1 in 400 trillion.
What is 1 in 400 trillion? No, it isn’t your chances of winning the lottery (those are actually much lower odds only 1 in 14 million). 1 in 400 trillion is actually the scientific chance of YOU. Yes, you. Isn’t that crazy? There was only a 1 in 400 trillion chance that you would be born where you were, to your parents, with your DNA.
So what? Well, simply put, that means you’re extremely unique. You have gifts, ideas, and dreams that are only yours—no one else could even think of them. You are 1 in 400 trillion.
As children we are really excited about our uniqueness. We share our ideas and are excited about life and what/who we will become. Seriously, kids will draw a picture of a blob and bring it to you excitedly, and proud to tell you they’ve just drawn a picture of you. They believe themselves to be an artist in that moment. They don’t just think they might be, they feel it, they KNOW it.
So what happens? How do we get to where we are as adults? Why do we start moving away from those dreams that we once held, those ideas about ourselves that we KNEW were truth and become a grown person living life on autopilot? Yes. You. I don’t care how successful you are, I guarantee you, there is at least one area of your life you’d like to change. You probably think about it often and even have some ideas on how to do it, but you’re ignoring it. Why are you ignoring that thing that you want to do; the goal you want to accomplish?
Two words: Limiting Beliefs
Growing up we receive many messages that shape how live our lives. Did you know that only about 5% of your actions are controlled by your conscious mind? That means that, roughly, 95% of what you do is controlled by your unconscious mind. And that unconscious mind is largely formed by the messages that we have received growing up.
I want you to really let that sink in.
We grow up being taught, either intentionally or unintentionally (by what was said or what we saw happening), by those who raise us, about money, love, relationships, jobs, and how to live life. Largely, it’s those messages that stick with us more than any other messages we will receive.
Please hear me when I say: this is not an excuse. Right? I’m not suggesting that you use these messages as excuses. In fact, I would bet you CAN’T use them as excuses, because you’re not even aware of them. They are in your subconscious. I suggest we start to think about our thinking, try to bring these messages to our consciousness and then deal with them appropriately.
The First Step To Reaching Your Goals
Do this: grab a journal, or download my Dream BIG Guide found in THIS Goal Setting Package, and write down just three big dreams that you have. Heck, even just one is a good place to start.
Step 1: Before you start remember there is nothing silly here, there is no dream too big or too crazy. This is a spot for honesty. In fact, if you have a big dream that you’re afraid to even write on paper, I want you to do just that, because….
Step 2: The next thing I want you to do is write down all the reasons you’ve never put your effort into this goal in the first place. Why haven’t you gone for it? OR…if you have gone for it why did it fail?
Step 3: After that I want you to really examine those reasons. Here’s where you get metacognitive, or think about your thinking. I want you to write down where you think that reason might have come from. Why do you believe what you’re saying is the reason you haven’t pursued your dream.
Here’s What it Looks Like
Maybe this is your BIG dream:
I want to write a book.
Maybe this is what you tel yourself about why you haven’t done it yet:
Because I need to have a “real job”
Maybe after thinking about it you realize this is why you believe those thoughts:
I was told that making a living as an author isn’t likely.
Once you know WHY you’re thinking what you’re thinking you can start to work on changing up those thoughts. To continue with the example above…
You might start telling yourself:
There are many published writers making a living writing books, I can be one of them.
You Can Do It!
Please know that NONE of this is easy. Is it simple? Yes. But not easy. It takes time and it takes repeating messages over and over to actually change your unconscious beliefs. It is simple though. By writing down your dreams and starting to change your thinking around them you are beginning to pursue your goal.
I wanted to start this series on setting goals by really encouraging you to dream big. My hope is that you start setting goals that mean something something to YOU (not to other people). Goals that will improve the quality of your life or business in a big way.
So, step one to setting goals is to dream big. Write down your big dreams and be reflective with the state of that dream. Why haven’t you made a goal to pursue that dream yet and how can you overcome those reasons?
Remember, you are 1 in 400 trillion. You have some big unique dreams and ideas. I want to hear them. Comment below with something BIG you want.