Archive for December, 2011

New Years Eve 2011



It could be a late night tonight for many, partying and celebrating with lots to eat and drink as they see the New Year in. To be happy and grateful for the last year, even if for some of you, it may have been far removed from what you may have wished for. But to be happy and grateful for 2011 is the right attitude to have.

“Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache, carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit” – Napoleon Hill.

Or maybe everything went to plan, if so then that is certainly a reason to be grateful and celebrate; gratitude is so very important when it comes to building up and maintaining success in every area of your life.

Never beat yourself up about the past, all that might have gone better, those that wronged you in some way – just let it all go. Always remember the best from the past and be happy and grateful for it. To be happy and grateful is to embrace positive energy in your life. All negativity is nothing but harmful to you and must be avoided.

Enjoy New Years Eve, after all it only comes once a year, a special time to reflect and celebrate 2011, tomorrow is a whole new day, a whole new year; with endless possibilities for those that would seek them.


The mind is like a garden



The mind. We all have a mind, it is ours for life and we could not manage without it, but like so many things in life we take it for granted. You will sometimes hear it said that “the mind is like a muscle” and in that case, just like any muscle, it can be made stronger with regular exercise.
What else is true of the mind? I have studied success and achievement at length, seen and researched many quotes. Some well known quotes can be traced back through history, many different people have said the same thing or words to the same effect. When something is true of the human condition it will find its way into quotes that endure. One such quote is that “The mind is like a garden” – sometimes it is compared to a field instead of a garden.

The mind is like a garden.
The gardener can decide which seeds are to be planted. The ground is prepared and the seeds are planted. The gardener will care for the planted seeds, watering them and keeping the weeds at bay. Eventually the seeds will sprout up and produce after their kind. Flower seeds will produce flowers; corn seeds will produce corn, carrots seeds will produce carrots and so on, you could go through a never ending list, but one thing is true, what you plant – you will get.
Plant a tree and you will get a tree. It can be no other way.
The mind is like a garden and it works in the same way as the garden, but the seeds of the mind are our own thoughts. Just like the garden, our thoughts will produce in accordance with the type and variety planted and allowed to remain long enough to grow in the mind into maturity.

Plant a thought and reap a result in life in accordance with it.

We must be in control of our thoughts and keep them focused only on the things that we truly want. The weeds of the mind must not be allowed to gain roots.


Create or Compete


Whether to create or whether to compete, is a good point that ought to be given more thought.

We compete when we believe in limits or scarcity. We compete when we think that there is a lack of abundance, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. In business this means to have exactly the same approach as the competition does, in terms of buying, selling, positioning your business; in fact in business to complete is so often to mirror the competition in every way. The result is that you and your competitor will be chasing the same markets and customers, in exactly the same way, leading to every decreasing margins.

An individual competes by following and joining fully, the rat race. Blindly following the crowd because everyone else does so, to follow the crowd is folly; again it means to compete for what the crowd believes to be in limited supply. An individual is actually in the best position to create a life of abundance for themselves, yet they hold back on so much of their creativity because of the beliefs of the crowd and most of these beliefs are incorrect.

The difference between to create or to compete in terms of results is massive. In business to create means to find new methods of buying, selling, finding new products to sell and often in new ways that the competition will not try. Thinking outside of the box, giving no thought to lack or limits, to reinvent the wheel when that is what is needed and never to say that it cannot be done.

If an individual is to be creative, then to relax is the first requirement. Practice clear thinking when relaxed, for example think on one topic (and not with a competitive mindset) and practice staying on that topic, no matter how much the mind will try to wonder off in some other direction. With practice new original creative ideas will come to you.

Ask yourself –
Are you competing or creating?
And how is that affecting your results

When you understand the important difference between competing and creating, you will be at an advantage others will lack.


Goal attraction and ideas

Having set your goal and written it down, you then get to work on your goal attraction, by using a mixture of visualisation, visual prompts and affirmations to keep your goal dominant in your thoughts – We become what we think about.

Next it is time for action. Without action of some kind your goal can not be achieved. Yet sometimes it is hard to know where to start and some good ideas would be useful. At this point some people will worry about the – How am I going to do that? As a result they might let fear and worry in; talking themselves out of their chosen goal. This need not happen. Remain positive, focusing all the time on the goal and why you want that goal.

When we calmly focus on what we truly want, without fear and worry, as the saying goes – the right people, places, events and ideas will all show up to help you all at the right time. You must not delay in responding as they present themselves to you. Take action, action and more action; this will lead to momentum, making it actually harder to stop than to carry on. When you reach momentum your goal is well on its way to you.

To conclude, the ideas will come to you, all as you need them when you are calm, confident and you believe that you are going to reach your goal.


Happy Christmas 2011



Happy Christmas 2011 and a happy and prosperous New Year.


Gifts and Gratitude



One of the secrets of success is gratitude. Gratitude is also an essential part of being a positive person; gratitude and positivity are inescapable, interlinked and are essential components of success.

How can we show our gratitude each day? There are countless ways to be grateful. We must start by being grateful for the little everyday things that we can easily take for granted; things that when we really think about it are not so small after all and should not be taken for granted. We can start by being grateful for each new day, negative people will complain about each day and in so doing so drain some of the happiness out of each day.

We can be grateful for the food we eat, even if it is not much, for many around the world will eat nothing today.
Never complain that it is raining, snowing, being windy or too hot, be grateful for the wonderful variety of weather and remember that each form of weather has its role to play.

You can pause and feel some gratitude for these and other similar everyday things which we all too readily take for granted.
We can feel some gratitude for the gifts from other people. These gifts take an infinite variety of forms. A warm smile truly given to you from anyone is a gift to be grateful for. A kind or friendly word or two from someone is a gift to be grateful for. A door being held open for you, is a gift to be grateful for.

Many will think of a present being given when they think about gifts. When this form of gift is given it should always be gratefully received.

Failure to be grateful is a form of negativity, if we cannot be grateful for what we already have then why should we expect life to give us more.

Some have a strong will to win in life and to be grateful will reinforce positivity which will move you closer to achievement quicker. Some have a strong will to fail, but they never see that or admit that even to themselves. They embrace negativity at every opportunity and as a result, again and again they feel that every chance and opportunity turns against them, failing to see that the real failure is actually within themselves and easily rectified.

It is by applying positivity that we win, but it is a double edge sword, for a negative attitude can only lead to disappointment and failure in every way. Be grateful and build up your positivity.


A success



A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others have thrown at him.

– Dave Brinkley.


Goal setting, December 2011


Time to complete some of your goals before the year is out. Even as the next few busy weeks go by, a lot can be done in that time, as well as enjoying the season.

Also it is a good idea to give some thought to what you want to achieve in 2012. They say that life is a journey; in fact, life is made up of a number of different journeys. We are all on a journey with our, Health, Family, Spiritually, Financially, Socially, Educationally and our Careers, to name only some of the journeys in life that we are all on.

It is great to pursue a big goal in life, in fact I recommend that you do just that, but the goals you set for next year must also include some goals from other areas in life to keep you in balance.

To be positive is so very important – so whatever has happened this year in the form of results your goal setting, 2011 must be looked upon as having been a great year and next year will be even better still.