The moment of change is the only poem.
-- Adrienne Rich
Act by choice rather than by need
When you act out of need, you are acting from a perspective of weakness. When you act out of authentic choice, you make yourself much stronger and more effective.
Certainly there are things you must have to survive and prosper. Yet you can choose to put yourself in a position where those things are available to you in abundance.
Get out in front of your needs, and transform them into choices. Instead of needing them, you can have them and benefit from them.
As much as possible, put yourself in a position of power by choosing to meet your obligations before they become needs. Instead of needing more money at the end of the month, choose from the beginning of the month to earn more or spend less, or both.
Need puts you in a position of desperation and weakness. It initiates a negative momentum that intensifies and further deepens the need.
Choice puts you on a far more positive trajectory. Every good and purposeful choice you act upon will steer you away from the need to need, and provide you with much more favorable options.
— Ralph Marston