Glass half full? Glass half empty? How often do we get asked this pointless question. The glass is, basically, a metaphor for our lives. If you are a “glass half full” person this is supposed to indicate that you are one of life’s optimists, with a positive mental outlook and a belief that you have lots of goodness in your life, but room for plenty more. If, however, you identify with the “glass half empty” mentality, you are a pessimist who views and approaches life with a more negative mindset. Personally, I wonder why we even bother to focus on the glass at all. It’s all a load of rubbish, anyway.
Who cares how full or empty the metaphorical glass is?! If you like what’s in it, add more. If you don’t, pour it out and start again. Whatever you do, though, don’t just sit around and moan. Take ownership of your life and do something positive with it.
Enough metaphors now. They are making my brain hurt. To put it simply, if you are happy with your circumstances and your life in general, do more of what you are doing and build on what you have. If, on the other hand, you are unhappy, unfulfilled or dissatisfied with your life, stop moaning and do something about it. Decide what it is that you would like to change, and get to work.
Each of us is the master of our own destiny and in control of our lives. The beauty of life is that we can hit the reset button and start again whenever we need to. We can change direction whenever we want. It’s up to each of us what future we create for ourselves. Nobody else is going to fix your life for you, because they are busy enough with their own. The perfect life is not going to fall out of the sky and land in your lap, and neither is it to be found in the latest superstar self-help guru’s book or seminar. It’s up to you. Ask yourself… What is it that you really want? How deeply do you want it? How hard are you prepared to work for it? How much are you prepared to sacrifice in the short-term, in order that you can live out the rest of your life feeling happy and fulfilled? Answer these questions, and they will give you an idea of what you need to do in order to be living the life of your dreams. Turn these ideas into clear goals and a plan of action. Then put the work in. Every day. Even on those days when you least feel like it.
Stop looking for metaphors or excuses and start, instead, building the life of your dreams. Little by little, every day. Or, alternatively, do nothing and stay as you are. The choice is yours alone, but if you choose mediocrity over greatness, you lose the right to whinge about it. So…let’s have less whining and more work. Or less work but no whining. Choose wisely.