Reflections

THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Friday, June 23, 2017

Reflected back
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Would you like to see yourself at your best? Then observe yourself as you’re offering kindness to another.

Would you like to more fully enjoy all the good things you have? Find that enjoyment by generously sharing those good things.

Would you like to feel that your life really matters? Then feel yourself making a difference in the lives of those around you.

If you wish to learn, then seek to teach. If you’d like to be heard and understood, listen attentively so as to understand who you’re speaking to before you speak.

Be respectful and you’ll be respected. Love genuinely and you’ll be genuinely loved.

What you give, what you offer, the flavor of your disposition, is all reflected back to you in every experience. Make your life very good by being very good to all of life.

— Ralph Marston

 

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Too Busy?

Too busy
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When you say you are too busy to do something, what does that really mean? It means you have given priority, for whatever reason, to something else.

If a large, speeding truck was headed right toward you, would you be too busy to get out of the way? Of course, you would not be too busy to quickly jump to safety, for at that moment it would be your top priority.

Are you frustrated because you always seem to be too busy to give time and attention to those things that truly matter? That sense of frustration is attempting to tell you something.

Think for a moment about the areas of your life you value and treasure most. If you’re too busy to give time to them, then ask yourself what you’re so busy doing, and why.

It’s a great excuse to say you’re too busy. But a much better approach is to make time in your life for what’s most important.

Instead of bragging or complaining about how busy you are, consider the ways you fill your time. Make the commitment to do less of what doesn’t matter, and more of what does.

— Ralph Marston

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Deal With It!

Deal with life
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You’ll often be tempted to take the easy way out. Do your future self a big favor, and remember that the easy way is almost never the best way.

Even when you feel like quitting, you have the strength to keep going. Even when the work is difficult and demanding, you can get it done.

Cutting corners now creates even bigger problems later. Being less than honest with yourself or others only magnifies the power of a difficult truth that will eventually be unavoidable.

Success, achievement, fulfillment, and satisfaction are never reached by avoiding life’s demands. Instead, call upon yourself to fully deal with life as it unfolds.

Much of the work of living is not fun or glamorous or convenient. Yet what makes life good at its deepest level is when you rise to the challenges as they appear.

Use your strength, deal with life, and add to its rich and magnificent substance. Make yourself always thankful for the way you’ve lived each moment.

— Ralph Marston

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Looking Good

Looking good
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When you don’t need to impress, you’re free to excel. When not preoccupied with taking credit, you become more effective at taking action.

If you’re not wasting energy on being offended, you have more energy to put into being productive. If you can quickly let go of resentment, envy, anger and frustration with others, you can latch on to the best opportunities.

Improve your trajectory by regularly considering the following question. Do you want to just look good, or do you want to achieve great things?

When your primary goal is to burnish your image, then your image will suffer because even a child can see through that. The best thing for your image is to forget about your image and focus on all the ways you can make a difference.

No one but you really cares how impressive you are. Everyone cares about the authentic value you manage to add to their lives.

Raise your expectations far above merely looking good. You have the ability and the opportunity to actually do good, and that’s a whole lot more satisfying.

— Ralph Marston

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Leap Into the Unknown

Not the easiest
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Your greatest blessings often don’t seem like it at the time. Your most valuable experiences are rarely the most enjoyable ones.

Is there something you feel the need to complain about? Instead of complaining, challenge yourself to find the value in it.

If you cannot find any positive value in the situation, challenge yourself to create some. The greatest successes are pulled, albeit with much effort, from the greatest challenges.

Enjoy life’s comforts and pleasures, but don’t let them trap you in endless mediocrity. Some of the most memorable and fulfilling times come when you venture beyond what’s comfortable and predictable.

Fulfillment is not found in a life of ease. To quench your insatiable desire to matter, to make a difference, you must necessarily endure discomfort.

The greatest things you’ll do are not the easiest things you’ll do. And that offers you the profound satisfaction that comes with investing the very best of yourself in life.

— Ralph Marston

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Immune to negativity

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Today, you will encounter negativity. But just because you encounter it, doesn’t mean you have to be swallowed up by it.

Accept right now that the world is not perfect, situations are not ideal, and people are inconsiderate to varying degrees. Be ready for the negativity, and be ready to be immune to it.

Negativity is unfortunate. Don’t make it your own misfortune by letting it get to you.

Decide in this moment to inoculate yourself. Decide that you will respond to every situation, every person, with gratitude, respect, and commitment to making a positive impact.

Today, and every day, negativity is not your thing. You always have plenty of better options.

Live as a shining example of how great life can be with a positive perspective. And let negativity wither from lack of attention.

— Ralph Marston

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The Deeper you go

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The deeper you go
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All people have very real reasons for believing what they believe, for feeling what they feel. Your best strategy is to understand those reasons.

If you want to find common ground, you have to do more than just advocate your own position. You have to listen, understand, empathize, compromise.

Drama and outrage are the junk food of human relationships. Their empty calories quickly satisfy, but provide no lasting nourishment.

Understanding and cooperation are difficult, time consuming, demanding, humbling. Yet they are what produce real progress.

Problems are not solved by shouting, blaming, judgment and recrimination. Choose instead to take a deep breath, let go of anxieties, and get to work creating value.

No matter how much you differ with someone on the surface, the deeper you go, the more you’ll find in common. Do the work, spend the time, care enough to create deep connections, and get great things done.

— Ralph Marston

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