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Most of us have an innate fear of looking stupid.
And when you think about it, it’s a logical fear to have.
It’s embarrassing to turn up to an event dressed too formally or too casually.
It’s awkward to walk into a room and think that people are talking about us.
We don’t want to quit our stable job to start a business that fails.
And who wants to stand up in front of a crowd with nothing to say?
You’re pretty awesome.
You are valued and valuable.
You have the capacity to do remarkable things.
You are not defined by your past.
Be yourself, everyone else is taken.
When you come across a speed hump in the road, you slow down your car and carefully drive over it.
When you buy a new appliance that has been wrapped extra carefully, you don’t just leave it on the shelf, you take the time to get it unwrapped and start using it.
When you walk along a path and there is a fallen tree in the way, you don’t just turn around and go back, you climb over it or walk around it.
Momentum is when something rolls down a hill, gathering speed as it travels.
But you have to get to the top of the hill first.
Momentum is when you are riding the crest of a wave in the ocean.
But you have to paddle out into the surf and probably get dumped a few times first.
Momentum is what happens when your work finally gets the recognition and credit it deserves in the public eye.
Do you want to spend more time with your kids?
Do you dream of writing a book?
Do you have aspirations to start your own business?
Is there an exotic overseas destination that you’ve always wanted to visit?
Is the prospect of furthering your education intriguing?
Do you feel compelled to start a charity or make a difference to people in need?
Just as a sneeze spreads germs to the people around us, so our attitudes, actions and words are contagious and have an impact on others.
It doesn’t matter if you are a high profile leader, or a quiet, unobtrusive introvert, you have an affect, whether you like it or not.
My question today isn’t, “Are you an influence?” Because I know that you are. Your influence may be subtle or obvious, deliberate or accidental, but it’s definitely there.
My question for you is, “What are you spreading?”
It’s just another meaningless day in the office.
It’s just another Monday morning.
It’s just another pointless meeting.
Life becomes just a humdrum, boring routine.
There’s nothing to get excited about.
You never know when your opportunity will arrive, so stay ready.
You never know when someone will need your expertise, so stay ready.
You never know when that door will open ever so slightly, so stay ready.
You never know when you’ll run into someone who needs some encouragement, so stay ready.
Resilience is one of the most important traits that successful people have.
But none of them were born with it and none of them obtained it by sitting on the bench.
They built it by falling over and getting back up again.
They built it by failing and realising that it wasn’t the end of the world.
They built it by not allowing the harsh words of their critics to seep into their souls.
They built it by doing the hard things that they didn’t want to do, because they knew that it would be easier the next time.
In the midst of the chaos and busyness of today, I trust that you are still able to find the time to plant seeds for tomorrow.
Read great books to keep your mind full of new, fresh ideas.
Build mutually beneficial relationships with others.
Spend time with your kids and family (not quality time, just time).
Invest in your health. Hopefully, you will live to be a ripe, old age, you will want to be mobile and spritely in the years ahead.