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Daily Motivation

Tue, Apr 7 2020 7:45 AM by Ladychipper. 768 replies.
  • Ladychipper United States
    17,779 Posts
    Fri, May 10 2019 9:29 AM

    Friday, May 10, 2019

    Make the problem smaller

    How do you make a problem smaller? By going to work on it.

    When the problem is just a concept, it can grow in your mind to limitless proportions. But once you start to actually work on it, you see firsthand that it’s not as difficult as you thought it would be.

    Simply taking the first step to solve the problem, to meet the challenge, creates a dramatic change. You transform it from a force that is pushing against you to a path upon which you can move forward.

    Continue with your effort, and the problem increasingly changes from a negative influence into positive value. As the problem gets smaller, the payoff for your work gets bigger.

    Each step you take brings you closer to having the problem completely behind you. All the while, your strength, ability, and confidence continue to grow.

    Whatever problem you encounter, don’t let it intimidate you. Quickly get to work on the problem, make it smaller, and keep going until you’ve put it far behind you.


    — Ralph Marston

  • pmm711 United States
    4,306 Posts
    Sat, May 11 2019 1:06 AM

    Marion, So you're suggesting I cut her up into smaller pieces?  :-) XO  Paul

    P.S.  Didn't quite work out the way she planned...

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,779 Posts
    Sat, May 11 2019 6:43 AM

    NO, NO not at all.  LOL! 

    That is a scary story. 

    Hope you and your family are doing well. 


  • Ladychipper United States
    17,779 Posts
    Sat, May 11 2019 6:44 AM

    Saturday, May 11, 2019

    Modest efforts

    There’s something you can do right now that will be better than doing nothing. Go ahead, get it done.

    There’s an action you can take that won’t be perfect, but it will be effective, and improve things. Go ahead, take that action.

    Perhaps you have many conflicting options, and are unsure which one would be ideal. Pick one, go ahead with it, and you’ll quickly discover whether or not it’s right for you.

    Progress is not a fairy tale in which everything works out perfectly. Progress is messy, inconsistent, inconvenient, fraught with uncertainty, and yet even with all that, it’s preferable to no progress at all.

    The small improvement you make right now won’t save the whole world overnight. Yet it’s a whole lot better than doing nothing at all, and the small improvements do add up.

    Right now is your opportunity to do what you can, to push the darkness back a little, to pull your life ahead a little. And little by little, today, tomorrow, and the next, your modest efforts can grow into big results.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,779 Posts
    Mon, May 13 2019 8:27 AM

    Monday, May 13, 2019

    Good things take time

    In time, the clouds will part and the sun will shine. In time, wounds will heal and understanding will grow.

    You cannot have it all right now, and that’s really not even what you want. Good things take time, and that gives you the opportunity to fully appreciate them when they arrive.

    Good things take time, and that provides you with the enjoyment of looking forward to them. It gives you the chance to develop genuine enthusiasm for whatever is coming your way.

    If you push and shove to be the first, what you’ll really be is the worst. If you have no patience, you’ll experience no real fulfillment.

    Any pleasure or reward you acquire in an instant will fade just as quickly. Choose instead to seek those lasting rewards that require an investment of your time, your commitment, your love and patience.

    Good things take time. Make use of your time to fill your life with those good things.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,779 Posts
    Tue, May 14 2019 1:13 PM

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    Make meaning

    Now is when you give new meaning to life. Now is when you add richness and substance to your experience.

    From the overreaching concepts, from the minuscule details, you can create meaning in this moment. Through your actions, your insights, your attention, your caring, meaning comes to life.

    The world is a wondrous place, but do not consign yourself to merely watching. Engage with life, give of your genuine self, and make meaning.

    Treasure all the meaning you’ve created and experienced, but don’t let it make you complacent. This new moment, this unique situation, is your opportunity to create more.

    In the ordinary, in the unexpected, in what’s peculiar, in what’s familiar, you’ll find the potential for new meaning. Let that meaning flow from deep within you into conscious experience and creative expression.

    Here is your day. Fill it with meaning.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,779 Posts
    Wed, May 15 2019 12:14 PM

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Focus on it

    Don’t let your awareness become diluted into insignificance by a bewildering accumulation of random stimuli. Guide yourself with clear intention through meaningful, authentic experiences.

    Be fully where you are. Focus completely on what you are doing.

    If you attempt multiple things at once, you won’t do any of them well. You have the power for amazing feats of achievement, when you choose to focus that power on one task at a time.

    You have a world of information in the palm of your hand. Yet true wisdom comes when you look up from the screen, into the eyes of the person you’re with, and really listen, really engage, really focus and understand.

    Pay attention, and connect yourself to the unique value of the moment you’re in. Don’t let your awareness run away from the rich opportunities that are right in front of you.

    It’s ridiculously easy to distract yourself, and extremely foolish. There is great treasure right here, right now, if you’ll simply discipline yourself to focus on it.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,779 Posts
    Thu, May 16 2019 8:26 AM

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Appreciate your life

    Right now you have life, awareness, intelligence, time and space in which to act. You have the ability to connect with others, opportunities to observe, to learn, to care, to make a difference.

    You can think and plan, act and create. You can sense and feel and make good, smart choices.

    All these powerful resources and capabilities are so familiar, it’s easy to take them for granted. You’ll benefit, however, from regularly reminding yourself of them, and of all the good things you have.

    When you consciously appreciate what you have, you naturally make better use of it all. Gratitude strengthens your connection to the abundance in your world.

    There are very real advantages to being who you are, to having what you have. Remind yourself of those advantages, and open yourself to new possibilities.

    Truly appreciate your life, along with everything it encompasses. And do good, valuable, fulfilling things with it all.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,779 Posts
    Fri, May 17 2019 11:30 AM

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    Valuable experience

    Look back on yesterday, or last week, or the past six months, and ask yourself this. What could you have done differently to improve your outcomes?

    Could you have been more ambitious, more open to opportunities? Could you have been more patient and understanding, more authentic, more generous with your time and attention?

    Whether the results you’ve been getting are spectacular or not so great, there are specific ways to improve on them. And you know, more than anyone else, what they are.

    Perhaps you could have spent more time on certain efforts and less time on other activities. Maybe you could have been more receptive to the advice of certain people and less influenced by pressure from other people.

    You know what helped you and what hurt you, what energized you and what held you back. If you were doing it all over again, in what specific ways would you do it better?

    Ask yourself that question, and then let your answer inform and improve your choices going forward. Consider what you would have done differently, and make positive use of all the valuable experience you’ve earned.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,779 Posts
    Sat, May 18 2019 8:44 AM

    Saturday, May 18, 2019

    Start strong

    Start each day the way you want to live it. Your thoughts and actions in the first moments have a strong influence on how the rest of the day goes.

    Choose a great attitude, a powerful perspective, a meaningful purpose, and step boldly forward. Get the day off to a positive start that can build into a tenacious momentum.

    As the day unfolds, hold fast to your intentions. You’ve decided how to live this day, so follow through with energy, enthusiasm, determination.

    With your actions, show life how you want it to go. With your persistence, show yourself how purposeful and committed you can be.

    Make good use of your ability to adapt to changing conditions. At the same time, refuse to be thrown off track by meaningless distractions.

    Start strong, with a positive purpose that will last the whole day. Build on that strength, hold steady to your purpose, and finish the day stronger than ever.


    — Ralph Marston