It was never just a story about some witches and weirdos skipping down a yellow brick road. It was always a metaphor for finding your “heart’s desire.” As Glenda tells Dorothy, “you had the power all along, my dear.”
Whether it’s changing jobs or relationships, improving our body or mind, recovering from addiction or discovering our purpose, we all have the power. How do we release that inner power, though? Let’s consider Dorothy’s three companions on her mission to return home.
Knowledge is key. You must be willing to learn and keep learning. If you already knew how to get your heart’s desire, you might have done it already. I didn’t know how to promote my blog on social media when I started. I didn’t know how to add pictures and links. I had to learn.
Your heart’s desire may require learning something new. Do it; you’re no scarecrow.
The first step on the path to your full life is the hardest. Motivation doesn’t move you down the path, neither does knowledge. You must act, and acting takes courage. It is our survival instinct to want to maintain status quo. Thus, actions to change our status take courage. If you want to release your power, you will have to be courageous.
Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it. – Mark Twain
How bad do you want it? You need a passion for the thing you are working toward. When you know what needs to be done and summon the courage to act, what will see you through the tough times is your deep, abiding desire.
There are no wizards who will give us what we want from life. We must go take it. Be a lifelong learner, and never stop growing your knowledge base. Tackle new goals with passion and courage, because they will require discomfort.
Lastly, don’t forget to help others along the way. You will end up gaining from them as much as you give.
“You don’t need the ruby slippers. You already have the brains, courage & heart. The only thing you need to remember is… it was inside of you all along.” ~ Boni Lonnsburry