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And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
-- Abraham Lincoln


Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Rise above it

When some particular difficulty has you feeling like you’re surrounded, which way do you go? The best way to go is up. A powerful strategy for overcoming the challenges is to get yourself on top of them rather than in the midst of them.

So how do you do that? You have a powerful tool available to you. It’s something you use all the time without even realizing it, something you’ve been using since you are a child. It’s known as visualization. It can positively and definitively change your mind, your attitude, and your energy level. And by so doing it can change the reality of your life.

When you’re deep within a difficult challenge, visualize yourself rising above it. Close your eyes, and see the challenge surrounding you. Imagine that it has color and texture. In your mind, give it a size and shape. Then, using the same power of imagination, see yourself rising above it, like a hot air balloon lifting off the ground and into the air.

Get high enough above it and you’ll see a way out. Get high enough above it and you’ll see what’s beyond it. Imagine yourself high enough above that challenge and you’ll know, with absolute certainty, that you have what it takes to emerge victorious.

Whatever challenge confronts you, give yourself some valuable perspective. In your mind, rise above it. And in your actions you’ll find a way to make it through.

— Ralph Marston

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