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Have you ever gotten stuck being “reasonable” about life?

A few weeks ago I almost got snookered. Here’s what happened.

I was speaking to a group of entrepreneurs about productivity and well-being at a conference in Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida. I was thrilled to share the power of transformation as it relates to productivity, wealth and well-being.

Being a gal who likes to balance business and pleasure, I built fun time into the last day of my trip. Since my flight back to NYC wasn’t until 5PM, I had time for roller coasters and Mickey before heading home.

On Sunday morning I woke up at 8:30AM and headed down to the concierge desk to find out my options.

I asked the woman behind the desk for advice on visiting the parks. I said, “I really want to get on the new roller coasters in Hollywood Studios AND I would love visit the Magic Kingdom. Do you think I could visit both parks before I have to leave for the airport at 2PM?”

She quickly answered, “No way! Two parks in one day before 2PM? Impossible! Just pick one and have a good time sweetheart.”

Slightly deflated, I agreed to buy a single park pass and make the best of it.

By this time, it’s almost 9AM and I need to choose a theme park and get on the right bus to get me there.

Scratching my chin I thought, “Which park is going to maximize my pleasure? Hollywood Studios OR the Magic Kingdom?”

Since the Magic Kingdom bus was there and the Hollywood Studios bus wasn’t, I took it as a sign from the Universe that I was meant to go to the Magic Kingdom- as if the Universe cares :).

As I stepped onto the Magic Kingdom bus, I was struck by how unbelievably packed it was with crazy kids and their frantic parents.

Instantly, I thought, “No way Jose! This park is going to be nutso!” I looked up and noticed the Hollywood Studios bus pulling up along side us.

“Stop!” I yelled to the driver. “I want to go to Hollywood Studios!” Thankfully, he let me off and I jumped on the other bus.

(Of course, as I was getting off one bus onto the other I was totally second-guessing my choices. “What am I doing? Did I chose the wrong park? Should I have stayed on the Magic Kingdom bus? Am I crazy for being this neurotic about an amusement park?”)

I called Josh for some love and reassurance and he graciously gave it to me. (Bless that man!) Within minutes I was at Hollywood Studios.

As I neared the entrance, I realized the park hadn’t even opened yet! I was perfectly on time. Once they let us in, I headed straight for the Rock N Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith. I had heard about this ride from other travelers and was so psyched to be one of the first people on it for the day.

This killer coaster ride takes you from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds while playing amazing rock music by Aerosmith.

The time was now 9:14 AM. I then headed straight over to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – my second ride. Here’s what it’s like.

You get seated aboard a rickety old “freight elevator” and as your journey progresses, the elevator enters a pitch-black shaft. The elevator starts to rise and then unexpectedly, the cables “snap” and the vehicle plunges 13 stories. The elevator abruptly rises once more, with an erratic series of shorter drops and climbs. It was another awesome ride!!

Now the time was 9:35 AM. Hmmm.

Those were the only two rides I wanted to go on in Hollywood Studios and obviously, I had lots more time to play. So I upgraded my ticket to a “Park Hopper Pass” and jumped on the next bus to the Magic Kingdom baby!

Once I got to Mickey Land, it was 10:10 AM. For the next 3 hours I went on the exact rides I wanted to: Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Mountain.

When it was all done, I took a bus back to my resort and had time for lunch and relaxation before heading to the airport.

So what’s this all got to do with NOT being reasonable? Everything.

You see, most people in the world underestimate what’s possible. They think small, act small and live small. It’s not that they’re bad or malicious, they just haven’t looked outside of what they already know.

And anyone who underestimates themselves, by extension, will underestimate what you’re capable of.

In this case, it was not only feasible but EASY for me to cruise through two theme parks in half a day. The gal I spoke with in the morning totally underestimated what was possible for me because happily visiting two parks in a half a day was outside of what she knew to be true.

If I had listened to her advice, I would have played small. I would have kept thinking “What if….”

When it comes to your life, don’t be reasonable. Trust me. You can have it all.

Everything I treasure in my life has come out of willingness to be unreasonable. 

I exceed expectations because I don’t let them limit me.

Any time I take a quantum leap outside of what’s “reasonable” I am rewarded beyond my wildest dreams. Whether it’s finding the love of my life, or the simple exhilaration of riding a new rollercoaster, exceeding expectations yields miracles.

Be unreasonable and exceed the expectations you set and others set. Know that you can be incredibly wealthy – inside and out. You can have a fantastically successful business AND a phenomenal personal life. You can have a loving, satisfying and wonderful relationship with someone who adores you. You can make a difference in the world doing what you love. You can become whomever you want to be – no matter what your age, race, or gender.

Don’t listen to the naysayers, or succumb to the limits of mediocre minds. Don’t be reasonable. As Walt Disney himself said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

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  1. Susan

    My girlfriend…you Rock! Absolutely love your email and You! Susan

    Don’t listen to the naysayers, or succumb to the limits of mediocre minds. Don’t be reasonable. As Walt Disney himself said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

  2. I love the simplicity of this post…finding a rocking lesson in an amusement park visit. When you pay attention to what’s in front of you, you can learn all sorts of things, huh? You look like a party princess in front of the castle!

