Quote of the Week

“It is not enough to want to make the effort. It’s in the doing, not just the thinking that we accomplish our goals”  Thomas S. Monson

Wishing is not enough.

I wish I was thinner.

I wish we had more money.

I wish I could travel.

I wish I could run a marathon.

I wish I was a better cook.

I wish I got better grades?


What really does “wishing” do?

Perhaps, it can help us figure out what we really want. But, to make it happen? We need to DO something.

I realize of course, that there are some things that all the hard work in the world won’t change. I’m not talking about the things that are completely out of our circle of control (but we can control our attitude about these things…)

I’m talking about the kind of things we “wish for”, but we don’t necessarily “act for”. We can’t accomplish our goals with good intentions, or thinking about them, or even stating them.

Those are starting points. We need to jump right in and become “doers” if we want to achieve the goals we set for ourselves.

(We also need to make sure we are setting goals for ourselves – ones that push us to be the best we can be)

So, go DO!!



Quote of the Week — 29 Comments

  1. I have spent a lot of my life wishing, and not at all doing. There’s a huge difference! I think I’m guilty of magical thinking in which I just assume things will work out well, because they often do.
    That of course changes with parenting/career stuff.
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    • I think we all need to wish and it is good to wish – as that is how we develop our dreams. But we have to take it the next step too and that is usually the hard part!

  2. I recently had a conversation with a friend where we discussed the difference between trying your best and doing your best. Your quote reminds of that. Everything is in the action. Everything.
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  3. I separate wishing from wanting – wishing for things that are nearly impossible or out of my control, and wanting things that I can get if I set my mind to it. I wish I could fly, but I want to be happy. Happy I can do!
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  4. Yes! Absolutely. I’ve been thinking about this and working on this a lot this year. I tend to be a planner and I like to have things figured out but I’ve realized that sometimes I do just need to jump in and do. I’ll never be totally and completely prepared and if I want dreams and wishes to come true, I have to act.
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