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Momentum is when something rolls down a hill, gathering speed as it travels.
But you have to get to the top of the hill first.
Momentum is when you are riding the crest of a wave in the ocean.
But you have to paddle out into the surf and probably get dumped a few times first.
Momentum is what happens when your work finally gets the recognition and credit it deserves in the public eye.
Do you want to spend more time with your kids?
Do you dream of writing a book?
Do you have aspirations to start your own business?
Is there an exotic overseas destination that you’ve always wanted to visit?
Is the prospect of furthering your education intriguing?
Do you feel compelled to start a charity or make a difference to people in need?
Just as a sneeze spreads germs to the people around us, so our attitudes, actions and words are contagious and have an impact on others.
It doesn’t matter if you are a high profile leader, or a quiet, unobtrusive introvert, you have an affect, whether you like it or not.
My question today isn’t, “Are you an influence?” Because I know that you are. Your influence may be subtle or obvious, deliberate or accidental, but it’s definitely there.
My question for you is, “What are you spreading?”
It’s just another meaningless day in the office.
It’s just another Monday morning.
It’s just another pointless meeting.
Life becomes just a humdrum, boring routine.
There’s nothing to get excited about.
You never know when your opportunity will arrive, so stay ready.
You never know when someone will need your expertise, so stay ready.
You never know when that door will open ever so slightly, so stay ready.
You never know when you’ll run into someone who needs some encouragement, so stay ready.
On Valentine’s Day 22 years ago, Karen and I shared our first kiss.
It was a fleeting, spontaneous moment that sparked an exciting adventure of love that has seen us live in 2 states, call 6 houses our home, own 3 dogs, have 3 terrific kids and start a business together.
We have laughed and cried together.
We have held hands and hurled angry words.
We have been filled with incredible love as we held our children for the first time and been gripped by terror as we wondered what to do next.
And as I look back, I wonder, what was my favourite Valentine’s Day?
Resilience is one of the most important traits that successful people have.
But none of them were born with it and none of them obtained it by sitting on the bench.
They built it by falling over and getting back up again.
They built it by failing and realising that it wasn’t the end of the world.
They built it by not allowing the harsh words of their critics to seep into their souls.
They built it by doing the hard things that they didn’t want to do, because they knew that it would be easier the next time.
In the midst of the chaos and busyness of today, I trust that you are still able to find the time to plant seeds for tomorrow.
Read great books to keep your mind full of new, fresh ideas.
Build mutually beneficial relationships with others.
Spend time with your kids and family (not quality time, just time).
Invest in your health. Hopefully, you will live to be a ripe, old age, you will want to be mobile and spritely in the years ahead.
Marcus Aurelius once said:
“Is your cucumber bitter? Throw it away.
Are there briars in your path? Turn aside.
That is enough.
Do not go on and say, “Why were things of this sort ever brought into this world?” neither intolerable nor everlasting – if thou bearest in mind that it has its limits, and if thou addest nothing to it in imagination.
Pain is either an evil to the body (then let the body say what it thinks of it) – or to the soul.
But it is in the power of the soul to maintain its own serenity and tranquility.” Read the rest of this entry »
You are not how you were described in your high school reports.
You are not the things that your parents said about you when they were angry.
You don’t have to be defined by your past relationship mistakes.
You are not the same person that you were when you were fired from your first job.
You’ve grown since then.