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by Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
William James, psychologist and author, believed in moral muscles. He encouraged his patients to do at least one good deed every day, just to stay morally fit. He believed that a person becomes strong psychologically by resisting lifes small temptations and by doing deeds that an average person might otherwise find tedious, inconsequential, or even distasteful.
To James, staying strong on the inside was related more to what one does than to what one thinks or says. James approach is a little like that of the mythological farm boy a weakling who was ridiculed by all the other lads in the area.
It has been said that success is the result of working hard, playing hard, and keeping your mouth shut. I believe the writer of Proverbs articulated this idea in his day when he wrote Even a fool is thought to be wise when he is silent. It pays him to keep his mouth shut (Proverbs 17:28 TLB).
Theres a great deal to be said for daily plodding. You travel further in life by quietly moving forward, than by just talking about your destination. Today, lets continue pressing on toward the goal.
Author: Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
Publication Date: April 3, 2001
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