The Secret of Achieving


Never allow any negative thoughts to take your mind away from your dreams and goals.

Think only of what you want.
Dream only of what you want.
Get emotional about only what you want.
Get into the feeling and flow only of what you want.
Talk only of what you want.
Take action only of what you want.

Never think persistently of what you do not want, because that will only give it the power to be attracted to you.

The secret of achieving is to stay focused on what it is that you want most; forget and stop worrying about everything that you do not want.


Our Greatest fear, by Marian Williamson




Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some: it is in everyone.

And, as we let our light shine, we constantly give,
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.


Tom Butler-Bowdon – Never Too Late to be Great


Tom Butler-Bowdon is an accomplished bestselling author and I am very happy to recommend his books to you all. Here is a list of his books so far –

50 Self Help Classics
50 Success Classics
50 Spiritual Classics
50 Psychology Classics
50 Prosperity Classics
See also his Capstone classics

See Tom’s website for more details –

Tom Butler-Bowdon’s latest work Never Too Late to be Great will be out in March and I am sure it will be an excellent read.

Tom Butler-Bowdon gave me permission to add his press release here for Never Too Late to be Great.



Published by Virgin Press on 22nd March 2012, £11.99 tpbk and £12.52 ebook

It’s never too late to begin the journey of being or doing something remarkable.

Never Too Late to be Great is about the power of thinking long. Exposing the myth of ‘overnight’ success, personal development authority Tom Butler-Bowdon shows us that contrary to popular belief, people, companies, products and ideas invariably need a long time to realise their potential.

Highlighting the importance of the ‘ten-year rule’ as referred to in Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, which suggests that significant achievements rarely happen without a decade of intense work and practice in any given area, Never Too Late to be Great offers inspiration for the impatient or disheartened to stay the course, and gives reassurance to us all that, given the longer life spans most of us enjoy now, we have more time than we think to achieve our goals.

Written in the tradition of classic motivational literature, Never Too Late to be Great provides readers with the facts and inspiration necessary to help them banish the excuses that prevent them from achieving everything they want in life. It will appeal to adults at all stages, from people in their twenties, frustrated with the pace of their career progress, to people facing their mid-life or redundancy and looking for a change of career.

Tom Butler-Bowdon is a graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Sydney. He left his job as a political advisor to write the bestselling 50 Self-Help Classics – a guide to personal development literature. This was followed by other titles in the series: 50 Success Classics, 50 Spiritual Classics, 50 Psychology Classics and 50 Prosperity Classics. This successful series is now published in 22 languages. Tom has appeared on numerous television and radio shows in the UK, US and Australia.

Tom Butler-Bowdon is available for interview. For more information, press copies or extracts please contact Kasi Collins in the Virgin Books press office on or 02078408373


New Year’s Day 2012, wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year.



New Year’s Day should be called Amateur Goal Setting Day

New Year’s Day should be called Amateur Goal Setting Day because although a goal and a New Year’s Resolution would in theory appear to be very similar, the results of the two are entirely different. Very famously, New Year Resolutions are rarely achieved. In fact most people forget them within a few days of setting them, only a small number of New Year Resolutions will outlast January, but saying that someone somewhere must successfully set and achieve their New Year Resolutions year upon year, but I certainly have never met that person.

If you would look up the word resolution in a dictionary you would find it to be a strong, powerful word, which means that you are seriously planning with resolve to do something. ‘Resolve’ or ‘resolution’ are words that mean business on any other day of the year, but on New Year’s Day these words appear to lose all their power and meaning, why is this? It is because of the many distractions we all face each day. Our minds can only truly give full attention to one thought at a time, although we may be aware of the next thought trying to get that top spot in our minds. In the average day countless distractions will compete for your attention and most of these distractions would like your full attention. Think of it this way; the distractions of the day will take your dreams away unless you have total focus that only goals can offer.

Set goals not resolutions, that is the best way to reach a result of your choosing. Why not this year turn your New Year’s Resolution into a goal instead? On my website, in my book and on my training courses I talk and write about goal attraction. Goal attraction is the ability to return your mind back to your goals, despite all of the distractions of the day. Good goal setting offers many different forms of goal attraction, for example; affirmations, meditation and visual prompts, all of which work well on their own or any mixture of goal attraction methods together. Why do we need to be able to return our minds back to our chosen goal? Because if one thing is true of the human condition, it’s this; “we will become what we think about”. Countless quotes all through history from philosophers, gurus, great thinkers and people with a wealth of life experience can be quoted as saying “we will become what we think about” or words to that effect. New Year Resolutions will slip from the mind, but goals that also make good use of goal attraction methods, together with a positive ‘can do’ attitude, will lead to you achieving results.

I have some good news for you, next time you ask of yourself “When will my ship come in?” The good news is that, your ship has been here all along. Everything that you need in order to reach your chosen success has been close to hand all along. When your mind becomes totally focused on a chosen goal, you will then see everything that you will need for your journey and the path ahead of you will open up.

As Russ Conwell the author of ‘Acres of Diamonds’, put it –

“Many of us spend our whole lives searching for success when it is usually so close that we can reach out and touch it”

If you want 2012 to be different for you from the years before it, set carefully chosen goals, be a truly positive person, move outside your comfort zone, take action, believe that nothing can stop you from reaching your goal, read the books, go on the seminars and courses, then use goal attraction and make it all happen for you in 2012.

Do not let it be yet another Amateur Goal Setting Day this year, if you really do want something, set a goal instead and not a News Years Resolution.

Tony Brassington.


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.