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Dont-just-do-somethingWe are busier than ever.

We have more activities, less time, more interruptions, less focus.

I don’t know how you feel, but with a business, three kids, a new dog, this blog, church, volunteering, speaking and everything else on my plate, I feel as though I’m always doing something and never have the time (or inclination) to stop.

But the reality is that I need to slow down every now and then, for my sanity and my health, if for no other reason.

So this post is a message to me as much as anyone else.

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In a wide-ranging Youve-got-to-make-uprecent interview, former Boston Celtics legend and current Washington Wizards veteran Paul Pierce discussed the advice that his gives to the young stars on his team:

“I talk to them a lot about mental preparation and consistency,” Pierce said. “I keep telling (John) Wall and (Bradley) Beal, ‘You’ve got to make up your mind. Do you want to be good, or do you want to be great? Because if you want to be great, you gotta do it every single night, not just when you feel like it.”

Do I get an amen?

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You-dont-get-to-chooseInevitably, you will come across obstacles.

Inevitably, you will find people who don’t believe in your dreams.

Inevitably, you will have days when you feel like giving up.

Inevitably, the people around you will let you down.

Inevitably, you will lose momentum and motivation.

Inevitably, you will feel like settling for an ordinary life doing average work.

Then something else will happen.

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I-dont-know-what-my-kidsYesterday afternoon, my 10 year old son Hayden said that he didn’t think that he would be able to make it to the AFL (Australia’s highest league for Australian rules football).  He thought that maybe a lower league was more achievable.

I looked at him with pride and said, “Let’s not put a ceiling on that goal just yet, the sky is still the limit, so let’s keep training hard and see what happens.”

Maybe he won’t make it to the AFL.

Maybe he will get distracted and try something else.

Maybe he won’t put the work in or just doesn’t have the talent.

Maybe he will get injured and that will hold him back.

But I’m not going to put a cap on his (or my other kids’) aspirations.

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Count-your-blessingsIn his book, Before Amen, Max Lucado tells the story of a lawyer who won a case for his client.

The two men celebrated with a nice dinner. At the end of the meal, the client handed the lawyer a fine wallet made of Moroccan leather.

“Please accept this as my token of appreciation.”

The lawyer resisted. “No, I can’t settle for a wallet. My fee is $500.”

The client looked at the lawyer and shrugged. “Whatever you say.”

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Dont-pray-for-lighterDon’t pray for lighter burdens, pray for stronger shoulders to carry them.

Don’t pray for a path without rocks or obstacles, pray for stronger ankles to cope with the inevitable twists and turns.

Don’t pray for more opportunities, pray for better eyesight to see the opportunities that are already there.

Don’t pray for a life without fear, pray for a heart with the courage to stand up to anything.

Don’t pray for your critics to become silent, pray for thicker skin to withstand their barbs.

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To-go-to-the-next-levelIt’s not enough to be vaguely aware of your goals.

To just randomly scribble them down on a piece of paper and shove them into a drawer isn’t going to get you where you want to go.

You have to stalk your goals.

You have to obsess over them.

You have to lay awake at night thinking, dreaming and plotting.

You have to work inexorably towards them, going above, around or through any obstacles in your path.

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If-you-think-that-youreOn the weekend, Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo amazed us once again with an extraordinary 5 goals during his team’s 9-1 trouncing of Granada.  This included a hat-trick within 8 minutes and his performance was as close to perfection from an athlete as you could expect.

But not according to the man himself.

Ronaldo once said, “If you think that you’re already perfect, then you never will be.”

Despite his obvious talent and natural skill, Ronaldo’s work ethic is legendary.  Since a very young age, he has pushed himself on the training track harder than most of contemporaries, developing his skills and physical capabilities to a level reached by very few athletes.

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Today-my-question-isntI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, each of us has a unique combination of skills and abilities.

But what are they for?

Are they toys used to entertain ourselves and others?

Are they novelties designed to make us look clever?

Are they trinkets to be used solely to bring us fame and fortune?

Or are they tools to help us change the world and make it a better place?

You know the answer.

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For-God-did-not-send-hisI love Easter.

It’s a reminder that I don’t have to strive to be OK with God.

Because no matter how many good deeds I do, nice thoughts I have, donations to charity I give or moral acts I perform it won’t be enough.

But on Good Friday, Jesus died as a sacrifice for my wrongdoings.

And on Easter Sunday, He rose again to win the battle against death.

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