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Character develops itself in the stream of life.
-- Goethe


Thursday, July 26, 2001

In control

Without a knowledgeable pilot, the fastest, most powerful aircraft is of little use. To get an aircraft safely to its destination requires skilled control. That’s where the pilot comes in.

In the same way, without discipline and control, even the most promising life is doomed to go nowhere. You could have money, resources, knowledge, skills, and influential friends, and yet if you fail to exercise control over your thoughts and actions, all that great potential will go to waste.

The thing is, it’s really not that difficult to control your life. You’re the person inside your body, the person who pulls all the strings. You definitely have the ability to think the thoughts you decide to think and to take the actions you decide to take.

If you have a compelling enough reason, you can exercise complete control over your own thoughts and actions. So find a compelling reason! If there’s something you’ve decided to achieve, spend the time and effort to understand, in a personally meaningful way, why you’re doing it. Find a reason. Take control. And you’ll find yourself flying straight toward where you want to be.

— Ralph Marston

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