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Lets-play-spot-theMy kids are still at an age when they do the occasional “spot the difference” puzzle.

They have two pictures in front of them that have 5-10 subtle differences and they need to circle the disparities between the two.

Let’s play a different version of spot the difference.

Look at yourself now and five years ago.

Look at your health, intellect, career, relationships, emotional intelligence, expertise, finances, faith, the progress that you’ve made towards your goals.

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Dont-just-do-somethingWe are busier than ever.

We have more activities, less time, more interruptions, less focus.

I don’t know how you feel, but with a business, three kids, a new dog, this blog, church, volunteering, speaking and everything else on my plate, I feel as though I’m always doing something and never have the time (or inclination) to stop.

But the reality is that I need to slow down every now and then, for my sanity and my health, if for no other reason.

So this post is a message to me as much as anyone else.

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You-dont-get-to-chooseInevitably, you will come across obstacles.

Inevitably, you will find people who don’t believe in your dreams.

Inevitably, you will have days when you feel like giving up.

Inevitably, the people around you will let you down.

Inevitably, you will lose momentum and motivation.

Inevitably, you will feel like settling for an ordinary life doing average work.

Then something else will happen.

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Dont-pray-for-lighterDon’t pray for lighter burdens, pray for stronger shoulders to carry them.

Don’t pray for a path without rocks or obstacles, pray for stronger ankles to cope with the inevitable twists and turns.

Don’t pray for more opportunities, pray for better eyesight to see the opportunities that are already there.

Don’t pray for a life without fear, pray for a heart with the courage to stand up to anything.

Don’t pray for your critics to become silent, pray for thicker skin to withstand their barbs.

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To-go-to-the-next-levelIt’s not enough to be vaguely aware of your goals.

To just randomly scribble them down on a piece of paper and shove them into a drawer isn’t going to get you where you want to go.

You have to stalk your goals.

You have to obsess over them.

You have to lay awake at night thinking, dreaming and plotting.

You have to work inexorably towards them, going above, around or through any obstacles in your path.

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Today-my-question-isntI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, each of us has a unique combination of skills and abilities.

But what are they for?

Are they toys used to entertain ourselves and others?

Are they novelties designed to make us look clever?

Are they trinkets to be used solely to bring us fame and fortune?

Or are they tools to help us change the world and make it a better place?

You know the answer.

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Dont-waste-your-lifeDon’t be so hard on yourself.

Seriously, don’t.

Stop bringing up all of your mistakes.

Stop ruminating on your past indiscretions.

Stop reminding yourself of all of your faults.

Stop creating lists of reasons why you’ll never achieve anything.

Stop yelling at yourself and soften your voice when you mess up.

I want to remind you today that you’re OK.

You’re better than OK.

Sure, you’ve made mistakes, we all have, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still make a positive difference in the world.

You have a unique combination of skills, experience, passion and personality.

So don’t waste your life repeating to yourself all of the reasons why you’re not good enough.

And start reminding yourself of why you are.

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Whos-the-fool-The-personWho’s the fool?

The person who is trying to change the world, or the person who laughs at him for trying?

The person who tried and failed, or the person who never tried at all?

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Success-doesnt-come-toAre you nervous?

Is there a little bit of uncertainty about the future?

And if so, is that really such a bad thing?

We can’t guarantee that the book you wrote will sell.

We can’t be totally sure that everyone will appreciate your speech or sermon.

And that business idea may or may not work.

If you’re doing anything important, failure is a very real option, so to feel nervous every now and then is OK.

Doesn’t that just mean that you’re doing something that matters?

Doesn’t that just mean that you care?

Success doesn’t come to those who thrust their chest out in false bravado.

It comes to those who take action in spite of their feelings of insecurity and uncertainty.

You could go through life entirely sure of what happens next.

Or you could live a life that makes a difference in the world.

Your choice!

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Is-it-time-for-you-toHayden’s pet blotched blue-tongue lizard, named Bartlett, recently shed its skin for the first time.

It took a few days of rubbing himself against his rocks and branches and eventually the old skin came off and he emerged with new, brighter and more colourful skin.

Lizards and other reptiles shed their skin to allow for growth.

It’s uncomfortable for them and they can get grumpy during the process, but it’s necessary because as their bodies get bigger, they need to burst through their existing covering into new, larger self.

Is it time for you to shed your skin?

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