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Doing good deeds can be a messy business; far messier than seems necessary.

Some people won’t appreciate your kindness.

Some people will be oblivious to your efforts and not even notice your actions.

Some people will attempt to take advantage of your generosity.

Some people will be rude to you or complain about your good deeds to others.

There will be times when you feel inadequate to make a difference when the challenges are so great.

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Carousels go around and around, always ending up where they started.

Our kids used to love them, but after a while they got sick of the monotony and wanted to get off.

As with many things, the ride is fun for a while, until we realise that no progress is being made.

So, if this year looks a lot like last year (and the year before)… get off the carousel.

If you keep using the same excuses for not making progress towards your goals… get off the carousel.

If you have been in the same dead-end job, doing nothing meaningful with your unique skills… get off the carousel.

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There will come a day when I’m old and grey.

My back will be sore and my gait will be slower.

I’ll be less capable and my mind won’t be as sharp as it once was.

On that day, I’ll have a few moments up my sleeve to sit and ponder my life.

Will I be proud of my achievements?

Was I the best husband and father I could be?

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A young runner was very excited.

After months of intense training, he was running in his very first marathon.

After the starter’s gun went off, he started with great enthusiasm, taking great strides and building a strong rhythm.

However, after a few miles, he began to tire and he felt like stopping.

“Don’t stop!  If you can’t run, at least you can jog,” said a small voice in his head.

So, he slowed to a jog and was able to continue along the road, if a little slower than before.

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A majestic Hawksbill Sea Turtle (photo via Wikipedia)

A majestic Hawksbill Sea Turtle (photo via Wikipedia)

Entrepreneur and prominent environmentalist, Sir Richard Branson, recently shared a story on his site about Gumption, a local businessman and turtle advocate from the British Virgin Islands.

One day, when he was coming in from a tour, Gumption noticed that a fisherman had caught a beautiful hawksbill sea turtle.

Without hesitating, Gumption purchased the turtle (which was otherwise destined for someone’s soup bowl) for $50 and released it back into the sea.

It may only be one turtle that he was saving, but Gumption had reckoned that this one turtle has the opportunity to lay hundreds of eggs over the course of its life, possibly making it a key contributor to the saving of this critically endangered and remarkable species.

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You’re an army of one.

It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s enough.

You have more power than you thought possible.

You can make a massive difference in the world.

You can fight the good fight.

You’re responsible for your own actions.

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When solving a crime, police look for suspects with the motive, means and opportunity to carry out the offence.

Hopefully, there aren’t too many career criminals reading this blog, but I know that there are a lot of people who are looking to maximise their lives, so what does motive, means and opportunity mean for you?

Motive – If you can find the right motive or reason for doing something, you will gain the passion that you need to do the work, push through your obstacles and stay disciplined when you don’t seem to be making any progress. Read the rest of this entry »

Spanish poet, Antonio Machado once wrote:

Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more;

Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.

By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again.

Wanderer, there is no road– Only wakes upon the sea.

I’ve met many people who are waiting for a clear indication of what they are to do next with their lives, and to be honest, I’ve been that person myself.

That time is over.

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Not feeling motivated by life?

You need better goals.

Not making progress in an important area of your life?

You need better goals.

Do you look back over the past few months or years and feel as though nothing has changed?

You need better goals.

Do you give up too easily after every setback or rejection?

You need better goals.

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Clive Staples Lewis is one of my favourite authors and has been since my dad read his classic, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” to my sister and I on a family holiday over 30 years ago.

A noted academic at Oxford and Cambridge, he had a brilliant intellect and the ability to tell compelling, thought-provoking stories that still capture the imagination, much like his good friend, J.R.R. Tolkien, who was largely responsible for converting C.S Lewis to Christianity.  His faith was an extremely influential part of his writing, resulting in Christian classics such as “Mere Christianity” and  “The Screwtape Letters.”

There are hundreds of quotes that I could have chosen, but I have kept this list to just 10 in the hope that you will add your favourite at the bottom as well if you have one.

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