One Simple Way to Help You Create a Spectacular Life

One Simple Way to Help You Create a Spectacular Life

I have been fortunate enough in my life to suffer from the Peter Pan Syndrome; I simply refuse to grow up.  I often laugh to tears over the silliest of things.  I love going to Disney World and feeling the nostalgia from my childhood.  I own a copy of my favorite book, Make a Face, from when I was 6 years old.


Let me ask you a question: have you stopped believing anything is possible?  We read quotes like “only those that see anything as possible can achieve greatness” or “some see the problems, others see the possibilities.”  Do you believe these statements?  I mean way down deep inside you belief.  If not, what killed that optimism?  When did you make the decision that all things are not possible?

I like the thought of recapturing the “eyes” of my childhood; trying once again to see the world through the eyes I used when I was not jaded and cynical, when the world was full of possibilities and wonder.

Children are amazing in their innocence because they do not realize impossibilities exist!  To the child all things are possible.  Unicorns with wings of an eagle?  Yep!   Animals that speak?  Yep!  Turning oneself into a cartoon character?  Yep!  The world is only limited by the limits of the imagination!

So I ask again…when did you stop believing?  When did you begin to limit yourself with words like “impossible,” “unrealistic,” “irresponsible,” “unbelievable?”  When you were a child did you dream of being a mid-level executive, working for average wages and strongly disliking/hating your existence?  No!  Not one child on this planet ever dreamed of working in a cubicle.  So I ask you again…when did you stop believing?

It reminds me of the lyrics from one of my favorite songs, The Impossible Dream:

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star


When you say something is impossible you are categorizing the world into two basic divisions: things that are possible and things that are impossible.  You are limiting your mind, your world-view and your chances for incredible achievement!!  Why you say?  Once you have deemed something impossible there is no reason for your mind to spend time questioning the possibilities so the thought is discarded to make room for more fruitful, “realistic” endeavors.  So your mind will focus its energies only on those things you deem “possible.”

What if you reversed your “impossible” and “possible” lists and began focusing on doing things you have considered impossible?  That is exactly what Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers did; as well as Gates, Ford, Jobs, Disney, Tesla…

Remember that there was a time when man did not fly in airplanes or drive in cars or work in skyscrapers or use the internet or use washing machines or communicate via Skype or carry mobile phones or listen to digital music or fly into space or send robots to Mars…don’t let the world kill your imagination.

At this very moment I want you to eliminate the word “impossible” from your vocabulary.

“That’s what’s wrong with the world.  Too many people grow up.” This quote by Walt Disney hangs on the wall of my house in the upstairs stairwell.  I see it every time I climb the stairs and it is a constant reminder of something lots of adults forget: humans were designed to dream big dreams!

What separates a 10 year old child from a 40 year old man?  If you watch the manner in which they live what difference will you notice?  They both sleep, walk, eat, talk, think, cry, laugh, worry, urinate, wonder, etc.  One glaring difference between children and grownups is the use of creativity and imagination!

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Every day children use their imagination to create!  Paintings, sketches, coloring books, skits, imaginary friends and writing stories are just a few examples.  And this creativity is what truly separates children from most adults.  A child finds it very natural to play games, pretend, use their imagination.  Whereas, an adult does not.  Did you ever see the Tom Hanks movie “Big?”  In the movie a young man wishes to be big.  He awakens the next morning to find himself to be fully grown.  He has to move to the city, finds a job and eventually starts acting like an adult.  It is a funny movie, but the underlying meaning of the flick runs much deeper: childhood and innocence is precious and fleeting, eventually, we all grow up.  And it is not a good thing!

Many adults lose their inner child as they get older and fall victim to a lie that society screams from the rooftops: not everyone can live their dreams, so get in line with everyone else and get back to work.  And I find it sad that so many have buried their dreams under years of complacency and status quo.  A recent poll claimed that as much as 70% of working Americans dislike or hate their job.

We must reawaken that inner child and see the world anew.  See life with new eyes and begin to believe again.  Life can be so brutal, cold and unforgiving.  And life can beat you down, turn you around and yell in your face, “What makes you think you are good enough to live a spectacular life?!”

The truth remains that you will be limited only by the limits you place on yourself in your mind.  That is why I say, “If you can Change your mind, then you can Change your life.”


47 thoughts on “One Simple Way to Help You Create a Spectacular Life

  1. What a wonderful post, I just loved this. In fact I might have to go back and read it all again. We lose sight of what we can achieve, we grow up, we grow serious and we think that we have to settle for less. But you’re right, we’re only limited by what we impose on ourselves. If we could just revert to that childlike wonder of believing anything is possible. Now I need to go and reawaken that inner child. Thanks Danny for reminding us of what’s important.

