I’d give that 10 minutes if I were you….

We all value time. We lament the lack of it & the need of it.

What if we mentally gave ourselves an additional 10 minutes? After all, we all get the same 24 hours don’t we?

What if you left 10 minutes earlier, what would that do? What would that give you? I’ve often observed how rushed life becomes (just visit any city centre at 8.30 on a Monday morning!) it’s a good way of taking stock, feeling organised and calm!

I made the mental adjustment this year and I felt calmer, more relaxed and more assured of getting to where I wanted to go.

I used to think if only I had the time to read more books, I’d get through quite a few. 10 minutes here and there, (that’s all it took as a commitment) and I’ve read over a dozen this year….plan to do the same in 2013.

All in all, providing yourself with the additional 10, whether it’s for a meeting, exercise or reading over the course of a year can provide so much fulfilment from a little mental tinkering at the start of your day.

All the best,


Was the bus late, or you?

Where do you need to get to this evening, this year, in life?

The questions seem to get larger and more complex by the word! But I’ll stick to the bus story for now!

You see, I used to moan a huge amount about buses. They’re what I need to get from A to B and I for one hate lateness.

I used to get stressed if it wasn’t on time. However, something struck me, whose responsibility is it to get from that A to B… Guess who? Yep, Me.

Now, I didn’t drive (I’m edging closer to achieving that goal after much encouragement over the years) so how could I really moan about being trapped (my own doing) on a bus stop in the pouring rain not moving anywhere fast.

I made it my mission to stop the criticism get on and pass my driving test. (I’ll update you as soon as I can on that front!)

What I have found is that I absolutely love driving. For years the necessity for me to run an automatic put me off, not the finance, the fact is that I wanted to drive like everyone else, didn’t want to be different.

Stupid thing is, who can honestly say that they care if I drive an automatic, get over my pride, get in the damn car and do it.

And you know what, driving an automatic is VERY straight forward, easier than a manual. The key learning concept is more to do with getting my co-ordination and road awareness right, it’s coming along and I’m loving it.

So, I don’t complain about buses any more, if they’re late it is motivating a further step to pass my test. I’m finding that with renewed confidence (and a set of wheels) you can get to where you need to faster and more assured than ever.

All the best


Positive reflections

How often to we reflect positively?

Many can’t wait until Jan 1st 2013, making lists of what went right, what went wrong and how we can improve those standards in 2013.

While regular reviews are on the whole very good to keep yourself on track, a problem arises when we follow the herd, so to speak and make our wishes and aspirations on one day of the year.

Quite often we find that some news report will lead us to believe that most ‘resolutions’ will be given up somewhere by the 2nd week of the New Year, watch out for that! Don’t let it drive you down!

The best solution to this New Year ‘problem’ is to change at the point that you wish to. You want to become better at something? Start now…

What if you trip up on the way? Get back up and keep walking, or at least plan to.

Don’t pander to the ‘resolution revolution’ on January 1st….get the thinking cap on now, write down your dreams and give yourself a target!


Start with a Habit….

A habit isn’t a one off, unique event. Ever wanted to ‘get’ into one or ‘back’ into one? It has to start at a particular point.

Whatever the situation, spark or nature of your starting position, like a steam train, there is a push…then another, then another.

In one of my favourites books (which is signed by the author!) The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, talks about BIGMO,
The momentum that is generated when you strive for something that is pushed by habit.

The Compound Effect is a marvellous read, which looks at what it takes to be successful, that the hard graft is keeping a successful series of habits that thrust you toward your goal.

In truth, it is all there in front of you, it is the discipline of the said habit which is the tricky part

Everyone wants success in some format, all that is needed is a damn good plan and the discipline to implement it. Whether its a meeting, becoming ‘smoke free’, increased fitness or an individual eating plan. The key is all in the preparation & discipline.

Now, there will be mistakes, there maybe difficulties to encounter, but by driving through the barriers & fuelling that fire of determination in your belly you’ll get to the top of your mountain (however high it is)

Ladies & Gentlemen, start your engines and set off on your beautiful journey.

Forecast showering on your parade?

Hearing descriptions of the weather not only from forecasters but the public in general is enough to keep some people indoors because they were told it’s ‘depressing’

Depressing for whom I wonder? I tweeted this week about the opinions of weather being a state of mind. It is all to easy to get swept to the notion that it’s ‘miserable’ / ‘gloomy’ outlook. Same for the economy. Now, I’m no economist but I do believe your outlook can be significantly enhanced by your attitude.

Circumstances may dictate you are in a tough market, get out of that market if you don’t like it….or at least start making inroads to that goal. Likewise with the weather, it you don’t like the climate, move where it’s hotter!

Seriously, if you want guarantied sunny surroundings most people know where to find it.