  3. Isn’t it amazing how often people who are trying to “help you” (and really are trying to protect you from their imagined limitations & risks), actually are holding you back from something amazing?!

    When I decided to move out to California (from Missouri) my mom was shocked and asked how I would get all my stuff there. The very idea of moving across the country was something she had never done, and seemed impossible. Obviously, I just loaded up my car (old Buick Century w/ a huge truck) and drove. Not a problem. Perhaps it was because I was 22 years old & fearless, or because I just don’t worry about stuff like that. But the lesson is to do what is scary (or even scary to other people) — that tends to be the most amazing thing!

    Thanks!

    ~ Elizabeth

  4. Hi Susan! Thank you so much – so great to hear from you. Yes – it’s SUPER fun to do the impossible 😉

    Lo Mo: I loved being a princess in the castle! Life shows up with all kinds of delcious opportunities to either shrink or expand…it’s very fun to EXPAND baby!

    Elizabeth: I love your story. It’s so true that often time our growth lies in going into that “new territory” that’s scary. A mentor of mine says that fear is just excitement with the breaks on. I like that idea…

  5. Marie, your zest for life and consistency in going for the gusto are great reminders that (as Epictetus said long ago) “We should conduct ourselves in life as at a feast.”

    You are a dear person and your energy & enthusiasm are infectious in the nicest way! XO, Patrice

  6. Hi Patrice! Thank you so very much. You too are an inspiration for me 🙂 Thanks for coming by xo M

  7. laura

    Awesome…Just Amazing Marie!!!!
    So True…it helps to let go of people who want to hold you back…just smile & move on!..There’s a poem by Rumi…..It says:
    You were born with potential.
    You were born with goodness & trust.
    You were born with ideals & dreams.
    You were born with greatness.
    You were born with wings.
    You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
    You have wings.
    Learn to use them to fly.
    -Rumi.

    I also love what Maya Angelou says: “It doesn’t help to pretend….people always see through!!!”.

    Marie..what is so great is that as woman we need to see more woman who have it all!!!…and don’t appologize for it!!!

    “Thanks” fro reminding me-just when I needed to hear it for myself.
    To beleive in myself& reach for my stars!!

    Best wishes , always!!!

    Woamn can be sexy, smart & beautiful & liv elife to the fullest!!

    Woman power!!!!

    La Dolce Vita,
    Laura.

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  9. Claire

    Hi Marie,

    I missed this post when I started my challenge to review all your posts yesterday, so I went to it today.

    I love that your underlying theme is as true when you started as it is true today (and vice versa). You may do videos now, and have a bit more polish, but who you are hasn’t changed. I love that.

    It is truly amazing what you can do before someone tells you it is impossible. People often let other people’s limits become their own, when there is no reason for that. It is wonderful that not only do you live your life by your standards, reaching for the impossible, but that you encourage others to do this as well.

    Thank you,
    Claire

  10. Marie, this is post ROCKS!

    First, My family (uf! all, mom, dad, siblings, hubby, in-laws, kids) went to Orlando on January and those roller coasters are amazing! I love Hollywood Tower Hotel!!!!

    Second, we all should remember THE POWER OF ONE. And, obviously, that life is short and you have to enjoy every second, even when it does not make sense.
    XOXO,
    Julieta

  11. Such great advice! Who knew you could visit 2 parks before lunch! A great reminder to ignore the Ignorant and live our lives! Thanks Marie 🙂

  12. Av

    Marie- Very inspirational, thank you for sharing, 5 Years later still a powerful piece of information <3

  13. Excellent article, sometimes you have to say, “stop the bus,” get off, and go in another direction. Knowing what you want to try, taking the initiative, and enjoying the results; what is a better way to visit two great theme parks?

  14. So damn true! Love this! ♡

  15. Well if this wasn’t the perfect bit of heart I needed to lean into this morning. So here’s a life update. Last month I was served papers about my apartment. The nest I had for two years. The letter was about renewing my lease or not. I put it off. Pleading for signs from the Great Universe to help me see the right action. Nothing. So being without a traditional job and working on a secret project for my color biz, I decided to not renew my lease. This opened up a lot more room for myself energetically. I knew I also just agreed to coming up with an exit strategy. I’ve been applying and interviewing to jobs. I have good strong confident leads but playing the waiting game since hiring managers take your advice to hire slow and fire fast haha. So where I’m at now is a month away about to leave this apartment. Now if no offers come thru in say three weeks I’m moving. Not just in with a friend here. But I’m moving out of the state. Into the sun. Into warmth. Into love. It’s reasonable for me to stray in a city where I know the transit system, landmarks and great tea shops. But. I want more for myself and looks like I already got my two year fix on figuring things out that I needed. So this is it. I’m moving and nope, I have no money to make it feel more reasonable. I’ll sell what I can and bounce because life ain’t worth the regret in the end. At all.

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