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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A quote and three questions that you can use as a tool in your everyday life


Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
Samuel Johnson [1709-1784] 

Today I was thinking about this revealing quote by the writer Samuel Johnson and how it can be used to describe  problems, projects, situations and... lives.

Are our lives easy to design? Is it easy to decide what to do, which direction to choose from, how to fulfill our dreams and aspirations? To me, most of the times it isn't easy at all. 
And yet life can reveal itself so easy to "live" and to gain experience from. "When?" you are maybe asking yourself. As soon as we have a plan, a vision, a goal. If we know who we are and what we want to do, it becomes immediately easier to think about how we can get there.

What I find even more amazing and sometimes incredibly sad is our tendency to mislead or sabotage ourselves.
We can decide to not accept what we are. We can decide to see ourselves in another light, somehow too Pink or too irrealistic, if we are subconsciously convinced that what we really are is not good enough and that it is better to be different.

Or we avoid to think about something that could be painful, even if we should think about it. We procrastinate without finding a solution or making a plan, because we are clipped by our expectations about ourselves.


Maybe we should just ask ourselves more frequently these three very simple questions:

Who am I really?
What can I do well?
What do I want to achieve?

--
Viele Sachen, die schwer zu planen sind, sind einfach einzusetzen.
Samuel Johnson [1709-1784] 

Heute habe ich an dieses erleichternde Zitat von dem Schriftsteller Samuel Johnson gedacht und daran wie man es benutzen kann, um Probleme, Projekte, Situation und... Leben zu beschreiben.

Sind unsere Leben einfach zu planen? Ist die Wahl einfach, wenn es darum geht, was man macht, welche Richtung man bevorzugt, wie man seine Träume und Hoffnungen erfüllt? In den meisten Fällen ist das überhaupt nicht einfach, finde ich.
Trotzdem kann das Leben, zu "erleben" und darin Erfahrungen zu sammeln, so einfach sein. "Wann?" fragt Ihr euch vielleicht. Sobald man einen Plan, eine Vorstellung, ein Ziel hat. Wenn wir wissen, wer wir sind und was wir machen wollen, wird das Nachdenken darüber, wie wir das erreichen können sofort einfacher.

Was ich aber noch verrückter und manchmal wirklich traurig finde ist unsere Neigung dazu, uns selbst in die Irre zu führen oder uns zu sabotieren.
Wir können uns entscheiden, nicht zu akzeptieren, was wir sind. Wir können uns selbst in einem anderen Licht anschauen, etwa zu "rosarot" oder zu verklärt, wenn wir unterbewusst der Meinung sind, dass was wir sind, nicht gut genug ist und dass anders zu sein besser ist.

Wir können auch vermeiden, über etwas nachzudenken, was schmerzhaft sein könnte, auch wenn wir darüber nachdenken sollten. Wir zaudern, ohne eine Lösung zu finden oder einen Plan zu machen, weil wir blockiert von unsereren Erwartungen an uns selbst sind.

Vielleicht sollten wir uns einfach diese drei einfachen Fragen häufiger stellen?

Wer bin ich eigentlich?
Was kann ich gut?
Was will ich erreichen?


--
Molte cose difficili da progettare si rivelano facili da realizzare.
Samuel Johnson [1709-1784] 

Oggi stavo pensando a questa citazione dello scrittore Samuel Johnson, davvero illuminante, e a come possa essere usata per descrivere problemi, progetti, situazioni, ma anche... vite.

Le nostre vite sono facili da organizzare? È forse facile decidere cosa fare, quale direzione scegliere, come realizzare i nostri sogni e le nostre aspirazioni? Credo di poter affermare che la maggior parte delle volte non è affatto facile.
Eppure la vita può rivelarsi così facile da "vivere" e da usare come fonte di esperienza. "Quando?" vi starete chiedendo. Non appena si ha un piano, una visione, un obiettivo. Sapendo chi siamo e cosa vogliamo ottenere diventa immediatamente più facile pensare a come raggiungere la meta.

Ancora più incredibile e spesso profondamente triste è la nostra tendenza a ingannarci e sabotarci da soli, secondo me.
Possiamo decidere di non accettare quello che siamo. Possiamo decidere di vederci sotto una luce diversa, in qualche modo troppo rosea o irrealistica, se siamo inconsciamente convinti di non essere abbastanza bravi e che sarebbe meglio essere diversi. 

Oppure evitiamo di pensare a qualcosa che potrebbe essere doloroso, anche se dovremmo. Procrastiniamo senza trovare una soluzione o escogitare un piano, perché siamo bloccati dalle nostre aspettative a proposito di noi stessi.

Forse dovremmo solo porci più spesso queste tre domande molto semplici:

Chi sono veramente?
Cosa so fare bene?
Cosa desidero ottenere?

Tags: Goals, Quotes, Ambition

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