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  • Ladychipper
    19,296 Posts
    Tue, Sep 17 2019 12:24 PM

    Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Run to the effort

    Run to the effort and jump right into it. Because the effort is worth much more than it could ever cost you.

    Only by giving your effort are you able to experience life at its richest and most meaningful. You are made to do, to work, to act, as you discover again and again by how right it feels.

    Run to the effort, and put yourself into the realm of possibility and achievement. Run to the effort, and experience for yourself how consequential your life can be.

    Spend an hour making the effort, and create value and satisfaction that endure far into the future. Build on that value with even more effort, and the possibilities are truly limitless.

    Right now, you have the chance to do something truly amazing. You have the chance to make a positive difference.

    Run to the effort, and make that difference. Run to the effort, and experience the beauty of doing what you do best.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,296 Posts
    Wed, Sep 18 2019 1:11 PM

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Go with what works

    Go with what works. Continue it, support it, double down on it, expand on it.

    Move away, as quickly as possible, from what doesn’t work. And fill the time, fill the space, use the energy for what does work.

    Yes, it is as simple as that. It’s not easy to admit to yourself, or to put into practice, yet it is simple and straightforward.

    Because at some level you know. You know what pushes you in a positive, creative, fulfilling direction, and what pushes all that goodness away.

    Make the choice to go with what works best for your life, and for the lives around you, and for the world. Though that choice can initially be difficult and painful, you know that ultimately it is your best choice.

    Refuse to live at anything less than your highest level. Remind yourself, again and again, to go with what works.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,296 Posts
    Thu, Sep 19 2019 1:00 PM

    Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Stronger through every weakness

    You have your weaknesses, as does every person. Make sure each weakness serves as a challenge to become better, not as an excuse to fail.

    Let each weakness prompt you to refine, control, improve your behavior. Don’t ever allow any of them to justify negative behavior.

    Choose never to see yourself as a victim of your weaknesses or difficulties or your unique situation. Though the burden is very real, it does not have to define you or compromise your integrity.

    Some weaknesses you can work your way out of, and some you cannot. Yet what you can always do is build within yourself enough strength to more than offset each weakness.

    No one is perfect, circumstances are rarely ideal, and difficulties always appear. Even so, with all the imperfections, there are plenty of good, valuable, beautiful things you can do.

    Identify your weaknesses, work on them, but don’t let them make you any less than the best you can be. Choose instead to rise to their challenge, and to grow stronger through every weakness.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,296 Posts
    Fri, Sep 20 2019 8:16 AM

    Friday, September 20, 2019

    The best input

    The quality of your output is highly dependent on the quality of your input. What quality is the input you are giving to your life?

    Vigorous, healthy activity, good nutrition, positive, truthful information sources all lead you toward favorable outcomes. So do beneficial habits, a variety of experiences, uplifting thoughts, and enthusiastic people.

    If the results you desire are not coming out of your efforts, ask yourself this. What can you do to improve what you’re putting in?

    You can’t make a quality product from inferior raw materials. To achieve the best outcome, start with the highest quality input.

    Bypass the junk in your food, your facts, your friends, and your activities. Insist on truthful, in-depth information, quality nutrition, challenging work, and positive people in your life.

    The quality of the life you live comes from the quality of what you put into it. Every day, every encounter, every choice, take the opportunity to give your life the best input.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,296 Posts
    Sat, Sep 21 2019 11:33 AM

    Saturday, September 21, 2019

    Begin with what is right

    Always do the right thing to begin with. It’s a whole lot easier and more reliable than having to make it right later.

    Tell the whole truth up front, especially when it is a difficult truth. Delaying, obscuring, and avoiding that truth will only make it that much more difficult.

    Don’t delude yourself into thinking you can cheat life or shortcut the process. Instead, give yourself the benefit of embracing the opportunity to do the right thing.

    Avoid the necessity of long, tortured, dubious explanations, and avoid the temptation to cover up the truth. Just put your energy into doing the right thing to begin with.

    Spend your time making new progress, not repeating old excuses. Put your effort into looking forward with confidence, and not looking back with worry.

    Begin with what is right, what is good, what is useful, helpful, considerate, and honest. And position yourself to go in a truly successful direction.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,296 Posts
    Mon, Sep 23 2019 11:10 AM

    Monday, September 23, 2019

    Live with excellence

    Whatever you do, no matter how seemingly inconsequential, do it with excellence. Achievement of the big things is crafted from excellence in the small things.

    Today presents you with opportunities for excellence. Wherever you go, make it your business to leave a trail of excellence in your wake.

    You can work, think, live with excellence no matter the situation or condition. Whether you have great resources or few, much cooperation or none, you can choose excellence.

    Truly care about what you do, and about the people you do it for. Focus on your work, and on giving your best effort to it.

    Though the task is mundane and may seem to go unnoticed, perform it with excellence. That’s how you achieve a genuine, unwavering commitment to excellence.

    Show life how much it matters, how great it can be. In every moment, in all you do, choose excellence.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,296 Posts
    Tue, Sep 24 2019 11:15 AM

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    Before you complain

    Before you complain about what someone did wrong, ask yourself this. Do you have a useful suggestion for how to do it better?

    At best, criticism for the sake of criticism falls on deaf ears. Worse, it can provoke and escalate a conflict that no one is able to win.

    Often it is necessary for you to point out someone else’s error. But that doesn’t mean you have to be gleeful or disparaging about it.

    Your best approach is to be helpful. That’s true no matter how much or how little leverage you have in the situation.

    Imagine yourself in the other person’s position. Based on that, figure out the most helpful way to frame the error and the most positive way to move forward from it.

    Don’t waste your time and erode your relationships with empty, caustic criticism. Seek instead to be helpful, and to illuminate a positive path forward for everyone involved.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,296 Posts
    Wed, Sep 25 2019 12:45 PM

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    Authentically you

    Be honest about being you. Pretense is stressful, expensive, difficult to maintain, and offers no real value.

    Take a deep, satisfying, genuine breath of fresh air. Feel how good it feels to be at peace with who you are, with how you are, with all you love and care about.

    There will always be those who don’t accept you, or don’t respect you. Let that be their problem, not yours.

    Your purpose is not to impress anyone, or to get anyone to like you. Let yourself live and experience each moment in a way that is authentically you.

    Go forward, do what you do, unburdened by worries about what others might or might not think. Focus on creating value, on making a difference, in the best way you know how.

    Give your love and assistance to others, but don’t let the need to please others compromise who you are. Be authentically you, for that’s what’s in the best interest of everyone.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,296 Posts
    Thu, Sep 26 2019 8:36 AM

    Thursday, September 26, 2019

    Challenge and encouragement

    When there’s someone you wish to empower, here’s a proven, effective way to do it. Give challenge, and offer encouragement.

    Doing all the work for another person, handling the situation yourself, just creates dependency. That’s not in anyone’s best interest, but neither is simply walking away without offering any help.

    Challenge without encouragement is lazy, cowardly, and can even be cruel. Encouragement without challenge can be naive and ineffective.

    Yet when you combine meaningful challenge with genuine encouragement, the results can be spectacular. You will launch the person on the road to continuing, independent success.

    Whether it’s your employee, child, client, or friend, that’s a powerful gift to give. You’re not doing the work for them, but neither are you abandoning them.

    Give a steady, balanced mix of challenge and encouragement. And give the opportunity for the person to develop their own courage, confidence, and ability to succeed.


    — Ralph Marston

  • pmm711
    4,338 Posts
    Thu, Sep 26 2019 1:43 PM

    Amen sister!