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If you think you can, you're right

Kate Soucheray


"The Music Man" is playing at the Loft Stage this weekend. Will you attend the show and see it as a fanciful tale of Professor Harold Hill's antics or as the motivating message boldly hidden within it? Do you believe that what you think brings about change? This message is also the premise of Napolean Hill's (no relation) well-known book, "Think and Grow Rich," as he contends that "thoughts are things." A few years ago, I bought a plaque that simply stated, "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." My intention was to put it in my office for inspiration while I was teaching and completing a master's degree. When our youngest son saw it, he immediately asked, "Can I have that?" To which I replied, "Let's go put it up in your room."

For you see, when I was young, my father talked with me about a book he was reading by David J. Schwartz entitled, "The Magic of Thinking Big." He sent that book to me a few years ago with the words "Yours to keep" inside the front cover.

So as we consider purchasing tickets to see "The Music Man" this weekend, we will have the opportunity to see the play as entertainment or as the challenging message that we can make something happen if we believe in our dream and are profoundly committed to it.

Ask yourself what your deepest-held dreams are and then ask yourself what is holding you back from fulfilling those dreams. If you have always wanted to have your own business, what is that business and what would it take to bring your dream to a reality? Start with the dream, not the obstacles.

If you have always wanted to go back to school to become a nurse, figure out a way to do it. And neither of these suggestions is gender-specific, which is a true gift of the time in which we are living. Women are opening businesses and men are becoming nurses. The sky's the limit and the dream you have is possible as long as you believe it.

I created my own poster for my office and on it I have the areas of deep desire for committed action to the world. In the upper left corner I have a partial quote from the speech Nelson Mandela gave in 1994, which states, "Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." I also have two quotes from Napolean Hill's book, "Whatever we can conceive and believe, we can achieve," and "There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge." So go to "The Music Man" this weekend and be inspired! See for more information.

Soucheray is a Woodbury resident and a licensed family therapist