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Monday, 29 January 2018 08:50

Motivational Monday 1-29-18

Inspired by the difficulties

Do you want to complain about not being able to get it done? Or would you prefer to actually get it done?

Do you seek to have an impressive sounding excuse? Or would you rather have a real, substantive achievement?

The world pushes against you often, that is true. Life is not fair, and disappointing results are all too common.

You can be offended by that, and use it as an excuse. Or you can accept the challenge, and transform it into an inspiration.

Nobody cares why you can’t. What makes people stand up and take notice, is doing what you can.

So go ahead, and instead of being excused by the difficulties, be inspired to act. Do what you can, every chance you get, and you will surely get the job done.

— Ralph Marston


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Monday, 22 January 2018 09:51

Motivational Monday 1-22-18

Change of mood

You have an important task to do, and you’re not in the mood to do it. But whose mood is it, anyway?

It is your mood of course, and you’re in control of it. At any time you choose, you can adjust that mood to suit your purpose.

There are times when the best things, or the most necessary things, will not wait until your mood happens to be right. There are times when it is in your best interest to put yourself in the mood for what must be done.

When you’re not in the mood for some specific task, there’s a quick way to get there. Just visualize, clearly, richly and in full detail, how great you will feel to have the job done.

The more you don’t feel like doing it, the more you will want to have it done. You’re not in the mood to do it, and that is precisely what can motivate you to go ahead and get it over with.

You’ve spent your whole life changing your mood, so put that skill to use in a positive, intentional way. Go right ahead and put yourself in the mood to do what’s best for your life and your world.

— Ralph Marston


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Monday, 15 January 2018 09:24

Motivational Monday 1-15-18

Positive expectations

Start the day expecting good things. Go through the day living up to your expectations.

Expect effective, sustained, purposeful effort from yourself. Expect kindness, patience, understanding, curiosity, energy and persistence.

Expect to run into challenges, and expect to successfully work through each one. Expect for circumstances to change, and expect to successfully adapt.

Don’t hide from life, don’t fear what the day will bring. Get a jump on the day by firmly setting your own positive expectations.

Expect to occasionally stumble, and expect to quickly get back up and get going again each time you do. Expect to run into a few disappointments, and expect to respond by becoming more determined than ever.

Expect opportunities, setbacks, joys, discomforts, distractions, inconveniences, delights and wonders. And expect to make the very best of everything you encounter.

— Ralph Marston


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Monday, 18 December 2017 09:10

Motivational Monday 12-18-17

Monday, December 18, 2017

Focus on the goodness

Choose words today that encourage. Choose actions today that assist, empower, unify.

Live today with generosity, gratitude, wonder and enthusiasm. Be slow to anger, quick to forgive, understanding and patient with yourself and others.

Offer your smile, offer your kindness. Give your respect and your positive presence.

This is the world you live in, the day you have to work with. Make it your intention to make it a good, supportive time and place.

Many good people are going to do many good things today. Take the opportunity to add your own beneficial actions to the mix.

What you focus on gains power and influence in your life, in your world. So focus on the goodness, and watch as that goodness spreads.

— Ralph Marston


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Monday, 11 December 2017 09:04

Motivational Monday 12-11-17

Monday, December 11, 2017

Inspired by action

The work is not easy. But that is no reason to avoid it.

You’re not clear about what to do. But that is no excuse to do nothing.

What you must do is get started. What you must be is committed to seeing it through.

Begin the task, take the first step, and your effort will illuminate the next step. Stay with it, keep going, and your purpose and passion grow strong.

If you wait for inspiration, and do nothing, the inspiration has no place to take hold. Instead, get busy, and with each effort your work becomes more inspired.

Invest yourself, commit your time, your action, your focus to the progress you desire. Go ahead, do, and you’ll be inspired to do much more.

— Ralph Marston


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Monday, 04 December 2017 08:41

Motivational Monday December 4th 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

Choose the best assumptions

You can’t think through every little decision every time. So you make assumptions.

