Life Is Like A Game Of Strategy!

staunton chess


“Success is 20% skills and 80% strategy. You might know how to read, but more importantly, what’s your plan to read?” – Jim Rohn

Strategy is something most people just don’t think of! So I ask you, have you ever played chess? I used to play as a young child; it was shown to me as the next step up from draughts (or checkers as some people call it). I thought I was quite good at it until I entered a chess competition at school and was beaten in what’s known as “fools-mate”’s_mate As they say there’s one thing worse than not knowing and that is thinking that you know when you really don’t!

Like chess, when you are planning a strategy for your life, you need to think what are the possibilities of what will happen next if you do this or that? It’s not enough to know how to move the pieces around the chess board (I’d mastered that part of the game quite well); you also need to know what moves your opponent is likely to take after you move. Life isn’t as easy and straight-forward as we often imagine or would like it to be.

The masters of the game of chess can not only think four or five moves ahead and that depending on the various possible moves of their opponent, but can also remember other games they have played in and the games of other famous chess players; that’s why they are called “Masters!” In the game of life, strategy counts and the way to learn is personally and on the job! Research is good, but life experience is better, because we remember it so much more easily, when it happened to us!

Being able to read is one thing, but reading books is something quite different! It’s worth pointing out, that doing research into whatever it is that you personally want to master will dictate which books you must read. My study of Personal Development and Self-Help books, although I didn’t realise it at the time, was preparing me to be able to coach others about the best strategies to use when pursuing their goals and to be able to write these “Daily Insights” of mine.

From Thought Into Reality


“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” – Ralph
Waldo Emerson

Or lives are made up of our thoughts and actions. The art of creativity although it starts in the mind only takes form in the material world when we follow through and complete the task.

The human ability to bring something from a thought into reality
is much in evidence around the planet. From the wheel, to the
printing press, from mass production to the space shuttle, human
ingenuity is undeniable. Everything we see in our human world
houses, motor vehicles, pre-packaged food and even money started
off as an idea in someone’s thoughts.

We are here on planet Earth to manipulate our thoughts into
deeds. This is what we as a race are good at, bringing the things
that are, out of the things that are not!

So what about you? What is your contribution going to be today?
Are your good intentions going to remain as thoughts or are you
going to have the reward that comes to those who complete that
which they intended to do. And what of tomorrow and the next day,
are you going to be fully human each day of your life?

The Only Way Is Up!


“Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom.” – George

This insight reminds me of a song from more than twenty years ago: Yazz and the Plastic Population’s “The Only Way Is Up!” The song speaks of how because of their love for each other, a couple who have “fallen on bad times financially” will be able to face whatever comes their way and rise up again.

When you get to the bottom there is only one way for you to go
and that has to be back up again! Finances are only one aspect of
life where we can experience “the bottom.” Our health, our
relationships, our emotions can all hit rock bottom, but we can
and will rise again if we don’t lose heart.

“Falling on bad times” and “hitting the bottom” suggest that you don’t float there gently, you arrive with a bump! So why not use the force of the impact to propel you skyward again? Bouncing back is part of our human nature; most people take what life gives to them and makes the best of it. If life gives us lemons, most of us attempt to make lemonade!

After all if we don’t, the other choice is not that pleasant. Wallowing in self pity will get us nowhere, and will not attract many to share the experience with us. If “birds of a feather flock together” then wouldn’t you rather spend your time with those who are “bouncing back” instead of those who are not?


Written and © Copyright 2010
By Andrew Paul Smith 16-10-2010

If you’ve got the mindset
And determination’s certainty
Anything you want to do
You can do easily

When you’ve got direction
When you’ve got the poise
You can get to where you’re going
Then you will feel the joys

The joys of your arrival
And the joys of the journey too
No one can ever stop you
Except yourself, it’s true

Everything is easy
Although you may have to learn
Exactly how to do it
There maybe midnight oil to burn

They say it’s not rocket science
As if that’s some thing hard
But to those who know about it
It’s nothing from which they’re barred

So remember what you’re here for
Your purpose, your desire
And on what you’ve set your mind upon
You can set this world on fire

Striking Out


“Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” – Babe Ruth

What sits at the bottom of the sea and shivers? The answer is: “A nervous wreck!” OK I know that’s enough to make anyone groan, but following on from yesterday I am going to be drawing your attention to the lack of self respect and self belief that holds so many of us back from achieving all that we are capable of.

Babe Ruth was an American Baseball player who is considered to be
one of the games prolific hitters. He was the first true American
sports celebrity superstar and the popularity of baseball
exploded in the 1920s, largely due to his influence. He brought
the kind of excitement spectators hadn’t seen before, through
his willingness to attempt to hit the ball when others would let
it fly past.

His big swing led to escalating home run totals that not only excited fans, but helped baseball evolve from a low-scoring, speed dominated game to a high-scoring power game. Yes, George Herman Ruth, Jr. a.k.a. “the Sultan of Swat” will never be forgotten, because he lived by the words of today’s quotation!

What Babe Ruth showed us, is that being timid and uncertain of our abilities get us nowhere, but daring to believe in ourselves will take us where we never previously expected to go. Maybe it’s time for you to step up to the ball park in your life and start striking out at all the curved balls life is throwing at you?

Are You A Big Dreamer?


