The Four C’s For Success
“The secret of making dreams come true can be summarized in four C’s.They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy; and the greatest of these is Confidence.” ~ Walt Disney
I had the very good fortune of being present at a wonderful tennis match between two gentlemen this afternoon. The power and focus that was displayed on the court was amazing with each of them ‘in the zone’ and playing their game with poise and passion. Each stroke that was taken was fuelled with hours upon hours of practice and dedication and I was in awe of the sheer energy that was poured into each move that they made. I instantly became aware of how each player was so at ease with himself and with the other, there was a camaraderie between the pair of athletes and the utmost respect for each other and all that was present to watch the game. I knew that I was witnessing the culmination of years of dreaming, climbing, falling, sweat, practice, determination, sacrifice, exhilaration, excitement, disappointment, laughter, learning, growing and maturing… it was really seeing life in action! These guys had mastered their art, they just made it look so easy, they were in such a flow with their game and there was no thought about where to put their feet or how to hold their racquets! It was pure magic!
So let’s take a look at the four C’s that Walt Disney is talking about and how they somehow played a part in the development of the picture on the tennis court today. First of all, Curiosity… oh how I love that word and everything it represents! I believe that curiosity is such a wonderful gift in life, it is a quality that injects lots of excitement into our lives, it encourages us to seek out answers and pursue new avenues in the world! It is what propels us towards new inventions and unique possibilities to create something new! I’m sure every person that ever achieved anything had bucketloads of curiosity to fuel their desire to bring it forth into physical reality!
Then there is Confidence… yes the big C! This ten letter word carries within it the means by which any of us will ever achieve anything! You can have all the curiosity, courage and constancy in the world, but if you don’t have the confidence in yourself and your ‘game’, your dream may remain a dream forever. When you feel confident within yourself, you can literally achieve anything! You feel invincible, you have a very healthy love for yourself and what you have to offer to the world and you know, without a doubt, that you can do it! A confident person has a very distinct air about them, their energy is huge and their presence is palpable, even when it is being quietly confident. I have had the great honour of being in the company of some confident individuals and it is a very attractive quality to have. In fact, confidence is irresistible!
The third C is Courage… oh this is such a large ingredient in the recipe for making your dreams come true! You can have a heart full of dreams and desires, an imagination brimming with ideas and adventures, but if you don’t have the courage to walk fearlessly in their direction, you may indeed remain a spectator all your life and keep hidden all these wonderful treasures that lie within you! A great friend of mine once said that fear is just a flag waving and saying “hey, new experience over here, come this way!” Yes, fear can paralyze any one of us and keep us playing small in this life, but if you could develop the courage to race after your dreams, they will soon become real!
And now Constancy… yes, when one is consistent in their thoughts, words and deeds, remains steadfast and faithful to their dream and is unwavering and dedicated to their passions, a path of excellence unfolds before them and becomes a habituated way of being. When you ‘show up’ on a consistent basis for your life and what you are passionate about, it becomes like second nature for you and you begin to flow with such ease and poise, it just seems effortless! You enter into ‘the zone’ and there is nothing else only what you are doing right in the moment! This is where you access the power of the Universe and you allow this magnificent energy to flow through every cell of your being! You seem to somehow get out of the way and the miracle of life gets to come out to play! How awesome!
So, yes I guess the four C’s most definitely played their part in the lives of both tennis players … they each had to be Curious about how their dream of being a brilliant tennis player could become a reality, they both needed to feel such self Confidence to be able to step into their roles every step of the way…, each of them had to have the Courage to face any fears that they would have encountered along their journey and both had to choose to adopt Constancy as their best friend from an early age in order to bring to the court a most magnificent match of tennis today!
So, whatever you dream about, whatever you are passionate about, whatever gives you a fire in your belly… adopt the four C’s and watch as they become your reality! Life is MAGIC!!!
Until next time,
Love from me, Marie XXX