Stretch Yourself

Stretch yourself

You’ll thank yourself if you regularly stretch yourself. You’ll appreciate the new strength you develop by willingly taking on challenges.

It’s temptingly comfortable to stay where you are and continue doing what you’re used to doing. Don’t let that comfort become a prison.

The world at your feet stretches far beyond the horizon. Venture away from what you already know, and discover how much more you can be.

It’s good to have the confidence that comes from knowing what to expect. What’s even better is to expand that confidence by encountering situations you don’t expect.

Experience how far your capabilities can take you. Gain new understanding of the world, the people, the ideas, customs and circumstances around you.

Give yourself a healthy dose of fresh energy and inspiration. Seek today to stretch yourself, and feel more of the curiosity and competence that have always been yours.

— Ralph Marston

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No Matter What

No matter what

Life can be difficult at many times, in all sorts of ways, on multiple levels. Even so, it’s probably not nearly as bad as you’ve been led to believe.

There are problems in this world, as there have always been. Yet you and everyone else are highly skilled at working through all kinds of problems.

Compared to the problems, an even greater number of positive possibilities exist. And as those possibilities are realized they become even more numerous.

For centuries, worry and fear have been used by those who seek profit and power. It’s good to frequently remind yourself that you don’t always have to buy what they’re selling.

Chances are, there’s something good, and positive, and uplifting you can do right now, right here. Chances are, the sun will come up tomorrow and you can enjoy more goodness, perhaps share it with someone you care about.

Troubles will persist, just as they always have. And you can continue to live with purpose, with joy, with truth and meaning, no matter what.

— Ralph Marston

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More you can do

More you can do

What does opportunity look like? What does opportunity feel like?

Opportunity is the realization that there’s more you can do. It’s something that’s not at all difficult to see.

There’s more you can do. There are ways, easily within your reach, that you can make a positive difference in the world.

You have knowledge, experience, resources, connections, awareness, energy, time, and passion. And with it all, there’s more you can do.

With life as it is, in this place, on this day, in your particular situation, there’s more you can do. Consider what that could be, and think of the new value it will create.

Opportunity is always present. Because there’s always more you can do.

— Ralph Marston

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Action not worry

Action, not worry

There are plenty of issues to be concerned about in today’s world. And though concern is admirable, concern alone doesn’t accomplish much.

For each topic that worries you, ask yourself something. What exactly can you do about it?

If you’re able to come up with an answer, that’s great. Instead of unproductive worrying, you can apply your energy in a beneficial direction.

If you determine there’s nothing you can do, that’s also a good thing to know. Because you can then direct your time, your thoughts, and your actions into other places where you can make a difference.

You accomplish nothing by fretting over situations that are completely beyond your control. And what’s worse, it can lead you into a spiral of frustration, helplessness, anger and despair.

Instead, identify what you actually can do, and devote yourself to doing it. That’s a whole lot better for your world, and for you as well.

— Ralph Marston

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