Written and © Copyright 2007
By Andrew Paul Smith 22-03-2007

We create reality
It’s what we believe, our lives will be
Our faith defines the way we are
Decides the route both near or far

Should we doubt along the way
Or be anxious about the things we say
It will prevent our joys arriving
Means that we always will be striving

So to concentrate or meditate
On a certain and a pleasant fate
Means our lives will know the peace
The end to struggle, we’ll find release

When we separate and move away
From discontent, content arrives that day
This simple truth accepted now
Will change our lives give us the wow

So manifest, create and see
The future we want to have will be
No doubts along the way, believe
And joy and happiness we’ll receive

The Attitude of Gratitude



“Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a
result of hard work.” – Booker T. Washington

Have you heard of the lottery winners who are suddenly given a vast sum of money by the lottery operator; who then go on to spend it all (and some even end up in debt,) despite the sound advice they were given? It’s as if as a result of not having earned the money, their winnings have little meaning to them!

The self-made man or woman would never allow this to happen! When you have fought tooth and nail to get to a place of financial
security, you will value your earnings so much more than someone
who has had an inheritance or a large lottery win put into their

The same that is true of wealth is also true of opportunity! If the opportunity to fulfil a dream is given to you, then you won’t appreciate it as much as if you have had to plan, scheme and work towards it. When someone has been ill, or has had an accident and then fully recover they appreciate their health so much more than those of us who enjoy full health every day.

Booker T Washington’s quote has many shades of meaning! However, I hope the one I have given you today will help you to cultivate the “attitude of gratitude” about your life. Maybe
even to the extent that you will appreciate life’s good fortunes when they come to you, in a way that maybe you would have previously missed.

Persistence and Determination



“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new
dream.” – Les Brown

Have you heard of Les Brown, the author of the highly acclaimed and successful book, “Live Your Dreams?” He’s a motivational speaker who knows all too well about setting goals and dreaming dreams. He grew up from the age of six weeks (with his twin brother Wes) in the home of his adoptive mother Mrs. Mamie Brown, a single woman who had very little education and or money, but a very big heart.

At school Les was labelled a slow learner which damaged his self esteem and despite only having a high school education, today he is known as one of the America’s leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential, using powerful delivery and emerging insights to teach, inspire and help people to new levels of achievement.

Les’s persistence and determination helped him to start a process of unending self-education which has distinguished him as an authority on human potential. His passion to learn and his hunger to realize greatness in himself and others has helped him to achieve greatness.

He rose from a hip-talkin morning DJ to broadcast manager; from community activist to community leader; from political commentator to 3-term legislator; and from a banquet and nightclub emcee to premier keynote speaker. Yes, Les knows it’s never too late to set goals or to dream new dreams!




“Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have
perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.” – Marie

Make little of the problems that arise in your life! Deal with them and move on, bad things happen to good people. Don’t get bogged down with either the small or the bad things that would distract you and stop your onward and upward journey. Be willing to smile and even laugh at the those problems.

We often say, “Someday we’ll look back and laugh at this!” Why bother waiting, laugh now, it might not make the situation go away, but I’m sure it will make you feel much better. We are bigger than any of our problems, so to make it possible to laugh, look at the problem you face in the perspective of life on planet earth and smile.

Our lives are not defined by our problems, but what we do with them, when they show up. If we are confident that we can overcome the odds, whatever they are and deal with anything that comes our way, even if maybe we need to ask for help to do it, then we can persevere and continue on to great things in our lives.

Growing and Helping Each Other



 “Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves” – E Joseph Cossman

To be concerned with progress in life is a good thing, we are meant to grow just like every other living thing. The difference (as far as we know) between human beings and the rest of the animal and plant kingdoms is that we are sentient, we are self-aware!

As those who remember the past and can consider the future, we are capable of taking actions today that will help us to grow in a certain direction. We are not slaves to instinct, but yet it is possible that we can be trapped in bad habits.

So as you consider your own future make sure it is focussed on making your own life better rather than considering how to become better than others, they are on their own path! Don’t be a copy; originals are worth much more than copies!

How much better the world would be if we all tried to help each other achieve our dreams rather than standing in the way of those dreams coming true, or attempting to step on those around us to get on in life! Life is not a race to be won against others, but a journey to become the best we can be!




