Light Upon My Shadows



Written and © Copyright 2011
By Andrew Paul Smith 16-12-2011

You are the light upon my shadows
You are the joy inside of me
You are my shield and my deliverer
From all the things that I cannot see

You bring me love and satisfaction
You bring me hope and security
You bring me all I ever wanted
And you’re the one who sets my spirit free

You mean much more to me than jewels
You mean much more to me than gold
You mean much more than I imagined
That a friend could, living on a distant shore

You’re the far away one that’s near me
You’re the apple of my eye
You’re the one who sits and holds me
When I’m alone, and start to cry

You make me feel alive and happy
You make my life’s passion know no bounds
You make a man who has never known it
Know he’s now home and now on solid ground

How To Go Further Faster



“No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.” – Charles Francis Adams Sr

We live in a world where some people attempt to get away with doing as little as possible, this is not the route to greatness. The bare minimum of effort and conscientiousness should not result in promotion within the ranks. Those who give the acceptable service may advance their careers by default, but those who do that which is over and above what is required of them will progress further and quicker than those who don’t.

It is possible that a diligent and conscientious person may be overlooked in their present employment, but in the long run they will go further faster than those who idle their days away. According to Charles Kendall Adams, to make sure you take the path to success rather than the one to failure in life, you need not only to do over and above what is required of you, but also to do what you do with excellence.

When we understand the dynamics of eminent success in this way, we realize that we too are capable of determining our own  ability to display “the greatness of ultimate distinction.” The formula here is clear and concise, so what do you intend to do today to become outstanding, to learn or develop excellence in your chosen career or life’s calling?

Learning From Life’s Lessons



“If you aren’t making any mistakes, it’s a sure sign you’re playing it too safe.” -John Maxwell


You may have heard me say “If you’re going to make a mistake, make a big one! That way you’ll learn much more, much quicker!” I usually say this when someone has already made a big mistake to make them feel better about what has happened, to see the positive inside the negative. I don’t recommend people go out looking for big mistakes to make, just to learn life’s lessons.

However, having said that I do believe we should step outside our comfort zones and take risks from time to time. Calculated risks are what human endeavour and achievement are all about. I was reading today about Tim Peake who is going to become the first astronaut to wear the union flag on his spacesuit when he visits ISS at the end of 2015.

Major Tim’s career has been in aviation, flying helicopters, and fighter jets. Since being chosen for his mission he has been through many preparatory exercises to ready him for space flight. I am sure there have been mishaps and problems along the way and that as he has gone through these experiences he has become better prepared for his six month visit to ISS and the work he has to do.

Although it is unlikely you will go into space; I challenge you to commit yourself to some worthy project which suits your background and training. In it you will have the opportunity to achieve something new every day. When you enter into such a process of trial and error, it will help you to grow as a human being and maybe like Major Tim, benefit the whole of mankind!


It’s Time To Break Through!



“The merit in action lies in finishing it to the end.” – Genghis Khan

Are you someone who finishes what they start, or do you have many ongoing projects that never seem to come to an end. I once saw “A Round Tuit” for sale in a novelty shop; I wondered what purpose this object might achieve. Then it dawned on me that there is so much we could do if we had got “around to it!”

It’s true we all only have 24 hours in a day, but if you spend a lot of your waking hours like a cat caught in the headlights of an approaching car, not sure which way to go, you will achieve very little. Instead of spending time wondering which of your many projects to work on next, work out your priorities and complete the most urgent one now.

Eventually you will find yourself in a place where all the urgent stuff is completed and you can then manage your time doing the most productive things and deciding that some of your “things to do” are not really worthwhile.

Half-hearted actions don’t produce spectacular results, whatever you decide to do make sure you can put heart and soul into it and make sure you never leave your projects until they are completed.

Make It Easy On Yourself!



“The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away small stones.” – Chinese Proverb

A friend of mine used to say “Inch by inch it’s a cinch! Yard by yard, it’s hard!” We need to do the small things and the big things will take care of themselves!

After our initial goal setting session, I explain to my clients that next we will in our second coaching session together need to break the goal down into manageable bite size chunks, and once these mini-goals or milestones are defined, we will break the goal up even smaller into action steps.

In this way, we are all able to “move mountains!” Make sure every day that you are a little closer to your goals and one day you will arrive at the achievement wondering what all the fuss was about! So when are you going to pick up the first stone and start moving your mountain?

