Coaching Corner: Anything is possible!
By "Coach" Marilou Butcher Roth
Thursday nights I come together with some of my women friends to play mahjong, a game played with tiles to create a winning hand. There is quite the preparation to initiate each game -- mixing up the tiles, creating your wall, etc. At the end of all of this, we end up with 13 tiles, face down, lying on our card that shows the hands we are trying to achieve. This is my favorite part of the game -- it is when we lift the card, flipping the tiles up onto our tray. This moment for me is one of absolute anticipation and excitement, knowing that anything is possible! I might have an amazing hand, or perhaps several jokers!! Truly, anything, is possible. Its such a fun feeling!
So, how might I (and you), take that type of feeling into other parts of our lives? How can we be open to possibilities, rather than close out what might come to us -- allowing ourselves to listen to thoughts that shut us down?
Do we tell ourselves that we won’t be successful, or happy? “It’s just not in cards for me,” I have heard some lament. “That happens for others, but not for me,” from others. Really??? We each have the capacity to create in our lives. It comes down to the stories we tell ourselves. What story are you telling?
Many, many people have faced incredible adversity and managed to maintain a healthy, happy attitude, and grown from that experience. What if you told yourself that anything is possible. How does that feel? Much better than the previous statements above.
This week, be open to possibility. One of my favorite questions: “What wants to happen in this situation?” Rather than blaming (yourself or others), ask this question the next time you are faced with a situation that isn’t working for you. And, throughout the day, consider affirming that indeed ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!