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It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.
-- Moliere


Monday, December 27, 1999

How do you want it?

Success. You say you want it. It sounds good. It sounds right. But do you really, truly want it? Do you even know what it is?

"Success” is a vague and nebulous term. It is useful when dealing with principles but it falls short when applied to the reality of your life. The only attainable “success” is specific success. Generic success is impossible to achieve because it is impossible to clearly visualize and work towards.

You won’t ever be very highly motivated to achieve “success.” Effective motivation comes from pursuing specific, clearly defined goals. What does success mean to you? Think it through. Write it down. Connect yourself emotionally to it. Make it real in your mind. Know exactly what you’re going for.

Do you really want it? Then determine exactly, precisely what it is and then go one step farther by clearly understanding why you want it. Hold on to that. Keep it at the forefront of your thoughts. And you will do what is necessary to have it.

— Ralph Marston

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