When you serve your passion with a true heart you open the gateways for meaningful success to take place. What does this mean? It means that only you can create the magic for you, it all starts with you and your heart.
Get ready, get going, get doing to give more and more of you everyday. That’s your pathway to life fulfillment.
There are endless possibilities to changing your life….honestly!! Opportunities are everywhere but the main opportunity is within you. This is your chance to dream the dream, get going with it and make it happen.
It’s all about to change but you have to start the process.
You’ve got to nourish that seed, you’ve got to give it your love, your energy and your efforts every single day. When you do this, that seed grows and blossoms like never before. That seed is your greatest potential waiting to be discovered.
Nurture the seed, for it is where EVERYTHING STARTS!!
What is the Spirit of Desire? What does it mean to you?
To me, the Spirit of Desire is the intangible breath of your heartbeat seeking an escape route through the depths of your soul.
What does that really mean?
It means, that the one thing you want, that thing that excites you every time you think about it, every time you envision the positive outcome in your mind……well, it’s that thing pulling you forward into achieving its manifestation for you.
The Spirit of Desire beats every moment of your life, it’s in every step that you take and in every thought you think. What’s your specific thing? What’s your Spirit of Desire? I know you know it!!
Live it, breathe it, feel it, see it, believe it, do it, go get it!!
Are you happy right now….well, are you? Maybe you don’t feel like answering that question because then you have to deal with the reality of it if it’s not answered with a big fat “yes”.
The search for happiness doesn’t always come easy and very sadly, for some people it will not come at all, not because they can’t have happiness but probably, more often than not, it’s because they won’t allow themselves to be happy.
Make a choice today to be grateful for the little things in life, things like, having warm clothes to wear on a cold winter’s day, being able to access running water at the turn of a tap, having a roof over your head, being able to watch the sunrise and to smell the summer flowers. Some people call these the simple pleasures of life but I like to think of them as the miracle pleasures that we experience almost everyday and sometimes never give them a second thought.
Today, give them a second thought and a third thought and so on because that my friend will help you see the answer to that initial question for what it truly is. So, I’ll ask you again, are you happy right now….well, are you?
What’s next for your life, have you really thought about that one today? If things are getting way too boring and comfortable for you, well it’s time to shake things up a little. What could you do to add a little bit of pizzazz into your life? What area of your life needs to be more fulfilling?
Just a few questions but when answered and actioned upon, could really make the difference for you – so what’s next for you?
The best things can take years to fully develop into the greatest things. Successful businesses usually don’t happen overnight, there are years and years of grafting behind that success – you know the stuff we all don’t see and probably best that we don’t.
Success isn’t a mystery, it’s a catalogue of events, good and sometimes bad, matched with consistency, 100% effort, absolute dedication and that never ending desire to keep going. I think we can all find those strengths within us, it just needs to be paired up with that one thing you are truly passionate about. So whether it be a successful author, a champion healthier body, the start up of a new billionaire potential business or the desire to travel the world – select that one thing that gets you super excited, so that no matter what road block you hit, you’re gonna just keep on going!!
Many paths lead to different destinations and different choices can decide the route BUT the best way, the most fulfilling and meaningful way, is by doing this your way and that’s the path you should take…..anyway, I know you will.
There are no commitments with the term “I’ll Try”…..you’ll try?? In my book, you either “Do” or you “Don’t”, none of this “I’ll Try”. Make a decision to commit and throw out the option of “I’ll Try” – it’s not an option in my book.
You could be one decision away from a different kinda life, a different outcome and a completely new ball game. Just one decision, really…….just think about that but most of all, think about your decision.
Sometimes your plan doesn’t go to plan, but that’s alright. Remember why this plan was important to you in the first place. Set backs reach the best of us, it’s our opportunity to grow. Stick to the plan and keep moving forward, as you never know just what’s around the corner.
Every second of your life is filled with temporary moments that may test you, uplift you and even make your heart sing. Embrace these moments for indeed they are just temporary. If it’s a moment that’s getting you down, use it to help you grow or if it’s a moment that is making you smile, treasure it. Temporary moments, good or bad are just that – temporary. The bad stuff will pass, yet so will the good stuff. Life keeps moving on, tick-tick-tock. Make your moments count and grow from them.
