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You can’t control the emotions of the people around you, but you can control your own emotions.

You can’t control the volume of work coming in, but you can control how hard you work.

You can’t control the weather, but you can wear a jacket.

We often spend a lot of time and energy discussing and complaining about things that we can’t control.

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We aren’t given dreams to help us sleep better at night.

They aren’t there for us to feel warm and content.

We aren’t given dreams as a distraction from the pains of the world.

And they aren’t meant to be used as a depressing comparison to our current reality.

We are given dreams to give us something to aspire to.

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Today’s message is a simple one.

Keep learning.

It doesn’t matter how.

And it doesn’t matter how much.

Just keep learning.

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I made a decision today at work.

It turns out that it wasn’t quite the right decision.

Some information came up after making that decision, so I made another decision to alter it.

It was slightly embarrassing.  No one wants to be wrong and I’m no exception.

I could have waited longer.

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What if you considered the consequences of your actions beyond today?

What if you were reminded that they can have an impact tomorrow and the next day?

What if the ripple effects were still being felt in a week?

What if the snowball kept growing for a year?

What if the change in course that you took made a difference in ten years time?

Because that’s actually how life works.

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I heard recently of an 80-year-old man who was considering retirement for a third time.

But before he made his decision, he consulted a trusted mentor to discuss next steps and get some advice.

How good is that?

I hope when I’m 80, I’m still considering the next steps.

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When a new iPhone comes out, we rush to the stores to replace our existing handset.

When our glasses no longer get the job done, we see an optometrist for a replacement pair.

When a goldfish dies, we flush it down the toilet and go to the pet store to buy a new one.

But then there’s you.

There’s no replacement for you.

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Before David’s epic biblical encounter with Goliath, he said to the king,

“Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

We all know how the story ends, but I love how it begins.

With a word of encouragement.

With a statement of hope.

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You may not be the most talented person in your organisation.

There’s also a possibility that you won’t be the most charismatic person that we meet.

You may not be the most experienced.

You may not be the most connected, have the fanciest office or the most extravagant title.

But you can be elite with the level of effort that you put in.

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American writer, Washington Irving once said, “Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it.”

How do you respond to challenging times?

Where does your mind go to during periods of misfortune?

Are you defeated?

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