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I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
-- Jonas Salk


Saturday, November 14, 1998


Anyone can get excited and enthusiastic, given a sufficient amount of stimulation or inducement. Excitement will get you going, but it is not enough to keep you going. Excitement, by its very nature, wears off.

Beyond the initial excitement, success requires commitment. Commitment keeps you going long after the novelty has worn off. Excitement begins the process of achievement. Commitment sees it through to completion.

Excitement is a reaction. Commitment is an intentional decision. Success occurs when you’re able to transform the energy of your excitement into a solid and lasting commitment. That’s not easy. It takes effort. It takes dedication and focus. It demands a level of motivation that goes beyond the thrill of the moment. To be committed, you must find a personally meaningful, driving reason to support your commitment, and then continually remind yourself of that reason.

Excitement is so satisfying and energizing because of the promise it makes. Commitment is what actually delivers on that promise.

— Ralph Marston

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