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Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love.
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi


The MONTHLY Motivator - March 2005

Reasons why

Most of the time, you can come up with plenty of reasons why you can’t and why you won’t. So it helps to have and effective counterbalance to those negative assumptions -- reasons why you can and why you will.

Taking action is the key to getting anything accomplished. Action comes from belief and commitment -- the belief that you can do it, and the commitment to follow through. Whatever you set out to accomplish, there are ample reasons why you can do it, and why you will. When you know and understand those reasons, and keep them at the front of your mind, then indeed you can and will do anything.

Focusing on why you can’t and why you won’t will get you nothing except excuses, and excuses have no value. Look instead for why you can and why you will. The reasons are most certainly there, and they will lead to the achievement you desire. Focus on why you can, and you can. Focus on why you will, and you will.

PART 1 - Why you can

It is possible for you

If it is possible, it is possible for you. There’s very little difference between you and the most successful person you can imagine. Anything that is possible for anyone else is possible for you. Consider all the great things that have been accomplished by people who were, for the most part, just like you. Everyone has challenges and difficulties, even those who are the most highly accomplished. And everyone has magnificent possibilities, including, especially, you. Whatever you choose to become, whatever you choose to build, to have or to do, if it is possible for anyone it is possible for you.

You have the tools you need

The tools you need for taking effective action are readily available to you. You were designed to be creative and adaptive. You are resourceful. You are intelligent and flexible in your thinking. You can get access to other people who have the ability to assist you. You have experience at problem solving. You have the ability to act with discipline and focus. You can reason. You can make choices, you can make commitments, and you can follow through on them. You were born to do great things and as such, you have the tools necessary for greatness.


You have courage. Oh sure, you often feel fear. But that doesn’t mean that you lack courage. In fact, the more fear you feel, the more courage you have. Those who never feel any fear are people who never attempt to accomplish anything. Courage is the ability to act in spite of the fear. If you’ve felt fear, and you’re still here, you have courage. You also understand that most fears are really not there to stop you, but rather to prepare you. Consider, for example, that the best public speakers always feel some fear before going in front of a large audience. They come to welcome it, because it prepares and energizes them to be their best. You have that courage, too. You can face your fears, learn from them, capture the positive energy they hold, and accomplish great things. You have plenty of courage, enough to take you anywhere you wish to go.

You’re a survivor

You are a survivor. You’ve made it this far, haven’t you? Just think of all the times in the past when difficult problems and challenges have arisen. You managed to get through those times, and you came away with more wisdom, a more valuable and varied perspective. You have successfully

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--Ralph Marston

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