Perception

Smile at the disruptions
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Something will interrupt your concentration today. Decide right now that you’ll take it in stride.

Some situation won’t turn out the way you planned. Whatever it may be, make the commitment to take it in stride.

You have every right to be upset, flustered, frustrated when life doesn’t go the way you want. Yet you never have to exercise that right.

You can choose instead to take it in stride. Rather than wasting your time and energy, you can quickly adjust to the new development and keep going.

Feeling upset and sorry for yourself never gained you anything in the past, and it won’t help you now. What will help is your determination to smile at the disruptions while you stick firmly with your original purpose.

Smile at the disruptions, take them in stride. And you’ll quickly put them behind you.

— Ralph Marston

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Forgiveness is the key to happiness

Forgive and get beyond it
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You can’t change unfortunate things that have already happened. What you can do is forgive, and move on.

Forgive yourself, forgive others, forgive whoever and whatever caused it to happen. Forgive, and get beyond it.

The longer you carry a grudge, the heavier it gets. Forgiveness lightens your load, frees your energy for more positive pursuits.

Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. It brings you peace, resolution, and freedom.

Forgiveness puts you in control of how you feel. Forgive, and experience the positive power.

The pains of your past have already continued long enough. Forgive, be finally done with those pains, and allow new joys to take their place.

— Ralph Marston

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There’s Always A Way

Always a way through
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There is always a way through. Calm down, take a breath, back away from the drama and find that way.

Life’s realities are not always pleasant or comforting or convenient. Accept reality, and at the same time, refuse to be stopped by it.

Steady your nerves as the situation crashes down around you. Then pick up the pieces and do something useful, helpful, good, and valuable with them.

Keep your cool when tensions are hot. Engage your steady hand to navigate through rough and roiling passages.

There is always a way through. And on the other side, great value, opportunity, a new, stronger perspective.

With grace and confidence, see beyond the disruptions of the moment to a positive vision of what can be. With calm determination, lead the way there.

— Ralph Marston

 

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Expect Something Good

Tell yourself something good
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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
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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
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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
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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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