“The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car… a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.”
~Ben Sweetland

You are Richer Than You Think

I I met this man the other day. The man in the photo above. He lives in San Pedro La Laguna in Guatemala. He is a farmer who has some of his own land and also works for others who don’t have time or the skill to plant their own land. 

All of the farming is done by hand—with a simple hoe and no other technology besides the cool pouch he has created to carry the corn seeds that he is planting. I can just imagine him frustrated by carrying the bucket of seeds, setting down the hoe, and then picking it up again between every single planting. What a leap in productivity it must have been when he created the pouch out of an old plasticy burlap bag.

He is reminding me of how ridiculously full my world is. Full of material resources. Full of education. Full of connections. Full of friendships. Full of fullness.

I sat down with a client the other day to dream about what was possible. We made an expansive list of all the hopes he had for creating a life of deeper meaning and sustaining his family. We then dreamed the impossible. What if we stopped letting our dreams be stunted by reality—what if we just simply stated them out loud? Then his dreams got interesting. 

We then looked at his resources. Try this for yourself with your coach. You have so much more available to you than you can imagine. Every positive thing you have created in your life is a potential resource. You may have zero dollars to your name, but I can promise you that you are full of resources. 

A list of potential resources: 
  • Money in the bank
  • Assets 
  • Education
  • Certifications
  • Personality
  • Talents
  • Relationships
  • Family
  • Location 
  • Surrounding culture
  • Ideas
  • Writings
  • Books
  • Technology
  • What else is in your world?

Like the Guatemalan farmer, what you need is probably already present—the question is will you notice it?

Take a look at that impossible dream again. What resource are you going to tap into to make it happen? How are you going to move it forward in 2016? 



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I am enough
I have enough
For today
For my future

I am enough
Everything I need
Is here
All my happiness
Is available
Right now

It's coming out of me
Spewing like a fountain
Expressing unbridled

Love for me
Love for you
Love for the world

I am enough
Creative enough
Courageous enough
Loving enough
To change the world
Starting with me

By Ken Carlson

More poems by Ken Carlson here

My Dreams

I sat down a few weeks ago and dreamed the impossible dream for my life. My impossible dream—the one that I don’t think can happen—is to stand in front of a crowd of 50,000 humans and talk about love in a way that begins to change our world.

My other impossible dream is to coach highly influential leaders into such a deep understanding of themselves that they begin to truly love themselves and the people they influence. 

I have no idea how this is going to happen but I am putting it on paper. I am saying it out loud. I am looking at my resources from the perspective of making this happen. 

How about you? What’s next for you? 

I'd love to talk about your dreams and have a conversation with you. I'm looking to serve my purpose and serve you at the same time. To set it up,  r
eply to ken@authenticdevelopment.com, call 847-873-9559 or just make an appointment at https://authenticdev.youcanbook.me/ to get started. The link is always up to date.

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