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It’s easy to get caught up in the distant future.

We wonder what it will look like.

We set long-term goals and have lofty aspirations.

That’s OK, so long as we don’t spend too much of our time or energy there.

If we look too far ahead, we forget about the action that we need to take today.

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When setting your goals, be specific.

Vagueness doesn’t cut it.

It’s too easy and comfortable to be imprecise.

“I want to lose weight, I want a better job, I want to travel.”

Vague, vague, vague.

This won’t get you anywhere.

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You’ll never run out of reasons to encourage people.

You’ll never run out of opportunities to add value.

You’ll never run out of ways to express your love to those close to you.

You’ll never run out of reasons to smile and laugh.

You’ll never run out of great ideas and insights to share.

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We are creatures of habit.

We tread the same well worn tracks.

We do what we know to be safe.

We repeat yesterday and the day before.

And yet we yearn for adventure, for something different, for something better.

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A snake entered a carpentry shop, and as it crawled to the corner, it went past a saw and was scratched a little bit.

Alarmed by the pain, it turned around and bit the saw, cutting himself badly in the mouth.

Then, thinking that saw was attacking him, he decided to roll around the saw to suffocate it with his whole body.

As he squeezed, the saw cut deeper, leading the snake to get angrier and squeeze harder, until eventually, the snake died from its self-inflicted wounds.

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I stumbled across this wonderful quote today:

“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it.

Autograph your work with excellence.”

Today, I want to encourage you to look back on your work over the past week and how it reflects on you.

Does it say, “Near enough is good enough?”

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You’re not a small cog in a very big machine.

You’re not an anonymous sheep in a very big flock.

You’re not a tiny sardine hiding in a very big school.

You’re not a little sapling in a very big forest.

You’re a person.

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Don’t look to gain for yourself, look to make a contribution to the people around you.

Don’t rely on others to make you smile, be the one who brings joy.

Don’t sit back and let others do all of the work, roll up your sleeves and join in.

Don’t yearn for attention and constant praise, be the one who encourages and highlights the good work of others.

Don’t sit there complaining about your surroundings, get involved in finding solutions.

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We live in an ever-changing world.

One where technology is constantly evolving.

Where your competition is forever finding ways to improve.

And as a consequence, what we know today won’t be enough for tomorrow.

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There’s a gatekeeper for your goals.

It’s not your parents and their expectations for your life.

It’s not your partner or your kids and the amount of time that they spend demanding your love and attention.

It’s not your unrealistic and unrelenting boss, with all of her frivolous requirements.

It’s not your peer group, your community or your church.

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