Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Getting what you Want versus Acting on what you Got

A note from peter@thewealthyattitude.com for Wednesday September 3 2008

Welcome to this midweek point of the first week of September.

Boy oh boy, I was just wondering if someone just shut off the Summer switch here in the Midwest. We had 37 degrees with the humidity here on Saturday and then boom, “Scottish” weather. The darn furnace came on yesterday. The “big guy” and I need to have a hearty chat.

Anyway, enough griping, I’m here, I’m kicking, and I’m a happy camper really.

One of our newest contributors, and the founder of Personal Development Partners, presents us an offering that is highly worth some of your coffee time today. I believe you’ll like what Aaron has to say.

Getting what you Want versus Acting on what you Got
By Aaron M. Potts

I want, I want, I want! It's the battle cry of the ages, yet people still fail to realize that getting what they want is just a pittance compared to continually taking action once they get it.

You don't need to look any further than the almost universal desire that people have for more money in order to see this concept in action. People jump through all manner of hoops in order to gain financial freedom, but even if they had a mountain of money in front of them, if they didn't do anything with it, then it would just be a useless pile of paper.

It is not what we GET in life that matters, because life is handing us new opportunities every single day. Rather, it is what we DO with those opportunities that will ensure not only our long-term success, but our day-to-day happiness as well.

The Dream Job

Every person has their own rendition of what their "dream job" is, so what would you do if you actually attained it?

• Would you just show up for work every day, but not do any actual work?
• Would you stop working towards future success and advancements?
• Would you ignore opportunities to demonstrate the skills or experience that you used to get the job to begin with?

A "dream job" without a corresponding effort on your part to show that you are worthy of that job is nothing more than an opportunity for you to end up standing in the soup line.

The Dream Body

Yep, we've all pictured it in our heads at one time or another, right? Those firm muscles, tight curves, and sculpted features are things that most people give thought to, and for some people, it is an on-going quest that lasts for decades. What would you do if you got your "dream body," though?

• Would you start eating junk food like it was going out of style?
• Would you stop exercising effectively and on a very consistent basis?
• Would you pick up every unhealthy habit that you could get your hands on?

A "dream body" is made up of both the mental and the physical work that it takes to get that body to begin with. If you stop doing that work, then your "dream body" will once again become nothing but a far off goal that you can't quite get your hands on.

The Dream Relationship

Who hasn't dreamed of their "soul mate" at one time or another, or at least dreamed of the guy or girl that would keep them satisfied on an emotional or physical level? That "dream relationship," however, is not something that can be won, but then just ignored.

• If you are a certain person in the beginning of a happy relationship, do you honestly think that relationship will stay happy if you start acting like a different person?
• If you have certain goals or dreams that are shared by your significant other, but your goals or dreams change, is it your significant other's fault when the relationship starts to crumble?
• If you are a family man or woman, but suddenly you decide to recapture your college glory days of keg parties and panty raids, do you honestly think that is going to fly?

A relationship - by definition - is made up of 2 people harmoniously sharing their life experiences. If one person changes drastically from how they were in the beginning of the relationship, the possibility that the other person will change enough to balance things out is minimal at best.

The moral of the story here is that the attainment of success - no matter how thrilling - is simply a moment in time when you realize that you have won. After that moment has passed, it is time for you to step up to the plate and consistently prove that you are worthy of that success.

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1 comment:

Maria | Never the Same River Twice said...

Aaron can deliver a swift kick in the behind better than any other blogger I know! How true it is that we can wish for good things and then squander them once they arrive. In some ways we are like the kid who gets a great toy at Christmas and manages to break it before the day is over.

The question is always, Am I being a good steward to what the universe has provided me? It's only when you can honestly say "Yes" that you get more.