Everything is temporary – the tough stuff will pass and soon you’ll be surfing the waves of happiness again.
It’s always a nice gesture to help someone who is needing a little bit of help. I really love helping people, it makes me feel so good inside when I help someone. Offer a helping hand today, even if it’s just a little thing because that could make the biggest difference to someone else.
If you’re in the mood for a change from the norm, then put yourself in the driving seat and change life up a bit for yourself. This could be anything from a small thing like going to a different restaurant or a much bigger thing like changing where you live. Don’t stay stuck in a rut with life, change it up.
In the past, I was always known as the “go to” girl in places where I worked, to write a wee funny poem about someone. I would be asked to write poems for work colleagues leaving, celebrating their 50th birthday or expecting twins!! I really really loved it. I could write a poem very quickly and very easily and I always gave it just the right sentiment. As the years went on I started writing poems that would encourage people to turn their life around for the better. A lot of the times, I was talking to myself if I was having a tough day – it would definitely make me feel better.
Stay Strong Poem
A few years ago my brother was going through a particular tough time at work, he was being made redundant and was treated very badly in the process. My Professional background was in Human Resource Management so I helped him a lot professionally – it made the tough days a little easier for him. After the process he was exhausted and was at a loss, he had to start looking for another job and in the middle of a recession it wasn’t easy!!
I gave my brother a little card to help him feel better and I made up a little poem for him entitled “Stay Strong” for him to read and hopefully make him feel better – it did. Below is the poem that I wrote for my brother:
Life can be tough, the weather may be rough, but stay strong, find the inner strength to carry on.
You are loved, have faith, believe. You are special, focus and achieve. One door is closed, but many are ajar, realise your potential, you’ll go very far.
The world is on your side, so fill your heart with pride. Move on up, inspire your mind, get ready for change, you’re one of a kind.
A few years later I decided to turn some of my encouraging poems into motivational and encouraging greetings cards – I just wanted to cheer people up when they were going through low times. I wanted to give people the opportunity to buy a card for a close friend or family member who was feeling down and that the greetings card would be heartfelt and encouraging towards that person. Sometimes we struggle to find the words to say ourselves but a little card of encouragement can say it all for us. It signifies that caring touch and that special bond we have with that person.
Stay Strong Greetings Card
Over the last 2 years I have invested a lot of time and energy into setting up my motivational and encouraging greetings cards business and I am delighted to say that it is doing very well. I am even more delighted to report that the “Stay Strong” greetings card, containing the original poem I wrote for my brother during his tough days, is the most popular and best selling greetings card of my 45 individual designs.
Below is a link to this card on Amazon, Ebay and Etsy:
Life can be one big rush rush at times and before you know it you’ve landed somewhere where you maybe don’t really want to be. It’s important to take some “time out” of your usual and sometimes manic routine, to take stock of what’s happening in your life. Give yourself some “breathing space”, some time for you to make sure you’re on the right path for you. Just because you’re in “automatic pilot” mode doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re in the right place for you. It’s often the case that a lot of people spend more time planning their 2 week vacation every year than they do planning their whole lives. Spend some valuable time on the most important part and yes, that’s YOU. What’s your life plan and what are you going to do about it?
Self discipline is like building a muscle, the more you work on it, the stronger you become. Think about what you need to stay disciplined at to help you move forward in your life. What do you need to do to help you to become stronger and more focussed on achieving one of your life goals? Remember, things are changing all the time around you, change is a must. Think about what you need or want to change in your life, make a plan and stick to it. That doesn’t mean a straight road will take you there, more often than not it’s a bumpy, twisting and long road possibly with some difficult and some exciting turns along with the way. Practice the art of self discipline and it will make this road much more easier to travel on.
Don’t settle for an “okay” life, you deserve much better – we all do!! Although sometimes you’ve got to do the “ordinary” on a “temporary” basis to help you move forward into the “extraordinary”.
