…reality alone counts, and that dreams, expectations, and hopes only serve to define a man as a broken dream, aborted hopes, and futile expectations; in other words, they define him negatively, not positively.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Do you wake up and take a sleeping pill or do you wake up and take action?
Your person or your goods, which is worth more?
Do you work on yourself as much as you work to earn money? Do the actions that earn you money also develop virtues? Earning money is not inherently problematic, not working to develop ourselves certainly is.
We are in the habit of exaggeration, or imagining, or anticipating, sorrow.
Do you have a positive imagination? Focus on being competent in the now. Let yourself feel good about your competence, even in the smallest of things. This feeling will build if you let it and will lead to a healthy confidence. If you are confident in the now, your view of the future will be more optimistic. Think, write and really describe a positive image of tomorrow. Return to this positive image frequently.
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.
Do you dream too big? No, you don’t. If your vision doesn’t seem ridiculous, it’s too modest.
Decide to be extraordinary and do what you need to do- now.
What is the greatest possible version of your future self? Being delusional is good if it encourages actions that map to the vision and does not encourage arrogance.