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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
But the contest is still worth it. Read the rest of this entry »
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.”
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…
And when its hidden behind black clouds. Read the rest of this entry »
You can have a positive attitude, work hard and do everything right, but sometimes life throws you a curve ball.
It could be an unexpected health issue, legal complications or the irresponsible actions of someone beyond your control.
I hope that you are never in this type of situation, but there may come a time in your life when you hit rock bottom.
How should you respond?
Here are five options to choose from: Read the rest of this entry »
It takes a lot of work and practice to become outstanding at anything.
It takes years of focus and discipline.
It means that you will need to make difficult sacrifices.
It leaves you open to criticism from those who don’t understand.
And you will need to stretch yourself and grow far beyond your current capabilities.
Sometimes, when I’m dreamy and delusional, I allow myself to go to a place where all of my aspirations come true in a moment, as if a fairy godmother (or Oprah) magically grant my wishes.
But of course, it doesn’t happen like that.
Success comes inexorably.