I met a gentleman in Starbucks yesterday and when I asked him how he was doing he said, “Hanging in there.” and then shortly after he followed up with, “That’s about all we can do!”
I’m sorry. I beg to differ. Now we all have our days and I’m sure he was probably under some pressure. BUT – what we tell ourselves matters. What we anticipate has much to do with the way things turn out. We can do a lot better than hang in there.
When I left Starbucks, walking back to my office I ran into a young man who works with Panera Bread in the same plaza and he and I shared a few words and in that short exchange he said something that also struck me, he said, “There is no way I’m going to be able to afford college, that’s why I’ve decided to go to technical school. I’m going to become a HVAC technician.”
Here again, I know there is more to the story and I’m not the guy who supports going to college just to get a degree. And college fees are way out of line. BUT – what we tell ourselves matters. What if living into his purpose requires college or requires him to come up with more money than he thinks he has? I could just see him using this same excuse for not investing in personal development as many do.
Napoleon Hill said:
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve.
Man’s only limitation, within reason, lies in his development and use of his imagination
Don’t sell yourself short. Examine your thoughts. Consider the picture you’re painting and don’t be surprised when it comes true.