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There’s an old Swedish proverb that says,

“Those who wish to sing always find a song.”

God bless those Swedes.

What a wonderful reminder that we focus on is so often what we end up getting.

If you want to complain, you will always find things to complain about.

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Do you care?

About your work?

About the people around you?

About how you present yourself?

About your reputation?

Most people would say a resounding yes to most, if not all, of the above scenarios.

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Whatever you think you should be doing with your life…

Whatever your goals are…

Whatever the next obvious step is with your career…

Whatever aspect of life you are struggling with…

Whatever habits you know you should be developing…

There will either be a thousand opportunities, or a thousand excuses.

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It’s a perfect day to get things done.

To write that proposal.

To enroll in that course.

To act on that idea.

To buy those flowers.

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Theodore Roosevelt once said,

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.

Many people want both.

They want ease.

Yet they yearn for greatness.

But the two are mutually exclusive.

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Teams aren’t responsible for maintaining a positive mindset during challenging times, leaders are.

Teams aren’t responsible for creating a culture of continuous improvement, leaders are.

Teams can’t set a vision and then consistently maintain focus on that vision, only leaders can do that.

There’s no such thing as a bad military unit.

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Our kids have gadgets galore.

Tablets, phones, laptops, fancy watches, kindles.

And every Christmas, it seems that their list of devices grows.

But do you think that they can remember to charge them?

Not a chance.

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We may be weary.

Our adversaries may be strong.

There may be times when our knees shake in fear.

The obstacles in our path may seem insurmountable.

We may feel alone and in need of help.

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I’m unsure if that new idea is going to work.

I’m unsure if that new person in the office will work out.

I’m unsure what tomorrow will bring.

I’m unsure if that was the best possible decision to get the best possible outcome.

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One of my favourite thinkers, Tom Peters, once said, “If I read a book that cost me $20 and I get one good idea, I’ve gotten one of the greatest bargains of all time.”

A great book is a great investment.

It doesn’t cost much to buy.

It costs nothing to read.

But the benefits can be huge.

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