To-get-to-where-you-wantTo get to where you want to go, you’re going to have to fight for your dreams.

You have to battle the temptation to settle for second best from yourself.

You have to drag yourself back up from the canvas when life knocks you down.

You have to wrestle with your doubts.

You have to want it more than the other guy.

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You-may-feel-satisfiedYou may have come a long way.

You may look back with great satisfaction at your progress so far.

But there’s still more to be done.

You may have learned a lot over the years.

You may be wiser and have more to offer than you once did.

But there’s still more to be done.

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We-are-what-weAristotle once said,

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”

So my question is, “What are you repeatedly doing?”

Because if Aristotle is correct, then looking for a lucky break won’t cut it.

And neither will hoping to be an overnight success.

You’re going to have to decide what you want to achieve with your life.

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We-are-watching-We-wantDo you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you?

That they are looking over your shoulder?

That your efforts are being scrutinised?

Make no mistake about it, you are.

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If-you-want-to-make-itThere was a time when the local church spire was the tallest point in most towns.

They were impressive sights and could be seen from miles around.

If you climbed to the top of a spire, you literally were at the top.

Today, I want to share four other spires that can take you to the top of your field of endeavour. Read the rest of this entry »

You-have-been-made-toIt’s easy to do ordinary work.

To go to an average job and just do what everyone else is doing, no more and no less.

To be just another anonymous sheep in a big flock of sheep that all look, act and speak the same.

But you have been made to change the world and to change the world requires something out of the ordinary.

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You-may-think-that-youTom and his mentor Dwyer were on their customary weekly walk through the forest when Dwyer sat down on a large rock to take off his shoe.

“What are you doing?” asked Tom.

“I have a pebble in my shoe,” explained Dwyer.

“What are you stopping for? I have a pebble in my shoe as well, but we don’t have time to stop, so stop slowing us down.”

“I can assure you Tom, me stopping isn’t holding us back at all, but will end up saving us time and probably pain further down the track.”

“Pfft,” said the young man as he turned and walked on by himself, leaving the old man behind to remove the annoying pebble.

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Were-not-wearing-a-leashA dog doesn’t take itself for a walk. It needs the owner to assign a time, grab the leash and open the door.

A goldfish can’t swim outside of the confines of its small bowl.

A caged canary can’t fly to the sky above.

And a circus elephant does its tricks on command.

But that’s not us.

We’re not caged animals.

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Hang-up-on-your-hang-upsWe all have hang ups and insecurities.

There are aspects of our lives that we feel uncomfortable with and the voices inside our heads take great delight in reminding us of our inadequacies.

It’s time to hang up on your hang ups.

It’s time to stop focusing on your negatives.

You don’t have to allow your fears, your flaws or your weaknesses to hold you back any longer.

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Let-us-sing-as-we-go-MayIn the midst of his incredibly important document regarding the environment, “Laudato Si”, Pope Francis reminds us:

Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope.

What a wonderful reminder that in the midst of serious challenges, hard work and extreme opposition, we still need to find joy in what we do. Read the rest of this entry »

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