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Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower


Tuesday, July 7, 1998


When you’re feeling completely overwhelmed, and you know that you’ll never get it all done, relax. Though your frenzied, hurried actions may generate a lot of activity, they probably won’t create much lasting value if they’re done in haste.

You can relax right now, no matter how urgent your deadlines seem to be. There’s no need to save your relaxation for the weekend, or a vacation, or retirement -- experience the benefits today.

Being uptight and anxious will not make you any more effective. Being calm and focused will. You can only give your full attention to one thing at a time. To pretend otherwise is a waste of effort. Relax. Use your energy to achieve rather than to fight. Stop worrying and start to calmly work through what needs to be done. Relax. When you’re enjoying the ride, you’ll get to where you want to go.

— Ralph Marston

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