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Wouldn’t it be great if there was a magic pill that you could take so that you could eat whatever you wanted, not exercise and still lose weight?

Or one where your IQ automatically went up 10% without the need to read or develop your mind?

What about one that gave you a better marriage or made you a better parent without the requirement of all of that pesky self-development stuff?

Or one that enhanced your level of faith to the level of the spiritual heroes you admire that doesn’t require you to spend time praying or reading the scriptures?

Alas, there isn’t one and I’m not sure that I would recommend that you took it if there was.

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The weather is starting to get cold as we move towards Winter here in Melbourne, so to combat the chill in the air, I’ve started using our wood heater much earlier in the year than usual.

As I watched the flames a few nights ago with the kids, I was reminded that fire is often used to illustrate passion.

If someone is described as fiery, hot-headed or as having fire in their belly, we know that they are passionate and energetic.

As I get the fire burning and turn up the heat at home, I’ve realised that perhaps it’s time to turn up the level of passion in other aspects of life as well.

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A mayfly (order Ephemeroptera) found on an Ole...

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The mayfly is a unique type of insect.

In its adult stage it feeds, flies around, finds a mate, lays its eggs and then dies.

All in one day!

Some species of mayfly have an adult stage that lasts as little as 30 minutes, yet it still manages to fit everything in without running out of time.

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We’ve all been there.

A job is advertised that you would love to get.

You’ve been dreaming about it and preparing yourself for a long time and now the opportunity has arrived.

You put your application in and at some stage during the process, you find out that you’re unsuccessful.

It may be that your resume didn’t meet the criteria, perhaps you interviewed poorly on the day or maybe there was a more qualified applicant than you.

It’s disappointing, but it’s what happens next that determines your success.

Over the years, I’ve seen people choose one of two paths.

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Live video feed of Zig Ziglar speaking at the Get Motivated Seminar at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Zig Ziglar was the first motivational speaker that I ever came across when I was in my late teens.

He recently passed away, aged 86 and has influenced many of today’s well-known speakers and entrepreneurs with his practical wisdom and encouraging manner.

Among his 48 books are the well-known titles, “See You At the Top” and “Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World” and he sold millions of copies over the years.

He had many inspirational and thought-provoking quotes over the years.  Here are a few of my favourites: Read the rest of this entry »

Life’s too short… 

  • to waste it complaining about things that you can’t control.
  • to spend it in a dead-end job doing nothing significant.
  • to be a spectator and not a participant.
  • to squander the skills and abilities that you have.
  • to keep your best ideas to yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

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Over the past few years, I have known quite a few people who have gone through genuinely sad stages in their lives and in my current role, I am confronted with these situations often.

Whether it’s the death of a loved one, the breakdown of a marriage or a serious health crisis, sometimes our lives are full of grief and sadness. 

I want to take away the pain of the person experiencing such anguish and grief, but I’m conscious that I don’t often have the words to do so.

So what should we do in such situations?

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A Brown Pelican in flight, seen from underneat...

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Three pelicans were flying to a popular lake.

As they traveled, they were each lost in thought.

The first pelican thought to himself, “I love my beak.  It’s magnificent.  No other bird has a beak quite like mine.  When I get to the lake, I’m going to parade along the bank, showing off my beautiful beak and all of the other birds will be jealous.”

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As I drove down my street the other day, I saw a tree stump.

We had a massive storm a few months ago and the tree was knocked down, leaving branches all over the street.

The City Council came in during the week and removed the branches.  They also sawed down the rest of the tree, leaving nothing but a small stump less than a foot high.

And that was it, the tree was finished.

Or so I thought.

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Richmond Football Club coach, Damien Hardwick, recently observed of his team, “Last year they hoped, now they are starting to believe they can win.”

What he’s saying is that they’ve turned hope into expectation which is a powerful transition to make for any organisation or individual. 

It means that they go into any challenge with a different mindset.  Instead of relying on external factors to go their way, they understand that if they perform to their best, they have a very good chance of winning.

Living in hope is a good thing.  It’s better than giving up altogether and complaining about the circumstances that have conspired against you.  Hope is optimistic and positive, positioning yourself to better identify and grasp opportunities that come your way.  But living with an expectation of success is a more powerful mindset that enables you to take charge of your life more effectively.

Some people would debate the difference, but let me ask you what’s more compelling: Read the rest of this entry »

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