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According to Jon Gordon,

“Fear and faith have one thing in common—they both believe in a future that hasn’t happened yet.”

The reality is that we fear potential outcomes.

We are scared of possible failure.

We are trepidatious about the unknown.

But what if the outcome is a good one?

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Humans have a range of unique abilities.

To tell compelling stories that connect.

To listen to the wonderful stories of others.

To display empathy.

To genuinely care.

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Is the boat that you’re in going in the wrong direction?

Is someone else setting your sails?

Does it seem as though someone else is in charge of your destiny?

Do you feel as though you are just a crew member and not the captain of your own future?

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Most people I meet don’t know what their purpose in life is.

They don’t have a clear, clarion calling.

They don’t know what they are meant to do with their lives.

And so they float along, waiting for a neon light to tell them what they should be doing.

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The struggle is hard.

It’s testing.

It will challenge your will to continue.

You will think that it is unfair.

You will compare your struggle with others.

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Your fears will lie to you.

They will try to tell you what you can’t do, when in reality you can.

They will try to tell you that there’s no point in trying, when there really is.

And they will try to tell you that this is as good as you can hope for, when that’s not the case.

And your fears will try to steal from you.

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One of the books that I am reading at the moment is retired AFL player Bob Murphy’s “Leather Soul.”

After winning a surprise premiership in 2016, he wrote:

The next great challenge of my football club, the Bulldogs, is to become mountain climbers and not astronauts.

The premise is that after making it to the moon, astronauts live off that achievement for the rest of their lives.  There’s nothing else to accomplish, nothing left to aspire to.

Whereas mountain climbers are always looking for the next challenge.

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Be a leader now, not when you get the fancy title.

Work hard now, not when someone’s watching.

Take the initiative now, not when someone tells you.

Read more and learn now, not when you feel left behind.

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There’s something momentous about dropping a mic.

Making a point and then leaving the stage in triumph.

It’s impressive, it’s memorable, it’s iconic.

Today, I want to encourage you to pick it up again.

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You may have been beaten, but you’re undefeated.

You may have been knocked down, but you’re undefeated.

You may have made if half-way up the mountain, only to fall back down again, but you’re undefeated.

You may be battered and bruised, but you’re undefeated.

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