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Re: Daily Motivation

Sat, Oct 23 2021 8:42 AM (1,289 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    20,321 Posts
    Mon, Sep 13 2021 8:12 AM

    Monday, September 13, 2021

    Power of momentum

    If you’re experiencing positive momentum, work to make good use of it and to make more of it. Don’t let complacency steal your momentum away.

    If you’re stuck in a period of negative momentum, break the pattern. Don’t go along with a force that’s holding you back.

    Momentum is powerful, but it is never a foregone conclusion. Be aware that momentum can and does change, and be prepared to make sure those changes work to your benefit.

    When momentum is empowering you, apply some of that power to keep the momentum going. When momentum is blocking you, disrupt that momentum so you can turn its power in a more favorable direction.

    Where has momentum become entrenched in your life? Ask yourself, is it helping to push you forward or threatening to push you back?

    Whatever your situation, work to bend momentum in the direction of your goals, your dreams, your intentions and values. Get momentum on your side, keep it there, and utilize its power to make life as beautiful and fulfilling as you know it can be.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,321 Posts
    Tue, Sep 14 2021 6:42 AM

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    What you do now

    It doesn’t matter when or where or how you strayed from the path. What matters is what you do now.

    The mistakes and disappointments were yesterday. The possibilities are today, along with the opportunity to choose and to live the best of them.

    What you do now can transform your past weakness into ongoing strength. What you do now can redeem your life, your hope, your dreams, your future.

    Where value has been tarnished or ignored, or never existed in the first place, your efforts are able to bring it to life. It all depends on what you do now.

    Now you are smarter, more experienced, with a deeper understanding of what’s truly important to your life and your world. Now is when you make good use of that.

    What you do now connects whatever you’ve been to whatever you choose to be. Take this opportunity and create the very best with what you do now.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,321 Posts
    Wed, Sep 15 2021 11:11 AM

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    Inspiration

    Don’t be envious of anyone else’s good fortune. Be inspired to create your own unique goodness.

    Don’t be frightened, worried, angry, or frustrated by the difficulties you perceive. Be inspired by the opportunities for improvement.

    Stop complaining about what has been and about what is. Be inspired, begin to envision and fulfill the best possibilities.

    Let go of the excuses, of your hesitation to step forward. Say yes to life, to richness, to inspiration.

    Today a world full of good things will happen because people choose to make them happen. Inspiration drives those choices.

    Open yourself to inspiration, act with courage to follow where it leads. Learn again and again to be inspired, and journey beyond the world that is to the best of what can be.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,321 Posts
    Thu, Sep 16 2021 9:22 AM

    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    Thoughts, actions, and feelings

    Sometimes feelings just come over you. Maybe it’s because of something that happens, or it could be for no discernible reason.

    You can get the impression that you have no control over your feelings. But that’s not true at all.

    Sure, sometimes your feelings are influenced by factors far beyond your control. Yet even then you have great influence over the way you feel.

    Most of your feelings are the result of what you are thinking about and what you are doing. And you almost always have complete control over your thoughts and your actions.

    If your feelings are troubling you or hindering you, step back and examine what you’re thinking and what you’re doing. Ask yourself, how could you improve your thoughts and change your actions to create more desirable and effective feelings?

    Certainly a lot of things influence the way you feel, yet at least two of those things are yours to choose. Select your thoughts and actions so they give you sufficient strength to deal with all those other things you can’t control.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,321 Posts
    Fri, Sep 17 2021 8:43 AM

    Friday, September 17, 2021

    Act on opportunity

    If you’re having difficulty doing something well, give yourself permission to do it poorly. The point is, do what you can with the time you have.

    Get it done now. You can work on perfecting it later.

    Achieving excellence is not a matter of avoiding difficulty. It’s a matter of transforming the difficulty into value.

    Yes, of course you’re having trouble getting it done. If it were easy, someone else would have done it a long time ago.

    You and all of your capabilities exist in order to successfully work through challenges. So do what you must do to set all those capabilities in motion and to keep them going.

