbins wanted to pay this stranger’s kindness forward, so he anonymously provided a different family with a Thanksgiving dinner. This generous and simple idea grew into the creation of an organization that now feeds millions of people.
I love stories like this. Still, as inspiring as they are, they can also feel to be a bit overwhelming. The obvious questions enter into my thoughts: How did Tony Robbins grow the organization from this one simple gesture? How did he organize enough people to join him in his vision? Where did he get the capital to grow the organization into such a large one? Sure, the amazing and energetic and dynamic Tony Robbins could pull this off . . . but could I?
Details, details, details. I so often get lost in the details. If I were to look back on my life and pushpin myself onto any given past moment, would I have imagined all of the dynamics of Today? Parts of Today? Maybe parts, yes. But all of the amazing-ness that I now experience? No. I don’t think I could have foreseen a tiny glimpse of the bigger picture. I had to take one simple step. And believe. And know. And feed the vision.
Skylab was originally launched unmanned but there were eventually several different crews delivered to the station. On the latter missions, there was even an additional spacecraft orbiting to rescue the crew should they encounter any emergencies. Imagine these baby steps. First, unmanned. Next, manned missions. Ultimately, backup and support.
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And to conclude on an uplifting note . . . This is such an inspiring TED talk: Why We Do What We Do. If you have 21:45 today to take the time to just relax and to open your mind to possibilities, this is a great TED talk. In fact . . . watch it before you begin journaling. The ideas that Tony Robbins shares will expand your thinking and your creativity and your perceptions of what is possible.