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The College Reunion

 Going to the 25th College Reunion tonight and looking forward to it. There will be about twelve us there. Not bad seeing as only fifteen of us finished in the class after 3 years together. It started out with 20 students. One guy has passed way since finishing. One can’t make it from Australia and one other did. One is away on a family holiday, a mix up with the dates; no doubt they will be in touch by phone when we are all together.

We and when I say we, I mean me, as I have been planning it since January, so really looking forward to catching up with everyone. Another one has made it from the USA, which is great as we haven’t seen her in twenty years.

The author Seth Godin talks about “tribes”, asking who your tribe is. Some really good American friends ask who do, you run with. Well, back in the day they were my tribe, the people that I ran with then. We were a small group of people challenging, supporting and encouraging each other to be the best that we could be. We couldn’t have made it without each other. We made life easier for each other. We wanted the best for each other. Now over the last twenty five years our lives have brought us in many different directions. Yet, many of us are still in touch on an individual basis.

It won’t be a night of secretly checking out who’s doing the best in their careers, marriage, parenting skills etc. It will be a night to celebrate each other’s company, laugh about the old times and wish each other the very best for the future and the next reunion. Now, if someone is struggling and we can help them out, we will, that’s a given.
When the night finishes I’ll be grateful for the time we had together. Yet, I’ll be even more grateful to them for the time we ran together as a tribe so many years back. Will also give thanks and be so grateful for the tribe that I now run with.

Truly hope you are getting to run with a good tribe now. If so, be grateful and thank them. If you haven’t found your tribe yet, hang in there and make sure to celebrate when you do.

Summer Time and the Living is Easy

Well it is the Summer Time and being the eternal optimist, it always starts in May for me anyway, and is the living easier for you? It’s my experience that those who achieve their best and have success and happiness, do so because they do not allow their past to hold them back; nor do they spend their days dreaming about a better future. They take ownership of their present situation, accept where it is they are in life, and then take the time and invest the energy in setting out where it is they want their life to be. In doing so, they show the hallmark of being a self-leader within their own life. Only they now go further and live the life of a self-leader, taking the action necessary to see the future they want for their life actually become a reality.

They do not confuse living in the now with living in the future. Always remaining hopeful for the future but here, today, is where their life is taking place, regardless of the season. They don’t dwell on the past, as there is a need to remain hopeful for the future, only it is now where they live life to the best of their ability. They live in the here and now and, at the same time, make real and positive decisions that will bring them forward.

Yes luck favours the brave and, and if you want to live the life of a self-leader, you will need some element of luck, but you will also need to be brave and determined. To make the decisions that need to be made and then go take the necessary action to see them become a reality. Anyway the fact is, luck often only comes to those who do the legwork, the ones who are prepared to put the time, effort and energy into looking at where they want to be in their life and how best to make this a reality. They are the ones who have the determination to go on and take action to make sure they have a chance of achieving the life they want to live. They understand that they must take on the traits of the self-leader within their life and work if they are to succeed and be successful.

So, please regardless of the time of the year or how hard or easy life is for you now, go take the necessary action to see that you are living a life of true and real success

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