The Card of the Day: The Seven of Cups
“Seeing past misty illusions.”
The Seven of Cups is a card of dreams and wishes. It is imaginative and fantastical. However, it is not a card of realities. Some people waste years stuck on the lessons of this card. "If I win the lottery, think of everything I am going to buy!" "One day I'll get lucky, my ship will come in and my problems solved." "Hopefully someone will notice my talents and I'll be successful." Many times this sort of thinking is an avoidance mechanism of actually taking responsibility for life's direction and making difficult choices. The Seven of Cups is also a card of forgetfulness. It dazzles us with it's "castles in the air" causing us to ignore the present state of our affairs.
What crutches do you use to evade reality? Does fear (of failure, disappointing others, looking like a loser) keep you from making a life change that you know you need? Do you lack the confidence in yourself to actually get the ball rolling?
It's okay to wish and hope for a better future "IF" you are actually doing the work. Wishing to loose weight but still consuming 4000 calories a day without moving isn't going to get you your goal! By setting daily achievable goals for yourself, you can build and reinforce your self esteem.
Our energetic former president, Theodore Roosevelt had a famous code he lived by: "Get action!" By taking action (putting out the resumes, meeting with experts, taking risks, reaching out, asking questions, learning a new skill), a magical thing starts to happen. Momentum begins. Things actually start to fall in place. Hope is rekindled about the future. Your dreams begin to actually manifest. This is because you are no longer passively waiting for life to hopefully hand you your dreams. You are going out and making it happen.
Use today to think about one major life goal you have. What practical steps can you take right now to actually achieve that goal. Be courageous and don't let old avoidance mechanisms prevail. Instead of hoping, wishing and waiting for what you want, go out and get it!