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Daily Motivation

Wed, Aug 12 2020 11:07 AM by Ladychipper. 885 replies.
  • Ladychipper United States
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    Thu, Mar 7 2019 8:30 AM

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    Past the doubts

    Let your doubts alert you, then let them go. Don’t let them linger.

    Ask yourself what you must learn, do, or change in order to let the doubt go. Then make that happen, and get past the doubt.

    Your doubts challenge your decisions. The purpose of those doubts is not to stop you from making decisions or from acting on them, but to strengthen your decisions and actions.

    Life can be dangerous, and you’re smart to be wary. Yet the best way to deal with the danger is not to retreat from it, but to find a way to act and to thrive in the face of it.

    Take up the challenge that your doubts offer. Respond to your doubts by preparing, improving, strengthening yourself and your plan of action.

    Then go ahead and take that action. Let your doubts tell you how to get past them, then do what they say and leave those doubts far behind.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
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    Fri, Mar 8 2019 9:13 AM

    Friday, March 8, 2019

    Worth your effort

    Misfortune is bad enough on its own. Don’t let it become an excuse for you to be less than your best.

    Life is difficult enough already. Don’t make it ten times more difficult by getting aggravated at the difficulties.

    Instead, see each difficulty as a reason to raise your expectations. As long as you have to deal with the difficulty, you definitely want to make it well worth your effort.

    Sure, misfortune can serve as a perfectly reasonable and understandable excuse to sit back and do nothing for a while. Yet it can just as reasonably be the fire that ignites your passion and pushes you up into a higher level of achievement.

    When you’ve experienced misfortune, you’ve already paid a costly price. Choose to get something good and valuable for the price you’ve paid.

    Misfortune can motivate you in a way that nothing else can. Tap into that energy and call upon it to propel you in a positive direction of your choosing.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
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    Sat, Mar 9 2019 8:44 AM

    Saturday, March 9, 2019

    Live your worthiness

    Be good to yourself. And live in such a way that you can justify that goodness.

    Take the time and the care to treat yourself well. And let it motivate you to be deserving of that good treatment.

    Your actions and thoughts help to build and to make sense of the world. Work each day to bring the world you actually inhabit a little closer to the ideal world for which you long.

    What you do right now matters very much. Let that be both a source of continuing joy and a persistent, driving challenge to give your best.

    Be a positive influence on yourself so that you’re enabled and inspired to be a positive influence on life. Be genuinely valuable to yourself, in deed and thought, and you’ll have great value to offer those around you.

    It helps no one for you to be thoughtless or negligent, or worse, toward yourself. Embrace and live your worthiness, and generously extend that worthiness to all of life.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
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    Mon, Mar 11 2019 8:22 AM

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    Achievement happens

    Every great thing that’s ever been done has been achieved by people who were less than perfect. Everyone has flaws of some sort, and yet people continue to make good things happen all the time in countless ways.

    All the value that’s ever been created has come about in circumstances that were far from ideal. With limited time, with inadequate resources, in the face of complex challenges, achievement happens nonetheless.

    Achievement happens when someone decides to make it happen regardless of what the situation may be. Achievement happens when someone stops criticizing the opportunities and starts acting on them.

    The path to failure is broad and easy while the path to achievement is narrow and much more difficult to follow. Yet achievement happens all the time because people just like you choose to make it happen.

    What would you attempt to achieve if your skills were perfect, if conditions were ideal, if resources were plentiful? Whatever it is, if you wait for all those things to line up perfectly, the opportunity will fade away.

    Achievement happens not because of what you start with, but because of what you’re willing to put into it. Be willing to do what you must with what you have, in the face of imperfection, and achievement will happen for you.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
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    Tue, Mar 12 2019 8:55 AM

    Tuesday, March 12, 2019

    This, too, will pass

    One setback is not the end of the world. Even a series of disappointments is not the end of the world.

    Because life by its very nature is dynamic, and things change. The worse the situation becomes, the more desire and incentive everyone has to make it better.

    That series of disappointments, as ominous and pervasive as it may be, will not extend in a straight line to infinity. At some point there will be pushback, there will be improvement, there will be a turnaround.

