Ordinary thinking cannot offer an extraordinary life – this explains why we fail at achieving aspirations and aims that were important to us yesterday. When we continue to think as we ordinarily thought, we continue to live as we ordinarily lived.
Ordinary thinking blocks breakthrough living. It takes a sincere and persistent attitude to see our lives and ourselves differently, which is what it takes to turn possibilities into probabilities.
A man stands at the river’s edge, wondering how he’s going to get to the other side where the fruit trees are richer. He’s stood at the edge of the river every spring for many years now, and he always thinks what he ordinarily thought: “It just can’t be done. The river is too deep; the current too strong. My father couldn’t do it, my father’s father couldn’t do it and I can’t do it.”
On one particular spring day, while looking at the river and entertaining his ordinary thoughts, he noticed a beaver building a dam. “Wow, that’s extraordinary,” he thought. “The beaver doesn’t agree with me. He thinks he can conquer the river and create the world that he wants to live in.” In that instant, the man began seeing things differently. He decided to wander a few miles down the river edge, going where he’d not gone before. And, there he found a spot where the banks were high and the river narrow. “I can build a bridge here!” he exclaimed. He recruited some other villagers, and did just that. Soon he found himself living in a rich new world.
You are not chained to that pattern-of-thinking that has become ordinary for you. When you wander off the beaten path, and elevate your thinking from the ordinary to the extraordinary, you find ways to build bridges to an extraordinary life.