“All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what
their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work
every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” –
Brian Tracy

Are you a big dreamer? Have you got a great imagination? Do you have clear goals for your life? Are you working towards your goals each day? Yesterday we acknowledged that to be willing to attempt to go for our goals and dreams we need faith; we need to believe that the impossible is possible! Today I want to share with you how to create a new belief.

A belief is like a table top, what holds it in place are the legs. The more legs the table has, the sturdier it becomes. This works for both positive and negative beliefs. The reason you are not going for your dreams (if you aren’t) is because you have negative beliefs around your desired goal. These negative beliefs need to be dis-empowered!

In our dualistic universe for every inside there has to be an outside, for every up there has to be a down, for every positive there has to be a negative. Just like day and night, wrong and right, all we need to do is look at the other side of the coin to find the opposite of our beliefs and the opposite of the reference legs we have supported our negative beliefs with.

We then have a positive belief with positive reference legs to hold it up. We need to speak out and then repeat our new beliefs each day, because that’s how our old negative beliefs became entrenched in our thinking, by simple repetition. Also to find the new reference legs for your new positive beliefs take a look at the environment you grew up in, the education you had, the way things have worked out for you in the past, the events of your life, oh yes and your ability to imagine the outcome you seek.

Motivating Yourself


“Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done,
really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing
there is a solution paves the way to a solution.” – Dr. David

The only way we are willing to take action in our lives is when we have faith that what we are doing will propel us in the direction we want to go. Yes of course it’s possible for others to make us take actions we think are pointless if they have some leverage over us, like a pay check or a threat of violence against us or the ones we love.

However, the way to motivate yourself is through belief! If you
believe that by taking certain actions you will get closer to what you seek, then you will take the actions you think are necessary. To achieve what you think is unachievable all you have to do is start believing!

Dr. Schwartz tells us that merely believing has an important effect on our thinking! Our thoughts respond to our level of belief, as Henry Ford once said “If you think you can, if you think you can’t, either way your right!” So the question must be “How do we believe that which we previously thought unattainable?”

The simplest of answers to the question just posed is: – If someone has done what you want to do, then it’s humanly possible! You are a human being therefore you can do it! There is a longer answer to the question which I will share with you tomorrow.


Written and © Copyright 2010
By Andrew Paul Smith 03-10-2010


Concluding from the fact
That each life on planet Earth
Has the same number of heartbeats
After they come to birth
And depending on the speed
At which that heart will beat
There’s a limited amount of time
For each life to be complete

The energy of humans
Although a higher force
Can because of senescence
Achieve a higher course
But is that energy
Positively charged
If not it will not play the part
That makes life on Earth enlarged

So what will you do
With the lifetime you’ve been given
What will you complete
Before your spirit’s riven
From your flesh and bone
Because when it’s done
Entropy dictates
Your energy is gone

Be Humble!


“Be humble always and identify with the common man; even when
success and achievements want to make you proud.” – Bishop
Leonard Umunna

My way of seeing goals and their accomplishment since I began coaching has always been in terms of my clients moving closer to the fulfillment of their life’s purpose. I had an “aha” moment on the train to a seminar in London in 2006. I was reading Wayne Dyer’s book “Inspiration, your ultimate calling!” when I realized that my whole life to that point had been preparing me to become a Life Coach.

This wasn’t a Mill’s & Boon romantic story that I was reading and yet there were tears falling down my face as the penny finally dropped; I am here on planet Earth to be a Coach. Everything I’d done in my past suddenly made sense. It was like turning round a tapestry that you’d only ever seen from the back, I could now see the beautiful picture of my life, no longer as a jumbled mess, but everything made complete sense.

In my view our lives are not about being proud, or about our successes and achievements, they are not an egotistical journey
where we set selfish goals so we can have, do and be more than other people. Our lives are about being on purpose, fulfilling
the calling that we were sent here to planet Earth to complete,
and to leave the world a better place than before we got here.

On this journey, we should show humility in reference to our
abilities and to see the other person’s point of view, is to vital! Wasn’t it Rudyard Kipling who said in that famous poem of his “If” – “To walk with Kings, nor lose the common touch?” We are spiritual beings having a human experience; we are called to love and to serve our fellow man and to fulfill our destiny. It is my intention to help people do this, and it is why I am a Life Coach.

Where Your Success (and mine) Exists!

                                       CREATE YOUR OWN SUCCESS!                                          “Your success and happiness lie in you.” – Helen Keller

What a concept! The story of Helen Keller is the story of a child who, at the age of 19 months, suddenly lost her hearing and vision, and who, against overwhelming odds and with a great deal of persistence, grew into a highly intelligent and sensitive woman who wrote, spoke, and labored incessantly for the betterment of others. So powerful a symbol of triumph over adversity did she become that she has a definite place in the history of our time and of times to come. “”

If you follow the link to Helen Keller’s story or if you already know it, you will understand how deeply felt this above quotation was for Helen Keller’s based on her own life’s experience! These are not empty words; they clearly define Helen’s experience and her certainty that you too can achieve success and happiness from within you too.

So many times we blame others for our lack of success, or our lack of happiness and yet the truth is we are always in control of how we interpret the interactions we have with others and the events of our lives. We can learn how to be content it whatsoever circumstances we find ourselves, if we chose to. There is an art to it, but it has always been within the reach of each one of us. If a blind deaf girl can do it, so can you and I!