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  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Wed, Jul 8 2020 9:09 AM

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    What you do with now

    Is your use of time right now advancing your life in the direction you want it to go? Or is there something more purposeful, more fulfilling that you could be doing?

    Once this day is over, you’ve forever lost its unique possibilities. Keep that in mind, and make sure you’re choosing the highest possibilities in every moment.

    The march of time is relentless, and you can be just as relentless. Align your priorities so that time is working for you rather than against you.

    Lift your awareness above the meaningless distractions. Constantly feel the gentle, yet powerful energy of knowing that you’re making a positive difference.

    A week from today, you can look back and clearly see the progress you’ve made. Use this moment, this situation, this activity to ensure you’ll be looking back with the highest satisfaction.

    Life happens now, and what you do with now has a very real impact on the life you experience from this day on. Do all you can to make that impact the most beneficial it can be.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Thu, Jul 9 2020 8:40 AM

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

    Go it one better

    Don’t make the challenge even more challenging by avoiding it. Do strengthen your ability to deal with the challenge by stepping up and dealing with the challenge.

    Are you having trouble getting motivated to do that? Then add to the challenge with a challenge of your own, one that’s meaningful enough to push you into action.

    You have the skills to successfully navigate through the challenges you encounter. You just have to give yourself a good enough reason to do so.

    Life is largely about making a difference. Life’s challenges provide you with excellent opportunities to do that.

    Challenges enable you to see firsthand exactly how much you’re capable of achieving. And every time you work your way through a challenge, your confidence grows stronger.

    Life will challenge you, so go it one better and let each challenge activate the power of your purpose. Discover strength, build strength, exercise strength, and transform each challenge into achievement.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Fri, Jul 10 2020 7:41 AM

    Friday, July 10, 2020

    Treasure of human experience

    Criticism of others will not gain you their willing cooperation. Genuine respect will.

    Forcing your viewpoint on someone else will not result in that person agreeing with you. Seek instead to listen, to understand, to act with care and kindness, to earn and to deserve that person’s understanding.

    Every individual you encounter has a unique perspective that’s different than your own. At the same time, every person also has many things in common with you.

    Effective, enduring connection happens when you do the work to reach from where you are to where the other person is. That work consists of honesty, humility, respect and precision in your words, and generosity in your spirit.

    Every day, people from vastly different backgrounds, with widely varying perspectives, forge positive, fruitful connections with each other. That’s because despite their differences, they care enough, and are diligent enough, to find common ground and to build upon it.

    Every person is unique, and that can be a powerfully good thing. Make the effort to connect with that goodness, to understand, to cooperate, and help the world benefit from the astounding treasure of human experience.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Sat, Jul 11 2020 11:57 AM

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

    Learn all you can

    Learn from people and projects that succeed. Learn from things that fail.

    Learn from those who share your opinion. Learn from those who disagree with you.

    Learn from the various activities you engage in, and from the different ways you feel afterwards. Learn from whatever causes disappointment, and from all that gives you joy.

    When you don’t understand, have the courage to ask. When you do understand, have the humility to know there’s much more to learn.

    Learn from the wisdom and experience of those who came before you. Learn from the playful dreams of those who are just beginning life’s journey.

    Learn, learn, learn all you can. And do your very best with all you know.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Mon, Jul 13 2020 10:36 AM

    Monday, July 13, 2020

    Define the goal

    Don’t assume just by identifying the problem that the solution is obvious. Do the work to develop and articulate that solution.

    It’s important and helpful to point out what is wrong. Yet to give real value to your observation, you must clearly define what will make the situation right.

    If you can’t do that, dig deeper or move on. There’s no point in continuing to dwell on any problem if you’re unable to envision what specifically must be done about it.

    To work toward any goal you must first make sure it is clearly defined. If other people are to join with you in the effort, they must also know precisely what you intend to accomplish.

    A vague list of complaints is not enough to get things moving forward. What matters is what you intend to do about it.

    Challenge yourself to define the goal in ways that can be effectively communicated and enthusiastically embraced. Then you’re well on your way to making the problem a thing of the past.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Tue, Jul 14 2020 10:46 AM

    Tuesday, July 14, 2020

    Failure and persistence

    Don’t let any failure make you into a failure. Use it as another step to success.

    You attempted something and it didn’t work. Rather than holding you back from another attempt, let that experience prepare you for your next attempt.

    You tried fifteen times and nothing worked. Do you have what it takes for number sixteen and beyond?

    To be strong enough to achieve, you must be persistent enough to pick yourself up after each disappointment, including this one. Otherwise, that valuable experience you just gained will be lost.

    The only things that can ever have value to you are the things you’ve invested yourself in. Each setback is an opportunity to invest more, and to enlarge the size of your eventual reward.

    Throughout history, success has been built with a combination of failure and persistence. Continue that legacy, and build some great new success of your own.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Wed, Jul 15 2020 11:05 AM

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020

    Focus with care

    Maybe the problem is not really a problem. Maybe you can change your perspective and the problem will disappear.

    Sometimes you zoom in so intensely on a trivial issue that it seems like the most important thing in the world. While it’s great that you have such a powerful ability to focus, you must remember to use it with care.

    Just because something makes a lot of noise doesn’t mean it has any great significance. Just because a task is urgent doesn’t mean it will make a difference.

    Develop a solid appreciation for what makes your life good, for what threatens you, for what genuinely fulfills you. Allocate your attention and your efforts accordingly.

    Reserve your considerable talent and creativity for those things that really matter. Take care not to get drawn in to those shallow, fleeting matters that don’t.

    Take a deep breath, take a step back, sleep on it, go for a walk. You might save yourself a lot of time, anguish, and trouble.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Thu, Jul 16 2020 7:51 AM

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

    Each time

    Do it once, do it again, and do it some more. Each time the habit becomes more ingrained.

    Each time you get better. And the better you become, the more inspired you’ll be to make further improvements and additional efforts.

    People who are highly skilled at what they do are people who practice, a lot. What good skill can you practice today, tomorrow, again and again?

    Push yourself forward by pushing yourself to repeat what works and to improve on what doesn’t. Rise to higher and higher levels of skill by utilizing your skill, over and over.

    You already know what to do, and you already know how to do it. Do it again, and improve on what you know.

    Add repeatedly to the value that will exist in your future. With enough practice, with enough repetition, anything is possible.


    — Ralph Marston

  • AlaskanDame
    16,677 Posts
    Thu, Jul 16 2020 9:21 AM

    Add repeatedly to the value that will exist in your future. With enough practice, with enough repetition, anything is possible.
    Fitting that I should dip into your thread today.  I have just decided that I want to be a Tour Champion before Flash goes away.  Repetitive play of certain courses will make it possible.

    But the advice is certainly applicable to less frivolous goals!

    Cheers and thanks.  Stay well.  Help others stay well.

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Thu, Jul 16 2020 10:20 AM

    Hi AKD,

    Good luck with your decision to become a Tour Champion.  I am sure you can do it if you have your heart and mind set on it.  Yes, practice makes perfect. 

    I don't have time to play as much as I use to, so just getting closer to Tour Legend now.  I will continue to make progress slowly. 

    You take care and stay well too.


    Marion :-)