Thursday, February 09, 2006

A little nudge will get you there

"As a young man I was pretty dark and pessimistic, but I made myself change, as it became more and more clear to me that in life you get exactly what you expect, so you might as well expect something good."
- Eolake Stobblehouse

Stobblehouse, a Danish artist, did not use a strong enough word with "expect." The idea was correct.

An expectation is a concept of the present, one that may easily be changed to suit changing conditions.

What needs to be positive is our attitude. And we need to have a clear idea of what direction we want to go in our lives.

Attitude is a long term concept, one to which each of us is committed, whether we like it or not. We need to know where we want to go, to have goals and objectives, or we will never reach situations we want. Attitude gives us commitment, while goals give us direction.

On any given day, we can't do much to change our life. However, a collection of hundreds of small nudges in the direction we want to go will move us along faster and more effectively than all the wishes in the world. Each day gives us an opportunity to nudge ourselves along a little.

Others may not notice the subtle changes in us, in our lives, because they happen slowly. So they will accept change with little resistence, unless it is in their bests interests to keep you oppressed. In the latter case, we need a major change.

The important factor is a positive attitude. Life is frightening and depressing if we allow everything around us to impact us without any positive movement toward change on our part.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to give each person the incentive to nudge forward toward positive goals each day.
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