Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes


Like Yourself

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The only way you can successfully communicate and relate to other people, is to like yourself. The more you like yourself, the more others will like and accept you. Unfortunately, many people have experiences in their past that leave them feeling unworthy, incapable and embarrassed.

That is all over now. It is in the past. The reality is that you’re an expressive, sensitive, gregarious person, if only you’ll let yourself be. It doesn’t matter what someone has said about you in the past. It doesn’t matter what shortcomings you have previously experienced. That is all history.

What matters is what you do from this point forward. Realize that you are a worthwhile, valuable person with an enormous contribution to make. Find the best within yourself and feel good about the person you are. You are a special person, and your life begins today.

— Ralph Marston
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Think of the Possibilities

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As you go through your day, with the situations you encounter, the people you meet, the obstacles you face, think of the possibilities. Possibility thinking is thinking on several levels. It is looking ahead, discounting the odds, and knowing that, in some cases, 999 failures do not count as much as that one success in 1,000 tries.

Let go of the past. Don’t limit yourself by focusing on what has happened before. Look at all the possibilities. You have a choice to make your own future, to select the possibility that suits you best.

Look at the potential within yourself. You have a world of possibilties open to you. Break out of the mold and live the possibilities every day.

— Ralph Marston
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Make it a great day

Today you have another opportunity to enrich your life. You can choose to just get through the day, or you can choose to make today count.

Start by counting your blessings. Appreciate the people in you life. Be thankful for the experience you’ve had, and the things you have learned. And if there’s someone you’ve neglected to say “thank you” to, today would be a great day to do it.

Then, look for ways to make a difference. In your work, in your family, in your community, with your friends, and with perfect strangers. Resolve to do something today that will make the world a better place.

Finally, do something for yourself. Take the first step toward something you’ve always wanted to do. If you keep putting it off, it will never happen. But if you take the first step today, and then another one tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, you’ll reach your dream.

It all starts today. Stand up, step forward, and make it a great one.

— Ralph Marston
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The stairway to your goal


Envision your goal at the top of a stairway and yourself at the bottom. Now look way up at the top, and see your goal. Then look at the next step down from the top. That would be the last step you need to take before you accomplish your goal. What is that step? And what is the step before it, and the one before that?

Identify the steps, all the way down to the very first one, the one that’s right in front of you. That is the step you can take today. Stand up tall, focus on the top of the stairway, and take that first step. You’re on your way! Now all you need to do is just keep taking those steps, one after one.

Don’t waste your time waiting for the stairway to turn into an escalator that will carry you effortlessly to the top. It won’t happen. You’ve got to take those steps yourself.

It will take some effort. The higher the goal, the more steps there will be. But as long as you’re going to be walking up the stairway, you might as well have something great waiting at the top.

Take one step at a time, and you are certain to make it. You may occasionally slip, and you might want to sit and rest every now and then. The important thing, though, is to keep on climbing. Every moment, every day. Each step will carry you closer to the top.

And on that happy day when you take the last step, give yourself a little break. Relax for a moment, and look down the stairway at how far you’ve come. Squint your eyes and see if you can make out the people down there, the ones who are just now starting to climb.

Then take a deep breath, pat yourself on the back, and go look for the next stairway.

— Ralph Marston
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Life is not fair

“That’s not fair” is a favorite expression of young children. “She got a bigger cookie. It’s not fair.” “He got a purple balloon and I got a red one. It’s not fair.” I suppose in our attempt to teach our children the concepts of equity and justice, we give them the impression that life is, or should be, fair.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Life is not fair. And furthermore, we wouldn’t really want it to be. If it was, then we’d all be exactly the same. Just think how boring that would be. Everyone would have the same kind of car, the same kind of house, the same education, the same income, the same personality, the same physique, the same everything. Who would want that?

Life is not fair because life is what we make of it, and we all choose to live it differently. What is a priority for some, means nothing to others. Life could not possibly be fair unless we all conspired to make it so, and why would we want to do that? The excitement, the challenge, the variety, the essence of life comes precisely from the fact that it is not fair. Some people are born with all the advantages, and others come into life with almost nothing going for them. Is that fair? No. Does it make life worth living? Absolutely.

You have some advantages that others don’t have. And others have advantages that you don’t have. That’s just the way it is. We each have our own burdens and our own joys, from both of which we can learn and grow. When we accept the fact that life is not fair, then we begin to make it great.

— Ralph Marston
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What if you could see into the future?

Learn to recognize the possibilties in your life, and you’ll see into your own future, in time to do something about it. Life is full of possibilities — some good, some bad. The better we become at recognizing and anticipating them, the more effective and successful we will be.

