Happy Hump Day!
I just have a quick post about a simple but powerful thought I had.
How’s your New Year’s Resolution going?
Ouch. We’re halfway through the year and for the most part, the majority of resolutions made in January have fallen off track. Isn’t that discouraging to think about? What do we do now? Do we just wait until January to start again?
What brought these thoughts to my mind came from thinking about all the the things I wanted to get done this week and it’s already Wednesday, and on top of that, it’s a short week with 4th of July around the corner. It’s just so discouraging looking back at what you wanted to accomplish and here you are, halfway through the timeline and you’ve got nothing to show for it. It’s kind of that middle ground where you have to decide if you want to fight out the remainder of the time or chalk this as a loss and prepare to do better next time.
There is STILL time left!
Here’s the thing, its just a sunk cost evaluation! In other words, stop looking at the time lost, slash the past off of the equation and just look at what you have left, because there is still time left! Sure this week has fewer days left than there were on Monday morning, but this week isn’t over, this year isn’t over, this LIFE isn’t over!
Let’s go back to the beginning of the post. This year isn’t over, no matter what you tried and failed to accomplish this year, the opportunity to make those changes are still there. But stop looking at what was has been lost, and look at what there is to gain.
This concept stretches even beyond yearly ambitions, no matter how old you are, there is still time to become who you’ve dreamed of being (unless it’s to be a billionaire before you turn 18, then you got to bury that dream, and come on, do you think you’d trust the 18 year old version of you with $1billion?). You want to become a pilot? You want to run a marathon? You want to write a book? Go for it! Sure things might be more inconvenient to pursue your dreams once you’re older and more settled in, but that opportunity is still there! You’ve probably heard this many times, but Colonel Sanders didn’t come up with KFC recipe until he was 65 years old and retired. Another crazy example is General Ulysses S. Grant was a complete failure in life until he got a second chance at the military when he was in his 40s.
Ya I know this is kind of a “glass half full” speech, but it was surprising to catch myself in the middle of a “half empty” thought process. Speaking of that, I’ll end on a funny perspective of looking at a glass:
“An optimist looks at a glass and says the glass is half full.
A pessimist looks at a glass and says it is half empty.
An engineer looks at a glass and says that the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.”
“Thinking For a Change” -John C. Maxwell
“The Power of a Half Hour” – Tommy Barnett
Life verse: “But a generous man devises generous things and by his generosity he will stand.” -Isaiah 32:8
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