    1. I rarely go back a read my posts, but this one hit home for me, kind of like I was writing to myself. I love the idea of reversing “possible” and “impossible” lists. I just wish more adults realized the power the hold in their mind to help themselves.

  2. DISNEY AND BIG and PETER PAN and UNICORNS, You got my attention. Eyes of a child eyes of wonder. This is a saying I heard Kevin Carroll say when talking about chasing your red rubber ball. We all need one to chase after and keep chasing after. Great article!!!

    1. That is so true. My hopes are to keep harping on this topic so much that one person has their eyes opened. I would consider my life a success if that were to happen.

  3. Excellent post and very true. More often than not the reason something becomes impossible is because we have told ourselves that it was. One of my life verses is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Let us go and perform the impossible!

  4. A fantastic post right down my track. I couldn’t agree more. Watching my children I can’t stop hoping that they will never lose this “everything is possible” attitude, but I already find myself asking my oldest why something should not be possible in his mind. Please forgive me for sharing this link. I wrote the post a couple of months ago but feel like you might like it too…

  5. A post of supreme importance. If we could get all world leaders, politicians and religious leaders to sign up then the world would be a much better place. Thank you!

  6. To answer your question, we believe that, for us personally, it was the events of life itself that had originally snuffed out the majority of our dreams. Whether it was bad timing, bad circumstances or just an outright left-field hit that blind-sided us, we found that some of our greatest passions were the victims of ‘happy homicide’. Even to this day, we -still- find ourselves struggling with the search for our own, personal pursuit of joy.

    Though to be honest, we sort of reached a point of IDGAF (fancy acronym is fancy). We sort of stopped caring for what the world has tried to do; its repeated attempts of murdering what we love most. We played necromancer, raised our inner-child from the dead and now we’re a zombie-kid trapped in an adult’s body; a morbid sense of humor, an enjoyment for skipping in public and a passion for searching for the laughter of others.

    The world is dark enough as it is, and with the way things are going, it’s about to become pitch soon enough. So why not let that abyss ring with a melody of mischief and make-believe, because when it comes down to it, we can either let the world kill us before we’re buried, or be laughing in the grave!

    1. Incredibly insightful thought Justin. Thank you for sharing! I think as long as someone never gives up the search for that inner child, not all hope is lost.

    1. I tell people that all the time. Many people have the misconception that if they are not working their dream job that life is being wasted. But I encourage them to use their job to finance their fun. Too many people’s identity becomes what they do for a living. Poor mindset if you ask me.

  7. I think looking everything from curiosity angle is make me study and analyse different things..if everything is possible, i am curious to know how and if not everything is possible then i am curious why not..nice post

  8. One of the best things about having my son, is I could get away with things without looking odd. We can go to indoor play, and I get to go down the slide, I have a trampoline in my garden. Last week we climbed a tree, we got stuck but we climbed it.

    Spinning round and round cause you can, you ever tried that without a child? And he pushes me to make me a better person.

      1. You got to keep in mind I was mad before my son, he was just the reason I finally got help, I am not sure how many other twenty something gets drunk and think its a great idea to go play in a kid’s playground. Thank God it was late at night. But he certainly makes it more acceptable, and it is true you get a different view of the world. To me its no longer, it is money that I need to make me successful, its how can I be a better person that is going to make me successful

      2. I think life is becoming so technology driven, that with that, money becomes the main object. Everyone has to have the latest thing right then and there and playing keeping up with the Jones’ becomes how people live their lives.

        I think screw that I have a trampoline in the back garden and a wicked climbing tree in the front. Plus a son, whose favourite game is lying on the trampoline and being bounced. He gets his lazyside from me 😉

      3. I think like a lot of things its best in moderation. I make sure we have at least an hour with laptops, computers, tv off (radio is on but that is because I don’t like silence) even if I am on my laptop and my son speaks to me. I make sure I stop what I am doing and look at him. But then I love being able to connect to people I wouldn’t normally be able to. Also I don’t need the latest gizmo, I kept my Nokia 3310 for god knows how long, till I got one with a proper camera. I was gutted to get rid of snake. (showing my age) but then if someone brought me a HD 3D 82inch TV I am not going to say no. Also I do have technology things, like a sat nav, laptop, I Pod that sort of thing, that makes my life easier, or just more enjoyable

      4. And I always try to not see the past through rose colored glasses. It is easy to forget about the pain of using typewriters and similar older “technologies.” lol

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