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To conquer oneself is the noblest and greatest triumph.
-- Plato
 

 

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Exaggeration

You wasted thirty minutes this morning so now the whole day is ruined. No, actually it’s not.

You gave in to temptation and ate a cinnamon roll so now you decide you’ll never be able to lose weight. But that thought is nothing but an extreme exaggeration.

It’s helpful to recognize problems and mistakes so you can correct them and avoid them in the future. Yet exaggeration is not really helpful at all.

Yes, perhaps you wasted some time early in the day. However, you have the rest of the day to make up for it.

Instead of punishing yourself endlessly for a small slip, take the opportunity to let it motivate you. Instead of exaggerating problems so far out of proportion that you give up, do what’s necessary to solve them, to get beyond them.

Make sure your thought process is working for you rather than against you. See the problems and challenges realistically, for what they are, and enable yourself to successfully deal with them.

— Ralph Marston

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