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It takes a long time to nurture a garden.

You have to be patient while the plants grow.

You have to water them during the dry months.

You have to pull out the weeds.

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When a warrior marches to battle, he can’t be certain of the outcome.

He can train meticulously.

He can wear the very best armour.

He can surround himself with disciplined soldiers.

He can have a brilliant battle plan.

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You have to believe that your goals can be achieved.

You have to believe in your capacity to make the world a better place.

You have to believe in the people around you.

You have to believe that you can make it through the challenging times.

You have to believe that you deserve blessings.

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Tennis great Arthur Ashe once said,

Start where you are.

Use what you have.

Do what you can.

It’s not that glamourous and it’s not very complicated, but it’s a great philosophy.

Do you want to build a great career?

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Robert Brault once said,

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise that they were the big things.”

I read this quote and spent a few moments contemplating some of the little things in my life.

Breakfast around the table with the kids.

Walking Dusty (our trusty golden retriever) in the bush out the back of our place.

Talking to my staff about their families and hobbies.

Playing table tennis with the boys.

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Before the end of the year, think of someone who has been a positive influence on your life.

Someone who has encouraged you.

Someone who has inspired you.

Someone who has given you some outstanding advice.

Someone who has been there when the chips were down.

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Have you ever tried running in sand?

It’s hard work.

You feel as though you’re expending a lot of energy, but not making much progress.

Your legs are sore.

Your chest hurts.

It’s all a bit too hard.

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I recently saw a photo of a cheetah chasing a young gazelle.

Her eyes were completely focused on her prey.

Nothing distracted her.

She was fixated.

She had to be.

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Each of us has a unique combination of skills, experience and passions.

There is an impact and level of influence that only you can have.

There is a purpose and calling that is exclusive to you, and you alone.

And there are moments in life when it all comes together.

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On my Twitter feed this week, a fellow Tigers supporter posted a photo of the Richmond VFL team from 1919 after they had lost the grand final to their archenemies, Collingwood.

In the photo, every player was beaming and the caption simply said,

Are we downhearted?

No.

What a wonderful attitude in the face of disappointment.

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