There is an ancient story told of a king whose son was born with a hunchback. For years this king desperately sought help from many to help his son stand up straight. The king tried everything in his power to find the treatment to fix his son, but nothing could change the prince’s fate. The king worshipped his son, but at a young age he had already assumed the title as the hunchback king after his crown
One day, after a trade pact was signed between the prince’s reign and a neighboring nation, a gift was sent to the king to show the other king’s appreciation for the new treaty. The best artisans from the foreign country created a marvelous sculpture of the prince. Since the prince’s condition was unknown by them, as they only knew him through a painting, they made a perfect natural-sized whole-body statue of the prince. It was a magnificent piece-of-art, made of a rare marble to endure for centuries. When the king saw it he got furious, he said it was an outrageous act from the other country, an irony directed to his family. The king was on the verge of declaring war against the other nation and ordered that the statue be destroyed. However, when the prince put his eyes on it, his face filled full of tears, and immediately he asked his father to accept this gift instead and to put it in his personal garden. The king was confused, but his son’s tears made him change his mind. So, the sculpture was installed over a masonry high pedestal in the prince’s garden and no war was ever declared.
Every morning, the first thing the prince did after he woke up for over several years was to walk to his statue, stay before it and admire it for a couple of hours. This daily routine became a daily ceremony, then a ritual. After some months, an amazing and marvelous thing started happening: the hunchback was disappearing a few millimeters each month. Because the prince needed to walk a good distance to reach out his garden and stretched his back for a few hours trying to admire that beautiful art, he indeed was healing his hunchback by himself, little by little, until he turned to be like what the statue always showed him he could be.
The original intent for this anecdote was to emphasize the importance of a role model. But for me what this story teaches is the power of creating a positive vision. If every day you are told that you are not smart enough, tall enough, beautiful enough or strong enough to achieve a particular goal, you are not only bound to believe it but surely destined to fulfill that destiny; the same holds true for being supported, inspired and encouraged to achieve whatever goal you set your mind to.
As a life coach I often have clients create a vision board for the ideal life they desire to manifest over the course of a year. The impact of seeing images of the experiences, relationships and accomplishments displayed before them each day, holds so much power. On a daily basis people share with me their astonishment of how many of their goals have been achieved since creating that board.
As a parent I have always believed that helping my children dream of an amazing future filled with very personal achievements was important. I would encourage them to see themselves experiencing that — I often asked, “Where are you? What are you wearing? Who are you with? What are you feeling?” Some of these simple questions stimulate the sparkle within enough to set the wheels in motion and allow them to adopt action steps and habits that support leaning towards this vision.
Create a vision, hold it in your deepest thoughts each day, and take every opportunity possible to lean towards it. Then, notice how it begins to manifest in your life. And don’t forget to express gratitude …