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Knowing is not enough; we must apply!
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Making a choice

Just imagine what would be possible for you today if only you could exercise positive, focused control over every thought and action. You wouldn’t waste any time being angry or spiteful or envious. You’d simply move yourself positively forward. You would actually do all those things you know you need to do, and you would avoid those things you know you’d later regret.

In fact, you do have control over your thoughts and actions. After all, they’re your thoughts and they’re your actions. So why do they so often lead you toward things that are not in your best interest? It happens whenever you choose short term pleasure and comfort over long term joy and achievement.

Is that really what you want to do, or has it just become a habit? Today would be a great day to break that habit. Today would be a great day to start living in your best interest. Today would be a great day to put your efforts into building a life of purpose, achievement and fulfillment.

The shallow pleasures of the moment never last, so choose to invest your precious time in something more substantial. Every moment you’re making a choice, and every moment you have the opportunity to build a life of greatness. You’re in control of what you do, so make sure it expresses who you really want to be.

— Ralph Marston

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