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Football coach Pete Carroll was once asked, “Pete, which is better: winning or competing?”

He simply replied, “Competing… because it lasts longer.”

You may not feel as though you’re winning at the moment, but you can still compete.

You can still battle.

You can still persevere.

You can still do your best.

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Our front lawn had a small patch of clover.

It seemed small and insignificant, so I left it.

Then it grew larger and larger, gradually taking over.

Until the rest of the grass was overwhelmed.

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Imagine that you’re sauntering around an exotic market and find a wonderful rug that you just have to have.

You look at it closely and can visualise it in your home.

You must have it, then you look at the price tag.

Wow, that’s steep.

The merchant looks at you and smiles.

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As I see it, the two biggest mistakes that hold us back from achieving our goals are:

  1. We don’t start,
  2. We give up too soon.

The good news is that that if you haven’t started yet, you still can.

And if you’ve given up, you can get back in the game.

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When you covet your neighbour’s house…

Or your sister’s car…

Or your best friend’s job…

Or some random dude on TV’s seemingly dream life…

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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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