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Fear-sells-but-you-dontBoorish politicians try to get our vote by peddling fear.  They develop and repeat pithy 3 word slogans that cater to our worst fears and concerns, creating mistrust, suspicion and division, especially towards those who look and think differently to the rest of us.

Cheeky marketers do the same.  They want to us to fear missing out, looking different or not being trendy enough.

As for those pesky media agencies, they know that we would rather watch bad news than good.  If there is a negative perspective regarding the economy, immigration or even sports, they’ll spin it that way to get us watching and nodding our heads in concern.

Unfortunately, fear sells and we’re all buying.

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The-right-words-are-aAfter a terrible week of results for Manchester United, midfielder Juan Mata wrote on his blog, “Words are not enough… and the only thing to turn that anger into happiness is through good results, not words.”

He’s right.

He can say that they will improve, or they can actually perform better on the pitch.

As a fan, that’s what I want to see, but as a coach, I can see the application in a broader sense.

We can all say that we want to live a great life and be successful, or we can do the hard work required to live a great life and be successful.

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Poor-people-have-big-TVsI love reading and put aside time every day to invest in my personal development.  I take my kindle everywhere I go and make my way through about 25 books every year.

This year has been no different and I have benefited significantly from the wisdom of others.  Of course, not every book I read is for my development, some are purely for my entertainment, but I have enjoyed most of the books that I have read this year.

Here are my favourite books from 2015: Read the rest of this entry »

Dont-be-dismayed-by-theIf you ever try to fly…

There will be times when you crash.

There will be times when your terror will overcome your courage.

There will be times when others look at you and laugh at your audacity.

There will be times when the solid ground looks much safer than the blue sky.

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Its-hard-Its-not-thatI met a young client this week who was stuck in a negative cycle whilst looking to take the next step in his career.

He kept saying over and over again.

“It’s hard.”

“It’s difficult.”

“It’s tough out there.”

As we spoke, I wrote down on a piece of paper, add “not that.”

He looked at me quizzically as I explained that instead of saying, “It’s hard,” he could say, “It’s not that hard.”

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There-is-a-way-Its-theYou can’t bank on being an overnight success.

You can’t assume that you will achieve your goals through one solitary action.

There’s no point looking at the achievements of others and think that you will catch them in a moment.

Some people get frustrated by this.

They think that if it can’t happen with minimal effort, then what’s the point in trying?

So they look for short-cuts and hacks, spending their days dreaming of instant outcomes and getting nowhere.

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You-may-be-slow-andWe all know Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare.

The hare sprinted ahead and kept stopping, whilst the tortoise kept going, moving inexorably until he finally won the race.

It’s a great message about how slow and steady wins the race, but there’s one thing that we need to remember.

No matter how fast or how slow they went.

No matter whether or not they stopped along the way or kept on going.

They both finished.

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Ships-dont-sink-becauseShips don’t sink because of the water around them.

They sink because of the water that gets in them.

We’re all surrounded by problems.

There are lots of things to be afraid of.

Your circumstances may not be ideal.

And life may seem stormy.

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19-years-ago-we-said-I19 years ago today a wonderful adventure started.

A beautiful, bonnie lass from Glasgow walked down an aisle in a chapel in Melbourne and for some strange reason agreed, in front of our family and friends, to be my wife.

6 weeks later, the adventure continued when Karen and I moved to the obscure, remote mining town of Karratha in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.  For two years, we spent our honeymoon in isolation and 45 degree heat (that’s in Celsius for my American friends).  We had the privilege and challenge of managing a domestic violence refuge and pastoring a small church.  We were way out of our depth, but we learned a lot about each other and life.

The adventure continued for almost a year in Rockingham, just south of Perth, where we made the very difficult decision to leave the Salvation Army, the church we had grown up in and worked for.  It was a tough year, but we stuck together and moved across the country back to Melbourne to be closer to Karen’s family as her dad had just received a kidney transplant.

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Dont-wait-any-longerI’ve met too many people over the years who have waited for the perfect opportunity only to look back 10 years later and realise that they could have started much sooner and made much more progress.

So today I want to encourage you to stop hesitating and take action.

Whatever you’re meant to be doing with your life, don’t wait until next year.

Don’t wait for an imaginary green light.

Don’t wait until all of your circumstances are perfect.

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