“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so

Posted: June 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

Today’s post title is brought to us by William Shakespeare. Thanks Bill that is exactly what we needed. I am not sure who you are or what you are doing but a safe bet is whatever you are doing know will not be what you will be doing later, that is a safe bet, because, everything changes.

Situations change at home, work places we volunteer and interact and the change can seem good and sometimes bad but perspective makes a huge difference. If we view the changes in a negative light we will be more apt to make poor decisions and suffer from depression and frustration. If we are to optimistic and lack a pragmatic view we can risk not seeing the whole situation and something unseen can cause some issues. So how do we do it?


I like to call it pragmatic optimism or goal oriented thinking. When faced with change and going through assessing your actions. Ask yourself some questions.

Why am I doing this?

It can be easy to lose focus of why we are doing something. When this happens you loose sight of your end game and can get caught up in drama and the rat race  of the day to day situation.  We should do our best to remember what we want from every situation we are in. If you do not know what you want sometimes it helps to write it down and work it out you may find you merely want to work for 30 years and retire and that is fine.


What has to be done to get what I want?

So you know what you want now what has to happen. If you wish to retire in 30 years how much money will you need to have in your 401 k? If you want to own your own business how much money will you need to have in your savings account?
Once you know what you want from your situation and how to get it, it can help if you make a to do list.

Finally how will your life changes effect your to do list?

The to do list should be in pencil because life changes and you have to be flexible. Do not abandon your goals but realize that “all roads lead to Rome”. Today must be The William Shakespeare quote day.  William is right though, there are many methods for success and one is not better than the other. They are merely different.  Just like change being neither good nor bad it simply is.






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