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Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.
-- Henri Bergson


Tuesday, August 11, 1998

Tempt yourself to succeed

At some level, we are always giving in to temptation. Even the most willful, disciplined action results from giving in to the notion that we should take that action. Every action is preceded by some kind of an influence.

Some people may be tempted to drink too much. Others are tempted, for whatever reason, to stay sober. Some are tempted to seek empty pleasure. Others are tempted to take advantage of every opportunity in which they can make a creative, positive contribution.

You cannot avoid being influenced. What you can do is to make sure that influence is positive, and focused in the direction of your life’s goals. You’re always giving in to some kind of temptation. So tempt yourself to succeed. Keep yourself focused on what you want to achieve and why. Constantly visualize, in rich detail, the life you wish to live and the things you plan to accomplish. Make sure that your own temptation to succeed is stronger than all the other temptations which come your way.

Build up and give in to your own positive temptation for success and fulfillment.

— Ralph Marston

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