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The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford, England as vie...

The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford, England as viewed from the tower of the Church of St Mary the Virgin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This post is the 900th on this blog.

As I looked back over the past three and a half years of writing, I realised something.

899 of the posts were written in Melbourne and 1 was done in Sydney whilst with a previous employer.

It would be great to one day change that ratio.

I have a young family and a new business, so the opportunity to travel is limited and will be for a few years, but here is a list of 10 places I would love to write a blog post from one day: Read the rest of this entry »

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For most of this year, the Australian Football League has been embroiled in one of the biggest controversies in the history of Australian sport.

The Essendon Football Club was found to have brought the game into disrepute for their supplements program and the AFL handed out punishments that were unprecedented in their severity.

In the aftermath of the fines, suspensions and other punishments that were placed upon the club and some of its officials, Nathan Buckley, the senior coach of fierce rivals, Collingwood, was asked about his own club’s supplements program.

He responded with this great quote, “BHW we take a lot of – bloody hard work.”

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What is it about missionaries?

They leave their country of origin, with all of its comforts for a foreign land that is often hostile and unfamiliar.   Then they often go on to significantly and permanently impact their new homeland.

And they do it with such energy and enthusiasm that there’s a term for it, “Missionary Zeal.”

I’ve met a few missionaries over the years and they each have two unique attributes: Read the rest of this entry »

A couple of weeks ago, I was watching my oldest son, Hayden, at his weekly swimming lessons.

I had my iPod on and a cover of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” came on.  It was the version with Stevie Wonder’s extraordinary harmonica sailing over the top of the melody.

As I sat there, I was filled with a strong sense of gratitude as I was reminded that I really do live in a wonderful world.

I know that it’s not perfect and there are things that I would want to change in it (and in me).

But I watched with great pride as Hayden tried to work on his backstroke, and listed for myself all of the blessings in my life.

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One day I’m going to…

  • Start a business
  • Get a better education
  • Lose 20 kilograms
  • Be a better parent, boss, spouse etc.
  • Write a book
  • Make more sales calls Read the rest of this entry »

We are currently going through a renovation at the moment to convert half of our garage into an office.

Over the past week, Karen and I have looked at various carpet samples and a multitude of paint colours.

As I considered all of the paint colour options, I was amazed at how many different shades of beige there were.

Options such as, Corn Kernel, Moonshine, Cameo Lace, Milk Paint and Cottage Cream and dozens of others are all versions of off-white.  I’m sure that they’re all very nice, but are they really that different from each other?

Would I be disappointed if I chose Angel Kiss instead of Candied Honey?

Really?

I’ve met a lot pf people who are like these colour options.

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Sometimes, there’s a voice inside our heads that says:

  • Don’t show them your work until everything is perfect
  • You’re not ready yet
  • You won’t be able to cope with the criticism if it’s not quite right
  • There’s no such thing as good enough
  • We need to eliminate all possibility of failure
  • I wonder what people will think?

Ignore it.

This voice is a pretender.

It’s pretending to be your ally, but it’s really your enemy.

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Most of us go through stages when we lose our mojo.

The spring in our step has gone, our perspective on life is a bit more negative than usual and we struggle to find the energy or focus to make progress towards our goals.

How do we recover from such a situation?

Here are 9 tips to get back on track and find your mojo again:

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I’ve met a lot of people who are waiting for a superhero to save them from their circumstances.

They are looking for someone to resolve their financial situation, their relationship issues or their poor career prospects.

They have an imaginary villain who they blame for their bad run.

It would be nice to think that there was someone in a cape who could swoop in and make everything alright.

But there isn’t.

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It’s time to turn your question marks into exclamation points.

It’s time to turn your doubts into belief.

So whenever you ask yourself, “Can I do this?”

Respond with, “Just try and stop me!”

Whenever you ask yourself, “Do I have something of value to offer the world?”

Respond with, “Not only is it valuable, it’s necessary!”

Whenever you ask yourself, “Is there a plan and purpose for my life?”

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