The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
— Will Durant (Photo licensed)
…It is so easy to be consumed by our “hopes or fears or wishes,” and those constant thought patterns typically manifest themselves in the form of inaction. We become paralyzed by the fear of what might transpire, and simply hope—often desperately—for a brighter future.
But hope is not a strategy, and fear is harmful, negative energy which we must contain. Put your hopes and fears and wishes to paper. Write down a clear vision of what you want to happen, and then chart a path to get from where you are now to where you wish to be. Break the map down into manageable trips, and immediately begin moving forward. Once you have embarked on your journey, you will (amazingly) find that you are no longer consumed by your old, stale, imprisoning thought patterns.
—MSH, Penn Wealth