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Great coaches often say that their teams learn a lot more from a loss than a win.

You learn what you need to improve.

You learn what your opponents did better.

You learn not to make excuses or complain about things you can’t control.

You learn about the spirit of the group during difficult times.

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Are we surprised when you don’t turn up?

Or when you do?

Are we surprised when you don’t perform to a high standard?

Or when you do?

Are we surprised when you don’t keep calm during a crisis?

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You won’t work where you are forever.

One day you’ll resign, be made redundant or retire and will have the opportunity to look back at the months or years that you spent there.

Will you be able to point to the improvements that you made?

Your contribution to the development of others?

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If we’re not careful, there’s probably a somnambulist in all of us.

It’s so easy to sleepwalk through life.

Wandering aimlessly.

Not aware of what’s going on around us.

No particular destination in mind.

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Contrary to popular belief, you can run and you can hide.

You can run away from your problems (but only for so long).

You can hide from your responsibilities (for a while).

And there’s the issue.

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I want to stay in bed.

I should get up and go for a run.

I want to follow my own pursuits.

I should help my kids with theirs.

I want to complain.

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Pastor Rick Godwin recently said, “Don’t take criticism from someone you wouldn’t take advice from.”

What wise words.

So often, those who criticise are those we listen to the most.

They’re the voices that we replay over and over again in our heads.

We wonder how we could have pleased them.

We want to argue and defend ourselves.

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When you walk into the office, expect a good, productive day.

When you coach your staff, expect that improvements will come.

When you exercise, expect positive outcomes.

When you negotiate, expect that a great resolution will be reached.

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It’s easy to focus on our points of difference.

To start arguments.

To belittle those who disagree.

To shake our fists and hurl insults.

To treat others as our enemies and be suspicious of their motives.

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Cars are made on production lines.

So is chocolate.

Steel products, electronics and pharmaceuticals are all produced to exact quality standards and precise specifications.

And then there’s you.

There’s only one you.

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