Never Give up!

Difficult but not impossible

It’s difficult to get back up and get going again when you’ve been repeatedly knocked down. It’s difficult, but not impossible.

It’s difficult to move forward with enthusiasm and energy when much of what you encounter is negative and discouraging. That’s certainly difficult, yet not impossible.

It’s easy to know what you must do. It’s much more difficult to actually do it, yet it’s not impossible.

There are a lot of very worthwhile things that are also very difficult. Just because they are difficult is no reason to shy away from them.

The very fact that something is difficult probably means it is worth doing. Those who achieve great things are those who are willing to do the difficult stuff.

Sure it’s difficult, yet you can do it. When you do, you’ll be adding richness, options, value to your life and your world.

— Ralph Marston


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Sometimes the most powerful agenda is not to have an agenda. There’s even a pleasant name for it, serendipity.

Precise planning, specific purpose, clarity of intention will get you far. Yet when you’re always following a strictly prescribed course, there’s something missing.

Allow yourself time to be curious, to not know, to discover. Make some mistakes and false starts, secure and confident enough not to care about them.

Side roads, literal ones and the figurative ones too, inject new energy and freshness into life. Turn onto one of them, then another, roll the windows down, feel life from a new perspective.

It’s great to have a clear plan, yet that plan must originate somewhere. To know what you want to do, you must do what you don’t know.

Now and then, venture away from the structure you’ve built into your life. Make room for some serendipity, and give your spirit a chance to be renewed through discovery and surprise.

— Ralph Marston

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I Hope I Hope

Great hope

Today, you have great hope. Today, you can act on that hope.

Hope will not accomplish anything on its own. Yet with sufficient hope in your heart, there is no limit to what you can accomplish.

Hope has no need of being reasonable or realistic to work its magic. Choose to act with hope, and its power is yours.

Certainly, it is true that many hopes are never realized. But even when hope disappoints, living with hope is preferable to living without it.

You cannot know what the future will be, yet you do know how you hope it will be. And you can put that hope into action.

So go ahead, hope for the best you can imagine. And give solid positive direction to your thoughts, your actions, your time and your life.

— Ralph Marston

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It’s the climb

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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Choose wisely

Positive action

Positive action is only a single, momentary choice away from a negative mindset. Make that choice and suddenly you are free of the negativity.

When you are feeling cynical, dismayed, angry, frustrated, decide to abruptly interrupt that pattern. Point your considerable amount of energy in a positive direction.

Whatever may have already happened, there is nothing at all that says you have to continue on a destructive trajectory. You have every reason in the world to turn it all around with positive action.

Imagine how great that transformation will feel. Know that it is absolutely within your power to make it, immediately.

When you’ve sunk into the deepest depths, even a tiny positive change can feel like the best thing ever. Make that change, feel its goodness, its rightness, and build on it.

Activate the control you have, utilize the choice you have and transform a negative perspective into positive action, positive power. Take the energy you’ve paid dearly to generate, and turn it all toward something beautiful.

— Ralph Marston

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Don’t worry be happy – Pee Wee Herman

Live your happiness

Think of something today into which you can pour genuine joy and happiness. Then do it.

You won’t add one little bit of value to the world by being miserable. Take the more positive, productive alternative, and live your happiness.

Expect to find a way, in whatever you’re doing, to live your happiness. Even when you’re not pleased with the situation, you can give the gift of your own happiness to it.

Live your true, authentic happiness and with it, you will make a difference. The happier you choose to be, the more effective, generous, and helpful you become.

Don’t limit your happiness just to certain specific conditions. Employ happiness as a powerful means of adding value to every circumstance.

Get yourself focused on the positive and energized into action. Live your happiness, and live life at your best.

— Ralph Marston

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All Failure leads to success and all success leads to failure

Nobody’s perfect

Don’t hide from your mistakes or pretend they didn’t happen. Own them, embrace them, celebrate them, learn from them and get better because of what you take from them.

When you’ve discovered an error, you’ve found a clear and specific path for improvement. Seize it, dive into it, transform it into new strength and effectiveness.

It is a waste of your time, your life, your energy to deny your mistakes. Even worse, it’s wasted opportunity.

If you try to pretend you’re perfect, that you never make mistakes, absolutely no one will believe you. Yet when you eagerly admit your mistakes and deal with them in a positive manner, people gain great respect for you.

The fact is, from time to time you’ll make a mistake. So make the choice to turn that fact of life into a positive force.

Sure, do all you can to avoid mistakes, but once you’ve made one, transform it into something beneficial. Nobody’s perfect, and in that imperfection is a whole world of progress to be made.

— Ralph Marston


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