So when in the “okay” moments of life, tell yourself another story, think about how you can use your current position to take you to the next better position. Always think about how you can make it easier for yourself, make it better for yourself, make life much more happier and much more worthwhile.
Time is going to go past anyway, so do what you need to do now to get you to the next step, keep inching forward and aim for the very best – whatever that is for you.
When it comes to manifestation, I have learnt that one of the most important factors is trust. Not only trust in the Universe but also trust in yourself. Without it, life can be a different place and take you to different places.
When life presents an option that may seem impossible at first, know that this is the moment. This is the doorway if you dare to enter… where you will meet YOU.
You will meet with your Greatness.
Let that energy of trust into every area of your life and watch it grow. Let it become a habit that allows room and breath so you may seek what is seeking you.
With the power of faith and trust anything can happen. It is the Way of the World.
“There must be another way”, I said……so I discovered another way, another path to take, another adventurous moment in time. It wasn’t the easy path but it was the path most worthwhile and it was the path that would lead me to ultimate happiness. I didn’t have to look very far but it was hard to see it in times of struggle – as a matter of fact, it grew stronger on these occasions.
I remember that moment where I clearly expressed “there must be another way” and now I am here, on this “other way”. I’m not following a yellow brick road, I’m painting a new path, a new vision and creating a new energy. Inch by inch……inch by inch, that’s what it takes.
Maybe none of this make sense right now and maybe you’re even thinking you could be going backwards. However, think about how far you have come, think about the experiences in life that have taken you to this point in your life. Remember, life can’t keep a good one down for very long. Take a deep breath and carry on. It may feel like the only option but it’s likely the best option for you. Life has many ups and life as many downs and sometimes it just doesn’t seem very fair. It’s not a thought to be holding onto, just you keep going. Nothing stays the same forever, life is changing all the time and you’ve just got to keep on grinding and believe me, you’ll get there and I know that because you’re here now.
Be courageous in your thinking and be courageous in your doing, put yourself to the test and go that extra mile.
To be a courageous thinker you have to fight those automatic “normal” thoughts and turn them around to “extraordinary” thoughts. When you start doing this, you’ll find that you become braver in your everyday decisions, stronger in making the right choices for you and you become a creator of opportunities rather than waiting on the right opportunity to arise.
Remember though, you have to act out those courageous thoughts because you won’t go anywhere different if they only remain just that.
Be your very own courageous warrior today and everyday.
Don’t allow yourself to drift aimlessly through another month. It’s the start of a brand new month, so put yourself up for the challenge and set yourself a worthwhile goal. Go on, give yourself the gift of a goal.
There are times in life when you just want to be lazy, actually sometimes you don’t even realise you’re being a little bit lazy until you really think about it. Now I wouldn’t describe myself as lazy, probably the complete opposite, however sometimes this “lazy moment” feeling does hit me. Today I felt the “lazy feeling” creep up on me so I had to immediately do something about it because for me the less I do the lazier I get.
“I ain’t having that”, I said to myself, so I forced myself out of my comfy cosy bed, put on the running gear and reluctantly (at first) headed out for a run. One hour later and I had a nice little 10k run under my belt. There was no stopping me after that – but I had to move to be more motivated!!
So next time you’re in Mr or Mrs Lazy Mode, push past the comfort zone and force yourself to “get going and get doing”. Move and be motivated to change it up a little, whatever that is for you, but just get doing. The world won’t wait on you to get moving, you have to hold yourself accountable for that one.
There is this truly wonderful tool called your “imagination” and when you apply your imaginative thought in the real world, amazing things can happen for you. The trouble is, most of us who imagine don’t always take it to the next step of practical application.
So next time you’re dreaming, next timing you’re imagining for yourself a better world, a better life – think about putting your most unique tool into the best use possible.
What am I talking about here? Create something from your imagination, create a product, a service, or something really inventive. When you get into this creative process, that’s where the magic really happens – that’s where inspiration and passion takes over and that’s what the world needs more of from you.
