Be Realistic

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Is it true that I can do anything I want?

Be Realistic

You may have heard that you can have anything you want if you only work hard enough. This is a little unrealistic. You may have heard that any child born in the U.S. can grow up to be president. We've only had 43 presidents in over 200 years, so there is a flaw here, though it would be interesting if everybody had their turn.

Let's look at some examples.

I like track and field. I think it would be cool to set the world record in the high jump, but my vertical jump is only 10 inches. It would be more realistic to aim toward adding an inch or two to my jump than to set the world record.

I would like to be a general in the army, but I don't want to be a private. My grades are lousy so I can't get into West Point but I still want to be a general. Short of starting my own army, I'm not going to be a general without working my way up. That's unrealistic.

If you're a teenager and you want to be a doctor, a lawyer, a scientist, a fire fighter, a famous chef, a professional athlete, or an astronaut, you can do it if you work for it and things fall right. If you're 80 years old and have never done those things, these professions are not realistic goals for you. But you can aim toward being a painter, an author, a philosopher, or even a politician.

If you have an idea that could turn into a big tech company you can start in your garage, that can be a goal. But don't start by setting that goal as making a billion dollars. Set short-term, realistic, achievable goals. Use self-hypnosis to keep up your confidence and leave your mind open to ideas. Haven't you at times worked hard on a problem only to have the solution pop into your mind when you're doing something else? Use self-hypnosis to leave that door open. Relaxation and confidence will do it.

   

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