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You cannot be anything if you want to be everything.
-- Solomon Schechter


The MONTHLY Motivator - July 2017



When you are making progress, continue. You’ve done a great deal. Now, challenge yourself to do more. You’ve created some powerful momentum. Now, let that momentum pull you even faster ahead. You’ve had a breakthrough. Pile new value on top of that breakthrough by working to move forward. You have just experienced how great it feels to make real progress. Keep that great feeling going. It’s easy to become smug, complacent, to rationalize that you’ve already done enough. What’s far better, though, is to immediately set your sights on the next challenge. Now is your opportunity to build on what you’ve already done. Grab that opportunity, and amaze the world with how much further you can go. Continue, and you will transform a minor success into a major achievement. Continue, and build more value on top of the value you’ve created. It is tempting to stop when you’ve done enough. Yet you know you can do much more than that, and somewhere, deep down inside, you’ll be disappointed in yourself if you pass up the opportunity. Feel how great it feels to make a difference in your world. Then, harness that great feeling to make an even bigger difference. In every achievement is the opportunity for more achievement, yet that opportunity quickly fades. So grab the opportunity while it’s still fresh and powerful, and use it. Do the work, give your best, and then continue. You’re on a roll and there’s no sense in stopping.

But what if you don’t yet have any momentum? Make some! Even if you’re not sure exactly what you’ll do next, go ahead and do what you can do first. The way to establish positive momentum is to get started, and to proceed with determination and commitment. When you’re in motion, momentum is a powerful positive force that can keep you moving forward. But if you’re doing nothing, the momentum of idleness will work against you and hold you back. So by all means, using whatever it takes, get yourself going. Even a little bit of effort and forward progress can begin to change momentum in your favor.

Set a small goal and do the work to reach that goal. Then move immediately on to bigger things. The process of achievement feels good, even though it may be difficult and challenging. Get yourself enjoying and looking forward to that good feeling of making a difference, and put the momentum of achievement on your side. There is something good and meaningful you can achieve right now, once you choose to make it happen.

When nothing seems to be going right, break the pattern by getting yourself going right. Just because a few negative things have happened to you, doesn’t mean you’re having a bad day. It means you have the opportunity to make a meaningful positive difference in the direction of the day. Instead of agonizing over the setbacks and disappointments, get energized and enthusiastic about the good things you can now do. Get energized and then get busy actually doing those things, taking positive action and getting positive results. Be a momentum changer. Although the day may have started out in an unfortunate direction, that can end right now with you. Any negative pattern you experience can only continue if you let it. Don’t let it. Stop the negative pattern, change the momentum and transform the whole day by choosing positive action. You have the power to be a momentum changer, to create positive momentum in your life, so use that power to the benefit of yourself and all those around you.

Keep in mind that even the smallest positive effort can create a radical shift in your perspective. Even the smallest positive effort can begin to create a powerful, forward-focused momentum. If it seems you’re going through a bad stretch, make the choice to change your momentum. Then step decisively forward and act on that choice. The way to change something is to do something. You can wish and worry and complain until you’re blue in the face, yet nothing good is likely to happen until you act to make it happen. When you avoid any effort, life can seem endlessly overwhelming. Yet the moment you start to do something you’re suddenly connected, almost as if by magic, to all kinds of positive options. Though you may not feel like it, and though you may have to do it on faith, take a small positive step. Make a little effort in a good and positive direction, and you’ll be making a big change in your momentum. Your actions absolutely can make a difference, so choose to use that power.

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--Ralph Marston

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