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You may not be able to do much.

When you compare your capabilities and influence with others, perhaps you feel inadequate.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that your efforts don’t matter.

But you can always smile.

You can always bring energy and enthusiasm.

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If you stand on one side of a river and throw a stick into the water, it will be taken by the current.

Wherever the river takes it, is where it will go.

Maybe it will eventually make it to the other side, somewhere downstream.

Maybe it will float back to the same side.

Maybe it will make it out to sea.

The stick doesn’t decide, the river does.

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Cheap wine, or expensive wine?

Takeaway, or a good, healthy meal?

Spend the day in bed, or get to work?

Let your kids run amok, or set and reinforce boundaries?

Sitting on the couch, or working out?

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Some people live as if there are a limited number of opportunities and maybe they’ve missed out.

But life hasn’t passed you by.

There will be another opportunity, and another, and another.

Then there are those who understand that there are lots of opportunities and they are happy to watch them pass by.

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Despite your best endeavours, you may never reach the pinnacle.

You may never become the best in the world.

Your work may escape the attention of others.

The impact and influence of your life may not quite meet your expectations.

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I was coaching a young staff member today and as a part of the conversation, she explained that she and her partner had a 5-year plan.

Firstly, for someone so young, this was an impressive moment.  I’m sure that when I was her age, I didn’t know what I was going to be doing in the next five minutes, never mind five years.

But then as we discussed it more, she said, “Of course, some things may change, but at least we have something to work towards.”

She was right.

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A rocket isn’t meant to stay on the ground.

It’s meant to be launched.

A book isn’t meant to stay with the printer.

It’s meant to be launched.

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Don’t feel like it?

Do it anyway.

Scared?

Do it anyway.

Not sure if you will succeed or fail?

Do it anyway.

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Look around.

At your work colleagues or class-mates.

At your fellow train commuters.

At your family and friends

You are different.

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Legend has it that Gene Simmons was being criticised for the latest KISS album and he responded by saying,

“Guess whose album we’re not talking about?  Yours!”

Here’s the deal.

If you’re out there doing something meaningful with your life, you will attract criticism.

If you’re leading, creating or innovating, there will be people who will have a negative opinion about your work.

So as I see it, we have a handful of choices.

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