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The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
-- Claude Levi-Strauss
 

 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Purpose guiding the way

Discouragement comes from worrying about how. Inspiration comes from diving into the rich feeling of why.

When you attempt to work out every detail of every step in advance, it can be confusing and frustrating. To add some powerful clarity, settle on a good, meaningful first step and take it.

Yes, it is important to figure out how you will move forward, and to make realistic plans. Yet you don’t have to figure it all out in advance.

Getting started immediately is more important than debating with yourself about exactly how you’ll finish. As long as your plans are at least one step ahead of your actions, and as long as you remember why, you’ll be able to keep moving ahead.

Your experience in taking the early steps will enable you to more effectively determine and execute the later steps. And in every step along the way, always remember why you have chosen to move forward.

Stay in touch with why, and have faith that your sense of authentic purpose will lead you to the objective you have chosen. Step forward, and with your purpose guiding the way, find the path that takes you there.

— Ralph Marston

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