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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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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.

But the contest is still worth it. Read the rest of this entry »

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…

And when its hidden behind black clouds. Read the rest of this entry »

Wouldnt-it-be-awesome-ifLife isn’t easy and there are no guarantees that everything you do will work out.

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 »

The-quality-of-peoplesExcellence is hard.

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.

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Are-you-looking-for-theWe all want to be an overnight success.

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.

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