Look Within to Find Your Way Home

Do you recall the characters from the Wizard of Oz?

They all thought something was missing from their lives and they just had to find the missing piece …

  • Dorothy dreamed of finding her way home to Kansas
  • The Tin Man thought he would be happy if he only had a heart
  • The Scarecrow believed he would be happy when he had a brain
  • The Cowardly lion thought he would find happiness with some courage

Just as a lot of us do, they all were looking for answers outside of themselves.  And is most often the case, all we need is already is within our reach.

The characters in the Wizard of Oz thought they didn’t have what they needed to be happy.

In case you need a gentle reminder from your friendly wizard about what it takes to get unstuck, joyful, courageous, and confident, here are a few things to think about:

  • When you can’t find your true self and feel lost, clear your mind of limiting thoughts.  Open yourself us to the answers that are deep within you. The more open you are to receiving the answers, the more of your authentic self will be uncovered. Sometimes you may need the help of a wise wizard to get you on your way.
  • Fear is a limiting emotion when it keeps you stuck thinking the same negative thoughts about what you can or cannot do.  Start with baby steps until you are comfortable taking larger steps that will get the results you want.
  • Live your dream. You dream is uniquely yours.  No one can take away your dream or live it. If you know deep inside there is something you want to do, you may need the support of a coach or trusted friend to help you sort out all the pieces.
  • Think positive, affirming thoughts to ward off negativity and doubt about what you are capable of doing.

Remember, the only thing that kept Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow from getting what they wanted was their own thoughts. Change how you think and the solutions you desire will be evident.

What thoughts are holding you back from finding your way home?

Share your thoughts, observations, and comments…I would love to hear from you.

Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author



Gladys Anderson, founder of Coach for YOUR Dreams, is a certified life coach, licensed marriage and family therapist, writer and speaker. Gladys combines years of experience, training and a genuine commitment to helping nurses, therapists, teachers and other caregivers balance the many demands on their time and energy, create boundaries  that shift balance from overwhelm to energized, and live their lives with courage, confidence and clarity.


  1. Susan A Robertson says:

    Gladys,first of all I am a great fan of yours. You give me something to think about in every article you send.I have tried every approach I can find but not one that “sticks”. I am able to follow a plan for a while then I find it is so much work for me to do I get tired and stop. I have OCD. I have never known how it feels to have a quiet mind. Do you have any experience in this field so maybe you could help me?

    • Hey Susan, thanks for sharing your comment. I am happy to hear that you are enjoying the articles I write and I appreciate your support.

      Some things you may consider to quiet your mind are: mindfulness meditation, yoga, DBT therapy and support groups. You may have tried some of this but bear in mind, though, the goal is to distract from domineering thoughts by focusing on something else. Even if it is just for a few minutes, you have been successful.

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