The book of life brings its fair share of ups and downs – one day you’re flying and the next day you could be sinking. I want to talk about the latter today because it’s so easy to be happy when you’re flying, when everything is in flow and you’re scoring every goal – that’s amazing. It isn’t so easy when you hit a huge road block and everything going on around you seems to be getting in the way of progress. Progress is a great feeling, it’s motivating, encouraging and uplifting but that “stuck” feeling can be a complete nightmare for you. So how do you bounce back to happiness when your heart is heavy, your mind is fuzzy and your body feels drained? Well, you have to come up with your own strategies to deal with each one differently, let me explain.
Think about what will help you lighten the load of a heavy heart and channel your energy into something more encouraging for you. Yes, it’s time to stop wallowing on what hurt you and time to visualise bright positive images that will help you move past the pain.
Adopt some strategies that will help you gain clarity and clear that fuzzy mind, where does your new focus need to be? You won’t find any answers in a dusty brain, take yourself out of the situation, give yourself a little shine then revisit your next move – what will this be for you?
Feed your body with goodness and put into practice daily habits and rituals that will renew your energy, uplift your spirits and make you feel radiant again. Only you can help yourself here.
In the process of applying the above strategies you might feel like giving up, you might feel like saying “stuff this, I’ve had enough” but the only way you will make a full recovery and bounce back is to do things that will help yourself and I mean for the long term. Quick fixes will not help you build true resilience, so chip away at your bad habits and replace them with “stay strong” rituals.
Take true ownership and responsibility of where you’re at and make a decision today to face that road block and bounce back to happiness.
Success will be inevitable for you if you take your mind off the success and put it back into your daily action plan. In doing what you do, ensure your daily habits/rituals/behaviours are in alignment with what you want to achieve. This is the time to “get your head down” and stay in relevant, consistent “doing mode”. Cracking the code to success will never get boring if you stay on the right path for you. Keep your dreams within reach by focusing on your doing plan and just get doing.
Let your heart hold the dream, keep your mind focused on making the correct choices and decisions that will honour baby steps forward and let your body talk the talk and walk the walk.
If you want to crack the code to success then applying the above formula will silently but surely take you there.
Make a commitment to grow your self belief into such a powerful tool that nothing will stop you from succeeding. Believe in your potential, believe in your capabilities, believe in your knowledge, believe in your experience, believe in your resilience – take a chance on believing.
When you have a real passion and excitement for what you are trying to achieve and you mix this with the perfect ingredient of a strong self belief in yourself – the only way is up for you!!
I heard a saying yesterday that if you’re not doubting yourself in the pursuit of your goal then that goal isn’t challenging enough for you – what a fantastic positive twist this saying put on all my seeds of doubts.
You’re stronger than you think you know, sometimes you just can’t over think it, sometimes you’ve just got to go and do that thing.
I encourage you today to “go and do that thing” because you know you can and I believe YOU WILL, take the first step and you’ve got this.
Take the weeds of worry out of your life today – just for today and erase all negativity, all complaining and all blaming. Even this very thought should make you feel lighter inside. It may seem hard right now to think that your glory days are on their way but if you keep sticking with what’s working, keeping changing what’s not, keep fining tuning your current position, then my friend, your time will surely come.
Your time will come, it will, so keep at it and believe what you’re doing will absolutely work for you in the end.
As we enter a new month, think about the positive changes you want to make in your life. Now let’s really do something about this. Give yourself the next 30 days to change your life, to experience great things and to amaze your heart and mind. Do you think you could do that? Would you like to give it a go?
That sounds like a fascinating challenge to me, so give it some thought today and start blowing your mind away from tomorrow. Everything starts with that first step and I encourage you to take it now. By the beginning of the next month you could be a completely new person experiencing the best things for you. So take the next 30 days to change your life, what will you do?
Your thinking is very powerful and what you say to yourself when alone with your own thoughts can either make you or break you. When you talk to yourself, are you talking sense? It’s most important that the conversation you have with yourself is one that serves you well. So next time your silent whispers raise true thought, ensure that they are encouraging, empowering and help you work towards achieving the best version of you.
