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It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
-- St Francis of Assisi
 

 

Saturday, November 1, 2003

Effort works

It’s amazing what some good, sustained effort can do. Effort is far more effective than worrying, far more effective than complaining that things aren’t going your way.

Whether the situation is wonderful or whether it is dismal, focus on what you can actually do with it. Focus on where your efforts can be put to best use.

Don’t let the details of what has already happened cause you to lose sight of the efforts necessary to move forward. Direct your attention to what you can do now. Then go ahead and make the effort. Go beyond wishing, thinking about it, planning to do it, and just get started.

Positive effort will make a far more meaningful difference than arguing about who is to blame. If you feel passionate about the situation, put the energy of that passion to good use, by putting it into positive, productive effort.

Always remember that your effort can take you where you want to go. The faster you start, the sooner you’ll be there.

— Ralph Marston

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