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I’m waiting for a client who has called as his car has broken down on his way home from work, so he will be late for his appointment.
It’s a moderate annoyance as it means it’s going to be a later night than I had anticipated, but the blessing is that I get the chance to reflect on the day that’s just gone and ask myself a few questions.
Was I a good father and husband today? Was I present? Did I maximise my time with them? Do they feel loved and valued as a result of our interactions?
The video that goes viral.
The million dollar idea.
The instant, overnight success story.
However, instead of the one big hit, aim for that one thing that you can do a thousand times.
He told them that athletes make decisions, not sacrifices to be successful.
In Emma’s words, “If you think that having a healthy diet is a sacrifice then you’re wrong, yes moving away from family and spending time on your own is hard, but it’s a decision and you can choose not to do it.”
It struck me that I use the word sacrifice too much.
At least it shouldn’t be.
You see, the person who never failed probably also never really tried.
They didn’t do anything particularly challenging or difficult.
They stopped learning a long time ago.
It takes no effort to do nothing, or nothing of importance.
To have no opinion or ideas (or just borrow the opinions and idea of others) is a simple task.
But the world doesn’t change that way.
You have something to say.
Let’s hear it!
You may never win an Olympic gold medal or break a world record.
You may never become the richest person in the world, or even on your block.
The smartest, the most talented, the very, very best… all elusive titles.
And in our world that is obsessed with being number one, too often if we can’t make it, we don’t bother trying.
There’s a very good reason for that.
A name implies identity, meaning and purpose.
A number implies an inanimate cog in a very large wheel.
A name is unique.
A number is ubiquitous.
When someone calls your name, you turn your head in acknowledgement.
Numbers are only acknowledged at the line in the deli or the bingo hall.
Your most inspiring speech…
Your most encouraging words…
Your greatest words of wisdom…
Your most poetic prose…
They will forget what you say…
Are you hoping to build a great career, or are you working for it?
Are you hoping that your relationships will get better, or are you working for it?
Are you hoping that your health will be OK in the long-term, or are you working for it?
What did I do right?
What did I do wrong?
What could I have done differently?
What should I have done differently?
Do I like this situation that I’m in?
If so, how can I replicate it?