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Personal growth potential: The importance of timing October 9, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Goal Setting and Realization.
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In our efforts to achieve our self-actualization goals, success in some instances might owe as much to external factors, for example, timing, as to the internal work we do, such as our acquisition of knowledge and technique.

Consider the following from the works of the ancient Chinese philosopher Mencius (371-289 BCE) in which he cites a saying of the Ch’i people:

Though you may have deep wisdom
seizing an opportunity works better.
Though you may have a fine hoe,
awaiting the season works better. (1)

Four brief lines of personal development wisdom that could not be improved upon with explanatory words.

(1) Translated by David Hinton and quoted in his book The Four Chinese Classics. This passage is from Hinton’s translation of the works of Mencius

—Dennis Mellersh


Personal growth: So many projects so little time October 5, 2017

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In envisaging our progress in self-actualization, we can spend too much of our life energy in what Eckhart Tolle describes as the “psychological time” of the future or of the past.

Time spent in the imaginary world of the future is particularly problematic for our self-improvement productivity.

Daydreaming about our future projects is not the same as actually making concrete plans now for accomplishing them, nor is it the same as starting a project right now, no matter how small the steps we might take.

Intellectually we know that the only time in which we can actually accomplish anything is now, or the present moment, but it’s tough to put into practice.

To liberally paraphrase Mark Twain, many of us could probably say, “My life has been full of many, many admirable projects and goals, the majority of which, as of right now, have yet to be accomplished.”

Most of us would need ten lifetimes to accomplish everything that we want to, especially if we have numerous eclectic interests.

But if we limit ourselves to “doing” in the now instead of “imagining doing” in the future we, of course, are significantly restricting the amount we can actually accomplish.

There will never be enough “now” time to do everything we want.

Which means that we need to make some hard choices and set priorities.


—Dennis Mellersh