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In a world that bombards us with useless information and cat videos, so much of what we see and hear is irrelevant and easily discarded.

But that’s not a pile that we want to be left on.

We want be remembered.

As I see it, we have three choices.

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Dark clouds brood.

It’s a portent of the storm and rain within.  A sign that something bad is about to happen.

Mother hens also brood.

If they have eggs that they want to hatch, they will protect them and never leave them.  A sign that something wonderful will come forth.

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Don’t waste your time and emotional energy worrying about gaining their respect.

Don’t try to force it, or become insecure about the opinions of others.

Focus instead on doing phenomenal work and becoming elite in your field.

On treating everyone with dignity and making them look good.

On investing in your personal development and the development of others.

On keeping calm in a crisis.

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I was going on my usual daily walk, when I passed under a large tree that had scattered thousands of seeds along the ground.

I wondered to myself, how many of these seeds will end up as full grown trees?

How many of these seeds will even germinate?

What are the odds?

How many seeds must fall?

We get to plant seeds all of the time.

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One loss doesn’t make you a loser.

One mistake doesn’t mean that you’re a mistake.

One failure doesn’t define you as a failure.

Sometimes we need a reminder of this.

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I’m at an age now when I need my reading glasses to bring words into focus.

Without them, everything is just a blur and I can’t make sense of the words that I am trying to read.

Sometimes, our future can look blurry.

Where should I go?  What should I do?  Am I headed in the right direction?

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It’s easy to get caught up in the distant future.

We wonder what it will look like.

We set long-term goals and have lofty aspirations.

That’s OK, so long as we don’t spend too much of our time or energy there.

If we look too far ahead, we forget about the action that we need to take today.

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When setting your goals, be specific.

Vagueness doesn’t cut it.

It’s too easy and comfortable to be imprecise.

“I want to lose weight, I want a better job, I want to travel.”

Vague, vague, vague.

This won’t get you anywhere.

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You’ll never run out of reasons to encourage people.

You’ll never run out of opportunities to add value.

You’ll never run out of ways to express your love to those close to you.

You’ll never run out of reasons to smile and laugh.

You’ll never run out of great ideas and insights to share.

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We are creatures of habit.

We tread the same well worn tracks.

We do what we know to be safe.

We repeat yesterday and the day before.

And yet we yearn for adventure, for something different, for something better.

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