    Certainly it is useful to anticipate difficulties so you can head them off early. But it’s also important to remind yourself that this, too, will pass.

    Don’t give up on everything just because of a little problem, or a big problem, or a whole string of problems. Instead, keep moving forward as best you can.

    This, too, will pass. And when it does, you can be thankful you continued to invest yourself in a positive future.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
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    Wed, Mar 13 2019 11:54 AM

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    Ability and effort

    Ability is powerful, yet it is of no value without effort. What matters even more than having the ability is putting it into action.

    Don’t let the confidence in your ability to achieve, take the place of achievement itself. Put your skills to work, put your abilities into action, because that’s what they’re for.

    It’s tempting to gather a collection of impressive abilities and to congratulate yourself for simply having them. But that’s also very empty, and ultimately unfulfilling.

    It’s a good feeling to know that you can do something worthwhile. And you know from experience that it’s an even better feeling to actually do it.

    Resist the urge to sit smugly on your abilities. Take those abilities out into the world where they can be challenged to grow stronger, where they can be put to good use.

    There are a lot of good things you can do. Now, go do them.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    18,473 Posts
    Thu, Mar 14 2019 7:05 AM

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    Your instincts

    Pay attention to your instincts. Just because they are not rational does not mean they are uninformed.

    There is much your senses have captured that you never consciously realized. There is much you have known that you do not currently recall.

    Your instincts are informed by the rich sensory details of your experiences and the memories hidden in your subconscious. Your instincts draw upon truths that are not limited by reason or logic.

    Your instincts can make connections that you are afraid to make or embarrassed to make, or just too stubborn to make. No, they are not magically perfect, but neither are your instincts crazy.

    When you feel something is wrong, though you have no explicit evidence for it to be, give weight to that feeling. Don’t be so impressed with your own intelligence that you ignore what you can’t explain.

    Tap into the dimension of your intelligence that exists beyond fact and reason. Give serious consideration to your instincts, for they know you and your world very well.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    18,473 Posts
    Fri, Mar 15 2019 8:22 AM

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    Meaningful purpose

    What meaningful purpose have you given yourself today? What mission have you set yourself upon?

    There is something that’s not as good as it could be in your world, that you can make better. There is some positive possibility that intrigues you, that you can begin to fulfill.

    At the end of this day, do you want to feel encouraged about it, about yourself, about the future? If so, devote your time and efforts to a meaningful purpose.

    The reason for doing so is not to impress anyone with how compassionate or effective you can be. The reason is to inspire your own sincere offering of real value to life.

    Don’t let yourself be reduced to a state of numbness by all the world’s emptiness you see on display. Fill the void with positive purpose that motivates you into action.

    You can make a substantive difference today, and it will mean the world to you, and to the world. Devote your day to a meaningful purpose, and relish the opportunity to bring it to life.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    18,473 Posts
    Sat, Mar 16 2019 11:04 AM

    Saturday, March 16, 2019

    Other direction

    What can you do when someone violates your trust? Use it as an incentive to lift your own standards even higher than they already are.

    How do you react when life disappoints you? Make up for the disappointment by raising your expectations and boosting your enthusiasm for moving forward.

    When your world turns negative, the last thing you want to do is add to that negativity. Instead, go firmly in the other direction.

    If you find yourself shocked by how bad the situation is, absorb the energy of that shock. Let that energy fuel your inspiration and your action.

    Get yourself in the habit of beneficial transformation. When you encounter something bad, respond by doing something good.

    You always have a choice, and this is one of the best you’ll ever make. Choose to always let the worst bring out your best.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    18,473 Posts
    Mon, Mar 18 2019 8:56 AM

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    Use your strength

    You are strong. Use that strength.

    You don’t have to be imprisoned by idleness. You don’t have to be immobilized by excuses.

    You’re strong enough to get past the harmful temptations. You’re strong enough to get up, get going, and get good work done.

    You have the strength to press forward in the face of difficulty and discouragement. You have the strength to persist in your efforts for as long as necessary.

    Very soon, you will be very thankful for making use of your strength today, now when you have the chance. And you’ll be even stronger for having done so.

    Rather than allowing your strength to sit idle and wither, make use of it. Put your strength to good purpose, and push your world in a positive direction.


    — Ralph Marston