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When you observe people on a train, you can see that they have a different response to the journey.

Some love it.

They look out of the window, pointing out key features.

They sit back and relax, happy that someone else is doing the driving.

It’s a pleasant, enjoyable experience for them.

And then there are those who merely tolerate it.

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According to Ed Catmull, author of Creativity Inc,

“The past should be our teacher, not our master.”

Do I hear an amen?

Let your mistakes teach you lessons, not define you.

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Captain Ahab didn’t chase minnows.

If he did, Moby Dick would be a very boring story.

He didn’t settle, but chased something large.

Something challenging.

Something that pushed him to the extreme.

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I saw this great quote this week:

Physical toughness measures what you are capable of.

Mental toughness measures whether you will actually do it.

Here’s the thing.

There are lots of things that you are capable of doing.

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If someone is rude to you, then…

If you have a stressful day at work, then…

If your partner isn’t feeling valued or loved, then…

If you are spending too much money on trivial things, then…

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America has already been discovered.

So has fire, the motor vehicle and the iPhone.

It’s tempting to look around and think that everything has already been discovered and there’s nothing new left.

But let me encourage you today and throughout this year to stay inquisitive.

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2020 won’t be defined by what happens to us.

It won’t be defined by our goals or aspirations.

It won’t be defined by events that are beyond our control.

This year will be defined by how we deal with what happens.

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Italian poet, Cesare Pavese is credited with saying,

“We don’t remember the days, we remember the moments.”

How true.

As we reach the end of another year that has gone far too quickly, many of the days have become a blur.

But in the midst of the routine, there have been some significant and memorable moments for us as a family.

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At this time of year we can often spend a lot of time waiting in line.

At the shops, at the movies, at a theme park.

We stand and we wait, as we edge slowly closer to the front of the queue.

What happens while you wait?

Do you huff and puff and complain about how long it’s taking?

Do you check your social media and respond to a couple of trivial texts?

Or do you share your excitement with the people around you, eagerly awaiting the end of your wait?

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The person who is willing to work harder and longer will always beat the person who relies on natural ability.

The person who trains the house down will always beat the person who doesn’t feel as though they need to.

The person who is able to overcome challenges will always beat the person who relies on avoiding pain.

The person who keeps going despite the voices that have advised them to stop will always beat the person who floats along because they always been told how good they are.

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