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Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
-- Clare Boothe Luce
 

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Your most important time

A brief moment of weakness can lay waste to months or years of strong, steady progress. Elite athletes know this all too well, as do recovering addicts, dieters, and anyone else committed to a goal.

Each moment is important not only in its own right, but also because of all you’ve invested to get to it. The harder you’ve worked to arrive here, the more tragic and costly would a mistake be.

The same dynamic applies even more so in the other direction. For each moment is not only a culmination, but an opportunity.

What you do or fail to do right now, is amplified by the future. So whether you’re looking back or looking ahead, the stakes are undeniably high.

Your most important time is now. Your past and your future are begging you to be strong, appreciative, and innovative with what you do in the present.

Remind yourself often of all the ground you’ve covered in the past and all the possibilities ahead in your future. Choose your present actions accordingly.

— Ralph Marston

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