A Matter of Perspective


Human beings have the remarkable ability to turn nothing into something. They can turn weeds into gardens and pennies into fortunes. ~Jim Rohn

I have probably quoted the Late Jim Rohn many times in this column. Rohn certainly had a way with words and ideas. I guess that is what made him a “guru” to many.

An article by Rohn addressed his quote above. It was titled, “Three ways to turn nothing into something.”

1. Imagine all the possibilities.

2. You must believe that what you imagine is possible for you.

3. Go to work to make it real.

I think for many of us #2 and #3 are the “deal-breakers.”

We can imagine all the possibilities. We can envision our wildest dreams.

However, when it comes to believing that what we imagine is possible for us, we shrug our shoulders and tell ourselves that dreams are fun, but reality is hard and we need to put those fanciful imaginings away.

Don’t even get me started on #3. Actually work at making something real? No, it just sounds too hard.

So instead of pursuing our dreams or the things we imagine, we settle for the status quo and go nowhere.

We settle for the norm and instead of working to make our dreams become reality, we grumble about how life isn’t “fair” and just hard and it only works out for the rich or lucky.

I challenge you during the month of April to try your hand at turning nothing into something.

Of course, it is Camp NaNoWriMo during the month of April, so you could create a novel or work of non-fiction during the month. Or you could mold a piece of clay into a plate or a cup. Whatever you imagine as a possibility for you, you can go to work to make it real.

By the way, Camp NaNoWriMo is the spring version of National Novel Writing Month that takes place in November. You have 30 days to write a 50,000 word novel. Camp NaNoWriMo is a little bit looser because it doesn’t have to be 50,000 words and it can be fiction, non-fiction, a play, whatever you want to imagine!

I am going to attempt to write my weight-loss book. It is something I have imagined doing for several years now. The book won’t exist unless I write it, so I really have no choice.

I am excited to try.

Let’s all try to turn nothing into something!

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