Love the weather for what it is enjoy the circumstances you create around it & design your own forecast 😉

50 reasons to buy a cracker…

No, it’s not Christmas in my household yet…Ladies & Gents I’m talking about ‘50 reasons why‘….the book that should be purchased & kept close at hand for a fabulous array of positive messages, musings & goal setting by the wonderful Kirsty Champion.For

For those of you that have not yet had the pleasure of communicating with the author yet, follow her on Twitter @kirstychampion1, for continuous rays of sunshine & inspiration.

50 Reasons is a suburb read, providing the reader with jolts & ‘Top tips’ from goal setting, procrastination avoidance, Luck (creating your own ) to standing out & building your own opportunities (it’s in your hands!)….

I’ve consistently enjoyed purchasing ‘attitude’ & self development material (how could you guess? :)) from greats such as Gitomer & Success Magazine’s Darren Hardy, so having followed Kirsty on Twitter, I knew it was set up to be an enthusiastic journey into maintaining that high standard.

Once again I have taken a huge amount from an enjoyable read this year, very much great value for money and I look forward to further publications from Kirsty in the future, as the author says…DREAM BIG! 🙂

Lets not go Back to the Future Gloom…

I am loving the euphoric tones of the Olympic coverage this Summer. It’s had my attention from the opening ceremony, for being such a rousing merriment of the best of human endeavour.

The event has been superb ,…one that has led many to commentate it ‘has lifted the mood of the nation’.

The games have been a marvellous feat that has generated huge amount of ‘feel good stories’ ….celebrated achievements, personal bests & courageous fight backs.

Moreover, it has exemplified what can happen through hard work & dedication to an ultimate individual or team objective.

As a positive consequence my average Television viewing has increased early in the morning & later in the evening as I get my Olympic quota & will delightfully look forward to doing the same during the Paralympics.

However, it’s a reminder that as this celebration of achievements draws to a close, I’m all too aware that the daily numbing TV will return, so back to other engaging and positive items like creative reads!

I have many inspiring objectives to achieve personally which has led to a deliberate lack of time allocated in the calendar to sit and watch television…be it reality tv or blanket rolling news about the state of the economy (awareness, yes….but 24 hour coverage? Over analysis!)

U.S authors Jeffrey Gitomer & Darren Hardy have both written about how individuals should think about how tv is contributing to their success (or lack of it!) It has certainly helped me assess how much I’ve watched in the last year & what it’s worth by asking …a) IS this contributing to my success? & b) how is this impacting in my life in a positive way?

So, I will happily sit (for a little while at least) and catch the last remaining highlights of what has been a tremendous celebration of human sporting achievement, granted not everyone loves sport but it’s given me even more inspiration to get out there, reach for the stars and achieve my personal goals.

How has the coverage of the games over the last few weeks inspired you?

Furgol Found his Way…..

Everyone loves an underdog, a comeback, an unexpected win, but who determines success? Society? organisations who set the standard? Or is it the individual who set themselves a personal goal?

American Ed Furgol had an accident in his youth fusing his left arm leaving him with a “crooked” hand. In a fantastic story which some would imagine being the stuff of Hollywood legend, Furgol took up golf to help with the ‘disability’ (society’s term, probably not Furgol’s!) & by adopting his own grip & swing, he went on to become a major champion winning the US Open in 1954, along with 6 other PGA Tour titles during his career.

So, Why do I love this story? Not just because of his comeback from adversity, which has made his win famous…but because of his attitude.

The ability & determination to find his own innovative way to play the game is the highlight. It is proof that golf is not just about a series of powerful ball striking but also having the imagination to uniquely fashion your personal stance to proppell the ball hundreds of yards ahead of you.

We can all take heart in his achievements. Furgol discovered his talent not by developing an ‘unconventional’ route, rather, it was his interpretation of a successful combination of movements that got him to his goal.

There are many components you could attribute to a win or even personal success…. It can take time, you may need to be patience & you will need practice…but it is waiting to be achieved.

To quote a classic line from Henry Ford ‘whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right’ Furgol found his way…what’s yours?

Why a Patron? The start of the journey…..

Patron: The definition is that of an individual or a group that effectively ‘supports’ or ‘sponsors’ that cause.. well, here are my first few public steps into making that happen.

The engine behind this blog set up is a passion, a state of being – a way of looking not just at stand alone texts, events or inspiring quotes, but being able to share the experiences that harmonise those feelings that create happiness & promote self-development & worth.

I draw on many sources… not least from those in my ‘influential authors’ list & my ‘off the bookshelf’ section but also from the connections I’ve made, the people I meet & for believing in the age-old mantra of the ‘glass being half full’…

THIS, ladies & gentleman is the start of a journey documenting the things that make us smile, thinking positively about your life experiences while getting out & about meeting the people who make it happen!

All the best for now….