What would you have to do to get there?
This is a question I heard for the first time as I was twisted up in one yoga pose and attempting to transition to the arm-balance version of said twisted-up pose. Upon hearing the question, my limiting, old-patterned mind immediately shouted, “Don’t even think about it.” But the open, brave part of me is listening to the words. What would I have to do to get there?
I’d have to summon strength I don’t have.
I’d have to keep control as I transition.
I’d have to maintain balance and power and breathe.
Okay. So I know how to get there. Now I just have to get there. I just have to work those steps.
It’s the same in life. We think things are impossible, daunting, or out of our reach. We want them, but we don’t think we are good enough, strong enough, or smart enough.
I started applying this same question when I would reach these perceived boundaries in my life.
I love to write, but I’d never written publicly. I was reading article after article, and the fearless part of me kept saying, “I can write something like this. I have something to say.” The old-patterned mind was telling me, “No, you can’t.”
So I paused and asked myself, What would I have to do to get there?
It was surprisingly simple. The steps were very clear and, taken one at a time, it was completely within my reach.
The amazing part of this process was not so much that I accomplished my goal, but that I almost didn’t even try. It opened a door for me I’d been knocking at a long time, not realizing all I had to do was turn the knob.
When we explore this question, we are letting our minds step out of our limiting, boxy thoughts we often reside within. We are setting our minds free to dream and reach as high as they can. We put them in a safe, seemingly imaginary space where anything is possible. Our potential blows us away here. Here we open our eyes to what we would need to do to get there, where we want to go. Then we start doing it, one step at a time.
This process is so fascinating and so successful for me that I do it all the time now. I see something I want. I’m about to write it off, pass it by, turn the page… but I look twice at it because I really want it. That’s my cue to ask the question. It takes me there every time.
What would you have to do to get there? Where do you want to go? Do you need support or strength or education or maybe just patience? Share your thoughts below! I’ve learned so much from seeing other people’s lives in action. We can all learn from each other, but only if we share our process.