Those assumptions often serve you well, and you’d be overwhelmed without them. However, many of those assumptions could also be holding you back.

Some of your assumptions may have never been accurate in the first place. Others may have ceased to be true a long time ago, so it pays to regularly examine and question them.

There are things you assume to be impossible, for you, or for anyone. But are they really impossible, or is your assumption just serving as a convenient excuse?

There are things you assume you need, to get your work done, to be happy. But do you really need them, or are you sticking with them just because they’re comfortable and familiar?

You can’t completely eliminate assumptions, yet you can make sure they don’t hold you back. Take a look at your assumptions, and choose only the ones that best reflect and enhance the life you wish to live.

— Ralph Marston


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Monday, 27 November 2017 11:18

Monday Motivation 11-27-17

Monday, November 27, 2017

Make it special

What makes something special is that you must forgo other things in order to have it. If there is no missing out on something else, there is no special.

You cannot have it all, and even if you could, it would be meaningless. Because having it all would make it impossible for anything to be special.

What you can do is focus your time, attention, love, resources in a specific direction. What you can do is give your life to what you truly care about.

There are always people, possessions, experiences you’re missing. Yet you never have to miss out on the richness of life.

Just because something is exotic, or looks impressive when you post it online, does not make it special. What makes anything special is committing your care, your focus, your effort to it.

You can make right now special, right now, where you are, with what you have. Life is yours and at any time, in any circumstance, you can fill it with meaning, substance, beauty and love.

— Ralph Marston


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Monday, 20 November 2017 07:58

Motivational Monday 11-20-17

Yours to create

There is no real fulfillment in just having things handed to you. Where fulfillment arises, is in the process of creating it.

Human civilization has become a highly efficient desire fulfillment machine. And the people working to create fulfillment benefit much more than those to whom the resulting trinkets are delivered.

Nothing of value has any meaningful value to you if you have not worked to earn it. When it seems you’re getting something for nothing, what you’re really getting is nothing for nothing.

Like beauty, value exists in the eye of the beholder. Value accrues to you when you invest yourself in it.

Every moment is an opportunity to make such an investment. You are made to make a difference and each time you do, your life grows in richness.

Invest your time, your attention, your effort, expertise, resources, your care, spirit, joy. Always, great fulfillment is yours to create.

— Ralph Marston

 

 

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Monday, 13 November 2017 08:36

Motivational Monday 11-13-17

Essential structure

Purpose puts essential structure in your life. Purpose gives you a way to connect to value, a way to distill life’s abundance into usable form.

Be honest and thorough with yourself in knowing what you care about, what drives you and energizes you. Build each day, each undertaking, each relationship on the solid foundation that is your purpose.

Your purpose constitutes a realm in which you can make sense of whatever happens. And purpose enables you to respond with meaningful, effective action.

Each feeling you have is a message from your purpose. Embrace those feelings, pay attention to them, and keep the connection to your purpose strong.

You’ve experienced how highly effective you can be when acting in the service of authentic purpose. Whatever you can tie to your purpose, you can excel at doing.

So keep your purpose clear and present in your awareness. Live in accordance with purpose, and live at your highest and best.

— Ralph Marston


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Monday, 06 November 2017 11:29

Motivational Monday 11-6-2017

Consider this possibility

Always, possibilities surround you, your work, the people in your life, your dreams for the future. Many of those possibilities, you have never considered.

When you and another person strongly disagree, consider this possibility. In some very significant ways, you might both be right.

When every attempt fails to bring fruit, when every path is blocked, consider this possibility. There is some other path, some other strategy, some other approach with which you will succeed.

When you’re angry, annoyed, offended by what someone else has done, consider this possibility. That person’s behavior is their problem, and is much more about them than it is about you.

You’ve seen many possibilities become real, yet you haven’t seen them all, not by a long shot. In every situation, be assured that there are many more possibilities than you’ve ever imagined.

Life becomes challenging, and what has served you well in the past may no longer work. Even so, take heart, for there’s always another great possibility ready and waiting for you to run with it.

— Ralph Marston


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