“I would love to… but I don’t have the time.”

How many times have you heard this one?

How many times have you said it yourself?

Here’s the thing, if someone, somewhere is doing what it is you say you don’t have the time for, you do have the time.

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Celebrating is fun.

To reflect on a positive outcome is good for the soul.

But what if there’s nothing to celebrate?

What if you’re on a losing streak and can’t break out of the rut?

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One of the greatest gifts you can give today is to help the people around you to believe.

To believe in their worth and value.

To believe in their gifts and abilities.

To believe that they can do great and remarkable deeds.

To believe that the effort will be worth it.

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I don’t claim to know what hurdles are in front of you, but I do know that they are there.

It would be nice if the track ahead was smooth and without obstacles, but that’s rarely the case.

So what do you do with the hurdles in front of you?

Do you consider them too difficult, making them seem higher than they really are and giving up before you’ve really tried?

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You don’t need to have your beliefs constantly reinforced.

You don’t need to surround yourself with people who look like you and agree with you.

Because when we go down that road, we end up with a polarised world full of black and white perspectives.

Today, I want to encourage you to widen your view of the world.

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There’s a reason why we call the process “building confidence.”

You don’t get it all at once.

You can’t just go down to the shops and buy a jar of it.

It gradually grows over time.

Every time you practice, you build some.

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There’s nothing quite like the anticipation of a big race.

The runners line up, the crowd becomes silent and for a moment everything pauses until…

Bang!!!!!

And in a flurry of arms and legs, the athletes propel themselves around the track.

Today, I want to ask you who fires your starting pistol?

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After years of working from home, I now have a long commute of about three hours per day into the city.

This week, there is some construction being done on the train line, which requires me (and my newfound travelling companions) to catch a bus from my normal station to another station, adding well over an hour to my daily migration.

Knowing that it was coming, I was dreading it.

I developed strategies to make sure that I still got to work on time.

And then yesterday, it happened.

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Are you nervous about that big speech that you have to give?

Or excited?

Are you nervous about the job interview tomorrow?

Or excited?

Are you nervous about your meeting with a key client?

Or excited?

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That dream of yours…

Hold on to it.

Nurture it.

Work on it.

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