Thursday, July 09, 2009
Ideas just hang around for so long! The quotation is from Socrates. (Pronounced "So-crates" for you fans of Wyld Stallion music" San Diemas High School Football Rules!)
More recently, the modern self-help writer urges "Act as if". These ideas are identical. If you act as though what =you want to happen has happened, people will come to regard you as though it has actually happened and the event will happen.
I had a classmate in law school. The first time we took the bar exam, he came dressed in jeans, a golf shirt and sandals, pretty much like everyone else. The next time the bar exam came around, I was serving as a proctor and this classmate was taking the exam again. This time he was decked out in a three piece suit. When questioned on his attire because he stood out from the rest of the examinees, he announced, when you look good you do good. It wouldn't be much of a story if he failed the exam that time too but he didn't, he passed and has been a practicing attorney for the past 35 years.
I believe I credited Epictitus with saying "Nothing is but that thinking makes it so". That's sort of an inside out way of saying the same thing.
Your thoughts become your actions, your actions become your habits and your habits become your character.
Jimmy Buffet advises that changes in latitude cause changes in attitude. This is true but it leaves off the corollary that changes in attitude cause changes in altitude. It is practically impossible to reach beyond your realistic goals but it is possible to fall short of them. Set your goals, see yourself as having achieved them and act. Remember: "The you you see is the you you'll be!"
Be as you wish to seem!