Aspiring To Success

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

Where do you expend energy every day, maybe the main thrust of your life is spent at work, being paid to do some task for an employer, maybe you spend your time with your own young children and being a homemaker. There within the sum of all your small efforts lies your success or failure, in the end analysis the only opinion that really counts though is your own.

Do you feel like a success? Well if you don’t what are you going to do to enable yourself to redefine who you are and how successful the sum of all your small efforts become? I suppose one of the things you can do is “play to your strengths” for we all have things that we are particularly good at; and then delegate the other areas of weakness to those who consider them their strengths.

To get where you want to go in life, you need to keep doing the things that keep getting you closer to your goals! If the definition of insanity is doing the same things and expecting different results; then the definition of sanity must be, to find the “same things” that give you the results you want and keep doing them!

What are your successes? Did they come about by making small efforts day in and day out? I think they did! Robert Collier not only defines how the successes we have had have come about, but also how our future successes will become our experience. So, the question is: What success do you aspire to and what are you going to do today, right now this moment, to make sure it comes about?

Do You Know Why You Fail?


“Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.” – Michael Korda

Do you allow your failures to sadden you? Do you ever walk away from a situation that didn’t work out the way you planned it and despair? Do you say to yourself, “I’ll never attempt that again?” Are you someone who is “once bitten twice shy?”

The reason we fail on the perfect path of life that we are traveling on, is so that we can become wise; so that we can grow and be helpful to others when they face similar situations. In this way the human-race progresses from one generation to another.

I think it was Oscar Wilde who said “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. But when you’ve tried and tried again give up, you don’t need to become silly about it!” So, learn your lessons, your life lessons, but don’t become obsessed with always winning in the game of life.

Maybe in the past you’ve walked away from failure? Your failures have defined you as a quitter and we all know “Winners never quit, and quitters never win!” So now it’s time to welcome life’s challenges and for you to become someone who wants life to reveal to them, the hidden assets that studying failure will give to you?

Do You Have An Encourager In Your Life

A True Leader APS Quote


“Henry Ford could get anything out of men because he just talked
and would tell them stories. He’d never say, ‘I want this done!’
He’d say, ‘I wonder if we can do it.'” – George Brown

It sounds like Henry Ford was a great encourager and leader. A true leader is someone who is a few steps ahead of you, is on the move and inspires your loyalty by the way he or she speaks to you. They let you know they are with you, they don’t send you off on a wild goose chase, and they want you to do well, so they remain with you till you achieve all that their plans were for you to achieve!

Story telling is something I love to do and love to hear, especially if the one telling the story does it with passion. If they can take you with them step by step, keeping your interest until the story reaches its conclusion and that as it ends some wisdom has been imparted to you, which will help you in your life from that moment on.

Do you know anyone who is like Henry Ford, a great story teller and someone who inspires you to follow them, someone who is on your side, that you can depend on? To have someone like that in your life is a real blessing, to have more than one would be wonderful! Amongst others a Life Coach who is worth their salt, should be aiming to be such a character in the life of their clients.

A few steps ahead of you and yet an inspirer who is truly willing you on to success even on the days when you feel like giving up on your dreams. A Life Coach is someone who holds the flag on the top of the hill, till you arrive their, tired and yet exuberant in the achievement of your pre designed goals.

How The Mind Works

Belief or By My Life APS Quote


“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And
once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to
happen.” – Claude M. Bristol

This statement seems at best like an over simplification of a much more intricate process; or at worst some positive thinker trying to hoodwink the rest of humanity into cloud cuckoo land. Yet, I believe however incompletely, that Claude M. Bristol has given us a major truth, when understanding the way the mind works.

I would add that merely repeating “There are no weeds! There are no weeds!” will have no effect whatsoever when it comes to successful gardening! Words without action are dead! To affirm something, but then not to take action on that belief, suggests to me that you have little or no conviction that what you have said is true!

Instead of saying “belief” or “I believe” say “by my life!” In other words, by my actions you will be able to see that what I am saying is true! The “you” in what I have just said is not only meant for the onlooker; but also for the one making the affirmation too!  We need evidence that what we say will happen is going to happen, and the best placed person to provide that evidence, is the one who is making the affirmation!

