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Hey team, time to huddle up.

The first half of 2020 may not have gone to plan.

We had plans, we had goals, we thought that it was going to be different to this, but remember, it’s only half-time.

Some are saying that it’s been a waste of a year, a disaster, bring on 2021, but it’s only half-time.

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In his wonderful book, The Captain Class, Sam Walker writes:

One of the highest compliments coaches can pay athletes is to describe them as relentless, to say that they just keep coming.  Not every star has this quality.  Some have a tendency to take games off; others shrink in critical situations.

How would your coach or the people around you describe your attitude to life?

Would they say that you are relentless?

That you just keep coming?

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I was watching an interview this week with a guy who was being recognised by his company as he had acknowledged more of his colleagues than anyone else in the business.  It’s one of Australia’s largest corporations, making this an impressive achievement.

He was a lovely, humble man and when asked how he managed to acknowledge so many people, he had a simple response.

“I ask myself every morning, who do I need to thank today?”

Almost 300 people have been recognised and thanked for doing good work by this one person over the past 12 months.

That’s a remarkable legacy and I can only imagine the positive culture that he has helped to create, not only in his own department, but in teams throughout the business.

Who do you need to thank today?

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We need positive people, now more than ever.

People who can bring a fresh perspective.

Who can see a better tomorrow.

Who can lift the heads of others.

Who can keep smiling in the face of adversity.

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Imagination-isAlbert Einstein once said:

“Imagination is everything.  Is is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

In light of that quote, what are you imagining for your future?

Is it positive?

Is it compelling?

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Joseph Addison once said, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

I know it seems obvious, but do we act on it?

We live in a world that increasingly requires us to utilise our brain effectively and dynamically.

But are we developing our mind so that we can optimise our capability?

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When we follow you, are we meant to follow your advice or your example?

Do we listen to your words, not quite sure if they will help us?

Or do we replicate your actions, seeing that they work effectively?

Do we roll our eyes as you discuss the importance of values and purpose?

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My footy team, the Richmond Tigers are the reigning AFL premiers after an amazing 2019, but they’ve had a sluggish start after the 2020 season has kicked off again.

As a fan, what do I focus on, the big win, or the poor form?

Life is full of wins and losses.

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A couple of nights ago, Seth Godin wrote, “Creation plus persistence can lead to recognition. But creation without recognition is still a worthwhile endeavor.”

We all want recognition.

We strive to be noticed.

We want others to thank us for our contribution.

But what if we don’t get that reward that we want?

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When you watch a skyscraper being built, they don’t seem to make much progress.

Day after day, you look up and they seem to be at the same stage of construction.

“Meh, they’ll never finish,” you think to yourself as you walk away.

Then one day, after a few months, you raise your eyes to the heavens and it’s all finished.

That’s how success is built.

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