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The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
-- Nathaniel Branden


Wednesday, August 31, 2022

What you can and cannot do

You can’t do everything, but you can do something. You can’t change the whole world, but you can make a difference.

It’s frustrating when you’re weighed down and impeded by factors far beyond your control. The more you focus on those immovable obstacles, the more frustrated you become.

So make the choice to shift your focus. Turn your thoughts away from what you can’t do, and toward what you can do.

No, the world is certainly not perfect, but then neither are you. And though you can’t make much of a dent in the outside world, there are lots of ways to improve yourself, your surroundings, your opportunities.

Sure, outside forces are holding you back, but what might you be doing to also hold yourself back? And what steps could you take to remove those self-imposed obstacles?

Re-direct the energy of your frustration into positive, purposeful activity to create meaningful improvements. And by doing so you’ll better position yourself for whatever difficulties life throws at you.

— Ralph Marston

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