Attitude

“If”

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“If” is a famous poem by English writer Rudyard Kipling, published in 1910. If you can keep your head when all about you       Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,    But make allowance for their doubting too;   If you can wait and not be tired by…

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Rise to the occasion

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Everyone has problems. For some people fighting over the remote is a problem because if they lose they don’t get to watch their favourite TV show. Others have more basic problems around food, water and shelter. Sometimes our problems can be overwhelming – to the point that they consume a large part of our lives.…

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Sow a habit, reap a destiny

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You are the architect of your own fate. You are the master of your own destiny. You can do and undo things. You sow an action and reap a tendency. You sow a tendency and reap a habit. You sow a habit and reap your character. You sow your character and reap your destiny. Therefore,…

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Everything is a present

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You’d think being imprisoned in a concentration camp would break your spirit wouldn’t you? It certainly would do for most people. But not for the incredible Alice Herz Sommer. Her eternal, unflinching optimism enabled her to see the experience as a gift. Imagine that – a gift! You know what? It turns out – adversity…

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You’re dreaming!

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That’s not how you do it. You’ll never make it. No chance mate. Not likely. It’ll never happen. I won’t hold my breath. Fat chance. Don’t give up your day job. Don’t let the nay-sayers define what you can do! Do it anyway. Do it anyway. Do it anyway.

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Change happens

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If there’s one thing you can guarantee, it’s that things will change. Sometimes your life is going really well. You’ve got a great set of friends and a great job. The place you’re living at is great. Then things start to change. You fall out with someone at work. Suddenly it’s not quite so enjoyable.…

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The good times will return

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You know when you’re going through a bad patch things can just seem so damn difficult… Even the simplest of tasks is a struggle. It’s like you’re walking through thick mud. Sometimes it seems as if everything is against you. As if even ordinary things are out to get you. Bad things seem to happen…

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Is someone getting the best of you?

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Is anyone getting the best of you? Anyone at all? Are you getting the best out of you? If not, why not? Why live a half arsed life when you could live life with absolutely everything you’ve got? You could lay it all on the line. Go all out. You could live your life as…

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You are a powerful force

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You are a force to be reckoned with. You have awesome potential. Unlimited – literally. The things you could do are incredible, unbelievable, stunning. You could be an unlimited source of inspiration to others. You could be a light to lead the way. Your influence could be profound. Your legacy could be legendary. You could…

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Your Facebook status won’t change the world

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When the world is going through troubled times we sit at home watching the news and we feel powerless to help. The problems seem so massive that we feel that they are outside of our hands – that there is nothing we can do to help. If we give $100 to the Red Cross, what…

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A Round Tuit

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When I was a kid my Dad had a round tuit. Heard of one before? It was an circular plaque that was on the wall of his business. If you’ve always said that you would get a round tuit one day then that day has come because here’s one for you to print out for…

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For the sake of it, or for a good reason?

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Think about what you do in your day, the routines you go through, the good things and the bad – are all of those things done for a good reason, for a real purpose? Probably some of them are. But definitely some of them aren’t. Some of what you do is done for the sake…

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The one sure way to make your problems smaller

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Simply become aware of the problems of others. Feeling sorry for yourself? Take a walk around the children’s ward of your local hospital. Stop and talk to the kids. Ask them why they’re there and see how they are coping. If you are a human being this is guaranteed to work. Perhaps you have really…

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Pushing our limits

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We like to think we are aware of our abilities. We like to think we know our limits. We know what we can do and we know what we can’t do. We see something difficult and say “I could never do that”. But no matter how well we know ourselves, we don’t know what we…

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Is the world a better or worse place for having had you in it?

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Is the world a better or worse place for having had you in it? It’s a simple question but one we should all think about. We’ve all done stupid things in our lives, we’ve all hurt others in some way. But hopefully we’ve also helped people in some way too. If you put the negative…

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It would put your problems into perspective…

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…if you watched a video like this every morning before going to work.

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Mountains and molehills

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Know people that make a fuss over small details? We all do. They will fight tooth and nail over whether to use size 11 or 12 font for the company newsletter. They will argue all day about whether the toilet roll should be put on with the paper coming down at the back or down…

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You can’t always get what you want

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Wow, those lyrics never resonated with me until now. I just got back from LA you see. The weather was great, the people were beautiful and I discovered how much I love burritos. So now I’m back at work in Auckland and the thing is that I’d rather be still on holiday in the good…

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The benefits of a positive attitude cannot be overstated

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A positive attitude is actually a protective thing. It will stop the world getting you down. It will shelter you from the small minded comments of others. It will keep you from getting depressed. It will carry you through the difficult times. It will help keep your friends and family close. It will make bad…

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Don’t take this the wrong way but…

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We’ve all heard that line before. How you take what comes after it is up to you. If it’s criticism you could let it pull the rug out from underneath you. You could allow it to completely deflate you and leave you feeling helpless, useless and depressed. You could let it ruin your life and…

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