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If you hear a voice within you say, "You cannot paint" then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
-- Vincent Van Gogh


Friday, January 30, 2004

In control

There is someone who controls your every move. There is someone who decides whether you will succeed or fail, whether you will persist or give up.

There is someone who tells you when to get up in the morning, what to eat and what to wear. There is someone who determines what career you’ll follow, who your friends will be, and what you’ll do with your time.

That person is you. The control you have over your own thoughts and actions can be one of your most valuable assets.

The way you’ve controlled yourself in the past has brought you to where you are this moment. More importantly, the way you control yourself now, and in the days to come, can take you any place you wish to go.

With all your many commitments, pressures and obligations, it’s easy to forget that you’re in control of what you think, what you say, what you do. By consciously exercising that control you can surely and steadily move positively forward, no matter what the outside circumstances may be.

Whatever you decide to do, to experience, to become, is within your reach when you point yourself consistently in that direction. Use the control you have to make the very most of the person you are.

— Ralph Marston

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