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Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

Two trails that lead to light and darkness

—Pope John XXIII (Photo Licensed)

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Overlooking the Unimportant

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” 

—William James (by Notman Studios, 1902; Public Domain)

…More than at any other point in history, we are bombarded with a constant stream of stimuli which fight to gain our attention. The never-ending stream of news when we turn on our television or log into our computer. The pop-ups that insult our intelligence every time we visit a website (“YES! I want to learn how to make money by….” “No thanks, I already have all of the money I need”).

Enough! 99% of the debris being thrown at us each day won’t help us move forward toward our desired destination by one millimeter. In fact, it does the opposite—it distracts us and takes our attention away from what will move us forward! It is time to tune the garbage out.

It takes vigilance, but begin by simply being consciously aware of when something has stolen our attention. From the 42 new emails in our inbox, to the news story designed to inflame us, to the perceived slight lobbed at us by the person on the phone, let’s begin practicing the art of overlooking the unimportant.

By remaining focused on the horizon and keeping our feet on the path, we train our mind to be in tune with what will help us move forward, and we begin to simply overlook the rest.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Focus

Decide firmly what you will not do, and you will be free to do vigorously what you ought to do.

Mencius_PD

— Mencius (Public domain)

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Focus

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

Castaneda, Carlos

— Carlos Castaneda

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If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.

Carroll, Lewis

—Lewis Carroll

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Focus

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have the exact same 24-hours in our day.

Ziglar, Zig

—Zig Ziglar

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Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them.  Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay.

von Goethe

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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