Choosing the life you want to live is really about eliminating the waiting game and being proactive enough to go get the opportunities. Amazing opportunities can sometimes be hidden in the most strangest of packages but you have to say “yes” to the surface opportunity before you can get to the truly amazing stuff. You might have to start in the most bizarre place but if you’re insightful enough you will see that this is merely a stepping stone to getting you to where you want to go. You have to be brave and take your own path regardless of what the people closest to you might say. Some people can be really great at giving you their opinions on how you should live your life, but only YOU know what’s right for you – only YOU can live YOUR life.
So, I encourage you today to be wise in your decisions and choices going forward and don’t wait for anyone. You know you have to keep going, you know where you’re heading, so keep taking those baby steps and vow to a life of “no more waiting”.
Sometimes we all go through those “I don’t feel like it” stages, you know, the “I just can’t be bothered” feeling. Yes, I’ve been there and worn the t-shirt!! There is a cure for feeling like this and basically all you have do to when you don’t feeling like doing something, is JUST DO IT. Yes, force yourself past the thought of feeling negatively about the event/situation or whatever it is you don’t feel like doing and yes, I’ll say it again, JUST YOU DO IT. Doing it is the magical medicine that can turn those feelings around, but you know what, you’ve just got to do it.
So next time you hear yourself saying, “I’m not going, I just don’t feel like it”, push yourself past that feeling and go and do that very thing and that’s your miracle cure right there for feeling instantly better. You won’t know until you get there, but you will definitely be glad that you did it.
When will it all be worth it, I hear you asking yourself? Your pathway to success and pure life fulfilment can be painstakingly tough and I mean emotionally, mentally and physically. “Give me a break……please”, yes, we’ve all been there at times and I am no different. Hang in there my friend, because just when you feel like letting it all go, like throwing in the towel, a glimmer of hope shines from the darkest depths of despair. Where does this light come from? This light is in you, it’s your inner strength growing and shimmering like the brightest star. No matter how many mistakes you have made, no matter how tough it gets, there is always a way, ALWAYS. Let that way, be your way and no one else’s, for you have to take the driving seat in your own life. Your very own path may not make sense to anyone else, but that’s why it’s your path and no one else can decide that for you. As soon as you take charge of your own choices, your destiny will start to take shape. Mould and design your life your way, it doesn’t matter if no one else understands, it really doesn’t matter, you have to do what you want to do and master the game your way.
It’s the only way to move from real pain to real gain – do it your way, I DID🙂
On your own pathway to change ensure that you hold your integrity and stay in alignment with your deepest core values. I say this because if you don’t there is a danger of selling yourself short and you know more than anybody that you have much more to give. There is a challenge in every challenge and at the heart of it all is your greatest potential, so push yourself past any fears that get in your way.
Think about all the areas of your life that you want to change for the better and ask yourself this question, “Where am I selling myself short?”. You see, when I answer that question for myself, I do see many opportunities that I am not engaging in for myself and I am sure you will see some for yourself too. Maybe it’s time to sort out the things in your life that are not serving you well, get rid of the weeds in your garden and put your energy into the good seeds that you want to blossom.
Test your capabilities and realise your potential, you are more than worthy of it and deserve the best.
It’s so easy to over think things that you want to change in your life and I myself have been guilty of this recently. However, there comes a time in your life when you have to just do that thing, just get out there, forget the think, think, think button and press play. This is your time now to get on that playing field, to be all you can be, to become the best version of yourself, this is your time……your time NOW!!
Get going, get moving, get doing and there is nothing more to be said on the matter.
Behind every strategy is another strategy, let me explain.
So let’s say you want to change something for the better in your life, let’s say for example, you want to change your career and go on a completely different direction. Let’s say you want to move away from your Management Consultancy Business and progress with a new career in property development. So first of all I would say, hey you, that’s truly amazing and that I admire your spirit, drive and determination to change your future, congratulations, you’ve taken your very first step, well done!! Now the next part for you is likely to be exciting, crazy, liberating, fulfilling, challenging and possibly frightening – all at once!! You’ve gained the knowledge, you’ve got the outer strategy and you are damn well ready to execute – oh yes, you definitely know where you’re going with this one. However, I also want you to think about your inner strategy– what do I mean by that?
