Expect Something Good

Tell yourself something good

Tell yourself something good about yourself. Tell yourself something good about someone close to you.

Tell yourself something good about the day ahead. Tell yourself something good about living in this world, about the possibilities that extend out in front of you right now.

Tell yourself something good, and take it to heart. Remind yourself of the beauty, the wonder, of small actions that can make a big difference.

Tell yourself something good about this day, about how you can contribute to the way it unfolds. Tell yourself something good about this situation, about all you can do to make it even better.

Too often, the impressions that slide into your awareness are not especially helpful or nourishing. Choose to reverse that negative bias by telling yourself something good, something true, something wonderful.

Tell yourself about all you can do to give life more meaning, more substance, more joy. Tell yourself something good, and let that goodness come to life through you.

— Ralph Marston

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Just Do it!

Possible problems

Don’t be stopped by the possibility that something can go wrong. Something can always go wrong, and you can always deal with it.

Take good precautions, plan well, prepare for the likely eventualities. Then go ahead, take action.

You can imagine all sorts of negative scenarios, most of which will never happen. It’s good to be aware of what could happen, of problems that could arise, but don’t let that awareness stop you from moving ahead.

You can’t be guaranteed of a smooth path or a perfect outcome. What you can do is your best, with a commitment to your purpose, with confidence in your ability.

Yes, there will be difficulties. Yes, you can succeed anyway.

Step forward now, aware of the possible problems and ready to work through whatever comes. You have great things to do.

— Ralph Marston

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Bring new goodness

All that you’ve ever done has been accomplished under less than perfect conditions. Every bit of progress you’ve made has been in the face of obstacles and limitations.

Stop waiting for the situation to be perfect. Start making good and meaningful use of the situation as it is.

Today you have time, energy, opportunity that you’ll never have again. Do something great with it.

Focus on the possibilities and you will find your way beyond the limitations. Devote yourself to action and enable yourself to transcend any difficult circumstances.

You’ve achieved much and now you can achieve more. You’ve extracted real value from many different kinds of situations, and now you can do it again.

What matters more than how things are, is how you choose to be. Choose today to be the person who brings new goodness to life.

— Ralph Marston

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The Process

Progress to be made

Complaining about what’s wrong won’t make anything better. Move beyond mere complaints, and do the difficult work to create a positive way forward.

Punishing those who are to blame won’t improve the situation. Get past the blaming and turn your attention toward understanding, cooperation, and creating value for everyone involved.

Getting rid of what’s working poorly can leave you with nothing that works at all. See if you can find a way to improve rather than just destroy.

Sometimes it’s necessary to tear it all down and start from scratch. But that’s rarely as simple or straightforward as it sounds.

When the situation is broken, you don’t have to break it even more. Instead, look for what you can salvage, and use that as your starting point.

Avoid the temptation to descend into destruction and retribution. There’s great progress to be made by everyone, so put all your focus on that.

— Ralph Marston

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Imagine higher

You’re not stuck. You’re just neglecting to make full use of your imagination.

If one strategy fails to bring the desired results, there’s a different strategy that will. Do the work to develop it and implement it.

The world is not set against you. You’re just looking at it from a perspective that’s too narrow.

Step back, look at a bigger part of the picture. You’ll see helpful people, possibilities, resources, concepts and ideas you’ve never seen before.

Imagine viewing the situation from an altitude of thirty thousand feet, or from the surface of the moon. What opportunities would you see from a higher perspective that you’re failing to recognize now?

Imagination is difficult work, and well worth the effort. Put it to use, imagine higher, and do the great things you’re here to do.

— Ralph Marston


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Only NOW!

Only now

Imagine there is only now. Regrets have no meaning and worries simply do not exist.

Your awareness is filled with peaceful power. You are free to focus solely on the good actions you can now take.

Your thoughts are clear, deliberate, unhurried. You feel completely in control of your life and feelings.

In every direction you look, beauty and positive possibilities appear. You act without hesitation or doubt, confident in your ability to make a difference.

You are taught and strengthened by your mistakes rather than imprisoned by them. You are inspired by the disappointments instead of being dismayed by them.

Imagine a world where there’s no past to weigh you down and no future to fear. Imagine there is only now, and live the power that’s already yours.

— Ralph Marston

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Better than before

When you expect the best, you have a way of finding it, of creating it. Today, countless possibilities are being born, and plenty of them are just right for you.

Soon, you’ll discover truths you’ve never considered. You’ll journey to places you never knew were there.

As such, it would be foolish to ever give up hope or to relinquish your dreams. More is possible for you now than ever before, and the possibilities continue to grow.

What now seems impossible will eventually become commonplace. The very area where you face the most stubborn obstacles can end up being the source of your greatest triumphs.

Embrace this day and each of its moments as they arrive. Connect with the opportunities to grow, experience, enjoy, appreciate, and to live fully.

Right now is better than before, filled with bright new possibilities. Imagine life at its best, and make it so.

— Ralph Marston

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