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I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.
-- John D. Rockefeller
 

 

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Momentum in your favor

Those who complain the most bring upon themselves the most things about which to complain. Those who praise and rejoice the most end up finding and experiencing the most things about which they can rejoice.

Experience is driven by expectations, and expectations are formed through experience. Once you’re on a particular path, whether positive or negative, it can become largely self-perpetuating.

That’s the power of momentum. You enjoy a small accomplishment, and the positive satisfaction it gives you sets you up for an even bigger and better accomplishment, which further increases the positive momentum.

Small things can make a big difference, because even the small things define the direction of your momentum. When you’re thankful and joyous about the modest successes, they begin to build into bigger successes.

Because negative momentum can be just as strong, it often takes a lot of effort to make even the smallest move in a positive direction. Yet it is worth all the effort, because even with that small move you have effectively turned the power of momentum in your favor.

Once momentum is moving in your direction, you begin to get more and more positive results from each effort. Start small, get momentum working for you, and there’s no limit to how far you can go.

— Ralph Marston

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