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Thu, Dec 5 2019 11:40 AM by Ladychipper. 640 replies.
  • Ladychipper United States
    17,153 Posts
    Mon, Apr 29 2019 11:40 AM

    Monday, April 29, 2019

    Attitude of discipline

    Enforcing discipline in one part of your life encourages discipline in all parts of your life. Abandoning discipline in just one little area will degrade your discipline in every area.

    Discipline is made up of actions, yet discipline also is an attitude, a way of approaching life. That’s why even the smallest increase or decrease in discipline can lead to sizable results.

    It’s tempting to let the little things slide, just this once. Yet inevitably that leads you to compromise the bigger things, and not just this once but every time.

    By the same measure, it’s easy to add a small, new disciplined behavior to your life. When you do, you’ll experience the increased benefits of discipline being carried into other parts of your life.

    Discipline enables you to take control of your affairs, to have more positive influence in your world. The more you experience discipline, the more you’re inspired to practice it.

    What small, disciplined regimen can you bestow upon yourself right now? Embrace new opportunities to discipline yourself, and your results will increasingly reflect your desires.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,153 Posts
    Tue, Apr 30 2019 7:08 AM

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    Give yourself more options

    Rather than complaining about the situation, work to give yourself more options. Rather than worrying about your vulnerability, or about the unreliability of others, give yourself more options.

    When you have more options, you have more confidence, more control over your own affairs. Options give you the ability to walk away from a negotiation, and that enables you to negotiate from a position of power.

    Options give you independence, the power of choice. Options provide you with multiple ways to respond to difficulty, multiple strategies for seizing opportunity.

    Discovering and developing new options, takes work. That work is effort well spent because it earns you increased leverage over your circumstances.

    Take inventory and ask yourself, what options do you now have? Then consider, what new options could you develop?

    When you only have one possible path forward, that could be a big problem. Avoid that problem and enhance your effectiveness by working to create more options for yourself.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,153 Posts
    Wed, May 1 2019 9:29 AM

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    The purpose that is you

    Have the courage to ask yourself this question, and to answer it. What means more to you than anything?

    Your deepest purpose is beautiful, powerful. It can also be terrifying, inconvenient, uncomfortable.

    It’s easy to get caught up in chasing all the things everyone else chases. What’s infinitely more fulfilling is to invest your life in what truly matters to you.

    Just knowing what that is, requires great effort, humility, honesty, and faith. Actually following through on it, asks even more of you.

    Yet you have the opportunity to fashion real meaning out of the moments, to sincerely care, to make a difference. You owe it to yourself, and to all of life, to take that opportunity.

    Choose the challenge of filling every day with caring, with love, with meaning and fulfillment. Choose the purpose that is you, and live it well.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,153 Posts
    Thu, May 2 2019 8:17 AM

    Thursday, May 2, 2019

    Good things take time

    Instant gratification might feel good for a moment. Yet it cannot compare, in value or endurance, to the good things you can build over time.

    The achievements you’ll treasure most are the ones that are the longest in coming. They’re the ones into which you put the most of who you are.

    There simply are no substitutes for prolonged effort, commitment, and patience. And there certainly are no substitutes for the valuable things they will bring into your life.

    Perhaps it seems shrewd to take all you can from life, as soon as you can. The far wiser approach, however, is to give to life, as much and as often as possible.

    What you give is what ends up lasting the longest. What you give will build value and fulfillment far into the future.

    Have patience, and know that some of the greatest treasures in life take a long time to fully arrive. That gives you the time, and the opportunity, to put the best of yourself into them.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,153 Posts
    Fri, May 3 2019 9:22 AM

    Friday, May 3, 2019

    Small improvement

    What can you do a little bit better today than yesterday? A small improvement is easy, and it can make a big difference.

    A small improvement is much more desirable than no improvement. And a small improvement is always within your reach.

    Even if no one else notices your small improvement, you will know. And that will set you up for further improvement tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.

    When you decide to make just a small improvement every day, those improvements add up on top of each other. Soon, you will have made significant progress.

    Once you’ve done the necessary work, do just a little more, make it a little bit better. Take advantage of the momentum you’ve already worked to put in place, and get a little more value from it.

