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Monday, 06 March 2017 09:59

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, March 6, 2017

Choose your direction

by Ralph Marston

A ship that’s not underway is at risk of being blown onto the rocks by an onshore wind. Yet when the ship gets moving, the rudder, not the wind, determines where the ship will go.

Do you fear being blown in an undesirable direction by events in the world around you? Then get going, get your ship underway, and choose your own direction.

Just because the world can make you weary and discouraged, doesn’t mean it has to. You can propel your thoughts, your attitude, your actions in a positive direction.

Fill your days with your own efforts, your own passions, your highest values and priorities. The more compelling your objective, the less power anything else has to bring you down.

Invest your energy where it matters, in the good things you can achieve. Direct your focus into the factors you can influence and the places where you can make a difference.

Amid noise, uncertainty, confusion, choose to live with clarity, with purpose and effectiveness. And lead all of life forward by positive example.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170306.html
Monday, 27 February 2017 08:59

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, February 27, 2017

Rejection

by Ralph Marston

No one seeks or enjoys rejection. No one, that is, except those who achieve spectacular success.

Rejection stings as it pierces the ego. Yet once that happens, and vulnerability spills out, you’re suddenly empowered as never before to pursue authentic purpose.

If you can bear to hear enough people say no, you’ll work your way to the one who says yes. If you can stand to have your ideas rejected, you’ll learn how to make them brilliant.

The more you fear rejection, the less effective you’ll be. Don’t let your best efforts be held hostage by that fear.

Rejection hurts only as much as you let it. Rejection can teach, empower, motivate, energize, as much as you’re willing to allow.

Dream what you desire to dream, say what you want to say, do the good things you choose to do. And be thankful when rejection intercedes to make you even stronger.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170227.html
Monday, 20 February 2017 09:24

Who are the Lepers of Today?

Who are the Lepers of Today 1

“The Lord gave me, Brother Francis, thus to begin doing penance in this way: for when I was in sin, it seemed too bitter for me to see lepers. And the Lord Himself led me among them and I showed mercy to them. And when I left them, what had seemed bitter to me was turned into sweetness of soul and body.” –St Francis of Assisi in his Testament

There is an often told story of St. Francis of Assisi and an encounter with a leper. I’ve seen many different versions. The stories might be different but the life lesson is the same.

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Monday, 20 February 2017 09:23

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, February 20, 2017

Unshakable vision

by Ralph Marston

Your thoughts don’t have to be limited by your situation. Neither do your expectations, your attitude, your enthusiasm, your efforts.

As real and as burdensome as the difficulty may be, you can make it irrelevant in your mind. From that powerful inner perspective, you’ll find ways to transcend the difficulty in the outer world.

Claim the full power of thought, of vision, of imagination, that is available to you. Let that power push you into positive, effective action.

You are not your defeats, you are not your victories. You are the person who can make a new choice in every new moment.

You are not your challenges, you are not your skills. You are the person who can craft a rich and meaningful life out of it all.

Carry always a positive, unshakable vision within you. Feel the beauty of that vision as it leads you to make good things happen no matter what.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170220.html
Monday, 06 February 2017 09:15

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, February 6, 2017

Work without delay

by Ralph Marston

Procrastination achieves nothing positive. Go ahead and do what must be done, before it must be done.

Purposeful effort is a joy. Fill your moments with an abundance of that particular joy.

Delaying the work just makes the work more difficult. So choose to do the work without delay, to do it now.

No longer will you be burdened by what must be done. You can be satisfied with what you have accomplished.

Do the work now, and earn the freedom of knowing you’re out in front of it. Then you can use your time in highly meaningful and productive ways, not just striving to catch up.

The sooner you do the work, the more leverage you have. Time has great value, so get that value working for you instead of against you.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170206.html
Monday, 30 January 2017 10:11

An Irregular Guy

Father, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God. It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.” 1 Corrinthians 1:27-31

The seasons are changing and for the first time it was cold enough that I needed a coat. As I scanned the coats in the hall closet, I spotted a nice looking black coat that I had never seen before. I removed it from the hanger and noticed that it still had the sales tags. It was new! My wife had bought me a new coat, and I didn’t even know it.

As I slipped the coat on, I noticed that it fit perfectly. But, to my dismay, as I went to zip it up, I noticed that the zipper was backwards. It had been sewn in wrong. As I scanned the tag, my suspicions were correct. This wonderful coat was an irregular!

 

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Monday, 30 January 2017 10:10

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, January 30, 2017

Courage to choose

by Ralph Marston

Countless possibilities swarm around you, every minute, every day. Live with the courage, the confidence, to choose.

The best possibilities are useless if you do not make the choice to follow them. The best opportunities have value only when you choose to act on them.

You cannot do everything, and wouldn’t want to. However, you can do what you choose.

To do that, you must make a choice, and commit to that choice, and act on that choice. Choose a possibility to explore, an opportunity to take, a path to follow.

No choice is going to be perfect, but don’t let that deter you. Because once you make the choice, you have what it takes to make the best of that choice.

The right choice is the one that enables you to give your best. Make the choice, and use it as a way to create great value for your world.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170130.html
Monday, 23 January 2017 09:02

Well Known or Worth Knowing?

“Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.” –Confucius

“Seek To Be Worth Knowing Rather Than Be Well Known” – Anonymous

We live in a time of instant stardom and notoriety. People go from relative obscurity to fame overnight. Whether it’s American Idol, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, a cable reality show, or an Instagram post that goes viral, someone is only a heartbeat away from being well known.

It seems like this want for celebrity has become the pursuit of many and being a better person has either taken a back seat or isn’t even part of the equation. Being well known has replaced being a person worth knowing.

But, is that really what we should want? Is that going to make us a better person; the person God meant us to be?

What many people discover is that popularity is fleeting. You can be on top of the world today and completely rejected tomorrow. Popularity is just not that important in God’s plan.

 

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From tonyagnesi.com 

Monday, 23 January 2017 09:01

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, January 23, 2017

Seek quality

by Ralph Marston

Quantity can often impose great burdens. Quality, on the other hand, almost always brings sublime joy.

When caught between quantity and quality, seek quality. Quality is what makes anything worth having, knowing, learning, experiencing in the first place.

You cannot have a hundred million close friends, and would not want to. Yet you can experience a life overflowing with enjoyment from just a handful of quality friendships.

You cannot eat every item on every menu. You can select one quality meal at a time, and find great satisfaction in it.

Quantity spreads your attention, your purpose, your caring too thin. If a small quantity of something does not satisfy you, then more of the same will satisfy you even less.

Let go of the need to have the most, the latest, the fastest, the biggest. Seek deep, meaningful quality and make yourself rich in life, not just in stuff.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170123.html
Monday, 16 January 2017 12:34

Scars- We All Have Them!

Scars We All Have Them

“Other times, I look at my scars and see something else: a girl who was trying to cope with something horrible that she should never have had to live through at all. My scars show pain and suffering, but they also show my will to survive. They’re part of my history that’ll always be there.” ― Cheryl Rainfield

As I was shaving in front of the bathroom mirror, I couldn’t help but notice the huge scar on my stomach. It reminded me that it has been 12 years since I had surgery for colon cancer. Two feet of colon removed and cancer free for over a decade and the ugly scar to prove it.

We all have scars some visible and some invisible. Some physical scars are hidden by clothing; some are visible and can’t be covered. When I see scars, I see stories. A scar means you have survived and every scar tells a story.

 

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