You’re Braver Than You Believe!



“Sometimes our best is simply not enough. We have to do what is required.” – Sir Winston Churchill

Sometimes we have to dig deeper within ourselves to find that like Winnie the Pooh was told by Christopher Robin “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think!” Our perception of what is our best is inadequate; we are in fact able to do what is required!

Churchill made many inspiring speeches during the Second World
War, which kept the UK population and their allies on course to
defeat the Nazi war machine. And yet Churchill himself knew when
he addressed the House of Commons for the first time as Prime
Minister on the 13th May 1940 that he had “nothing to offer but
blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

He went on to say privately to General Ismay: “Poor people, poor
people. They trust me, and I can give them nothing but disaster
for quite a long time.” He knew that to defeat the enemy the
country had to do better than their best, they had to do what was
required and yet he took on the responsibility of leadership in
that dark hour!

Another Winston, John Winston Lennon said “The thing the
sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the
responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just
gave us a glimpse of the possibility.” Have you reconsidered
the possibilities of your life today and the responsibility you
have to fulfil your destiny?



Rolling With The Punches



“You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing
is that you meet it with the best you have to give.” – Eleanor

One of the most successful business men I have met has a saying  that for me explains part of the reason he’s a self made millionaire. “It is what it is!” I have often heard him say. Many people spend hours complaining at the circumstances that present themselves in their lives. The complaining is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard! Life isn’t always the way we’d like it to be, but when we are faced with a scenario we don’t like, the best thing to do is to roll with the punches.

It was Muhammad Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” where he laid
back on the ropes and allowed George Foreman to punch him, whilst
Ali taunted him with “They told me you could punch, George!” and
“They told me you could punch as hard as Joe Louis.” Then when
Foreman was getting tired from hitting Ali and from Ali’s heavy
intermittent jabs to his face; Ali said “Is that all you got, George?” Foreman was weak and Ali knocked him out in the eighth round.

However punishing we may think life has been to us through the
circumstances it has thrown at us, if we stand up to those forces
eventually we will win. We need to focus on the results we desire
rather than the unfairness that may well exist. Every problem
carries with it a solution and by accepting what is, we can more
easily look forward to changing it to the way we want it to be,
rather than having a pity party.

We need to stand up to our problems and stand out from the crowd!
We should always accept that “It is what it is!” but after
that evaluate how we can make it the way we want it to be! If we
see each problem as an opportunity for us to grow, we will more
easily be able to embrace whatever comes our way.




Written and © Copyright 2007
By Andrew Paul Smith 11-07-2007

time to reach much deeper
than you’ve ever reached before
time to make the breakthrough
the wall is just a door

don’t think too much about them
the things that hold you back
overcome your fears, face the future
rejections just a pat on the back

it’s only when our self belief
grows stronger by the day
that we no longer care for
the things that people say

you know it all makes sense
to give your all, your best
so why do you keep refusing
to face this final test

time to be willing and hopeful
for all you dream could be yours
the only way is upward
you are your worthy cause

Think For Yourself!



“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to
produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader

As a parent of four children and now three grand-children I take my responsibility to be a leader very seriously. My desire like Ralph Nader is not to have automatons following my example, because sadly some of the time I’d prefer they didn’t make the mistakes I have made or am making. Instead my intention has always been to help my family to become independent thinkers.

Whether I have succeeded in my aim is for someone else to judge;
but having said that I am proud of the route my children’s lives is have already taken. I realize that we are all on a path to fulfillment and purpose and that each life has its own course to run. I am there, should my grown up kids ask for advice, but if they decide not to act on that advice, I am at peace with their decision.

Growing new leaders, independent thinkers rather than having
people be sheep and just do what they are told, will in my view
make society a better place. When we can all think for ourselves
and make sound judgments, consider the needs of others and yet
take the actions that we know are best for us all, the world will
be a better place.

Are you a leader or a follower?

Thoughts Are Things



“You say I started out with practically nothing, but that isn’t
correct. We all start with all there is. It’s how we use it that
makes things possible.” – Henry Ford

Do you understand what Henry Ford was getting at here? We all start out with every thing? On the face of it Ford seems to be totally wrong! Many people start off with so many disadvantages in life, where they live, the parenting they receive (or don’t receive), lack of money or social standing and yet we have all heard many stories that go against the belief that where you start in life is where you will finish up.

It’s often said as a joke. “If I wanted to get there, I wouldn’t start off from here!” However, when we decide to ignore our circumstances, our location, our lack and start pursuing our goals, in my experience and in the experience of others something magical begins to take place. We have access to all the wisdom that ever existed, thoughts are things, and thoughts are powerful beyond imagination!

Henry Ford understood the lesson he is teaching here so well. He told his engineers he wanted a eight cylinder engine cast in one block and each one of them individually told him it was mechanically impossible to make. Ford told them he wanted a eight cylinder engine and he would have one! He didn’t mind how much it cost to develop, or how long it took to make! He told them that they could either leave his employment there and then or find the way to give him what he asked. The V8, and the rest as they say is history!

