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Art for art's sake, with no purpose, for any purpose perverts art. But art achieves a purpose which is not its own.
-- Benjamin Constant


Thursday, November 29, 2001

Enjoy success

What some people consider unpleasant, others consider enjoyable. The difference is not really in the activity itself. It’s strictly a difference of opinion. Think about that and consider the implications. You have the power to decide what is enjoyable for you and what is unpleasant.

Now, let’s suppose you set a goal for yourself, something you’ve always wanted to achieve. What’s going to happen if you decide that the actions and efforts necessary to reach that goal are unpleasant? If that’s your attitude, you’re either going to avoid taking those actions or you’re going to make yourself miserable while taking them. Either way, you’ll end up being quite ineffective and it’s very unlikely that you’ll ever reach the goal you’ve set.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can just as easily decide to enjoy the efforts necessary for achievement of your goal. Do that, and you’ll actually look forward to taking the needed actions. Plus, you’ll be infinitely more effective when you do act. That’s a powerful combination, and it all results from a simple change in attitude.

The way to enjoy being successful is to enjoy becoming successful. And you can do that any time you choose.

— Ralph Marston

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