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Doing-anythingStarting your own business or charity is difficult.

Developing new habits is hard.

Leading others can be lonely.

Doing anything remarkable with your life requires years of disciplined focus and sacrifice.

It will be challenging and there will be times – many times – when you feel like giving up.

So you need a reason to do what you do.

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Keep-your-eyes-on-theDon’t be distracted by what’s happening in the rear view mirror.

Don’t be put off by the drivers in the other lanes.

Don’t worry about the speed that others are going at.

Don’t watch the scenery.

Just keep your eyes on the road.

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DaisyA daisy in a field full of daisies can feel insignificant.

It looks around and sees that it is the same as every other daisy.

It makes comparisons.

But here’s the thing.

It’s still a daisy.

It’s still beautiful, both in itself and in the context of the other daisies.

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Courage-is-a-muscleCourage is a muscle.

It needs to be exercised to increase in strength.

Some people seem to be born with more courage than others, just as some naturally have broader shoulders or stronger biceps.

But if people with more courage than others don’t it, it will atrophy.

Similarly, there are those who are born with less courage than others, but over time, they can build up their strength in this area.

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My-Lord-God-I-have-noThomas Merton once prayed,

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going,
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
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We-start-as-cowards-ButWe start as cowards.

Intimidated.

Overwhelmed.

Timid.

We have aspirations, but the voices of our fears drown out the voices of our goals.

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I-hope-that-you-neverIf you were being held over the edge of a cliff by your ankles, I suspect that you would see what matters.

You would think of all the people you would like to hug one more time and so that you could express how much you love them.

You would remember what your purpose was.

You would commit yourself to taking more risks.

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When-you-feel-likeAs a father of three kids, I have had the privilege of seeing them each learn to walk.  We even have the footage of our oldest son taking his very first steps, with the voice of his very excited mum screaming in the background.

This is what I have learned from watching them.

They stand up.

They fall down.

They stand up again.

They fall down again.

They stand up again.

They fall down again.

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Stop-looking-out-thereIs the change necessary for us be successful found out there?

Are we truly reliant upon external circumstances to do our best work?

Do we require the perfect situation, with the perfect level of support and the perfect level of good fortune?

Are we sitting, waiting for someone to notice and choose us?

Is the reason for your dissatisfaction with life found outwardly?

Or do you have everything you need in here?

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Its-time-to-open-up-theHave you been coasting lately?

Are you in a comfortable routine that isn’t getting you anywhere?

Have you been stuck in first or second gear for a while?

Have you been getting the results that you want from life?

Do you suspect that you’re capable of more?

Perhaps it’s time to open up the throttle.

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