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lets-change-the-tide-ofDon’t complain about the atmosphere where you work… make it better.

Don’t wish that your team was more effective… make it better.

Don’t fret about your family situation… make it better.

Don’t worry incessantly about the future of your business… make it better.

Don’t look the other way when someone is being treated unfairly… make it better.

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remember-why-you-do-whatIt’s easy to lose sight of why you do what you do.

You lose momentum and start to go through the motions.

Your bold aspirations sit on the shelf as you just float from one day, week and year to the next.

In those moments, I want to encourage you to remember why…

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its-a-wonderfulOne of my daily disciplines is to read.

I grab my trusty Kindle and enter the world of people much wiser than myself, learning important principles and being endlessly entertained by their clever words.

I read to learn and grow, and the process has had enormous benefits for my own professional and spiritual development.

But I recently realised that there is another benefit of reading that I hadn’t thought of before.  It’s an unintended consequence that I now appreciate.

The silence.

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change-isnt-easy-butChange isn’t easy.

To develop new habits and new mindsets can be very difficult.

But change we must.

Growth isn’t optional if we want to do something remarkable with our lives.

And the rate at which the world around us changes demands that we adapt or languish.

Change isn’t easy.

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to-be-an-overachieverClemson football coach Dabo Swinney says:

“To be an overachiever you have to be an over believer.”

It’s a message that he constantly instills in his team.

That they are never out of a game.

That they can do remarkable things.

That they can create their own history.

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did-rhapsody-in-blueIn one of his books, Steven Pressfield asks:

Did Rhapsody in Blue come to Gershwin in the shower?

Was J.K. Rowling baking a pie when she first imagined Hogwarts?

Or was he at the piano and she at her writing desk?

You know the answer.

Inspiration needs to find you working.

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like-every-year-2017At the end of 2017, will you look back with pride on your achievements?

Will you have maintained focus on your goals and resolutions?

Will you know more?

Will the world be a better place because of your positive contribution?

Will you take others with you on the journey?

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give-them-the-benefit-ofMaybe they didn’t mean to hurt you.

Perhaps they weren’t talking about you behind your back.

Maybe their intentions are nobler than they seem.

Perhaps they’re trying, but struggling to make progress.

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those-who-dabble-neverDon’t just dabble in something.

Don’t just play around the edges.

Don’t be afraid of the commitment and time required to become elite.

Immerse yourself.

Commit yourself.

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i-realised-more-thanIn his late teens, Star Wars creator George Lucas had a terrible car accident that he was lucky to survive.

As he reflected on this experience, he said,

“I realised more than anything else what a thin thread we hang on in life and I really wanted to make something out of my life.

I was in an accident that, in theory, no one could survive, so it was like, ‘Well, I’m here, and every day now is an extra day.  I’ve been given an extra day so I’ve got to make the most of it.  And then the next day I began with two extra days.’

You can’t help in that situation, but get into a mindset like that… You’ve been given this gift and every single day is a gift.  And I wanted to make the most of it.”

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