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Tue, Oct 27 2020 9:07 AM (951 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    18,833 Posts
    Thu, Oct 31 2019 11:49 AM

    Thursday, October 31, 2019

    Small improvements

    Imagine lifting a five pound weight today, and tomorrow adding just one percent to the weight, and lifting it again. Continue adding just one percent each day, and at the end of one year you would be lifting 185 pounds.

    The effort necessary to achieve a one percent improvement is barely noticeable. Yet those small improvements, continued and compounded, quickly add up.

    What could you do today to make your life tomorrow just a little bit better? What could you do each day to continue that incremental improvement?

    Challenge yourself to invest a spare moment, a spare effort, a spare dollar, to benefit your future. Seek a small improvement, and then a small improvement on the improvement.

    You may not have access to vast resources, yet you absolutely have access to this powerful strategy. When you’re always improving, those improvements are sure to lead somewhere great.

    You have the opportunity right now to do one thing just a little better than you did it before. Take that opportunity, and over time you’ll create massive new value in your world.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    18,833 Posts
    Fri, Nov 1 2019 6:52 AM

    Friday, November 1, 2019

    Let life catch up

    Let life catch up to you. Don’t get so ensnared in chasing what seems important that you forget what’s truly important.

    Enjoy not just the times when you’ve racked up an impressive achievement. Enjoy every moment along the way.

    Allow the way things are right now, to be enough for right now. There is much you can do to make life better, yet already there is much in life that is good.

    Balance your ambition for what can be with your gratitude and appreciation for what is. After all, if you can never be satisfied with what you have, there’s no gain in getting more.

    Perhaps the longing you feel is not really a longing to acquire more. Perhaps it is a longing to more fully appreciate all that is already yours.

    By all means, move forward, work, achieve, make a difference, create value. As you do, give life, and purpose, satisfaction, and fulfillment, the chance to keep pace.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    18,833 Posts
    Sat, Nov 2 2019 7:56 AM

    Saturday, November 2, 2019

    Feel joy

    Give yourself a break. Have a little fun.

    Even if you don’t think you deserve it, do something nice for yourself. Even if there’s nothing to smile about, smile, and mean it.

    Enjoy the day, enjoy being you, enjoy what you love, just because you can. Sink deeply into the beauty of the moment, and linger.

    Feel good, hopeful, enthusiastic about the future. Enjoy being thankful about where you’ve been, what you’ve done, and the strength you’ve acquired.

    Take a deep breath, and in that breath experience the wonder of being alive. Think a positive thought, and realize how amazing it is that you can do so.

    The time to feel joy is always now. Let real joy fill your experience, and let all of life benefit from that joy.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    18,833 Posts
    Mon, Nov 4 2019 1:04 PM

    Monday, November 4, 2019

    Your own unique success

    Your experience of life today is worth more than a half-hearted effort. Give it a rock-solid commitment to a meaningful purpose.

    You owe yourself more than just doing what is comfortable and convenient. You deserve the rewards that come from doing what must be done to achieve your goals.

    This is not the time to let yourself settle for less than your best. This is your moment to take full advantage of the highest possibilities life offers.

    Stop wishing for some vague, loosely-imagined lucky break. Push yourself to take specific actions that will result in well-defined, highly desired achievements.

    Don’t waste another moment waiting for things to get better. Go ahead, right now, make the most of whatever you have, and act within the situation as it is.

    Every success you enjoy will happen when there is a decision, an effort, a commitment to make it happen. Step forward, today, and do what you must do to bring your own unique success to life.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    18,833 Posts
    Tue, Nov 5 2019 8:59 AM

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    Start sooner

    When you’re unsure of what you’re doing, hurrying through it does not improve your outcome. When you don’t know where it is you must go, going quickly will not get you there.

    If you think dashing around makes you look important, you’re mistaken. It shouts to the world of confusion, disorganization, aimlessness and insecurity.

    Here’s a strategy far superior to hurrying. Start sooner.