Silent Screams



Written and © Copyright 2011 By AP Smith 08-12-2011

The silent screams are what I hear The longing to be and do and have More than this life has amounted to People need to be encouraged not sad

I am one who can inspire you I can show you the truth that is The longing and desires you keep To make your life splendid

I have walked in your shoes I am everyman I know that life is not cruel And I have a plan

For lifting you from sinking sands To place your feet on a rock That makes you the master of your life And gives you back the plot

That you showed up here with Before you were distracted And accepted the conditioning of this world So very matter of fact, is

What you should have never done You are magnificent It’s just that you’ve forgotten Your wonderful brilliance

Defeating Giants



“Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right
direction.” – Al Bernstein

Have you ever taken a misstep in the right direction? It’s when a seeming mistake on your life’s journey strangely takes you more quickly to where you want to be. It’s like whilst playing a game of “Monopoly” when you get an “Advance To Go” card which allows you to collect £200/$200.

Mistakes can help you to gain wisdom, but sometimes, just sometimes the mistakes you make turn out to be something to your advantage. In the traditional pantomime story of “Jack and the Beanstalk” exchanging the cow for “magic” beans seemed like a bad idea to Jack’s mother. She threw the beans out of the window in anger and yet when the beanstalk grew, it was the route to the giants castle and the goose that laid the golden eggs.

Jack did have a major adventure to experience and a Giant to defeat, but the seeming mistake in the log run turned out to be the answer to all Jack and his mothers financial worries. So don’t be too concerned when you seem to have made a mistake, maybe it was actually a short cut to the end of your problems.

We need to always be on the look out for the hidden blessings that life brings to us, if we are not looking for them we may miss them!

How To Get All You’ve Ever Desired



“Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest
acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivananda

This is the route to the challenge that we all face everyday, how engaged are we with our own life, with our own success? Each person has the same number of hours in every day, but it is what we do with them that really count!

It’s a simple mathematical equation the more you put into the
momentum of your life, the further you’ll get, the more you’ll achieve and that’s a fact! If you know where you want to be and how to define the purpose of your life , then it’s easy to get passionate about the nitty gritty moments of every day.

If you are willing to invest all you have, your passion, your thinking, your strategy and your life force into everything you do, there is no doubt that you will succeed in your plans. So don’t hold back, put everything you’ve got into your life and it will give you back everything you’ve ever desired!

Being Inspired and Taking Action



“To move the world we must first move ourselves.” – Socrates

There is a practical and a spiritual application of this insight, the first is to do with taking action, the second is to do with inspiration. As humans we have a need to contribute to the lives of those we interact with and if possible to leave this world a better place than when we found it.

To make that all important contribution we need to take action, I
believe that to take action we need to find the inspiration that will move us forward. It is possible to be motivated by money, either money to put food on the table, a roof over our heads and clothes on our backs; but to find inspiration to do more than survive we need to find something more.

To be inspired or to be “in spirit” we need to connect to our higher self. We need to see or hear something that reminds us of our Original reason for showing up on planet Earth. When we do
connect to our higher self, this experience will lead us to a place where we want to take action in the fulfilling our purpose.

To move the world in our favor, to get our needs met we must
fulfill the needs of others; but to impact the world long term and make it a better place we need to connect with our higher self and find out what is our calling and then fulfil it!

Be An Encourager!



“I praise loudly; I blame softly.” – Queen Catherine II

The way we present our opinions to others has a direct effect on how they perceive us. By being someone who is forever praising the good in others, we will be remembered as someone who can see the good in them, when all others ever seem to do is see the bad.

I used to have a boss who seemed to be always criticising me for every little thing I did wrong and very rarely had any words of encouragement for me. In some ways it didn’t matter, because I had decided to do my best in spite of him, but I am sure speaking to employees in that way is not conducive to getting the best out of them.

We all like to be praised, it helps us to gain self-esteem, and we all remember the kind words that people have said to us, often years after they were spoken. A much greater man once said “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!”

So, if you would like people to praise you, then it must be worth giving praise where it is due, as the act of giving praise will always be appreciated. As for blaming, well if you really must do it, then do it quietly. Blaming others usually includes giving away our power to affect the outcomes we would like.

If someone else is able to affect our lives for the bad, we must have abdicated the will to change things to the way we want them to be. So the fewer people who hear us do that the better!