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The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.
-- Socrates


Monday, February 11, 2002

Positive and realistic

Is it realistic to be positive when your life is filled with difficult problems? Yes, it most certainly is. Being positive does not mean ignoring or avoiding the problems. Being positive means seeing those difficulties for what they are, and then doing whatever is necessary to move beyond them.

That takes effort and commitment, and it’s not easy. Yet it is the best choice by far. Sure, it’s difficult to stay positive when there’s trouble all around you. And that’s precisely when your positive focus can make the biggest difference.

Look straight at those problems and know that there’s a way through them. See the magnitude of the challenge and know that it can be done. There’s no need to deny reality in order to remain positively focused. With positive energy and commitment you can improve that reality.

There’s no need to lose your positive focus in order to be realistic. And it’s certainly not necessary to deny reality in order to be positive. Stay positive and realistic at the same time, and you’ll truly be changing the world for the better.

— Ralph Marston

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