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Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.
-- Jerry Rice


Tuesday, July 23, 1996

Turn negative energy into personal power

Imagine for a moment that you are very powerful and highly effective. You have considerable resources at your disposal, and you know how to use them to solve problems and accomplish your objectives.

How would you act today if that were the case? Would you let every little setback get you down? Or would you use your enormous power and influence to quickly and effectively deal with every situation? Would your attitude be one of frustration and resignation, or would you be charged with excitement, energy and enthusiasm?

You’re on your way back from lunch and there’s a signal light malfunction that has traffic backed up for several blocks. No one is moving anywhere.

If you see yourself as a frustrated, tired, overworked victim, this incident will be additional confirmation to you that the world is unfair. You’ll probably blow your horn to let off steam, and curse at the other drivers, all the time raising your blood pressure and giving yourself a lot of heavy negative energy.

If, however, you see yourself as powerful and effective, you’ll use the opportunity to listen to an educational audiotape -- one you’ve been saving for just such an occasion. Our you’ll use your cell phone to return calls, and possibly even do some prospecting.

The same “reality” happens to everyone. It is how we chose to react that makes the difference between a miserable failure and a smashing success. You have the power to direct all your energy toward achievement and fulfillment of your dreams. And that power comes from the way you choose to look at life.

When you see every situation as an opportunity, when you quit complaining and use your time to get things done, then you will be powerful and effective. Anger and frustration create a great amount of energy, but so does an atomic bomb. The key to success is to harness that energy. Re-direct it toward action and accomplishment.

— Ralph Marston

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