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Before you buy a horse, there are lots of important considerations.

Where are you going to keep it?

What sort of saddle and gear will you buy?

How often will you ride it?

What will you feed it?

Buying a horse is a lovely idea, but often those other aspects make it too difficult.

There are lots of other decisions that we make that seem like a great idea at first, but have other implications.

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We all have an effect on the people around us.

Obviously, it can be a positive or negative impact.

It can make others smile or frown.

It can lift their spirits, or make them feel worse.

It can encourage them, or give them reason to succumb to their fears.

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If you turn up and work hard every day…

If you do what you say you’re going to do, every single time…

If you’re always available to make a contribution to others…

If your mood and demeanour is predictable (in a good way)…

If you are able to stay the course and not veer to the left or right on a whim…

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What if you had 10% more confidence?

Would you put your hand up for more opportunities?

Would you perform better in interviews?

Would you get your message across with greater clarity?

Would you look people in the eye more and grab their attention?

Would you feel more in control and poised throughout the day?

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Make something better, it doesn’t matter what.

The … could be your marriage or relationships with your kids.

It could be your workplace.

Perhaps it could be the sporting team that you’re a part of.

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You’ve overcome challenges.

You’ve been both disappointed by and proud of your efforts.

You’ve learned important lessons.

You’ve proven the doubters wrong (most of the time).

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Every great painting is made up of thousands of brush strokes.

Each one of them matters.

Every symphony is made up of thousands of notes.

Each one of them matters.

Every cathedral is made up of thousands of bricks.

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I know that you’re not perfect.

I know that you’ve made mistakes.

Like me, you probably have a few regrets and wish that you had made the most of a few key moments in life.

Yes, you have flaws and there are aspects about yourself that you wish you could change.

But you’re still awesome.

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Your life is a wonderful opportunity to do something truly remarkable.

From the junior sports coach who teaches and inspires kids to be their best.

The pastor of a small church who prays and cares for people others would find difficult to love.

The shop assistant who brightens the day of everyone who enters her store.

The business owner who quietly saves money to give away to a worthwhile charity.

And then there’s you.

Greatness isn’t about titles or money or fame.

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Before you make the game-winning shot, you’ve got to take the game-winning shot.

Before you take the game-winning shot, you’ve got to have the confidence to take it.

Before you have the confidence,¬†you’ve got to develop the skills required to support your belief.

Before you develop the skills, you’ve got to train and train and train so that you have the physical conditioning required to get yourself in a position to shoot the ball.

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