The APS Daily Insights Volume Two … Is Now Available For Purchase!

Daily Insights Volume 2

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If you have liked reading my blog posts, you may be interested to know they are taken from “The Daily Insights” a series of books which contain 31 “Insights” in each volume.  Here on my blog they are taken at random, in the collections they are  made available in the order that I wrote them.

Volume Two contains only eight of the thirty eight “Insights” already shared with you here on my blog. So when you purchase a copy of this lovely little pdf book, not only will you receive excellent value for money (£1.99) but also 23 new “Insights” to inspire, challenge and encourage you; one for each day of the month.

I will continue to share at random from my ever increasing personally penned collection of “Daily Insights” but to make sure you haven’t missed any, please keep looking out for further volumes of “The Daily Insights” as I make them available.  Volume Two contains more than 10,000 words written to inspire your day.

 

Understanding

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Understanding

Written and © Copyright 2010
By Andrew Paul Smith 09-09-2010

 

What do you understand about your life my friend
You were born and you will die
But what’s in between
A gathering of information and experiences too
Relationships with others, then there’s all the things you do

Have you got wisdom, or do you just know facts
Can you remember the journey you’ve taken
Have you got the knack
Of getting where you want to go almost painlessly
Are you already the you, you want to be

    You have the understanding
You do know how to think
You are the survivor
You can return from the brink

Life is for learning, but it’s not a game
It’s not a practice
So do you know why you came
Do you know your purpose here, is that much understood
Are you certain that you’re doing what you really should

Open up your heart and mind, take some time right now
To consider where life’s brought you
The where and why and how
Can you see the direction, where your life is going
Then you’ve got understanding, you’ve arrived at knowing

It’s Time To Think Big!

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 An Opportunity To Change Your Thinking

“As long as you are going to be thinking anyway, think big.” – Donald Trump

 What a challenge! We all think every moment of every day, something like 60,000 thoughts a day, but sadly most of them repetitive. Our minds are like sponges, if only we used them to soak up new information each day, we and all society would benefit. We need to read more, step outside our comfort zone and think outside the box.

We all know what we know, but there is and always will be much more to learn. As a coach I believe that the most important subject we need to learn about is ourselves. When we understand, even a little bit more about ourselves, why we do the things we do, we will be able to get so much more out of life! We are imprisoned by our own programing, done by those who also had little understanding, even if they meant well.

We are here to grow, and to make progress in our own generation, for our families and for all humankind! The kaleidoscope turns, the pattern changes, and yet what emerges can be more perfect and beautiful than it was before, if we stop to think about how we want the pattern to change, rather than just letting it happen.

Our thinking needs to be bigger; instead of merely thinking about how to get through the day we should think of how to plan our lives and how we can improve things for those who follow us!  Maybe today started out no differently than any other day, but here’s the opportunity to change that and think big! Today is the first day of the rest of your life, so take the opportunity to think big!

Here’s Some Help To Get You Where You Want To Go

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THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS

“The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.” – Arthur Brisbane

Does it annoy you when people state the obvious, even if you hadn’t thought of it before? Maybe it’s because you were thinking something different or entirely unrelated at the time? I was in a conversation recently where I said something the other person didn’t want to hear. I didn’t say what I said to annoy them, just to help them see things from a different point of view.

The truth is the truth, however, glib, playful or upsetting it is to you. Despite anything you might mention, (like our lack of ability to accept a new paradigm, or the willingness to accept an obvious one right now in this moment) “the truth will set us free!” Unless and until you are willing to accept what is obvious to others, the possible truth of what they have said will not benefit you and will nevertheless still exist.

Arthur Brisbane could have said “Even in the dictionary, action always comes before success!” That statement wouldn’t have brought about as many wry smiles, but the message is would still be the same. – If you want to get anywhere in life you have to accept the natural order of things! We are in a cause and effect universe, our actions and our work are the things that bring about our successes or failures!

What is also worth noting is when someone shares with you something that is to your benefit, and will help your understanding of how things are in the natural order; the best thing to do is to listen. Maybe they have understood something you haven’t yet understood and you can benefit from the wisdom of what they share, however unpalatable it might at first sound to you.

Does Your Life Add Value To Lives Of Others?

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The Blessing Of Giving

“The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to
see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he
can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.” – Henry Ford

If we want to receive, first we have to be willing to give. The only time the words of Jesus are quoted outside of the gospels or the book of revelation is when the Paul reminds us in Acts 20 verse 35 that Jesus said “It is more blessed to give than to receive!”

Generosity and not mean spiritedness is the hallmark of the successful life. A few days ago our Daily Insight quoted the words of Napoleon Hill “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”

We all want great value for our money, but are we willing to give it? Are we willing to go the extra mile, even for a friend or family member? If like Henry Ford and his first mass produced “Model T Ford” which you could get in “any color as long as it was black;” we can find a way to add value to the lives of others in a way that costs them a little rather than a lot, we are like Henry Ford, bound to succeed!

