In 2000 Enya released her fifth album, A day without Rain. It bombed so badly it looked like she might lose her record deal and we wouldn’t get a sixth album. Then a national tragedy occurred and TV stations started using her song “Only Time” as part of their coverage of the events, causing sales to soar and the record to eventually become the best-selling new-age album of all time.
Simon Pegg, who I am a huge fan of after watching Shaun of the Dead, once famously joked in response to a reporter asking if he was going to leave England for fame and fortune in Hollywood that “It’s not like we’re going to go away and do, I don’t know, Mission Impossible III.” Later he got a call asking if he wanted to do Mission Impossible III—he did by the way.
The Great Gatsby was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s total flop of a book that basically sold almost no copies in his lifetime but became a huge success after free surplus copies of his book were sent to the soldiers in WWII and they fell in love with the book.
One of my favorite shows, American Ninja Warrior, features athletes doing amazing ninja-like stunts. Men and women compete on the same course, and it was thought that women weren’t physically capable of getting up the “warped wall,” which is basically like running up a skateboarding half pipe ramp. That is until Kacy Catanzaro made it to the top and showed it could be done. At the time of this writing, eleven women have made it to the top.
I could give you about twenty more examples of something amazing happening and the impossible becoming reality.
Many, many of us are sitting on our creative projects, our brilliant ideas, dreams, and visions of glory and things that may even be ahead of their time and not sharing them because we are afraid of failure, of not getting what we want, or some other such nonsense. Do it anyway. Who cares if you fail? Who cares if you don’t make it up the warped wall, have a hit song, or get cast in that amazing movie role? Do it anyway because having said you tried, really tried, is something no one can ever take away from you and maybe, just maybe, the stars will align, and all your dreams will come true. Maybe mine too.
Jill K Thomas CHT
Soul Connect Hypnotherapy
Author of the books “Tales from the Trance” & “Feed your Real Hunger”