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Daily Motivation

Wed, Aug 12 2020 11:07 AM by Ladychipper. 885 replies.
  • Ladychipper United States
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    Fri, Sep 6 2019 8:50 AM

    Friday, September 6, 2019

    Magic of persistence

    You’re not likely to find a simple, brilliant answer that will instantly make everything better. But that’s okay, because you have persistence.

    Step after difficult, imperfect step, you can make progress, with persistence. You can learn, you can adjust, you can improve, and you can steadily push your way through each task.

    There’s nothing you can do to stop the passage of time. What you can do, however, is harness the power in every moment of time, with persistent effort.

    With persistence, you can do the work that others consider to be beneath them. And by so doing, you will rise far above your present circumstances.

    There is no magic bullet at your disposal. Yet you do have the living magic of persistence.

    There’s nothing stopping you from putting persistence to work right now. Keep going, keep going, keep going, and you will get yourself wherever you want to be.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
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    Sat, Sep 7 2019 12:40 PM

    Saturday, September 7, 2019

    Reclaim your momentum

    If you should happen to lose your momentum, don’t give up on it. Do what’s necessary to get it back.

    When the flow of your effort is unexpectedly interrupted, don’t make that an excuse to stop. Instead, let it prompt you to quickly recommit to the effort.

    You’ve put in a lot of work getting to this point. Make all that work count for something by continuing on with it.

    It’s natural to be dismayed about losing your momentum. So let your dismay inspire you to reclaim that momentum.

    You were knocked off track, but that’s no reason to wander around in the wilderness. Put all your focus on getting back to what you were doing, getting back in the flow.

    Your forward momentum is worth the work you put into creating it, and worth getting back if you lose it. Reclaim your momentum, and make it stronger than ever before.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
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    Mon, Sep 9 2019 8:16 AM

    Monday, September 9, 2019

    New season

    A child wishes summer would last forever. But if summer actually did last forever, it would very soon grow painfully boring and tedious.

    One season ends, and makes room for a fresh new season, full of energy and possibilities. One door closes, another opens, one opportunity disappears, and another is just over the horizon.

    Summer comes to an end, as does every good season. And all those impending deadlines prompt you, motivate you, beg you to make the most of right now.

    The bananas on your kitchen counter are there to be eaten, now, before they turn brown and mushy. The hours in this day are here to be lived, to be filled, before they turn into hazy regrets.

    Life is defined by change, sustained and energized by change, inseparable from the changes. Embrace this moment now, when you can, and then embrace the next one as it arrives.

    This season won’t last forever. Yet the values you live, the love you give and plant firmly in your heart, will survive all the passing days.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    18,473 Posts
    Tue, Sep 10 2019 6:33 AM

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Not about you

    Much of what feels like frustration is just your ego being wounded. Tamp down your ego, and the frustration goes away.

    A great deal of the anger that immobilizes you is just your ego asserting itself. Let go of your ego’s directives, and free yourself from the grip of anger.

    Whenever anything gets you down, or fills you with doubt, with hesitation, is it really you who is dejected and hesitant? Or is it your ego’s inflated sense of self?

    There are times and circumstances when your ego can offer valuable perspective. But it’s never a good idea to let your ego control your every move.

    How do you step away from the destructiveness of your ego? Simply remind yourself, whatever you’re doing, wherever you are, that it’s not about you.

    Rise above the debilitating effects of envy, anger, frustration, apprehension, humiliation, and more. Empower yourself by reminding yourself, it’s not about you.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
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    Wed, Sep 11 2019 12:35 PM

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Thoughts into action

    Thoughts are important, but they’re not everything. For your thoughts to have value, you must put them to work.

    By all means, think through what you intend to do, but don’t let your thinking become the final objective. Put your well-developed thoughts into action.

    There is a point beyond which your thoughts cannot be improved by more thinking. Indeed, if your thoughts are never challenged they will just grow weak and irrelevant.

    Get out of your head and into the real world. Take all those thoughts you’ve been thinking and do something practical and useful with them.

    There’s no limit to what you can think, and that’s very powerful. Yet it can also be dangerous, and lead you far away from reality.

    Focus and refine the power of your thoughts by regularly applying them in the real world. Think about what you do, act on what you think, allowing your thoughts and actions to draw great benefit from each other.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    18,473 Posts
    Thu, Sep 12 2019 11:25 AM

    Thursday, September 12, 2019

    Let your spirit soar

    Your spirit yearns to soar. Find a way, often, to let it do so.

    Make all your effort and trouble worth all the effort and trouble. Fall deeply in love with being alive, in a fresh new way, again and again.

    Step away from the silly desire to be impressed with yourself. Simply allow yourself to be yourself, to experience the wonder, the magic, the miracle, of existence.

    Take time to be so fully alive that you lose all thoughts of yourself. Open yourself to see, to hear, to feel the moment for what it is, which is everything.

    Give your spirit space to roam, to explore, to enjoy, to play. Know how good, and right, and empowering it feels too simply be.

    Inject some new, living energy into your life. Make the time, provide the opportunity, to let your spirit soar.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    18,473 Posts
    Fri, Sep 13 2019 8:22 AM

    Friday, September 13, 2019

    Let gratitude lift you up

    For every single thing that troubles you, there are dozens of other things for which to be thankful. Always, you can summon more than enough gratitude to overwhelm and overpower your sorrow.

    Even within those matters that get you down, are aspects you can be thankful for. Go ahead, and let gratitude lift you up.

    When sleep has been restless and morning has come too soon, be thankful for the warm water you can splash on your face. As the sun disappears after a challenging day, be thankful for the opportunity of tomorrow.

    Feel the transformative power of gratitude as it directs your focus away from problems and toward solutions. Allow your thankful perspective to populate your awareness with new possibilities.

    Embark on journeys of thankful imagination. Envision all the good actions of people all over the world who contribute to the enrichment of your life.

    In every situation, seek to be thankful. And discover how reliably and how profoundly your gratitude will lift you up.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    18,473 Posts
    Sat, Sep 14 2019 8:45 AM

    Saturday, September 14, 2019

    Get on with life

    Bitterness is a choice. And you never have to choose it.

    Plenty of people, situations, twists of fate could understandably make you bitter. Yet nothing has to make you bitter unless you choose to be bitter.

    Whether it lasts for a week or for a lifetime, bitterness adds no value to your life. Even when you have a good reason to be bitter, bitterness is never a good choice.

    By a long shot, the person who is hurt most by your bitterness is you. Instead of choosing bitterness, choose to quickly get past it.

    Decide not to punish yourself one moment longer for what’s already been said and done. Decide to get on with life, and to get positive about it.

    Leave the transgressions of your past, in your past. You have too much to live for, too much good to do, to let even the smallest bitterness hold you back.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    18,473 Posts
    Mon, Sep 16 2019 7:57 AM

    Monday, September 16, 2019

    Hidden opportunities

    What disadvantage can you turn into an advantage? There are plenty of possibilities.

    The challenge of maintaining your focus in a noisy, distracting environment can actually improve your ability to focus. The challenge of working with insufficient resources can improve the value you’re able to achieve with those resources.

    Being short on time teaches you to make the highest use of the time you have. It also provides real-world experience in prioritizing your activities.

    When no one is able to give you a good answer, you’ll learn to develop the best answer on your own. When circumstances offer you no other choice, you are forced to be creative and resourceful.

    Cursing your disadvantages won’t make them go away. But then, maybe it’s not really in your best interest for those disadvantages to go away.

    Choose instead to look for how they can, in the long run, work to your advantage. See them as the hidden opportunities they are, and do the work to bring those opportunities fully to life.


    — Ralph Marston