    Start sooner, and give yourself the luxury of being calm, focused, highly effective, and more pleasant to be around. Start sooner, and leverage your time instead of rushing to squeeze your efforts into it.

    Work, play, and live at a pace that enables life’s richness to come to full fruition. Get the very most out of your time by beginning to make good use of it the instant it arrives.

    Even if you’ve been late all your life, you can begin right away to start sooner. Start sooner, for a new moment, laden with brilliant possibilities, has just been added to your life.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    18,833 Posts
    Wed, Nov 6 2019 7:59 AM

    Wednesday, November 6, 2019

    The work in front of you

    The task seems daunting. But take the first step and it will be much less so.

    The challenge feels insurmountable. Begin to rise to that challenge, and you’ll quickly know you can work through it.

    Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by the intimidating concept of the work in front of you. Instead, become empowered and encouraged by the details of everything you can do right now.

    Realize that every moment is an opportunity to make a little more progress. And those moments just keep on coming.

    You’ve undertaken many actions in the past and you can complete another task right now. You’re skilled at making a difference and that’s precisely what you can do in this situation.

    The work in front of you is filled with possibilities for achievement. Moment by moment, task by task, seize those possibilities, and bring the achievement to life.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    18,833 Posts
    Thu, Nov 7 2019 6:37 AM

    Thursday, November 7, 2019

    Put structure to positive use

    Structures can be confining. They can also be supportive, and even liberating.

    If your life has no structure, you have very few limits on what you can do. Yet you lack any kind of reliable foundation from which to act.

    Language, for example, is highly structured. To successfully use language, you have to learn a lot of rules, and acquire an extensive vocabulary.

    That’s very demanding. However, within the demanding structure is the opportunity for rich, meaningful communication with others.

    Perhaps you feel you are being held back by certain physical, social, or professional structures. But maybe you’re choosing to see just the limitations, and not the opportunities.

    A powerful structure can work against you or in your favor, depending on the perspective you choose. See if you can put the structures in your life to positive use, and align their power with your best interests.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    18,833 Posts
    Fri, Nov 8 2019 12:02 PM

    Friday, November 8, 2019

    Care deeply

    Can you care deeply? Can you, at the same time, not care at all?

    Care deeply about your purpose, your efforts, your values. Care not at all about what’s beyond your ability to influence.

    Care deeply about the moment, its beauty, its possibilities, its challenges, about doing what’s right. Care not at all about what others think of what you’re doing.

    Feel the power of stillness within you. Engage that power to make yourself a positive presence in life.

    Always, life swirls around you. Give love, attention, effort and care to life, without getting too distracted by all the swirling.

    Care deeply about what matters, about what you can do. Let all the rest take care of itself.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    18,833 Posts
    Sat, Nov 9 2019 10:21 AM

    Saturday, November 9, 2019

    Love endures

    Love is not just a momentary good feeling. Love persists, perseveres, endures.

    Love gives, and then gives more, and keeps on giving. Love gains its nourishment by giving its nourishment.

    Love is not satisfied just to be. Love is eager to grow, to deepen, to find new expression, to offer new value.

    Love generates energy and enthusiasm, patience, kindness, understanding and connection. Love eagerly seeks to be the source of new goodness in life.

    Love challenges you to live at your highest level. Love connects you with the power and purpose to do so.

    Give energy, attention and presence to love. And let love enhance all you do.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    18,833 Posts
    Mon, Nov 11 2019 11:29 AM

    Monday, November 11, 2019

    Back up to speed

    Don’t despair that you’ve been knocked off track. Just resume what you were doing.

    You had some good momentum, and then it was disrupted. That’s okay, because now you will get it back.

    This is no time for blame or regret. This is your time to get back in focus, to get back on task.

    This is your opportunity to get back in the zone of maximum effectiveness. This is when you can build even more momentum than you had before.

    All is not lost, not by a long shot. All is ready and eager for you to get quickly back up to speed.

    Realize that you can laugh at the disruption, and then be done with it. Know that your momentum and your good work are right here, ready for you to reclaim and exceed.


    — Ralph Marston