I’m a glass half full kind of girl. I count my blessings and know many people wish they could trade situations. I know how fortunate I am to be able to support myself doing what I enjoy. I also feel looking at the bright side is more positive and productive than being cranky about what I don’t have or haven’t achieved.
With that said, I also think it’s important to look at the other side of the coin sometimes. Having a half empty glass reminds us that being thirsty is a very good thing.
There’s Always Room in the Glass for More
When a glass is full, it indicates a lack of space or room to grow. The whole “half empty” thing is supposed to be a negative analogy but to me it shows the need for improvement. Taking a half empty approach is encouraging. It means you have analyzed your situation and know you need to earn more money or take on more clients. It means you have the ability to look at your situation and know there are some things that need changing. Now think about this:
How is your glass half empty?
Are you thirsty because you’re not earning enough? Is there room in the glass because you’re not at the point you hope’d you be career wise? This is an excellent opportunity to rock the self-analysis. Identify the reasons for the half empty glass syndrome. Make yourself a good old fashioned list. When you’re done, take each point on the list and note the ways you can remedy the situation. Maybe you need to go back to school or work longer hours. Maybe you need to ask for a raise. Identify the problem areas and work out a solution, then act. You can make lists until the cows come home but if you don’t act, it doesn’t mean a thing.
Wanting More is Never a Bad Thing
You should be thirsty. It’s not greedy to want more. Name any person in any career who doesn’t strive for a bigger paycheck or a berth on a higher rung on the corporate ladder. For some strange reason we’re supposed to associate “more” with “greed.” Why? I prefer to look at greed in a Gordon Gecko-esque manner. Greed IS good. Thirst IS good. Wanting more IS good. It’s the difference between making ends meet and building up a bank account. It’s the difference between just getting by and having a comfortable retirement. It’s the difference between a one room apartment in a bad neighborhood and a house in the suburbs.To make more you have to want to make more and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
How Will You Fill the Rest of Your Glass?
So that was today’s motivational speech and this is today’s assignment. Contemplate your glass. Don’t just sit it down in front of you. Consider its size and depth. Consider your choice of libation. Consider all the steps necessary to fill that glass. How are you going to do it? Are you going to get yourself a glass of water, or are you going to treat yourself something premium or aged to perfection? Are you content to live life with a half a cup or are you interested in satiating your thirst? There are a lot of analogies and metaphors in there, but I think you get my drift. Knowing you want more isn’t enough. You have to know how to get more.
Are your thirsty? What are you going to do about it?