The Universe doesn’t bring you what you want – the universe brings you who you are already. The universe is like a giant mirror. That which you put into it reflects back to you. There is nothing stopping you from being who you are in your wildest dreams. Are you confident, elegant, or educated? Instead of wishing for those things, or for some fairy godmother to arrive with gifts in tow, show up as that person. Show up at events. Dress for the part. Be exactly what you want to be and the universe will provide the tools, synchronicity, and people who fit into that life.
Being your best self is not always a stretch. And transforming your life does not always require dramatic steps. Sometimes it begins with the smallest efforts. Maybe your best self is a gardener – someone who cares for and nurtures life. Then get yourself to the garden store and pick up a plant. Start small, it doesn’t need to be a forrest you’re growing. One plant may thrive and be separated into two. Keep at it and before you know it you have a garden blossoming around you.
Perhaps your goal is to be wealthy. Start small. Save $25 every pay check. Be sure to pay yourself first and then pay the rest of your bills. Put that money aside, or invest it, and watch it grow. It’s amazing how quickly a little savings turns into a surprising sum. A friend this week told me how his spouse had started a little habit – 52 envelopes for 52 weeks out the year. Each week, trading off between them, they would take an envelope and put aside the dollar amount listed inside. It was never a particularly large sum so they wouldn’t miss it from their regular spending. After a year they have $1,400 saved! They are going to Chicago to visit family and take their children out for a fancy dinner. They’ll still have money left over to spoil their grandchildren.
Whatever your goal is, you don’t have to start with the finished product. Start with one small step. A new practice of saving a few dollars here and there, or of tending to your own garden or landscaping. After a while it simply becomes part of the routine. You find yourself living the life you had only dreamed of before. It is the practice of choosing one moment at a time to be exactly who you want to be. If you want to be well-read, pick up a book from the library. The leaps are not large but over time, they add up.
Each of us has a vision for who we are and what we are about at our core. Simply start practicing. See where the time invested in who you know yourself to be take you. It may result in the universe mirroring back to you all those things you already knew in your heart to be true. I see greatness within you, when you see it for yourself and act on it, you will change the world. I believe in you.