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Not all heroes wear capes.
They don’t all wear their underpants on the outside.
They don’t all have supernatural powers.
They can’t all leap tall buildings in a single bound.
They don’t all have cool utility belts or a special iron suit.
In every great team there’s that one person who makes everyone better.
They encourage the person who’s having a bad day.
They lift the spirits of the group when it’s busy and stressful.
They freely provide their expertise and experience to the benefit of others.
They give credit and lead the celebration when things are going well.
At the start of the year, I went with our son Logan to his best friend’s birthday party at a “Clip ‘n Climb” centre. This is an indoor centre with a range of rock climbing walls for kids to scramble up.
Out of our three kids, Logan is the “sensible” one. He likes his feet on solid ground and was dreading the party, so it took a bit of encouraging for him to start climbing.
However by the end of the party, he proudly climbed 40-50% up most of the walls that he attempted.
This week, we took the whole tribe to Clip ‘n Climb again.
Have you ever forgotten to take the hand brake off when driving?
You’ve got the foot down, but you’re not going anywhere.
You look around to see what’s going wrong, only to look down and see that you’ve got something holding you back.
Is it time to take the hand brake off in your life?
You can’t edit a blank page.
You have to get your ideas out of your head and put them down on paper.
You’ve got to start scribbling away or frantically typing.
It doesn’t matter that it’s not perfect the first time.
It doesn’t matter if you have to delete most of it (or even all of it) and start again.
“The boss won’t let me.”
“That’s not what they taught me at university.”
“I don’t have the time.”
“No-one will choose me.”
“I’m not one of the lucky ones.”
“I don’t have permission yet.”
“I’m just waiting for the perfect opportunity.”
Here’s the deal with these statements, they’re delaying tactics and excuses used by the mind to stop you from doing what you are meant to do with your life.
Your boss may never let you, so either start without their permission or get a new boss.
It’s a well known reality among farmers that not every seed they plant will germinate and turn into a plant that is useful for harvesting.
But of course, they can’t necessarily know which seeds will be successful and which ones won’t, so they prepare the ground, sow a lot of seeds, water them all and see what happens.
They don’t plant a single seed, get frustrated when nothing happens and then just give up.
I don’t know what your situation is or what your aspirations are, but if you’re depending on a single action to get you the breakthrough that you’re looking for, you’re probably going to be very disappointed.
You want to do great things with your life?
You want to develop world-class skills?
You want to maximise the capabilities that you’ve been given?
You want to transform the world?
You want to be the best parent/partner/boss/entrepreneur/speaker/tradesperson/artist you can be?
The Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore once wrote:
“Spring has passed.
Summer has gone.
Winter is here…
and the song that I meant to sing remains unsung.
For I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument.”
What a wonderful, sober description of a life not lived.
One of the more remarkable stories from the Rio Paralympics is Egyptian table tennis player, Ibrahim Hamadtou.
At the age of 10, Ibrahim lost both of his arms in a train accident, so you would think that table tennis is an odd choice of sport.
But this extraordinary man was not to be daunted, holding the paddle with his teeth and serving by throwing the ball into the air with his toes.
Yes, you read that right.