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In our goal-oriented world, it’s easy to get caught up in a win at all costs way of living.

We take pride in the outcome, but what about the process?

Are we proud of the integrity that we displayed?

Are we proud of how we responded to others when under pressure?

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It would be nice if there was a straight path between our goals and their achievement.

No dramas.

A clear course of action.

Zero obstacles.

Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Most people don’t like criticism, so we do everything that we can to avoid it.

We surround ourselves with people who agree with us.

We don’t dare to share our ideas.

We do work that is well below our true capabilities.

We come in and leave quietly, hoping that no-one notices.

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On your worst day, you can stay eager.

When everyone else is flagging, you can stay eager.

When you’re having the Monday blues, you can stay eager.

When work seems humdrum and the customers are cranky, you can stay eager.

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There is one Mona Lisa, but millions of replicas.

The original is priceless, the replicas can be purchased in the gift shop for a few dollars.

We all know who painted the original, but we have no idea who copied the replicas.

The original took great skill, but all the replicas needed was a fancy printer.

People travel from all across the globe and queue for hours to see the original, but just cast a passing glance at a replica.

And then there’s you.

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A seed starts in the dirt.

In the dark.

Well underground.

And then, when no-one is looking, something starts.

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If only we knew what tomorrow would bring.

If only we knew with certainty what the absolute best decision was.

If only we knew which clients to spend our attention on.

If only we knew which job candidates would hang around and make the biggest contribution to our team.

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Sound the battle cry.

Blow the trumpets.

Raise the banners high.

It’s time to march forward.

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Know why you’re in that meeting.

Know why you’re practicing that drill.

Know why you’re sending that email.

Know why you’re in that coaching session.

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I recently read an interview with explorer Bear Grylls and he was asked about fear.  He said:

When we refuse to face stuff, though, the fears tend to escalate. That’s the irony. Courage is all about finding the resolve to move towards the fears.

Also, I like to see fear as a natural response to danger and in its best form it should keep us sharp and alert. But the key is to make it serve you rather than control you.

I meet a lot of people who are controlled by their fears.

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