Once upon a time this cliché was a profound question. If a glass is filled exactly to the middle, is it half empty or is it half full?
To us who’ve heard the question we know the answer. It has to be half full because we need positive thinking, right?
And before everyone starts a riot, let me clarify that half empty isn’t the answer either.
So if the glass isn’t half empty or half full, what’s the answer to the question?
FINISH THE GLASS.
There is a need for positive thinking, but there is arguably a greater need for practical action.
We need to use discernment to either drink what’s in our cup or spill it out. If you find a half filled glass in your life isn’t it better to finish what you start, not wasting time philosophizing about its emptiness?
Analysis Paralysis has kept many from Success.
Analysis is essential in making the right move, but when the focus remains on low priorities, preventing us from taking action on what’s important, then isn’t there a problem? Constantly questioning how much liquid is left in a glass is irrelevant and it’s asking the wrong question.
Many of us dabble in things, starting but never finishing. Taking a few sips and walking away, leaving the glass to take up space. If we are crippled by Analysis Paralysis we are stagnant. Stagnation doesn’t lead to Success. In my life, there have been many seasons of stagnation where I was overwhelmed by my table being crowded with half-filled glasses through neglect.
The half filled glasses of a project to complete, a person I needed to get back to, books that I didn’t yet finish, and the like. The overbearing list of to-dos loomed over me and drained my energy. I found myself all over the place, bombarded by tasks. The only way I rebounded was by finishing the glasses, and reorganizing my table of life.
Successful people drink one glass at a time. They don’t dilute their focus with multiple drinks at their table. They go all-the-way with one glass until its complete. Not going half way with many. We need to know exactly what we want, understand what’s in our cups, and commit until it’s finished.
WHAT HALF FILLED GLASSES ARE IN YOUR LIFE?
Take the time to recognize what things in your life need to be completed. If the drink was never meant for you or has spoiled, pour it out. For the rest of them, whether you like the taste of it or not, finish drinking from these cups.
Sometimes life and other people will give you cups. If left unfinished they will disorganize your situation. Here is a guide on what to do when you’re given or have gotten a new glass:
- EVALUATE WITH ALL YOUR SENSES. What does it look like, what is its aroma? If someone gave you this cup listen to what was said about it. Is it trustworthy? Ensure this glass isn’t poisonous.
- TASTE IT. There is no substitute for action. Theory cannot give you everything. Try it for yourself and find out if it is for you.
- MAKE A DECISION. Decide if you will drink this or not. If it is nutritious, drink it to your benefit. If it’s unhealthy, waste no time pouring it out. .
- DRINK OR POUR. Follow through with your decision.
- REFILL. Only when you finish your cup can get you get a refill or a new drink.
Gather your symbolic cups today. Finish them. Claim your refill. Be refreshed.
Even if you fall, Activate Your All.