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We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.
-- Edwin Markham


Saturday, March 21, 1998

This will be fun

Is there anything you know you must do, which you’re reluctant to undertake? Or is there something which you’re positively dreading? Perhaps it is a project you’ve been putting off, or a phone call you must make, or a meeting you need to attend.

Think of what you need to do and tell yourself, “this will be fun!” It sounds crazy, but it can really make a difference. As soon as you say “this will be fun” your mind starts looking for ways to justify that statement. Actually, you simply don’t know in advance how it will be, because you cannot experience the future. So your impressions of the dreaded action, whatever it is, are formed mainly by the way you talk to yourself about it.

If you tell yourself “this will be horrible” it probably will be horrible, simply because you’ve convinced yourself beforehand. Do you really want to have a horrible experience? Of course not. So tell yourself that “this will be fun” and it just might be. It won’t hurt. It could help. It will get you up and moving in the right direction. “This will be fun!"

— Ralph Marston

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