The world cup 2014 is well under way. Some matches are good, others not so good. You can tell a good player when you see him display his dazzling talent. You can sense the motivation etched on his face. He is fit, eager and keeps his eye on the ball. Some players foul, get yellow cards, are replaced by others. The referee must decide who is right and who must pay the price for foul play.

In the game of life we rarely develop our own talents.  We play games in our heads and say things like “I must do that sometime”. Yet the game of life continues. Some people become excellent at self-criticism. That takes up a lot of extra time.  Why not give yourself a yellow card each time you criticize yourself reminding yourself that you are better than you think you are. There are skills to learn, talents to re-develop. Time to be used wisely.

Some of the players and goalkeepers have been brilliant in the most recent games. They keep their eyes on the ball.  What if you kept your eye on your goals.  What if you started to make goals? No matter how small. Once they are meaningful to you, that’s all that matters. And what if you didn’t take your eyes off your goal?  You didn’t listen to the criticism in your head. You could become your own inspiration, your own coach.

Someone will win the world cup.  They will feel a real sense of pride. They will keep their eyes on the ball. What about you?

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