Written and © Copyright 2007
By AP Smith (aka music life coach) 06-04-2007

They say nostalgia is a thing of the past
And that yesterdays dead and gone
Memories are all we have
Which isn’t that much fun

The halcyon days aren’t all we have
These are great days too
Fore hindsight is a wonderful thing
Enjoy the now times two

Yesterday is when I was young
But when I was naive
The wisdom that I’ve gained since then
I could never leave

The past is a land that we can’t visit
However pleasant it was
So enjoy today each moment that comes
Put a smile on your face because

By being happy now
And staying always pleasant
Each day we live we can live with joy
For it’s our astonishing present

Inspirational Thoughts

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“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” – Francis Bacon

Sometimes when I am talking to my clients, out of nowhere seems to come some great wisdom. I joke and say: “Sometimes I surprise even myself with the insights I have!” It seems that Francis Bacon had similar experiences to mine, maybe we all do?

I believe what happens is that as we are in conversation about a subject matter that we are totally interested in, we open ourselves up to receive new wisdom. I know I have read of song-writers speaking of themselves as being “channels” for a new song. Paul McCartney speaking of his experience of writing “Yesterday” one of the most played songs on radio ever, says he just woke up with the haunting melody in his head.

When we are focused on our life’s purpose we find ourselves aligned with the creative forces that sent us into this world and we are then ready to receive revelations that will not only help us in the area of our speciality, but those who are interested and want to have their horizons enlarged too.

To write down the thoughts we have, to keep a journal or a diary of our lives may help us remember some of the more important insights and life lessons we receive, so that we can make use of them in the future. It may also prevent us from having to go through similar problems as the ones we are now facing.

Open yourself up to the wisdom that is available to you, by using your mind and don’t forget to write down any new insights you receive.




“Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” – Charles Lindbergh

How much courage do you possess? Are you someone who gives up and gives in too easily? Are you easily discouraged when other people “rain on your parade:” if someone tells you your ideas won’t work, do you believe them without first trying out the idea for yourself first?

You must have heard of Aesop’s fable “The Fox and The Grapes? When the fox is unable to reach the grapes himself, he tells
others that they taste sour and are not worth the climb. Sometimes when you are told your ideas won’t work, it could just be a case of “sour grapes” from those attempting to dissuade you from attempting something they failed to achieve.

Overwhelming odds aren’t impossible odds! They are just “overwhelming” for those who allow themselves to be overwhelmed! The salmon that goes back up the stream to lay its eggs has a difficult task to accomplish and yet if it wasn’t successful the salmon would have died out years ago.

Your life and mine display their courage each day by our attitude towards the tasks we have to do. Do we do them with good grace or do we complain all the way? We can know with certainty the level of our own success, when we don’t allow ourselves to be discouraged. When we are willing to struggle against the odds, to face the opposition and yet be quietly confident that our journey will not be in vain!

Do You Put More In?

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“You must do the very thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor

Do you want to know the way to self-mastery? All you need to do is to act as if those things which seem impossible to you aren’t! The Bible teaches “Greater is he who rules his own spirit, than he who takes a city!” (Proverbs 16 verse 32)

If you decide that there is anything that you can’t do, this statement becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy! It is literally giving up before you’ve got started, throwing in the towel before your opponent has thrown a single punch! The game of life needs competitors not spectators; the greatest tragedy for you would be if you turned out to be nothing but a spectator to your own life!

If you want your life to go somewhere, you better set a direction for it, or you’ll end up going nowhere! Don’t ever allow your thoughts to defeat you! Negative thinking can hammer many nails in your coffin whilst you are still alive! Life is for living and it really is up to you what you get out of it.

A preacher once went to a village chapel, miles out in the middle of nowhere, he took his young son with him. As he went into the church he put a £10 note in the box as his son watched, at the end of the service the society steward emptied the box and gave the contents to him for his travelling costs. “What was the amount?” I hear you ask. It was £10, and the boy said “Dad, if you’d put more in, you’d have got more out!”

By doing the very thing that you think you cannot do, I promise, you will get so much more out of your life than you ever thought possible!

Be Yourself!



“Fortunate is the person who has developed the self-control to
steer a straight course towards his objective in life, without
being swayed from his purpose by either commendation or
condemnation.” – Napoleon Hill

I was watching Cheryl Cole (ex Girls Aloud) being interviewed recently about her best advice as a mentor to the contestants she was looking after for the X Factor show. It was clear from later on in the interview it is something she not only preaches but practices too! Her advice to the contestants was: “Don’t read what the press say about you!”

In some respects there is no such thing as bad press, in that if you are being written about at all it keeps you in the public eye. But to read what they say may sway your conviction to steer a straight course towards your objective in life, either by becoming  complacent because what is being said about you is good or making you lose your way if what they are saying about you is upsetting.

This is good advice to us all, to not allow ourselves to be concerned what others might say (good or bad) about us and our desire to achieve our goals. If our goals are not immoral, illegal or against our own good conscience, we should pursue them with all our might, regardless of what others say!