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Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.
-- Nathaniel Hawthorne
 

 

Saturday, August 4, 2001

Make a breakthrough

Sometimes it seems that whatever you do, you simply cannot seem to get ahead. Time after time you make the effort, and the results just do not come. What you need is a breakthrough.

A breakthrough will come when you’ve truly convinced yourself that you’re ready for it. Take a piece of paper and write down, clearly and in detail, the following things - what you’re attempting to accomplish, what you’ve done so far, why it hasn’t produced the results you’re after, and what obstacles still stand in your way.

When you’re finished, carefully read through everything. At the bottom of the page, write a deadline such as “I need a breakthrough by Wednesday afternoon.” Then fold the paper in two and put it away. Put the whole matter completely out of your mind. Don’t worry about it. Don’t go over it again in your mind. Relax with the confident knowledge that by the time your deadline arrives, you’ll have your breakthrough.

And you will. When it comes, accept it and get to work on putting it into action. When you’ve truly made a commitment, and when you’ve backed up that commitment with action and persistence, you’ll find a way to make it work. Your mind is easily capable of breakthrough thinking. All you have to do is ask.

— Ralph Marston

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