Who do you have speaking into your life?  Voices that question your capabilities, or voices that encourage you to greatness?

Who do you have speaking into your life? Voices that question your capabilities, or voices that encourage you to greatness?

A young cheetah had just left home and was setting out to hunt for the first time.

As he prowled the savannah looking for potential prey, a hyena saw him and asked what he was doing.

“I’m going hunting,” the cheetah said proudly.

“What?  You?” the hyena sneered, “You’re too small and inexperienced, you’ll never catch anything!”

Demoralised, the young cheetah wandered around aimlessly for the rest of the day without success and went hungry.

The next morning, the cheetah headed out to hunt again, hoping that he would be more successful this time, but not overly optimistic.

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Keep-aspiring-KeepIt’s tempting to avoid experiencing disappointment.

We aim to lose weight, read more books or become a better person, but we are flawed, imperfect and can be easily distracted.

So year after year after year, when we consistently let ourselves down and fall short of our goals, we feel disappointed with ourselves.

We don’t like feeling like that, so we eventually stop aspiring to anything.

We give up.

We become accustomed to our current state.

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Why-fit-in-when-you-wereWere you born to be the same as everyone else?

Are you a clone, a sheep a carbon copy?

Is your destiny dependent on the decisions of others?

Are you meant to be a small cog in a big wheel?

Are you supposed to be anonymous, just another member of the herd?

Or were you born to stand out?

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Its-action-that-willIt’s easy to make bold proclamations regarding your goals.

It’s easy to tell us how you’re going to change the world.

It’s easy to say, “I love you.”

And it’s easy to say what you’re going to do tomorrow, next week or next year.

Because talk is cheap.

And I should know, because for most of my life I’ve talked a good game, but consistently failed to deliver.

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If-you-can-get-an-A-dontIf you can get an A, don’t settle for a B.

If you can run around the block 5 times, don’t settle for 4.

If you can build a mansion, don’t settle for a shack.

If you can help 30 people, don’t settle for 25.

If you can become an expert in your field, don’t settle for becoming moderately knowledgeable.

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Dont-be-afraid-to-lookThe lion looked to the heavens and prayed, “Dear God, help me to become the fiercest hunter on the savannah so that I can catch my dinner today.”

The giraffe looked the heavens and prayed, “Dear God, help me to reach high for the juiciest leaves on the tree.”

The penguin looked to the heavens and prayed, “Dear God, help me to swim with the speed and grace required to catch a bellyful of fish.”

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Your-job-for-life-isThere was a time when a young person would finish school, start a job in a particular industry (most likely the same one as dad’s) and work there for life.

The same factory, the same office, the same commute and the same boss, until the age of 65 when they would be given a hand shake, a gold watch and then waltz off to retirement.

But times have changed.

Companies downsize, businesses go bust, industries evolve, robots replace people and employees are much more likely to voluntarily change jobs for better pay or more suitable conditions.

So, is there such a thing as a job for life any more?

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You-cant-go-on-a-greatYou can’t pick a rose without risking being pricked by its thorns.

But a rose is still worth the risk.

You can’t get honey without risking being stung by bees.

But the honey is still worth it.

You can’t taste victory without risking the disappointment of losing.

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The Greatest TragedyIn the past couple of days, the world lost a giant of a man when preacher and motivational speaker Dr Myles Munroe was tragically killed in a plane crash in his native Bahamas.

He was an extraordinary individual who dedicated his life to inspiring people to maximise their God-given gifts and live their best lives.

One of his best known quotes was:

“The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.”

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Give-thanks-in-allGive thanks when things go well…

And when they don’t.

Give thanks when you have the opportunity to utilise your skills…

And when you feel unappreciated.

Give thanks when you feel relaxed and in control…

And when you have something important to get stressed about.

Give thanks when the sun is shining…

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