You can have your cake and eat it too
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- US says does not support declaring Pakistan a 'terrorist state'
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Generally speaking people achieve 10 per cent of what might be really possible. We tend to see lakhs and crores worth of assets owned by our employers and companies whose shares we hold, but when it comes to our own assets what happens? Leave aside crores most of us do not even see a few lakhs worth of assets and we have already reached middle age. Wondered why?
Life is such that most of us are driven by our financial circumstances. Normally we tend to think - this is all that I can obtain from what I have? One never really thinks in terms of - this is what I want to have, so how can I afford it?
It is not that we do not know about this doctrine or that this is some new age thought. We practice this philosophy in our lives practically each day. Say we take a particular road each day to work, we think – How can I reach faster? Say we feel we are overweight; so we think how can I reduce? So on and so forth. We go for many training programs from anger management to art of living to possibility thinking. We all use this "How can I" principle practically every now and then in our life. Strangely though when it comes to money and when we wish to buy something which we know we cannot afford we tend to get cold feet and label the event as destiny. Never do we think of using the "How can I" principle. This is why most people end up with barely 10 per cent of what is possible during a lifetime.
What I am really talking about here is how you can drive your financial circumstances rather then let your circumstances drive you. Let us understand this with another pertinent real life example.
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