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Compare these two statements:

“Today, I’m going to do my job.”

“Today, I’m going to do my job with enthusiasm.”

Or perhaps these two:

“I’m going to spend time with my family.”

“I’m going to spend time with my family with enthusiasm.”

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Before you hit the big free throw to win the championship, you need to hit thousands of them in practice over many years.

Before you give that big speech in front of hundreds, you need to give dozens of much smaller speeches in front of a handful of people.

Before you prepare a wedding feast for a huge crowd, you need to cook a range of meals for much smaller, less pressured events.

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It doesn’t cost a cent to be a blessing to someone.

There are no sacrifices involved in speaking words of encouragement.

To be generous in your praise won’t bring you hardship.

And there is a bottomless pit of positive things you can say about people.

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Be a learner, not a knower.

Smile when you don’t know something, don’t be embarrassed.

Ask questions, don’t feel compelled to have all of the answers.

Stay curious, don’t become cynical.

Embrace that you don’t know everything, don’t be threatened by it.

Surround yourself with smart people, not yes-people.

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When things go wrong (as they inevitably will).

When you reach for the stars, but fall into the mud.

When others mock and criticise your efforts.

When you fall embarrassingly short of your own expectations.

Don’t retreat into smallness.

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In the week leading up to the 2019 AFL Grand Final, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin said,

“For me, it’s not about holding the cup up for a second time and so forth, it’s about creating a culture that will live beyond my time at the footy club and the other players who have been such a big part of that.”

He gets it.

He understands leadership.

It’s about creating a legacy.

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Want your kids to be kind and compassionate when they are older?

Want them to be resilient?

Want them to live with faith and hope?

Want them to develop a strong work ethic?

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We can encourage you.

We can speak hope into your life.

We can offer advice and powerful, compelling words.

But no-one else can light your match.

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Don’t just thank God for Friday.

Don’t be relieved when another working week is done.

Don’t dread and bemoan the other days.

Thank God for them, too.

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I don’t care what the odds are.

I don’t care what others may say about your chances of success.

I don’t care what your competition is or what obstacles are in your path.

Please don’t just surrender.

Please don’t just give up.

Put that white flag away.

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