Who’s The Boss?

The boss

You have significant control over your actions, your thoughts, your feelings, your words, your opinions. It’s not total control all the time but it’s a whole lot more than anyone else has.

The positive and purposeful exercise of that control is called discipline. It is something you can improve upon every day.

The more you experience yourself exercising discipline and the more you experience the rewards of that discipline, the stronger it grows. Certainly there are times when discipline does not come easy, and those are the times when it has the greatest positive impact.

What small part of your life today can you exercise more beneficial control over? Do that consistently, repeatedly, and the benefits will spread throughout your whole world.

Reality is always there to impose its discipline on you whether you want it or not. Answer that by getting out in front of reality with your own discipline.

You are the boss of you. Be an exceptional one.

— Ralph Marston

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Start Now and keep going

Start now and keep going

The work will take some time. But the time will pass whether you do the work or not.

The question you have to ask yourself is this. When the time has passed, would it be better to have the work done?

Of course it would, and sure, it will take a while. That’s a very good reason to get started right away.

You won’t be able to get all the work done immediately. Yet you can get some done today, some more tomorrow and the next day and the next.

And before long, what once seemed overwhelming will be done. Instead of wondering how you can possibly get it all finished, you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Start now and keep going. Make the passing of time your ally and make achievement your thing.

— Ralph Marston

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Moment of beauty

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Moment of beauty

Feel the energizing touch of a fresh breeze. Watch brightness fill your world as the sun comes up.

Delight in the open and unrestrained happiness of a young child. Dwell for a while on the positive possibilities in your life, in all of life.

In each day you’ll find plenty of opportunities to create a moment of beauty. Seize upon those opportunities.

Beauty exists because you experience it as such. Give yourself the experience of beauty, and you give to the circumstance something that transcends the circumstance.

Recognize the potential for beauty in the smallest details. Let the experience of beauty show you how fully alive you are.

Treasure the beauty, and absorb it deep into the core of who you are. Live the beauty that is always possible, and make it real in a way that only you can do.

— Ralph Marston

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Beyond initial impressions

Beyond initial impressions

Most people are not who you imagine them to be. And certainly you are not exactly as others imagine you to be.

So how can you hope to get along with people you don’t really know, who do not truly know you? You must think and act with respect and humility.

Rather than making weak and shallow assumptions, ask deep and meaningful questions. Replace the language of your own narrow perspective with words that encourage connection and understanding.

Every person you encounter is far more complex than you can ever know. Respect that complexity by not jumping too quickly to judgments and conclusions.

Someone who appears to be a villain when viewed in a single dimension could look more like a saint upon closer inspection. What a shame it would be to dismiss that person before seeing more of the picture.

Understanding is a continuing process. Go beyond initial impressions, keep the process going, and reach higher and higher levels of mutual understanding.

— Ralph Marston

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