There’s a gap between one river bank and another.

Between the base of a mountain and the summit.

Between the tee and the green.

Between an aspiration and an achievement.

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You can bring excitement and enthusiasm to your day.

Or you can bring bored indifference.

You can bring positivity and gratitude.

Or you can complain and moan.

You can expect good things to happen.

Or you can walk in with your shoulders slumped, already defeated.

But whatever attitude you bring, is most likely going to be the experience that you end up with.

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We recognise greatness in world-class athletes.

It’s easy to see how good they are, especially when compared with their opposition.

We recognise greatness in extraordinary musicians.

What they do moves us, amazes us, entertains us.

We recognise greatness in phenomenal leaders.

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Make the most of every day at work.

You have a unique set of skills and it would be a waste to squander them.

Make the most of your time with your kids when they are young.

They grow up so quickly and you’ll regret it if you don’t.

Make the most of your health, your mind, your soul.

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There is a reason that children living in abject poverty with little hope for a better future are able to smile and laugh.

There is a reason that people with seemingly everything at their fingertips are miserable and depressed.

Happiness comes from the inside.

It is not dependent upon your circumstances.

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Our kids were excited about helping out in the garden over the school holidays, so Hayden bought himself some new gardening gloves to wear.

But there was a dilemma.

They look so nice when they are clean and unused, but when the digging and weeding starts, they inevitably get dirty.

So, does he keep them in pristine condition, or does he use them and mess them up?

When we use our skills and abilities for what they are meant for, we take a similar risk.

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I was talking to one of Hayden’s teachers last weekend, discussing what she was up to during the school holidays.

She was explaining that she had groomed her pet groodle (a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle).

The first time that she tried was a disaster.

The second time was much better and now she’s got it all worked out.

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You don’t have to achieve all of your goals today, just get closer.

You don’t have to learn everything immediately, just learn something.

You don’t have to change everyone’s lives for the better straight away, just start with the person in front of you.

It’s easy to have bold aspirations and big dreams, only to become discouraged as they are too lofty to reach in the foreseeable future.

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You can focus on doing one thing well, or you can try to do a lot of things.

You can stay disciplined for many years, or you can become distracted by the next shiny trend.

You can develop one particular skill to an elite level, or you can potter around with many.

You can keep going when it gets challenging, or you can quit and try something else.

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I was talking with a colleague today, discussing someone who said that they can’t do something.

We smiled and nodded at each other.  Can’t or won’t?

The reality is that they could do it, they just chose not to.

What do you say that you can’t do?

Start a business?

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