The other day, when I was conducting a series of seminars in Connecticut, I took a detour off the main highway to find the Comstock Bridge.
Located near Colchester, Connecticut, this is one of the few remaining covered bridges in the Northeastern part of the United States.
Built in 1873, the Comstock Bridge spans the Salomon River, just north of Route 16. It served travelers on the main road between Colchester and Middletown for nearly sixty years, until a new concrete bridge was built downstream in 1932.
The Comstock Bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
As I stood by that wonderful bridge I came to realize that bridges can symbolize our journey through life. They can exemplify our goals. Where we are is one side of the bridge and, where we want to go, can be the other side.
Most people don’t achieve what they want in life because they’re spending too much time standing on one side of the bridge. They think. They analyze. “It’s a long way across this bridge,” they ponder. “I’ve got a big goal, but it could be tough to get to the other side,” they further analyze.
The important thing about any goal is to break it down to manageable and believable pieces. Too many people set goals that are too big, mentally building a long span to “bridge” the gap. Thus, they remain on one side of the bridge, literally frozen in their tracks.
It’s fine to set big goals, to think BIG. However, if we don’t break those goals down to believable steps, we’re never going to get across that bridge.
So, let’s discuss how we can break down a goal and thus get across that bridge to where we want to be.
Let’s say that one of my goals is to lose some weight. For the sake of this discussion, let’s say that I need to lose 40 pounds. And let’s say that we’re talking about this on the first day of a new month.
You ask me, “Boaz, can you see yourself losing 40 pounds this month?” I say, “No way!” You ask, “How about 30?” I say, “Nope”. You ask, “What about 20, 10, or 5 pounds?” I say, “Anybody can lose 5 pounds!”
That’s my goal.
What I see is what I’ll get. Too many people set goals that are too high, they don’t see themselves accomplishing those goals, and thus they don’t take the first step to cross that bridge.
Thus, since I agreed that anyone could lose 5 pounds, my affirmation for the month would read like this: “It’s __(the date at the end of the month)__. This month I lost at least 5 pounds and I’m excited.” What we have here is a DATE, a GOAL, and an EMOTION.
I would then read that affirmation the first thing each morning and the last thing each night – the two times my subconscious mind is most open to suggestion.
It’s amazing what will happen by the end of the month. My subconscious mind will help me achieve that goal. What if I lost 5 1/2 pounds by the end of the month? I would look like a bigger champion then I thought. The odds are that I could set a similar goal for next month and accomplish that one too.
Taking small believable steps, one at a time, can get any of us across that bridge to the other side. Let’s not let any more water under our bridge without achieving some goals that are important in our lives.
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A Bridging Affirmation
I set goals that I can see, take believable steps, and accomplish those goals