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Perhaps-youre-being-putWhen Europeans were first confronted by the great samurai warriors of Japan, they were amazed at how hard and effective their katanas were.

What they found out is that when making their famous swords, Japanese blacksmiths would take a piece of steel, apply extreme heat and beat it into shape.

Then they would put it back into the furnace and fold it over, beating it back into shape.

Then they would do it again.

And again.

And again.

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Madison running with a smile

If you’ve got to do it, do it with a smile!

This week, Madison and Logan had their school athletics day.  It wasn’t anything too dramatic, just a lap around a small track against three other Grade One children.

Everyone cheered and everyone got a ribbon.

One of the privileges of working for myself is that I get to set my own hours and attend these school events and it was nice to see them both run.

Unsurprisingly, Madison won her race and surprisingly, Logan won his, so it was nice to celebrate their wins.

But in the midst of everything, there was something that I hadn’t noticed.

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The newest addition to our household, Dusty the golden retriever

Last Friday night, we got a new addition to our household, an adorable golden retriever puppy named Dusty.

She has already stolen my heart (look at that face, how could I resist!), but I wasn’t always on board with getting another dog.

I’m pretty sure that it was my wife Karen who started the campaign a few years ago.  Before we had kids, we had two beautiful goldies, Sasha and Larry.  They were terrific pets and were an intrinsic part of our household for many years.

And so the lobbying started.

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Big-problems-are-easy-toFacebook, Twitter and almost every other site on the internet…

Your favourite TV shows…

Nights at the local pub…

Sporting events and hobbies…

That new puppy…

All OK in isolation and moderation.

But when they’re combined, they will waste your time and strangle your dreams.

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Those-who-take-actionOver the years, I’ve coached a lot of people.

At the end of every session, I ask them when they’re going to take action on their goals.

The answers vary.

Some say “immediately.”

Some give a time or date at some stage in the next week or month.

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You-can-start-movingHere’s a quick list of things that can’t move or change direction by themselves:

Trains, trams, cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles.

Ferris wheels, roller coasters and carousels.

But not people.

And certainly not you.

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Stop-whispering-aboutStop whispering about how you’re going to change the world.

And start changing it.

Stop whispering about that business that you want to start.

And start it.

Stop whispering about becoming a better parent.

And become a better parent.

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Surprise-yourself-andSurprise yourself with how adventurous you can be.

Surprise yourself with how much you can get done in a day when you really put your mind to it.

Surprise yourself by starting (and finishing) that project you’ve been putting off.

Surprise yourself by learning something new and applying it in a practical way.

Surprise yourself by reaching out to someone you wouldn’t have dreamed of contacting before.

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Success-isnt-alwaysFamous actor and wrestler Dwayne Johnson has this to say about success:

Success isn’t always about greatness.  It’s about consistency.  Consistent hard work gains success.  Greatness will come.

It’s easy to be tempted to aim solely for greatness.

To continually compare and assess your exploits against those of your peers or others within your field.

And in doing so, it’s easy to become impatient and demoralised by our apparent lack of progress.

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If-You-Cant-FindIt’s easy to be a critic.

It’s not hard to find things to mock, jeer or vilify.

But we have enough negativity in the world.

We need more people with the awareness and courage required to encourage and empower the people around us.

For some people, this can be hard.

If you’re not in the habit of encouraging others, finding something positive to say can be a challenge.

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