Give Yourself The Opportunity To Grow

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 FAITH IN YOUR OWN ABILITY

“Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.” – Booker T. Washington

One of the things that hold us back is a lack of faith in our own abilities. We are either shy, scared or we hold ourselves back because we don’t want to appear pushy, especially if we think we might end up a laughing stock. Maybe this is more of a self-deprecating British trait, but I’m sure there are others across the world that has had similar feelings.

And yet if someone gives us a job to do, we don’t want to let them down. We may have to seek help or advice to complete the task, but once we have been given responsibility for something, we want to fulfil that task to the best of our ability.

The very fact that we have been trusted with the job, tells us that the person who asked us thinks we are capable of doing it and that they trust us to complete it. Our self-respect and self-belief increases as a result of being given responsibility and trust by another person, it helps us to step up in our own estimation of ourselves and to be someone who contributes more in many future circumstances.

On the other side of the coin we don’t ask others to do things for us because we don’t believe they will do the job the way we would. And yet if we never delegate we will be stuck doing the same things over and over. We will not be given the opportunity to grow and stretch ourselves and those who we could delegate to will also be unable to grow and stretch themselves too.

Increase your faith in humanity today, give some of your responsibilities to others and give yourself the opportunity to grow. Life on Earth will be better as a result. Oh and by the way, you may have to advise and help those you are delegating to until they get the hang of things.

Move Out Move On

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Move Out, Move On

Written and © Copyright 2006
By Andrew Paul Smith 14-03-2006

How long will you sit there
Accepting what live gives
How long before you
Change the way you live
Move out move on
Momentum has begun
You know it’s time
To enjoy the days to come

Will you take control now
It’s time to seize the day
Letting circumstances hurt you
Your power’s ebbed away
Move out move on
Momentum has begun
You know it’s time
To enjoy the days to come

Looking all around you
Feeling innate despair
Trapped by your perception
Nothing will seem fair
Move out move on
Momentum has begun
You know it’s time
To enjoy the days to come

Gotta change your mind set
Know the strength within
You are not a victim
You are going to win
Move out move on
Momentum has begun
You know it’s time
To enjoy the days to come

Make a new beginning
Assert yourself above
All the petty moans and groans
Say you’ve had enough
Move out move on
Momentum has begun
You know it’s time
To enjoy the days to come

 

Following Your Dreams

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Finding Your Purpose

“Follow your dream as long as you live, do not lessen the time of
following desire, for wasting time is an abomination of the
spirit.” – Plato

I am someone who believes that we were all sent here to planet Earth with a purpose for us to achieve. Whilst it is true that we may not understand fully in this lifetime what that purpose is; we all have an inkling of what it might be! Some have a clear view from the start of their lives what they want to do, for others their genius is easily recognized by others from a very early age.

If you are still in the dark as to what your purpose might be, it doesn’t matter! It may be that you suddenly surprise yourself by finding that you are totally engrossed with a certain subject or cause and you have an “aha” moment and the direction of your life is totally clear from that moment on! Or maybe all it will ever really amount to, is that there are certain things you like to do and become animated and passionate about from time to time.

Regardless of the clarity that you feel in this lifetime about what your purpose is, don’t forget to dream of the way you’d like your life to be and to pursue that dream! If you do, this life will be well lived! As the tapestry of your life is finally seen by you from the other side, if it has never been clear to you before you will see what a wonderful and beautiful finished product your life has become! I believe anything less than following your dreams will result in a wasted life.

What Are You Capable Of?

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A Challenge To Each One Of Us

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their
abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”
– John Maxwell

This comes as a challenge to each one of us, if it happens to be true. Our abilities are not to be questioned; each one of us is as capable as the nest. What is in question is our desire to reach for our potential. And regardless of whether you agree with John Maxwell’s statement or not the only way to prove the statement incorrect is by increasing your desire to reach your potential and seeing what happens!

Until you have tried and failed, you really don’t know what your capabilities are! And if your desire to be successful you won’t give up at the first attempt! Oscar Wilde said “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again and if after try, try, trying again if you still fail, then give up, there’s no need to be stupid!”

How many times have you given up without trying? It’s time to put John Maxwell’s words to the test and find out if you are more capable than you previously thought!

Are You Serious About Your Own Success?

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Strategic Planning Brings Us Short term and Long Term Happiness

The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” –
Anthony Robbins

The only way we are going to get where we want to be is by taking the matter totally seriously. First we need to think it through in depth, make a plan, then start to think three and four steps ahead. “If I do this what might happen next?” and “What will my response be?” in each eventuality.

We’ve already talked in the Daily Insights about not being half-hearted in our approach to our dreams, but it’s more than that! We need to have more than inertia; we need massive momentum, a powerful force behind what we do. To bring about the outcome we desire, we will need our full might and strength to be exercised.

The ‘bull in the china shop’ mentality won’t do in the long run. Yes it will make a massive impact, but our determination must be measured and our actions calculated and certain to enhance the exact response we seek.

And in all this strategic planning and execution don’t ever forget that we not only have to be happy when we achieve our goals, we also need to make sure we are happy on the way to their achievement.