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Just imagine what it would look like if you were able to help the people around you to walk two inches taller.

If after every interaction, they felt better about themselves, more confident, more valued.

It doesn’t take much.

A simple thank you.

A compliment on the standard of their work.

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We dream when we sleep.

Bold, lofty dreams.

Dreams full of extraordinary deeds.

Wonderful, warm dreams that we don’t want to wake up from.

But we do.

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If you want to expand your mind… read.

Every day, without exception.

If you want to get fitter… move.

Every day, without exception.

If you want to build better relationships with others… smile and listen.

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I want you to be a little bit uncomfortable in the next 24 hours.

A little bit afraid.

A little bit daunted.

Not quite sure of the outcome.

Because if you feel a little bit uncomfortable, afraid and daunted, chances are you’re doing something that matters.

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When you observe people on a train, you can see that they have a different response to the journey.

Some love it.

They look out of the window, pointing out key features.

They sit back and relax, happy that someone else is doing the driving.

It’s a pleasant, enjoyable experience for them.

And then there are those who merely tolerate it.

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As a leader, there will often be a range of messages that you need to deliver every day.

“Do this.”

“Do that.”

“Make this your priority.”

“You made a mistake here.”

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According to Ed Catmull, author of Creativity Inc,

“The past should be our teacher, not our master.”

Do I hear an amen?

Let your mistakes teach you lessons, not define you.

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Captain Ahab didn’t chase minnows.

If he did, Moby Dick would be a very boring story.

He didn’t settle, but chased something large.

Something challenging.

Something that pushed him to the extreme.

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I saw this great quote this week:

Physical toughness measures what you are capable of.

Mental toughness measures whether you will actually do it.

Here’s the thing.

There are lots of things that you are capable of doing.

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If someone is rude to you, then…

If you have a stressful day at work, then…

If your partner isn’t feeling valued or loved, then…

If you are spending too much money on trivial things, then…

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