Doing the imaginable unimaginable

Sydney 2015 Young Social Pioneers for the Foundation for Young Australians

Sydney 2015 Young Social Pioneers for the Foundation for Young Australians

‘To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream not only plan but also believe’ – Anatole France

I read this quote everyday as it is conveniently hanging up on the dining room wall and each day after reading the quote I plan out how I will act, dream, plan and believe – just a little bit more than the day before. So, it is quite fitting that I start this tangent with sharing a slice of my motivation. Motivation to be that better person, who is living their passion and seeking (more) happiness.

When I was a little girl I dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot. I imagined flying through the clouds at an incredible speed would be exhilarating while rewarding from the effort I’d have to put in to achieve that dream (if only I knew speed was for war…). As I consider myself to be someone who puts their head down when needed and get on with what needs to be done, I did believe I could achieve this dream. However, unbeknown to me while standing in the crowd looking up at the airforce shows did I know another exhilarating pathway was destined for me.

This takes us to the heart of this tangent – doing the imaginable unimaginable 

Before I go any further, what is unimaginable? ’cause now thinking about it once you think about what is unimaginable it becomes imaginable. Right? Yes.

So, what might be unimaginable? Winning the lotto, finding more time, quitting smoking, world peace, a clean ocean, sustainable beaches, no war, happiness, love, health… For me, I thought about a few of these but once I really thought about it they were imaginable – winning the lotto, finding more time, world peace, a clean ocean, sustainable beaches, no war, happiness, love, health…

That means the unimaginable is in fact IMAGINABLE! No way!

This is where having a vision becomes important, a vision to achieve the unimaginable. For instance, I thought doing an Honours degree was unimaginable, but then is happened – yes, completed it today and have now found time (another unimaginable) to write a tangent…

The reason I am tangenting about this is because I am hanging out with another 21 imaginable unimaginable change makers who are doing the unimaginable (along with all those other incredible people in my life) – creating apps to streamline our lives, advocating for support, love and happiness for marginalised communities, working towards world sustainability and leadership opportunities for their own friends, peers and networks. Yes, I am hanging out with the Foundation for Young Australians’ 2015 Sydney Young Social Pioneers. Between completing honours, working, volunteering, traveling, living and breathing, I am now over half way through a life changing opportunity to develop myself as an imaginable unimaginable change maker for the way we manage beaches!

Now that Honours is done and dusted… bring on the Beach Happiness Index – and every other imaginable unimaginable.

But also believe

Image sourced: agreaterversionofyou.com

Image sourced: agreaterversionofyou.com

It has been a month since my last tangent. Time has flown past. Japan, Western Australia and New Zealand, and home in between, it has been a busy one too. I am starting to find the self-employed groove of managing my time even more efficiently – and effectively – while looking beyond the horizon for future projects and of course, keep my mind on track to fulfil the demands of an Honours degree too.

It’s 7am and it’s Monday – good morning. I have been awake for sometime now. Now knowing my time is really my time and acknowledging there is much to accomplish today, tomorrow and the next day and the next, I am not wasting any time – seriously. Some might think the way I approach tasks is about being driven, I see it as life.

I have washed my dog, walked her, played with her, enjoyed watching the shorebirds along the Broadwater, finished my morning exercise routine, cleaned the house, had breakfast, cleaned out my email inbox after getting back from New Zealand yesterday (more tangents to come) and I felt that I needed to share a tangent before I go onto the next task.

There is a quote that hangs up in my dining room that says, “To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream not only plan but also believe – Anatole France”.

I guess Anatole France’s quote is my mantra for the time being – which isn’t a bad one. ’cause if you believe in yourself, you can reach your dream, but only by acting can you accomplish great things. 

It’s time to get cracking on the next task so I can accomplish great things. Have a beautiful day and keep believing.