Great minds are given broad objectives. Others make only wishes.

Washington Irving

Martin was a young boy who had a passion, for a long time, for insects. A few days earlier, he found the cocoon of a butterfly, and kept it to see it blossom. The long-awaited moment arrived. Martin saw a hole appear in the cocoon, but the butterfly seemed to have trouble getting out. After watching the long fight against his butterfly cocoon without result, Martin said he could help a little.

With the tips of his fingers, he forced the cocoon and gently expanded the hole, which allowed the butterfly to get out. Martin, however, was surprised to see how the butterfly seemed low. He crawled and did not deploy its wings. “This must be normal,” he said. But time passed and the butterfly eventually died without ever being able to fly. The next day, Martin consulted his science teacher at school. The latter explained that the hardness of the cocoon was the way that nature uses to strengthen the insect and allow it to fly. By helping the butterfly out, Martin had, in a way, signed its death warrant.

This story shows how our suffering, our failures and disappointments are often what we need to experience to move in the right direction. If our life does not involve any difficulty, we would not know who we are. It would be much harder to give ourselves goals. Freedom is truly relished after hardship.

The Principle of Scarcity

Do you find that we often maintain visions that we simply aren’t born to get a lot out of life? We let our failures and difficulties make us believe that we cannot expect anything. Once a person succeeds, we criticize them and accuse them of having acted dishonestly, almost as if their success involved the theft of our own chances of succeeding. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We can replace this thinking with a vision of abundance. We all have virtually unlimited potential to achieve what we take to heart. Previously, I thought if I made a good living, I encouraged poverty. Again, nothing is further from the truth. If they’re honest, people who earn more pay more taxes: taxes that are redistributed in part to the poor. If I won money in a lottery instead, I contribute less to the financing of the state through my taxes and fees.

I’m not saying this to convince everyone to earn more money. I just want to share that since I realized that my perception of my success directly influenced my work and my success with it – well, I completely revised my goals. Of course, our goals must be realistic, but we can get much more out of life if we choose big. I am not talking about the realism of those who believe that everything is impossible.

Being realistic does not mean we should stop dreaming. What seems unrealistic to you today may well seem realistic tomorrow, by learning that you have made positive changes to your life! By hoping more, I began to guide my actions and objectives in a way that matched my new standard, and I have not been slow to achieve results I never thought possible before!

For, as Orison Swett Marden, whom we consider as the founder of the modern movement for self-realization in America, so aptly said,

“Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.”