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Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
-- Albert Einstein
 

 

Friday, November 7, 2008

The little annoyances

When you let the little problems get you down, then you give the big problems the power to overwhelm you. When you constantly complain about things that don’t really matter, you compromise your ability to successfully handle the things that do matter.

Whenever your day gets interrupted by an unexpected annoyance, you have a choice to make. You can let it poison your whole attitude, or you can actually use it to make you more positive and powerful.

Decide to laugh at the little problems, and to see each one as an opportunity for growth. Every minor annoyance that you quickly and successfully handle will strengthen your confidence.

That strong confidence will be extremely valuable when a major problem comes along. Even more importantly, that same confidence enables you to reach whatever goals you set for yourself.

If you’re already in the habit of moving forward through the little challenges, that momentum will serve you well when the big challenges arrive. Every small problem provides you with a way to increase your positive momentum.

A day that is filled with little annoyances is a day that is rich with opportunities for real and lasting growth. Welcome those opportunities with a smile, and one by one they will make you stronger.

— Ralph Marston

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