Begin to be now what you will be here afterplease can anyone explain me this thought by william james????? it is urgent!!!!!

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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This has to do with taking small positive steps toward the final result--becoming a successful adult person. It can start with being on time, completing tasks, being a "good" person by helping others. Whatever your goal in life is, the time to start working toward that goal is right now!!! Sometimes the hardest thing for some people is taking that first step. It may be due to procrastination, fear, laziness, whatever. However, if someone does something however small, it is very much like taking footsteps along the path to the life you wish to lead!

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"Begin to be now what you will be hereafter."  William James,  in the original quotation, had the word now in the middle.  James was a creative thinker.  His proverbs are always thought provoking. 

What a hopeful quotation!  This speaks to the  possibilities of life.  The key word is begin. Commence, originate, arise, initiate, start—all of these are synonyms for the word begin involve taking a step forward.  Embarking on a new journey toward a person’s life.

Of course, the word now is easy; however,  it is always hard to get started on something new. Do not procrastinate or put off what needs to be set in motion today.

 Procrastination is the thief of time.

It is not easy to to set off on a challenging path.  Will it be any easier tomorrow or the next? Probably, not! Think of the opposite of procrastination: Persevere.  Proceed forward. Never give up or give in.

The other important word in the quotation is hereafter. In this context,  the definition would be the future.  The implication here is that the future means a person’s life.  Everyone has a goal for his life—marriage, career, education, home, children—these are the usual goals of man. Without goals and aspirations, why even get out of bed? 

Putting it all together—Start today to work toward your goals for the future. It is your life. No one can design your life for you.

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
Napoleon Hill

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.   Each day is a separate step toward where you want to be in one year, ten years…in your life.


Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.  William James,  in the original quotation, had the word now in the middle.  James was a creative thinker.  His proverbs are always thought provoking. 

What a hopeful quotation!  This speaks to the  possibilities of life.  The key work is begin. Commence, originiate, arise, initiate, start—all of these are synonyms for the word begin involve taking a step forward.  Embarking on a new journey toward a person’s life.

Of course, the word now is easy; however,  it is always hard to get started on something new. Do not procrastinate or put off what needs to be set in motion today.

 Procrastination is the thief of time.

It is not easy to to set off on an challenging path.  Will it be any easier tomorrow or the next? Probably, not! Think of the opposite of procrastination: Persevere.  Proceed forward. Never give up or give in.

The other important word in the quotation is hereafter. In this context,  the definition would be the future.  The implication here is that the future means a person’s life.  Everyone has a goal for his life—marriage, career, education, home, children—these are the usual goals of man. Without goals and aspirations, why even get out of bed? 

Putting it all together—Start today to work toward your goals for the future. It is your life. No one can design your life for you. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
Napoleon Hill

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life. Begin at once to live.  Each day is a separate step toward where you want to be one year, ten year…in your life.


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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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After a certain age, a person is whatever he/she was going to be.  William James's exhortation to "begin to be now what you will be hereafter" suggests that a person must strive for whatever he/she wishes to attain if he/she desires it for the future.  Whatever good character traits one would desire to possess are those that are formed in the youth.

There is an old expression, "We get the face that we deserve when we are old," that implies that what we become shows through a person's skin.  Lines of anxiety are present, perhaps.  So, it is imperative that a person become a decent and fair person else he/she will reap the results.

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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"Begin to be now what you will be hereafter" is the William James' way of saying don't wait for some magic way to show up to get you to what you want to be.  You have to do the work to get to what you want to be and it helps if you know what that is.  There is only the hard work of changing ourselves with each small change into the person we want to be in the future.  Change requires taking small steps and planning  for the end result.  I wanted to be a better teacher with small groups, so I began with a course while practicing in my class, evaluations by others, readjustments, and finally achieved the goal I wanted--to be better at working with student groups.  I worked at changing myself and my teaching habits to accommodate my new goal and managed to arrive at the goal I set while practicing with my students as soon as I realized what I wanted to be hereafter as a teacher.

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Michael Ugulini | (Level 3) Educator

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"Begin to be now what you will be hereafter" alludes to the fact that the decisions and actions we take now, in the present, are the foundation and spark of what we will be, and be doing in the future. It all begins with our thoughts and dreams. These typically motivate us to take action to reach a goal. Sometimes we consciously take action to realize a predetermined goal. This is what the line by William James is referring to. However, sometimes we take conscious actions to reach a predetermined goal, but circumstances, the actions of others, and such can lead to a different outcome. The outcome may not be similar to our original goal. The outcome may be better than our original goal; it may be less than desirable, which will cause us to redefine our thinking and actions so we ultimately achieve a quality future goal.

The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy by William James

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shake99 | Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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To me this seems to mean that we should immediately begin striving to be the person we think we should be, or the person that we see ourselves becoming in the future. We shouldn't just wait around for it to magically happen--it requires our active and purposeful will and actions.

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suzannah304 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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If we have some plans for future we should start working on them from the present without wasting any time if we want our fruits in the future. We need to work harder and longer to achieve what we want. 

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iklan100 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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mizzwillie is quite right, I agree that it's a call to strive, to get thing/s done by yourself.

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etotheeyepi | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Everybody is at least the things, what the were, what they are, and what they want to become. The quote suggests that a person should take the first step or an other step toward theri goal.

It's fairly common maxim.  Sometimes it is said, the journey of a thousand steps begins with the first step.

or If you don't have a dream, how will you have a dream come true?

or Hide not your light under a bushel.

or Get up and go before your get up and go went.

 

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