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If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.
-- Margaret Thatcher


Saturday, July 24, 1999

Convince yourself

You cannot take a self defeating action without first convincing yourself to do it. By the same token, in order to follow a course of action which will lead to success, you must first convince yourself to take those actions.

You have the power to convince yourself in either direction. You control your thoughts, and you cannot take sustained, effective action without intentionally deciding to do so.

The fundamental challenge of achieving anything you wish, is to first convince yourself to do it. Once you are totally convinced of its value, you’ll find a way to get it done. Continue to remind yourself, as often as possible, of the value of your pursuit, and it will surely come to fruition.

Compared to influencing others, convincing yourself is relatively easy. After all, you know what’s important to you. You know the things that motivate you. The fact is, you’re excellent at convincing yourself. You do it all the time. Point that powerful influence in a positive, creative direction and there is no limit to what you can achieve.

— Ralph Marston

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