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Stop-whispering-aboutStop whispering about how you’re going to change the world.

And start changing it.

Stop whispering about that business that you want to start.

And start it.

Stop whispering about becoming a better parent.

And become a better parent.

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The-Five-EmotionalI’ve been blogging for almost 5 years now and find myself consistently going through various emotional stages, often on an almost daily basis.

I used to be puzzled and frustrated by them. but now I accept and embrace the stages as they seem to be a normal part of blogging for me and possibly are a normal part of the creative process for many people in their field.

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Surprise-yourself-andSurprise yourself with how adventurous you can be.

Surprise yourself with how much you can get done in a day when you really put your mind to it.

Surprise yourself by starting (and finishing) that project you’ve been putting off.

Surprise yourself by learning something new and applying it in a practical way.

Surprise yourself by reaching out to someone you wouldn’t have dreamed of contacting before.

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Success-isnt-alwaysFamous actor and wrestler Dwayne Johnson has this to say about success:

Success isn’t always about greatness.  It’s about consistency.  Consistent hard work gains success.  Greatness will come.

It’s easy to be tempted to aim solely for greatness.

To continually compare and assess your exploits against those of your peers or others within your field.

And in doing so, it’s easy to become impatient and demoralised by our apparent lack of progress.

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If-You-Cant-FindIt’s easy to be a critic.

It’s not hard to find things to mock, jeer or vilify.

But we have enough negativity in the world.

We need more people with the awareness and courage required to encourage and empower the people around us.

For some people, this can be hard.

If you’re not in the habit of encouraging others, finding something positive to say can be a challenge.

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If-you-go-into-theJohn McEwen was the Prime Minister of Australia for just 23 days in the late 1960’s.  Orphaned at the age of 7, young Jack was raised by his grandmother who gave him this piece of advice:

“If you go into the church, become an archbishop.

If you go into the army, become a general.

If you go into politics, become Prime Minister.”

It proved to be a prophetic piece of advice, even if it was for only just over 3 weeks.

I don’t know what you do, but let me encourage you today to do it for the best of your abilities.

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You-miss-100-of-theIt was ice hockey great, Wayne Gretzky who said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

It’s true in sport and it’s true in life.

You won’t make a sale if you don’t make a pitch.

You won’t get published if you don’t start typing.

You won’t buy a house if you don’t make a bid.

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What-are-you-going-to-doToday isn’t just another day.

It’s not a day to waste on trivial, meaningless activities.

It’s not a day to focus on your problems.

It’s not a day to go through the motions.

Today is a fantastic opportunity.

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Successful-people-askAs I write this post, I’m looking out of my office window at a beautiful sunset.

I’m waiting for a client who has called as his car has broken down on his way home from work, so he will be late for his appointment.

It’s a moderate annoyance as it means it’s going to be a later night than I had anticipated, but the blessing is that I get the chance to reflect on the day that’s just gone and ask myself a few questions.

Was I a good father and husband today?  Was I present?  Did I maximise my time with them?  Do they feel loved and valued as a result of our interactions?

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Happy birthday Hayden!

Happy birthday Hayden!

I remember it well.

I held out my hand, quivering with fear and anticipation.

And a little hand, no more than a minute old reached out and grabbed my index finger.

“G’day mate.”  I uttered.

And so, Hayden was born.

And I became a dad.

And my life changed forever.

Hayden turned 10 today.

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