    Your effort has earned you the opportunity to add to it, to improve on it. Do your work a little bit better each time, and those small improvements will add up to big results.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,153 Posts
    Sat, May 4 2019 10:58 AM

    Saturday, May 4, 2019

    Act the way you want to feel

    Want to feel more positive, energetic, enthusiastic? Then act like it.

    If your thoughts are defeating you, overpower those thoughts with positive behavior. When you can’t think your way out of a negative attitude, start acting your way out.

    A single positive action can quickly overcome hours or days worth of negative feelings. Get yourself on the move, get yourself physically doing something useful, and your frame of mind suddenly improves.

    Even better, find a way to do something positive and helpful for someone else. Something as simple and easy as a genuine smile can make a big difference for everyone who experiences it.

    Stand up straight, hold your head high, breathe deeply, walk confidently forward. You will immediately feel the way such actions improve your outlook on life.

    When you take positive action, your whole being takes notice and follows along. Act the way you want to feel, and that’s precisely how you’ll be.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,153 Posts
    Mon, May 6 2019 12:51 PM

    Monday, May 6, 2019

    Where life is at the moment

    If you assume somewhere else is better, then you deprive yourself of enjoying and benefiiting from where you are. If you yearn for a different time, then you steal from yourself the time you’re currently going through.

    It’s great to have dreams, goals, plans for where you want to go, what you want to experience. Work toward those aspirations, while also fully inhabiting and treasuring the life you have right now.

    When someone is speaking to you, listen, really listen, with all your awareness. Avoid becoming absorbed in what you’re going to say in reply, or wondering when you can check your social media feed.

    When you do anything, do it with everything you have. If you’re always thinking of other times, places, people and issues, you’re only living a fraction of your life.

    Right here, right now is where you find peace, joy, love, wonder, healing, connection, and so much more. Don’t render yourself absent from the value of what is.

    This is where life is at the moment, and there is so much richness to be lived. Be fully present for it all.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,153 Posts
    Tue, May 7 2019 12:22 PM

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    Great progress

    Want to make your work a whole lot easier? Stop fighting against the necessity of getting it done.

    Yes, there are reasons why you haven’t gotten the work finished. But don’t let them become excuses for never getting around to it.

    Of course, you face serious challenges, but they don’t have to intimidate you. Choose instead to let them energize you.

    Go ahead and accept the fact that the task is difficult, that life is difficult. Then step forward and deal with each difficulty.

    Put your effort into creative, productive achievement rather than complaints and self-pity. Use your time and resources to work through the difficulties instead of cursing and avoiding them.

    Push yourself forward through the challenges, and experience the genuine fulfillment of doing so. Make the great progress you are here to make, every chance you get.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,153 Posts
    Wed, May 8 2019 12:44 PM

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019

    Lost opportunities

    Don’t let today’s moments deteriorate into tomorrow’s lost opportunities. Make good use of the time you have now, while you have it.

    Regret is easy to create, and painful to live with. You create it by doing nothing, and the pain appears when you eventually realize that opportunity has passed you by.

    Now is when you can steer clear of tomorrow’s regrets. You can put today’s hours and circumstances, resources and energy to meaningful use.

    Capture the unique value of now by living it fully, by working it diligently. Appreciate the potential richness that is right here in front of you, and bring it to life.

    Tomorrow will have its own opportunities. But if you squander today’s time and opportunities, you won’t be able to replace them.

    Live today fully, work its opportunities productively, and use its moments wisely. Then you can wake up tomorrow not regretful, but inspired and ready to do even more.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,153 Posts
    Thu, May 9 2019 11:55 AM

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    Life privilege

    What a privilege it is to be living this day. What good fortune you have to see, to know, to learn, to give, to unite, to love.

    It’s all too easy to get caught up in minor issues of the moment. All too easy to forget what a great privilege you hold, being alive right now.

    Spend a few thoughts dwelling on that privilege, and the good you can do with it. Feel the power and goodness of life as it is focused in this time, in this place, through you.

    Wade out into the cool, flowing stream of existence. Let this day’s possibilities invigorate you to the core.

    Discover new energy in the growing awareness of all the ways you can make a difference. Experience the satisfaction of transforming your unique privilege into value that lifts up all of life.

    With all it encompasses, in whatever way it has unfolded, your life itself is a great privilege. Now you have the privilege of living life for the greatest good you can envision.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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