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Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.
-- Alfred Adler


Tuesday, March 9, 1999

See the positive

When you worry about your problems, it can give you the feeling that you’re doing something about them. And in fact you are. You’re making them worse, giving them more power, compounding their negative influence by the force of your own thoughts. Is that really what you want to do?

Think of your biggest problem, your most challenging obstacle. Now, find something positive about it. Envision a way in which you can transform it from a negative to a positive in your life.

Maintaining a positive focus is easy to do. It doesn’t cost any money. It simply involves an adjustment in your attitude. It is without question a precursor to success and achievement. So why don’t more people do it? Because staying negative is too comfortable. Worrying and complaining don’t oblige you to make any kind of effort.

By contrast, seeing things positively compels you to take action, to take control, to take responsibility. That can be scary. Yet it sure beats the alternative of making your problems worse by worry and inactivity. See the positive and then do something about it, make the effort to make it happen. That approach will get you anywhere you want to go.

— Ralph Marston

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