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Every artist was first an amateur.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thursday, July 17, 2008

No struggle

Make the effort, to be sure. But do not make it into a struggle.

Struggle is not a specific condition or action. It is a label that casts a negative spin on your efforts and unnecessarily puts you at a disadvantage.

If you see yourself as struggling, your expectations are already lowered and the best you can hope for is to break even. Yet there’s never any reason to see yourself as struggling.

Yes, the challenges may indeed be great. And you have what it takes to make real and steady progress in the face of those challenges.

Instead of seeing yourself as a victim, see yourself as making the most of a valuable experience. Rather than living in fear of being pushed back, seize with enthusiasm every opportunity to move forward.

Every situation is what it is, but it never has to be a struggle. For you are capable of doing much, much better than that.

— Ralph Marston

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