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Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower


Saturday, October 30, 1999

Inside out

Much of what’s on the outside comes from what’s on the inside. External situations ultimately are the result of internal values and thoughts. Unfortunately, we too often allow the negative external circumstances to control our internal thoughts, which in turn affect the external circumstances. The result is that we get stuck in a rut of negative thinking and negative reality.

Your internal thoughts are separate from the external world. Sure, you can internalize, comprehend and consider the external world in elaborate detail. Yet on the inside, you have the ability to be completely independent. You have control. Even people who are in physical bondage can control their own internal thoughts.

There’s no reason for your thoughts to reinforce any negativity in the world outside. Perceive it for what it is, to be sure, but don’t give your own power to it. Break the downward spiral. Take a positive initiative with your own thinking and experience what a difference it truly can make.

— Ralph Marston

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