Achieving The Successes We Desire



“Success is the sum of all small efforts repeated day in and day out!” – Robert Collier

Like you, I’ve read many definitions of success; you may have spotted some of them in other quotes used in these “Daily Insights.” This one, like the others has its limits, but however you define success make sure the definition you have applies to you! We really do ourselves the greatest favour of all when we see our strengths outstripping our weaknesses, our opportunities outweighing our threats! Therefore, we need to repeat those things that help, rather than hinder our pursuit of happiness.

What makes us different from each other, what makes us individuals, is not only what we think (see the previous “Daily Insight”), but also what we say and do! If we set out on a course of action, with an end result in mind, regardless of how many dead-ends and failures we encounter on our journey, we will eventually arrive there if we are determined to take action, every single day, until we achieve the success which we set out to do.

It is so easy to give up, to lose interest, or to be driven off course by something else that suddenly demands our interest; but if you want to succeed you can, as long as you stick to the initial goal till you get there! It is wise to seek evidence that progress is being made and to trim our sails accordingly. And yet, some days it may seem like despite so much previous effort, we are getting nowhere fast; on days like those our mantra must be to “never give up!”

What small effort have you taken today, to make sure that your life will be the way you have imagined it to be? If you haven’t bothered to take action today, don’t be surprised if tomorrow, you are no further forward and worse still, despondent of your ability to progress. Success for you and me starts within our imagination, but then takes on life as we resolve to move in the direction of our dreams, by small efforts repeated daily – just like the man said!

Have Faith In Yourself



“The history of the world is the history of a few people who had faith in themselves.” – Swami Vivekananda

I believe that our life’s mission is to be creators, some of us willingly and some of us without us knowing what we are doing. When it comes to deliberate creation, it can be either useful or hurtful; the same applies to the acts we create unknowingly. Whatever we create though, the pre-requisite to that creation is faith in our capability of completing the actions we are taking.

So whether we are considering the actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr or Adolf Hitler, the same thing must be true they believed in themselves, were sure that their actions would succeed and because of this they drew to them many followers. It’s often said if you don’t know what direction to go, follow someone else who does.

Alexander the Great conquered the then known world by the age of 33, a man of war and yet extremely successful in invading and subduing nations. Another man by age 33 had set the seeds in place for a world religion named after him, Christianity. If you have faith in yourself or the cause you have committed yourself to, you will succeed!

Faith helps you to be certain and sure that the outcome you desire will become your reality. Maybe you don’t want to make the kind of impact that makes your name the subject of history, but if you have faith in yourself you will achieve so much more than someone who doesn’t and that’s a fact!

A Brighter Day


Written and © Copyright 2007
By Andrew Paul Smith 30-03-2007


Dedication to the task
Is the only way
To achieve your goals you must believe
In a brighter day

Tenacity is a must
Stick to it like glue
A never give up attitude
Will keep you ever true

So don’t give up I suggest
Be certain you will win
It’s up to you to give your all
So you can wear a grin

Search your heart and know it’s true
Your life will only be
The sum total of all you give
Is all that others see

Making The World A Better Place



“I’ve always tried to go one step past wherever people expected me to end up.” – Beverly Sills

What is your expectation of yourself? What expectations have other people got for you? Do your family, friends and work colleagues have the measure of you or could you surprise them; could you surprise yourself?

We are all capable of so much more than we think, much more than
others expect of us and yet more often than not we are willing to chug along in the slow lane, anything for a quiet life! So much human potential including yours and mine are wasted every day! Every day people die with potential; potential of what they could have been, what they could have done!

Your life and mine are not exempt and yet the rewards for those who “go the extra mile” are so life changing, it is a very sad state of affairs. We all have such potential for being catalysts for change in the world! Maybe you think I’m suggesting that you and I should do something big like reinvent the wheel, but I assure you I am not!

One simple act of kindness can light up the face of a stranger or a friend. One extra task however small over and above that which is expected of us in the work we do, can make things easier for our colleagues and ourselves. Not forgetting the domino effect of  “monkey see, monkey do!” Some, not all of those who see the
“one step further” philosophy of Beverly Sills in action, will copy it and the world will be a better place.

How To Find The Easy Path



“I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win – if you don’t you won’t.” – Bruce Jenner

What is your level of commitment to your personal goals? Working hard in achieving your goals can be difficult or relatively easy. The difficult way is to imagine all the likely problems you may encounter and worry about them even though eighty per cent of them will never show up! The easy way is to expect a smooth passageway to the accomplishment of your goals and to know that you are more than capable of solving the problems you may encounter along the way.

Both ways require hard work! That is, you need to take consistent actions to get you to where you want to be, or to accomplish that which you have set your hopes upon. However, the difficult way
involves much stress; whilst the easy way is relatively plain sailing. It’s down to your attitude and expectations, whether you will enjoy the journey to your success or not.

The problem for those who don’t enjoy the journey, is that they often give up before they get where they intend to be; or worse
still they never accomplish anything of significance in their lives. In other words, our expectations whether they be of faith or doubt are likely to colour the outcome of our desired goals.

So, if you want something badly enough, remember that you need to be totally committed to it. You need to be willing to work hard; but to exercise faith in your ability to solve the problems that you may encounter along the way, without dwelling on imagined problems that will never exist.