“Wishes cost nothing unless you want them to come true.”

“Wishes cost nothing unless you want them to come true.”

—Frank Tyger, 20th century American editorial cartoonist

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It’s the time of year for sending holiday wishes to Santa and prayers to higher powers for the things we desire. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday, nobody can escape the abundance of retail and online enticements.

If you happen to be a Santa to others in your personal or professional life, you clearly know the objective cost of making other’s wishes come true.

But what about the wishes money can’t buy, such as better health, improved relationships, and of course, greater peace on earth?

EXERCISE:

What are your intrinsic and extrinsic wishes for these holidays, and the new year?

What will it take and what will it cost for all of these wishes to come true?

“Success today requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react, and reinvent.”

“Success today requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react, and reinvent.”

—Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft

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Imagine you are Aladdin with a magic lamp and three wishes to dramatically enhance your life. How many of your wishes would be extrinsic rather than intrinsic in nature?

What internal qualities and personal characteristics would you seek to more fully realize your vision of a brighter, more fulfilling future?

EXERCISE:

Consider that you already have your own internal magic lamp within you. Where will you begin, today, to use it to rethink, reinvigorate, and reinvent whatever aspect of your world you choose?