Don’t listen to the naysayers and poo-pooers.

Don’t listen to those who have always played it safe.

Don’t listen to those who want you to stay the same forever and are threatened by your potential growth.

Don’t listen to your nemesis.

Don’t listen to the negative, fearful ones.

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Maybe you should have finished that degree.

Or started that business.

Or put your family before your career.

Or traveled to Europe.

Or written that book.

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There’s something inside each person that overflows into the world around them.

It bubbles away under the surface until it cannot be restrained and then it pours out.

It’s what we focus on and think about the most.

And it has the potential to either positively or negatively influence everyone around us.

So my question today is, what’s overflowing from you?

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What you do every day is not just a job.

It’s an opportunity to further develop your skills.

It’s a chance to stimulate your brain and solve challenging problems.

It’s an opportunity to add value to the people around you, to make them smile, to help them to feel better about themselves.

It’s a chance to build resilience when the going gets tough.

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The best opportunity wasn’t the one that slipped through your fingers years ago.

It isn’t the one that you’re hoping will fall into your lap.

It isn’t the one that someone else has been able to take advantage of instead of you.

The very best opportunity is the one in front of you right now.

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When you read the stories of Jesus in the bible, you come across the most amazing deeds.

Extraordinary miracles.

Great kindness.

Brilliant teaching.

Authority over the elements.

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The cynic in the corner has a wise crack about everything.

He puts down and undermines those who are trying.

He is happy to point out all of the reasons why things won’t work.

He shrugs his shoulders when asked for a solution.

He doesn’t really try and doesn’t really want to.

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If I win, does that mean that you lose?

And if you win, does that mean that I lose?

If I lose, does that mean that you win?

And if you lose, does that mean that I win?

Or is it just that when someone else wins, we feel as though we lose by comparison.  They’re doing better, so it makes us feel worse about our current situation.

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I don’t like cooking.

It’s not the final outcome that worries me (although that can be dodgy), but the mess that I’ve made in the mean-time.

After I’ve tried my best to prepare a culinary delight for the family, the kitchen looks like a bomb has hit it and it takes longer to clean up than it did to make the meal.

And don’t get me started on handyman tasks around the house.

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Like many other sports fans, I watched the gripping US Masters sudden death playoff this morning (Australian time), between Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose.

To see the relief and exhilaration when Garcia made the winning putt was terrific.

Here was a guy in his 74th golf major, finally getting the rewards of almost 2 decades of toil.  They only play four each year, so that’s a long time to wait between losses.

Here was a guy who had lost in a playoff in the 2007 British Open and had other close calls and disappointments, showing the benefits of never giving up.

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