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The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.
-- Ernest Hemingway
 

 

Thursday, June 15, 2000

One step forward

Even when you’re going slow, you’re making progress. It’s certainly better to move forward slowly than to not move forward at all. When you feel you’re stuck, take one small step forward. Though it may not get you very far, it will alter your momentum in a major way. In an instant you’ll change from someone who is not going anywhere to someone who has taken control and is moving ahead.

You can find the strength to do just one thing to move yourself forward. And that one thing is infinitely better than doing nothing. Though sometimes you’ll move ahead more quickly, the important thing is to maintain a positive momentum.

If you’ve had a setback, choose one thing you can do right now that will get you back on track. You won’t make up for all lost ground right away, yet you will keep yourself headed in a positive direction.

Take one step forward. Then take the step after that. Keep moving steadily toward the goal, and though the going will at times be slow, if you maintain your positive momentum you will most certainly get there.

— Ralph Marston

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