Turning a Wish into Reality

The little girl on a lawn with a puppy in the sunny day

A particular television commercial fills me with delight. Perhaps you have seen it. An adorable little girl declares she would like a “chango machine” so she can turn her little brother into a puppy. Thank heavens I never got my hands on that magic machine growing up! My poor baby brother would have been a soft furry canine before you could pronounce “presto chango.”

As refreshing as it is to imagine instant change, we know changing course takes time and effort. But just for a moment, imagine you were granted one wish. Visualize stepping into the chango machine and then out again. What one thing is different? Did you find yourself in the corner office, or married to the woman of your dreams? Perhaps you now live in Hawaii, or you reappeared as an executive chef working at a trendy five-star restaurant.

What occurred in your fantasy machine you can duplicate in real life. You need no secret formula to accomplish the change you want most. It just takes planning, focus and a dose of grit as evidence by the story of a young college graduate named Ken Ilqunas.

Finding himself deep in debt upon graduating from the University of Buffalo, Ken moved to Alaska to secure employment and pay off his $32,000 college loan. With dedicated hard work he paid back every dime in two years. Determined never to pile up debt again, this enterprising fellow sought a master’s degree. Staying true to his vow, Ken creatively invented a way to live in his van while attending grad school at Duke University. Wow!

Not all of us have Ken’s super-sized moxie, but his inspiring story provides the impetus to move forward. Whatever it is standing between you and the goal line, I doubt it means working at a remote Alaskan truck stop or living in your van.

Now that you have a clear vision of that one thing in your life requiring change, commit to facilitating action. Draw up a plan and stay the course. Big leaps are made of many tiny steps. If you start today the time will arrive when, like Ken, you can take a bow and reap the benefits.

6 thoughts to “Turning a Wish into Reality”

  1. Sunny, I love the idea of ONE THING to focus on. It’s so much easier to focus on one thing than to be overwhelmed by many things, which we often allow ourselves to indulge in. Thank you for this great post!

  2. I again enjoyed reading your writings. Now I just need to take some action and improve my life even more. I like to strive a little higher at my old age.. LOL
    Thanks Sunny and hope you have a wonderful Easter. I am in Vegas and will be bring my new grandson Andrew John home Easter Sunday. We are all feel very blessed this Easter Day. Life is really good.
    Say hello to John

  3. I read recently that if you have any more than 3 things a the top of your list, you probably won’t finish any of them. I tend to put a bunch of little insignificant things on my list, do them all yet still feel I haven’t accomplished anything worthwhile (yes, dusting and vacuuming can wait). I have to put blinders on, put the bumpers up on the bowling alley of life and FOCUS. Thanks for the reminders Sunny.

  4. There are a bunch of things that I could change with a “chango machine” except one, and that is my Sunny Girl cause your perfect.!!

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