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To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
-- Anatole France


Wednesday, October 11, 2000

Immediate reward

Though most goals take a long and sustained effort to reach, the benefits of moving toward them begin to accrue immediately. There is a strong sense of purpose and direction which comes when you pursue a challenging objective. That positive influence takes hold the moment you commit to reaching the objective. It gives to each day, each moment, each action an energy which would not otherwise be present.

While it is true that genuine accomplishment requires effort applied over time, that eventual accomplishment begins to return value as soon as you start to work on it. Working diligently toward a future objective adds real value to your world today.

So what are you waiting for? Set your sights on an ambitious goal and start right now to reach for it. The reaching, the striving, the discipline and the effort are their own rewards. And they serve to make the goal, when it is indeed reached, more valuable than you ever could have imagined.

— Ralph Marston

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