We all desire a life that makes a difference and an impact. Walt Disney made quite an impact. We all have the potential to have such a life. All it takes is some intentionally, focus, and hard work.
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As fascinating as Walt Disney was, we have to remember that he was still human. He was fallible and made mistakes. He would, at times, even come upon a challenge that would cause him and his team of Imagineers, to get stuck.It’s during those times that Walt had a saying, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Whenever there was a point where the forward motion started to slacken, Walt was there to remind his “boys” to keep pressing on into new territories and trying out new ideas and ways of thinking. And by doing so, Walt Disney became not only a household name, but a legend of influence and innovation.
Are you stuck? Do you feel like you’ve woken up on the wrong side of bed day in and day out? Is there something at work or in your personal life that is overwhelming you? Is there a challenge that you cannot seem to conquer?Maybe you should take Walt’s advice and keep moving forward. Look at your problem with a different perspective. Get some advice from someone who has more experience than you. Educate yourself in a new area of interest to give your some new data to process. Find a way to move past where you are to something better.
You may not know exactly what to do, and that’s ok. just keep moving forward. If you aren’t sure which step to take, take one step in the best direction you can find. But whatever you do, do not stop moving. Momentum is hard to get and easy to lose.
Follow Walt Disney’s advice, keep opening new doors and trying new things. Stay curious and find new paths. And whatever else you do, keep moving forward.
I love Walt Disney. I don’t love Walt simply because he created Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Mickey Mouse, and all the other characters that I love. I love Walt because he was a dreamer. No better story illustrates this like the story of how he dreamed up Disneyland.
When Walt’s two daughters were little girls, each Saturday was “Daddy’s Days” and he would take them to Griffith Park in Los Angeles to ride the Merry-Go-Round while he sat on a park bench.
After several trips to the same park, Walt began to think of other places where he could take his girls to play. And, as Walt would remember it, at some point, he would also think about where he could go to have fun right along with his daughters, instead of only watching them.
And that is when he dreamed up Disneyland, sitting on that park bench eating a bag of peanuts.
How amazing is that?
Walt Disney, sitting on his usual bench at Griffith Park dreamed up this magical place where families could enjoy the rides and attractions together!
Do you have a place like that? Where is your place to sit and dream? For me, it’s near water, either on a boat or on the shore, if there is a body of water I can sit near, my mind relaxes and great ideas flow.
We all need a place where we can go to sit back, relax, and let our minds wander around and create. A place that we know we can visit from time to time to close out the business of day-to-day living and focus on our dreams and the future. A place to just be and think.
My challenge for you is to find that place and allow it to do its magic for you. Where is you park bench? Where is you place to sit and dream about the future?
I recently had a very frank conversation with someone who had lost the power to dream. It broke my heart to hear how sad and lonely they felt. The person, through some horrible life circumstance, had lost the ability and desire to dream. It brought me to tears to hear their story and to listen to someone who no longer had the willingness to look into the future and see hope. I pray that none of you have to endure the loss of the desire to dream.
But through a few conversations, we were able to rekindle that spark of dreaming. All hope was not lost and this person soon began to talk about the future, and you could actually hear the excitement begin to build in their voice. The power of dreaming cannot be denied or measured, nor should it be taken for granted. (Tweet This)