    Right now is your opportunity to make a difference, to create something beautiful and useful. Wherever you are, using whatever you have, act on that opportunity without delay.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,321 Posts
    Sat, Sep 18 2021 11:25 AM

    Saturday, September 18, 2021

    Directing your attention

    Consider all the paid advertisements and elaborate marketing schemes that populate your awareness. People are willing to pay real money to get your attention.

    Are you valuing your attention at least as much as those who compete to claim it from you? Or do you waste much of that attention or, even worse, deploy it in destructive directions?

    The quality of what you pay attention to has a major influence on the quality of your life. Might you be able to improve that quality?

    You can decide to stop giving your attention away to matters that don’t deserve it. You can choose to focus attention on what’s valuable, meaningful, and beneficial.

    Yes, it take some effort to avoid all the junk that’s vying to grab your attention. Yet that effort can have an enormous positive impact on your effectiveness, your peace of mind, and the quality of your choices.

    What you pay attention to contributes significantly to who you are. Know who you want to be, and pay attention accordingly.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,321 Posts
    Mon, Sep 20 2021 11:20 AM

    Monday, September 20, 2021

    Finish what you start

    You can stop, take a break, regroup, choose what’s next after you’re finished with the work. But not before.

    When you’ve made the commitment to do the job, do it. Don’t allow yourself to become a disappointment to anyone, and especially not to yourself.

    Be careful about what you choose to start. Then once you start, go all the way and finish what you start.

    Many tasks can be exciting when you begin, maybe even fun. Yet they’re likely to get bogged down in the middle.

    But that’s precisely when you’re creating the most value. When the going gets tough and tedious, that’s when it’s making the biggest positive difference.

    Finish the work so you don’t waste what you’ve already done. Finish the work, and achieve the results you’ve committed yourself to achieve.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,321 Posts
    Tue, Sep 21 2021 8:11 AM

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021

    Steadfast and friendly

    Be kind, be generous, be friendly, be helpful, all while standing your ground. You can be nice without compromising your values and your intentions.

    It’s great when you can be pleasant and cordial. But it’s not in anyone’s best interest to let others take advantage of your desire to please.

    You know who you are, and what matters to you. You know what’s acceptable to you and what’s not.

    You can be generally agreeable without having to specifically agree with what you know isn’t right. You can be pleasant while still refusing to tolerate destructive behavior.

    You can be firm without being spiteful, you can be steadfast without being rude. You can smile just as genuinely when saying no as when saying yes.

    This world can always benefit from more friendliness. Offer that friendliness while always staying true to who you are and to all you value.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,321 Posts
    Wed, Sep 22 2021 11:23 AM

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021

    Expanding your comfort zone

    You’ve had the courage to step outside your comfort zone. You’ve become confident doing things you never thought you could do.

    Congratulations are in order. But a little wariness is called for too.

    Because you haven’t eliminated your comfort zone. You’ve expanded it, making yourself more likely than ever to get stuck in it.

    Even though you’ve successfully challenged yourself forward, here’s what you must now do. Challenge yourself again.

    Fortunately, dealing with a difficult challenge is one of the things you do best. After all, you’ve seen how effective you can be, and you’ve earned the chance to see yourself in action again.

    So don’t get too comfortable with your newfound success. There are a whole lot more good things for you to achieve.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,321 Posts
    Thu, Sep 23 2021 8:18 AM

    Thursday, September 23, 2021

    Steps on the journey

    You have problems and you have options. Such is the dilemma and the opportunity of life.

    You will never be free of problems, nor will you ever be devoid of options. As a result, there is always something you must do and always something you can do.

    When you think about it, that’s not such a bad deal. In fact, it’s really a pretty great deal.

    It’s easy to become despondent about the problems or unrealistic about the positive possibilities. Yet the push and pull between the two extremes can help you to stay balanced and effective.

    Your problems serve to forge and to clarify your purpose. Your options enable you to express that purpose in countless and valuable ways.

    In between your problems and your options you’ll find plenty of fertile ground upon which to move forward. No matter how hard it gets or how easy it seems, there’s a next step on your beautiful journey, ready for you to take.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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