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What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.
-- Margaret Mead


Saturday, February 21, 1998


Your possibilities are limitless, but your time and resources are not. You have a finite number of hours in the day, a finite amount of money in the bank, and a finite set of actions which you can take. At any single moment, you can give your complete focus and attention only to one thing.

The challenge of successful living is to follow the possibilities which bring the most fulfillment to your life, while making the best use your resources. That means regularly saying no, to yourself and others. It means setting priorities and abiding by them.

The more positive, optimistic and open-minded you are, the more you will be enticed by compelling possibilities which could easily knock you off track. A “can-do” attitude becomes ineffective when you feel you “must do” everything. Often, “no” is the most positive thing you can say, for it will keep you focused.

There are a thousand wonderful things you could do today. Which ones will you actually choose to do? Consider your possibilities, and then follow your priorities.

— Ralph Marston

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