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Nothing happens unless first a dream.
-- Carl Sandburg


Thursday, August 27, 1998

Stop digging

It is true that you must pay the price for your past mistakes. Yet that does not mean that you must keep making them. So often we adopt an attitude of “I’ll never get out of this” and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The truth is, you can start to get out of it right now, no matter what has happened in the past. You cannot change the past or its consequences, but you can immediately change the present, and make the future look infinitely brighter.

When you find yourself in a hole, it often seems that the only thing to do is to keep digging. But that will only get you in deeper. The first thing you must do is stop digging. As soon as you stop digging, even before you start climbing out, you’ve made a positive change.

Momentum can work either for you or against you, and it all depends on what direction you’re going. Momentum is not dependent on where you are, just on which way you’re headed. You can have positive momentum right this moment, regardless of what has happened in the past. All it takes is a change in direction. All it takes is to stop digging, and start climbing out. You got yourself here, and you can get yourself wherever you want to go. Direct your momentum toward where you want to be, and don’t stop until you’re there.

— Ralph Marston

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