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If you do the work.
If you stay the course.
If you smile while you sweat.
If you build strong relationships.
If you keep learning.
If you take responsibility for your situation.
Great tennis players don’t get bogged down thinking about the last point.
And they don’t look too far ahead to the matches to come.
They understand that the next point matters most.
Phenomenal salespeople don’t linger on the last call that they made for too long.
And they don’t start calculating their monthly commission on the first week of the month.
It’s time to start instilling hope again in the people around us.
To give others a reason to be optimistic about the future.
To help them replace their fear with courage, their negativity with a smile and their hopelessness with the understanding that through their actions, they can make a positive difference in the world.
To paint a picture of a better tomorrow if we work hard together.
A good friend of mine shared this poem on Facebook recently. It was given to Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger by his college coach and is called ‘”Don’t Quit.”
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
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You’re not responsible for the opportunities that come your way.
But you are for what happens next.
You’re responsible for believing that they’re there in the first place.
For identifying them.
For doing something with them.
If we were to compare our skills and talents, I can guarantee that there will be something that you can do better than me.
And if we added a third person to the conversation, there would still be something that you can do better than both of us.
And if you were to stand in a room of 10-20 people, there would be something unique about your capabilities that stands out.
Conversely, there’s something that you’re not good at.
You may enjoy it, wish that you could do it or even tell people that you can, but you stink at it.
If you want to do anything meaningful with your life, there will be an inevitable struggle.
It will be hard work.
There will be obstacles.
You will feel like giving up.
Author Henri Amiel once said,
“The stationary condition is the beginning of the end.”
It’s a wonderfully profound statement that describes far too many of us.
It describes the paradox of life that when we stop moving forward, we start going backwards.
It explains why so many people, especially men, struggle to cope with life after retirement.
We went on a family walk this week and as we wandered along, we saw a few massive trees that had fallen to the ground over the years.
These once magnificent gum trees, probably well over a hundred years old were now just lying there, rotting on the ground.
What a waste.
Or so it seemed.
These trees, may never recover their former glory, but they still had an important function to play in their eco-systems.
To be exceptional…
You can’t hide in the herd.
You can’t accept the status quo.
You can’t stay at the same level year after year.
You can’t expect to be an overnight success.