There are countless opportunities that pass you by because you never even know about them. And there are all too many unpleasant “surprises” that could have been avoided, had you seen them coming. When you pay attention to the possibilities, you have more options, more control in your life.

To increase your possibility awareness, you must first accept your current situation. Resist the temptation to complain, or blame, or deny, or to engage in wishful thinking about what “could have been”. What is, is. Look at the reality of your situation. Detach yourself from the emotions of the moment. Though emotions can be a very powerful source of motivation, they can also blind you to reality. In order to see all the possibilites, you must be totally aware of the situation.

Next, open your mind. Consider new ideas, get out of your routine, read a magazine that’s completely unrelated to anything you’re interested in — see what the rest of the world is doing. You’ll recognize possibilities much more readily when you’re constantly challenging your assumptions.

Finally, act on the possibilities. When you see opportunity, take steps to make the most of it. If you see a possible danger or threat, take steps to protect yourself. Being able to say “I did something about it” is far more satisfying than just saying “I knew it.”

Be open to possibilities. They’re everywhere, and they are your future.

— Ralph Marston
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Let your life soar. Reach for the stars. Make every moment count.

Dream big dreams, and follow your dreams with action and commitment. Appreciate, be thankful for, and make the best use of all that you have.

You are a unique expression of life and love and creation. Let your life shine brightly. Delight in the obstacles that give you the gift of challenge. Let the beauty that is around you, inspire you.

Have faith in the ultimate triumph of truth. Break free from your past limitations and become the person you are to be. Look for ways to provide meaning and value to others, and you will soar ever higher.

See every moment for the opportunity that it is. Put your life into action. The world is full of promise, and hope, and beauty when you have the courage to look for it, and to find it.

Step confidently forward to greet each new day, secure in the knowledge that it is the best day of your life.

— Ralph Marston
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Start everyday as a winner

Expect good things to happen. And you’ll find the good in whatever happens. Circumstances will work in your favor when you’re focused on finding the positive.

Expect the best of other people. When they know what you expect of them, they’ll deliver. Expect the best of yourself. And when the going gets tough, you’ll have the strength to persevere.

Take responsibility. The person you are, the things you have, the life you live is up to you. You are in control. Make it the best you can.

Put your goals into action. Have the courage of your convictions. If it is worth believing, if it is worth visualizing, it is worth doing. Thoughts control your actions. Actions control your life.

Look for opportunities to make a difference. The more people you serve, the more abundant your life will be in every respect.

— Ralph Marston

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October 23 – Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes



Do not look where you fell,
but where you slipped.
— African proverb
If you’re taking action, you’ll make mistakes. When you make a mistake, that’s great! You just learned something.

Admit your mistakes and examine them carefully. Take responsibility for them, and learn from them. Mistakes are superb teachers. Knowing what doesn’t work, can be a tremendous help in determining what will work.

Tom Watson, the founder of IBM, well understood the value of mistakes. Once, one of his employees made a huge mistake that cost the company millions of dollars. The employee, upon being called into Watson’s office, said “I suppose you want my resignation.” “Are you kidding,” replied Watson. “I just spent ten million dollars educating you.”

Successful, effective people learn from everything that happens, including mistakes. When you make a mistake, the best policy is to pick up the pieces and look carefully at what happened. Don’t tear yourself up over it. Just examine it and learn from it. Then apply your new knowledge and try again.

— Ralph Marston
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October 22 – Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes


What you see is what you get

Is the glass half full, or half empty? It’s a classic conundrum that drives home a powerful point — you see what you choose to see.

Two sales agents were sent to sell shoes in an underdeveloped third world nation. The first agent sent a message back to his office, “No prospect of sales because nobody wears shoes here.” The other sales agent sent a different message, “Send stock immediately. Inhabitants barefooted. Desperately need shoes.” Looking at the same “reality”, each person saw a completely different situation.

We all have the same five senses. Yet the sensory input that we receive must be interpreted before we can understand and act on it. Though we often cannot control the reality of the world, we have complete control over our perception and interpretation of reality. And we have complete control over the actions we take in response. And it is that perception, and those actions, that make all the difference in life.

Everyone’s alarm clock sounds basically the same. Only to the successful person, however, is it the sound of opportunity. What does your alarm clock sound like?

Everyone’s copy of the daily newspaper contains the same articles. However, only the copy that lands in the successful person’s driveway has stories of unlimited possibilities.

You can literally program yourself for success by changing the way you perceive the world around you. You will find what you look for. The so-called “reality” of the outside world is only a mirror. A mirror which confirms and gives evidence to the vision that you have on the inside.

The world is what you expect it to be, and nothing else. Expect the best and that is the kind of world you will create.

— Ralph Marston

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