Your inner strategy is that vitally important checklist, the inner compass guiding and strengthening you on the unknown path ahead. This inner strategy is the imperative foundations that you will build your outer strategy upon – you’ve got to get the inner strategy right…...first and foremost. On your inner strategy checklist you will be clear on the following areas:
I clearly know my core values and what each value means to mean.
I specifically know what is personally important to me going forward in life – I know my non-negotiables.
I fully believe in my capabilities, unlimited potential and I have faith in myself even when there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.
I am fully supportive of me, as much as I want solid support from the people closest to me, this is not necessary, as it is my responsibility to support myself with every choice, decision and commitment I make.
I have a contingency plan containing critical action points that serve my inner wellbeing if and when difficult stresses arise – I know what’s in my combat toolbox to strengthen my mind, body and help me regain any lost focus.
I am confident, resilient and have an abundance of energy that is absolutely necessary to the success of my new vision.
I am not afraid to ask for help when I need it, I believe that asking for help is a necessary part of the process.
I am clear on my standards and expectations and I will not deviate from these in challenging times.
I will regularly take quiet time out to reflect, review and refresh my thinking.
I am totally committed to the end goal however I will remain present in the process and give everything my best.
I promise to value my self worth and continue to grow and contribute to my purpose at every opportunity.
Your inner strategy is more important than the outer strategy, you’ve got to be clear on this stuff at the very beginning because if you are unclear on any of these statements any slight failure along the way may crumble your progress.
What I am saying is, go to work on yourself, know your inner strategy, have clarity and self awareness about you, for this will be the BEST start you can ever give yourself before any major life change. This is the sure start that will inevitably lead you to success.
When you want to change something in your life for the better and you feel you’ve reached a crossroad, before you take your next step, consider all options. Initially when you think about your options going forward you may only come up with a few ideas but if you really take the time to sit down and map out all the options available to you, I bet you’ll be amazed at what you can come up with. Leave no stone unturned when you look at this area because this could be the difference between a good opportunity and a great opportunity going forward. Your destiny is in your decision making, the choices that you make day in and day out, so make sure you’re committing to the most fulfilling choices for you.
There is a big wide world of opportunity out there for you and you must take the time to explore many different ways you could go. It’s best not to rush into making any rash decisions to change an area of your life, think about why you really want to change in this area and what is most important for you going forward. Coach yourself into making the right decision for you because life is far too precious to go down a wrong path.
Be mindful of honouring your core values for they will provide you with the inner guidance that you seek. Change is good, life is always changing, always moving on, so don’t get stuck at the crossroads, take one meaningful giant step towards the life that you deserve.
A question you maybe ask yourself every now and again. Your answer may vary depending on your mood, what’s going on around you and what you’re currently involved in. However, I want you to believe, really believe that yes you are good enough. In this moment now, you are good enough to take the next step, good enough to challenge your thinking and good enough to get back in control of your life. As a matter of fact, good is not complimentary enough because you are amazing, wonderfuland can create positive impactwherever you go – it’s all a matter of choice.
Never let your own limiting beliefs starve you from an unlimited amount of possibilities open for you. Master the right thinking, thoughts that will serve you well, thoughts that will challenge the norm and catapult you into a new, invigorating and forever thriving life.
I encourage you to set your target, aim high and focus on building momentum, reviewing progress along the way. Don’t live a dull, boring and unfulfilled life because you are set in your ways or lack the energy to do anything about it. The less you do the less motivated you will feel, so embrace the opportunity in the now and conquer the life that you want.
We all dream of better things, a better life, more happiness and more fulfilment but dreaming and doing are completely two different things. One without the other proves to be meaningless but combine the two together and you get a winning formula for the life you deserve.
Break the Chains
The days, weeks, months and years can go past really quickly in an unchallenged lack lustre life. Raise your standards and don’t allow yourself to settle for what currently is. Break the chains from your robotic life and feel alive again and if you don’t remember how feeling alive really feels, then this is surely your cue to take over.