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The greatest sin is not to be filled with joy.
-- Rabbi Leveratov
 

 

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

The higher you aim

When things become difficult, and every effort seems to bring disappointment, it can be tempting to lower your expectations. It can seem like the most reasonable response is to water down your goals and ambitions.

But that’s exactly what you don’t want to do. For diminished expectations only lead to even more diminished results. If the future equaled the past, then it would make sense to set your sights lower in response to difficulty and disappointment. Thankfully, though, the future most certainly does not equal the past.

What you accomplish in the future depends on the strength of what you intend to accomplish. The higher you aim, the higher you will climb. Now that doesn’t mean borrowing a lot of money and spending it frivolously, hoping to pay it back in the future. It means being committed to doing whatever it takes to responsibly and realistically reach the meaningful goals you’ve set for yourself.

If you’re getting disappointing results, it’s not a sign to give up on your dream. Instead, it’s an opportunity to make that dream so absolutely compelling that you cannot fail to achieve it.

— Ralph Marston

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