How to Score the Ticket to Your Dreams
Chocolate and How to Score the Ticket to Your Dreams
“Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” is a masterpiece in cinematic filmography.
I just realized this very important fact last night.
Despite what you might think, this movie is actually quite serious. It contains an important message about creating the life you want. If you sit, watch and listen, Willie, Charlie and the Wonka crew show you how it’s done.
You, too can score the ticket of your dreams.
This is real, people.
If you don’t want to watch the movie so you can create the life you’ve always wanted, that’s quite alright.
I’m going to break it down for you. Here. Now.
So. Before we begin, banish all thoughts that are worrying and distracting you. Forget about your bratty kids…and those vermicious knids.
And…just for just a minute, consider grabbing some chocolate and thinking about those things that make you happy.
1. Figure out what you REALLY want.
At the beginning of the movie, little Charlie lived with five other people in that tiny house. Charlie’s family was so poor that all four of his grandparents had to sleep in one bed. The gravity of this dire situation caused Charlie deep pain.
BUT…the fact that he was living in a way that he didn’t want gave Charlie clarity. It helped him understand what he DID want. Very importantly, despite initially thinking a lifetime supply of chocolate would solve all his problems,Charlie really wanted something different than that.
He wanted a better living situation for his family.
Do you want more for your family? Do you want more for yourself? Ask yourself what it is you REALLY want.
Don’t tell me you want Salma Hayek. Or Ryan Gosling. Or a house at the top of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona.
I’ve made this mistake myself. After years of waiting in vain, though, I finally realized I didn’t really want Johnny Depp to be my lover. Really.
What I seriously wanted was romantic love in my life. Not only did I want to adore someone, but I wanted that person to adore me in return. In reality, the person didn’t have to look like Johnny Depp at all. What I actually wanted was someone who had qualities that were attractive to me: kindness, generosity, good looks, understanding, courage, strength…you get it.
What is the essence of what you want?
A job that you are passionate about? Financial security? Good health?
Figure it out. Be bold. Dream often. Dream big.
“We are the music makers…and we are the dreamers of dreams.” (-Willie)
2. Ask for what you want.
Despite there only being 5 winning tickets, Charlie threw his hat in the ring by asking for what he wanted. He bought the winning chocolate bar by spending that pound he found in the gutter only by chance.
You can’t win if you don’t play.
You won’t get if you don’t ask.
Take a chance.
Whisper your dreams to yourself in the silence of the night. Pray about them. Meditate on them. Speak your dreams in the way that feels right for you.
“Buy a ticket.” (-W.R.H.)
3. Play. Imagine. Let it go.
Upon winning a golden ticket and being granted entrance to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, Charlie looked at this new world with wonder and excitement. He and Grandpa Joe allowed themselves to revel in the miracles around them.
To score the ticket to your dreams, once you ask for what you want, you must let your request go. Don’t obsess. Don’t try to force it. Allow magic to happen.
And…the magic WILL happen…If you believe, are grateful and enjoy the life you have.
Laugh. Be with people who make you happy. Try new things. Play. Dance. Sing. Love.
Don’t think there’s anything to enjoy?
No. We don’t have gummy bear trees in the real world. We do, however, have breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. We have flowers that bloom. We have caterpillars that transform into extraordinary butterflies. We have slobbery kisses from babies and puppies. We have the brush of cool breezes on our faces in the springtime. And the taste of juicy watermelon on a hot summer day.
Savor those things. Focus on the joy that something as simple as nature can bring. Above all, always remember this:
“If the good Lord had intended us to walk, we wouldn’t have invented roller skates.” (-W.W.)
4. Do your very best to keep your thoughts, beliefs, and actions in alignment with your dreams.
Despite being the last kid standing at the end, Charlie and Grandpa Joe were shocked when Willie Wonka communicated rather harshly that “they lose” because they didn’t follow the rules. Despite his broken heart and the fact that he had what it took (an Everlasting Gobstopper) to “guarantee” his family’s financial security for the rest of their lives, Charlie did what he knew was right.
He gave the Gobstopper back to Willie.
And then…he won.
If you want love, act loving, regardless of what another might do to you.
If you want abundance, share what you do have with someone who needs it more.
If you want happiness, bring more of your own to this world.
And when creating the life of your dreams…
“Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted…
He lived happily ever after.” (-Mr. Wonka)
And this, my friend, will be you, too…
Now…if you’ll excuse me, I must go.
“So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.” (-Double “Dub”)
Goodbye and good day.
Sending my wishes for a week that includes chocolate kisses and winning tickets.
All my best,
P.S. Tell me how you are going to buy a ticket today. Leave me a comment and tell me what step you will take that is in the direction of your dreams.