Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Quick fixes don't fix much, but they may cause problems

"They can conquer who believe they can."
- Virgil, Roman poet; author of the epic poem 'Aeneid' (70-19 B.C.E.)

If you want to be fussy about it, it's more correct to say "If you believe you can't, you can't, and you never will." But that's a bit like facing the darkness and saying you can't see the light.

To conquer means to overcome. To many people overcoming something or meeting a major challenge that they cannot accomplish within a fairly short period of time causes them to conclude that the situation is hopeless.

It's not the situation that's hopeless, but the person who has not calculated a time line that is reasonable.

Thirty years from today, April 25, 2036 will be every bit as important to you as April 25 is this year. That means that you can glory in your accomplishments over the previous 30 years the same way as you would if you had achieved them today.

Thirty years from now, today's accomplishments won't mean much to you. You must continue to reach up, to strive, to grasp higher, to climb, to dare what you previously thought to be impossible. Otherwise, you will not just remain plain ordinary, but likely you will force your own world to become smaller as you age.

When you set a goal for your life, set it far enough in advance that you have time to change factors about your life and manipulate other factors so that you will be able to accomplish your goal.

Very little (maybe nothing) that is worthwhile happens in a hurry.

People who seek the quick fix for everything and can't find it take drugs, adopt various addictions, become miserable with neighbours and workmates, many even accept illnesses into their lives as means of compensation.

Worthwhile goals are not like chewing gum, with the thrill gone within minutes. They are more like the fragrance of an annual flower that forever holds the promise of something better in the future.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to set reasonable goals for making the world a better place to live by having each person convince one other at a time.
Learn more at http://billallin.com/cgi/index.pl

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