iThink therefore iCan

You probably remember the story about the little train engine that could from your childhood days - even though the mountain ahead was bigger than he thought he could tackle, the little engine kept saying, "I think I can, I think I can" until he got to the top of the mountain.

Certainly it is useful to believe in yourself and think you can even when the road ahead looks daunting. But what can you do when life throws you one of those curve balls? I mean, what if that little engine had nearly reached its goal only to discover that the tracks near the top had been derailed? 

In that case it wouldn't really matter how many times he had said, "I think I can" because the fact would remain that he could not until the tracks were repaired!

I do not want to be a "Negative Nelly" here. I am simply trying to paint a picture of the way things do not always work out according to the way we planned. And when things do not work out the way we planned them... what then?

Well here's some amazing advice from Wallace Wattles:

Never allow yourself to feel disappointed. You may expect to have a certain thing at a certain time, and not get it at that time, and this will appear to you like failure.

But if you hold to your faith you will find that the failure is only apparent.

After co-founding Apple computers in 1975 and growing it into a $2 Billion company with 4,000 employees, his own board of directors fired Steve Jobs in 1985. Try to imagine what that might feel like to be a very public failure and how easy it could be to hang out in pity party city.

In his commencement address to Stanford University in 2005 Jobs recounted that he quickly realized that no matter what had occurred he was still in love - in love with what he was doing. And his love, his passion moved him forward in an amazing way. 

In the next five years he started a company named Pixar (bet you've heard of that one) and another company named NeXT. Then in a rather unexpected turn of events, Apple acquired NeXT and when it did, take a wild guess who else it acquired. 

Once back in the Apple corporation it did not take long for Steve to be re-instated as the CEO, and now with the operating system developed for him at NeXT he was able to create what he had always wanted for Apple computers.

Now I do not know if Jobs ever read any of good ol' Wallace Wattles, but notice that his faith and love in what he was doing allowed that so-called failure back in 1985 to be nothing more than a mirage. He moved right ahead with what he loved to do, and voilá not long afterwards several better opportunities arose for him that ultimately led him back to being CEO of Apple.

I understand that when disappointments happen, it is really tough to resist being caught up in the disappointment. But that is precisely when you want to grab hold of your thinking and actually express your complete trust in how things are unfolding. According to Wallace Wattles, you demonstrate that trust by expressing gratitude.

While it might seem crazy to express gratitude after a customer has just returned the products he/she ordered, and while it might seem ridiculous to declare gratitude when a new recruit chooses to throw in the towel, nothing will help you feel more encouraged to get back in the game faster.

Remember, Jobs ended up being fired from his own company - talk about humiliation! And yet when he focused on being grateful that he was still quite able to do what he loved, the world was rich in opportunities that positioned him perfectly to create what he really wanted.

This week I encourage you to react differently to the next disappointment in your life than you might have ever reacted before - turn your focus to gratitude and know that the world simply has something better for you in store. When you think like that (and I know you can) you can create what you desire and more.