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Young Sydney Swans defender Alex Johnson last played AFL football in the 2012 Grand Final.

He was a star on the rise with a very successful team and the future looked bright, before a horrible run of injuries struck him down.

Since then, he has gone through 5 knee reconstructions, 12 operations and a serious infection in his knee, which has made it 1736 days since he last played.

I can’t imagine what that must have been like.

Months of boring, repetitive rehabilitation, followed by a significant setback.

Followed by more rehabilitation and then another setback.

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A muscle only gets stronger after it has been strained and pushed beyond its limits.

The ground needs to be furrowed to give a seed the best chance of growing.

A woman goes into labour before giving birth to a child.

Gold goes into a furnace so that it can be purified.

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Even though I’m an experienced life coach, I know that there is still much more to learn about my craft. ┬áThankfully, there are a lot of people I have had the privilege of learning from.

Over the years, I’ve worked for, met and read books written by some terrific coaches and I’ve found that they each have three common denominators. Read the rest of this entry »

A 4 year old comes home from kindergarten with a finger painting of a dinosaur.

“Here, I made this,” he proudly exclaims.

A 9 year old comes home from school with a Mother’s Day card that she created.

“Here, I made this,” she proudly exclaims.

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The common swift is a remarkable bird that is perfectly built for flying.

After the young swift grows its adult feathers and takes flight for the first time, it will never land on the ground for its entire life.

They eat, drink, mate and even sleep while they are soaring, with a single flight often lasting almost a year.

Here’s the deal.

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Find joy in what you do.

Do it with a spring in your step.

Enjoy Mondays.

Have a laugh.

Don’t just do it for the money.

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You may regret lashing out in anger, but I’ve yet to meet someone who regretted speaking kind words with love.

You may regret going through the motions and doing the bare minimum, but you won’t regret giving it your all and living with enthusiasm.

You may regret putting someone down, but if you speaking words of encouragement, you (and the other person) will be grateful that you did.

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We all have moments of failure in our lives.

We can’t win them all and will miss out on promotions, sales, hot dates or game winning jump shots at some stage of our lives.

So, what do we do with such failures?

As I see it, we each have a range of choices.

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Your great escape probably won’t be an extravagant tunnel built to help you get out of a maximum security prison.

And I hope that you’re never in a situation where you are in physical danger that requires you to leave so that you feel safe again.

If you’re like most people, your great escape will be something quite different.

It will be when you realise that you don’t have to be a prisoner of your past.

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The work that’s done in anonymity.

Behind closed doors when no-one is watching.

The work that’s done that doesn’t get the plaudits.

It’s not ready yet, it’s not fit for public consumption.

The tinkering in the garage.

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