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Confession time.  This is something that I’m terrible at.

I think of something that I know I should do.

Give this person a call, send an email, make sure that you don’t forget to acknowledge that milestone.

I hesitate or get caught up in the busyness of the day and then the moment is gone.

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The always clever Seth Godin recently said,

“Ideas, bread and books are all the same–they’re better when they’re shared.”

Of course, we can add to that list.

Those with a generous mindset understand that wisdom is better when shared.

As is a wonderful, uplifting story.

Faith is better.

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Confront the negativity in your team.

When people start complaining, call it out.

When they start focusing on the problems, point to possible solutions.

When they point out the faults in others, be quick to point out the strengths.

When fear and despair pervade the atmosphere, set the temperature to hope and enthusiasm.

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In a world that bombards us with useless information and cat videos, so much of what we see and hear is irrelevant and easily discarded.

But that’s not a pile that we want to be left on.

We want be remembered.

As I see it, we have three choices.

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Dark clouds brood.

It’s a portent of the storm and rain within.  A sign that something bad is about to happen.

Mother hens also brood.

If they have eggs that they want to hatch, they will protect them and never leave them.  A sign that something wonderful will come forth.

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Don’t waste your time and emotional energy worrying about gaining their respect.

Don’t try to force it, or become insecure about the opinions of others.

Focus instead on doing phenomenal work and becoming elite in your field.

On treating everyone with dignity and making them look good.

On investing in your personal development and the development of others.

On keeping calm in a crisis.

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I was going on my usual daily walk, when I passed under a large tree that had scattered thousands of seeds along the ground.

I wondered to myself, how many of these seeds will end up as full grown trees?

How many of these seeds will even germinate?

What are the odds?

How many seeds must fall?

We get to plant seeds all of the time.

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One loss doesn’t make you a loser.

One mistake doesn’t mean that you’re a mistake.

One failure doesn’t define you as a failure.

Sometimes we need a reminder of this.

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I’m at an age now when I need my reading glasses to bring words into focus.

Without them, everything is just a blur and I can’t make sense of the words that I am trying to read.

Sometimes, our future can look blurry.

Where should I go?  What should I do?  Am I headed in the right direction?

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This is post number 2,500 on this blog.

What started originally as a way to stop wasting my evenings has turned into an obsessive exercise that has resulted in over 500,000 words and 2.5 million views.

I’ve written from hospital beds and hotel rooms, with nothing (so far) getting in my way of delivering something every weeknight for the past 9 and a half years.

It has taken a lot of effort and there are times when I wonder how much longer I can keep going for.  Do I have the time, the ideas, the energy?  So far, the answer has been yes.

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