• Carla Collis Gesite

To Get What You Want, Think Like a Kid!

Growing up, I was strong-willed. Not a problem child, mind you. I usually did as my parents said. But there were times I just couldn't help myself, when what I wanted beckoned too loudly. When I went full steam ahead even though I knew I'd be punished for it. Like the time I just had to drink from a real glass instead of the plastic Kangaroo cup I usually drank from...

I was around four years old. My Mom was taking a bath, eager to enjoy a few rare minutes of peace away from my younger sister and me. I was delighted when I heard the water stop running, knowing this meant I'd have a few uninterrupted minutes to complete my mission.

I quietly went into the kitchen and approached the dishwasher. It creaked as I opened

the door. Uh-oh. I was afraid my Mom heard it. But, luckily, I didn't hear anything.

Standing on the dishwasher door, I launched myself onto the kitchen counter.

I opened the cabinet, took a glass off the top shelf and, lightning fast, climbed back down.

Then came the moment I'd been waiting for. I poured myself some juice and drank from a real glass. Ahhh.

It's hard to describe the triumph I felt. I'd finally drunk from a real glass, which I'd dreamed of for months. Plus, I'd outwitted my Mom who never thought I'd go to the trouble of finding a way to reach that top shelf.

The interesting thing is, given the chance, I never doubted I could get to a glass. I also knew I wouldn't break it, like my Mom was afraid I would. I was highly motivated and willing to take a chance, not caring that I'd probably get a spanking.

What goal or dream do you want to pursue? Are doubts looming large and getting in the way?

Think back to when you were a kid and wanted something so badly that you believed you could do it and didn't give doubts any room to take root.

Now, tap into that and go for what you want!

P.S. Walking into the kitchen after her bath, my Mom saw the glass I had proudly left on the counter. She was clearly surprised I was able to get to it. She asked how I did it. Once I explained, she didn't even spank me! Maybe she was too impressed with my determination.

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