Curiosity, Courage, Constancy and Confidence
“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who know the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage and Constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” ~ Walt Disney
This is my favorite of all the many Walt Disney quotes. There’s nobody who knew better than him how to make dreams come true.
Let’s take the four things necessary for Walt’s magic secret and dissect them a bit, because what he says is very profound.
Curiosity: It’s different for everyone.
Just think about it for a minute…really, really think about what’s so exciting to you that your heart starts pumping hard whenever you think about it. What are you curious about? What do you gravitate to on the internet?
It can be as simple as…How do you make a dress? Or as far-fetched as…What will it take to colonize Mars?
Ask questions, read about your interests online, educate yourself in the area. Follow along the path that keeps answering those questions and all the ones that will follow.
Wonder. Stay curious. Dream.
Courage: Face that dream head on without waivering. Talk about the dream to whoever will listen…I want to know about this…I care about this. When you give your dream a voice, it suddenly becomes real.
The universe will allow you to have your dreams, all of them, but first, YOU have to believe you can have them.
Constancy: You know the old expression, follow your dreams? Well, follow-through is the key. Without it, all dreams come up short.
Imagine the goal in all its glory…then take it further and make it bigger…
A Nobel Prize for a cure for cancer?
A great review of your book in Oprah magazine?
A Pulitzer Prize for Photographic Journalism?
A McArthur Genius award?
Work towards the dream with baby steps. Keep at it, a little bit every day, no matter what. Ask yourself, what small thing can you do today that will bring me closer to my dream. Make a phone call, request an interview, read something online…make a list. Small steps turn into action.
A full load of college courses too much? Slow it down. You’re on no one’s schedule but your own.
Do people you care about tell you it’s impossible to accomplish what you want? Think about the others who are already doing what you want to do. Don’t let anyone’s opinion deter you.
Find a role model. The people who achieve their goals understand that nothing, NOTHING, stands in their way except themselves.
One foot forward, then the next. If you’re patient and focused and stay on the path, you WILL get there.
And that brings us to what Walt’s considers to be the most necessary quality for making dreams come true…
Confidence: Understand that you can’t have the dream if you don’t already have the aptitude and ability within you. Read that last sentence again: Understand that you can’t even have the dreams if you don’t already have the aptitude and ability within you.
I have a terrible singing voice. I know that. I truly believe music can change the world, but I also know I won’t be the performer who will do that. I never wanted to be a singer, to play an instrument, or to write songs, and I never dreamed about being the next Adele or Alicia Keyes. My dream is to keep writing books. I’m confident that I have stories within me to share with the world. I’ve wanted that since I was in middle school, hand-writing novels of junior high school life in my bedroom. Writing at the computer gives me great joy. When I’m in the zone, the words appear on the screen almost without the help of my brain. Ideas for more books come effortlessly. It feels magical. It’s what I’m good at and what I love to do.
I promise you…If you believe you are capable of, and entitled to, your dreams, you will reach them. Keep going and don’t lose heart or focus.
Don’t hide. Let the world know what you want and what you’re good at. Walk through your day as though those dreams are already your life. See it. Taste it. Feel it happening, as having already happened.
Be confident. Stay confident.
There is room enough in the world for everyone to shine.
What are your dreams? If you’d like, please share them with me.
And it’s okay if you write them in all caps!