It is true to say that the repetition of affirmations, when stated with passion and certainty of the outcome, will lead to the acceptance of a belief that we haven’t previously held! Our actions to “make it so” start a chain reaction which makes those things we have little or no control of to start to fall into place too.

Who Wants A Simple Life?



“You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long
as you don’t do too many things wrong.” – Warren Buffett

I don’t know if you agree with Warren Buffett on this one, but in his opinion life is not that complicated and it’s easier to have a happy fulfilled life than we maybe have been lead to believe. If this statement is correct, we don’t have too much to worry about; life is simply a matter of getting a few important things working properly for us and then as long as we don’t mess up too often, all will be well.

I like the simple life, where everything goes like clockwork and many of us feel if we are left alone to get on with things, we’d do fine. It’s only when our interactions with others seem to challenge us to live differently that we need to reconsider where we’re going.

Whether Warren Buffett’s statement works as a philosophy is worth considering, why not try it out? Even when others challenge
your way of life, be of the opinion that as long as you get the main things in your life right and not many things wrong; then you needn’t be dragged off onto some wild goose chase considering other people’s interactions with you as a challenge to the way you live. They are just living their lives their way and they should be allowed to do that.

If you do decide that you need to change, then do it slowly and deliberately, checking to see what is working and what isn’t. That way you can avoid the big mistakes our quote warns         us of.

If It’s Going To Be, It’s Up To Me!



“The difference between success and mediocrity is all in the way
you think.” – Dean Francis

How do you think? Are you someone who expects success, or do you expect Murphy’s Law to work against you, every step of the way? Are you an optimist, a pessimist or a realist? I’ll tell you now, I’m an optimist!

W. Clement Stone a personal friend of Napoleon Hill who wrote
“Think and Grow Rich” believed that circumstances were constantly engineering themselves to bless him and his family. When something bad happened to him he would always see it as a blessing in disguise, and he would wonder how this seemingly unpleasant situation would turn out for his good in the end.

When I first read about W. Clement Stone, I thought the guy was at best a little naive, or at worst that he he’d lost the plot; but then I thought it through. To consciously adopt the opposite view to Stone I’d be a fool, it would be like shooting myself in the foot; to imagine that Murphy’s Law was always at work, messing things up for me. “If it can go wrong it will!” didn’t seem to be a great philosophy to live with.

If you say that neither Murphy nor Stone are correct, then in my view what you are left with is mediocrity! You’d be saying,
“Some day’s things go well, some day’s they don’t, hey ho that’s life!” At best there is uncertainty for you, at worst you’ll feel that your life is out of your control, you’ll be holding others responsible for what happens in your life or the circumstances that you are experiencing, instead of knowing the success of thinking “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me!”

Understanding Higgs Boson (Poem)


Written and © Copyright 2012
By ANDREW PAUL Smith 06-01-12

At the centre of the conundrum
That quantum physics is
Lies the Higgs boson
A particle that only may exist

The theory of this beauty
Which was almost seen
In the Cern Accelerator
Giant tunnel’s stream

Is that its short life matters
In a colossal way
Because without it
No mass could be displayed

Like the law of attraction
It brings things together
Until it disappears
Into the twelfth of never

It is the ‘god particle’
The universal glue
That lasts just an eye’s blink
But was the start of me and you

Being Responsible For Your Own Success



“Success is measured in terms of reaching your goals, dreams, and
expectations. Your success is determined by hard work, persistence, and determination. If you are going to be a success in life, it is up to you… it is your responsibility.” – Will Horton

Are you the kind of person who takes responsibility for your life. In some cases it is impossible for you to control the events that take place in your life, and yet it is entirely possible for you to control your reaction or response to these events and to be responsible for what happens next!

This means that you can also determine your own success! Of course objects can be thrown in your path on the way to the
completing your goals: but if you persist in reaching for your dreams and your determination is never in question; if you are unafraid of hard work, then success will ultimately be yours!

So what are your expectations? We usually get what we expect, rather than what we want! We must make sure we have a certainty in our spirit, a resolve that tells us deep down inside that we are not on some wild goose chase that will end in tears.

We must be assured that when we set off with a goal in mind that we will be successful. That nothing, except possibly ourselves will ever prevent us from achieving the success we have desired!

Enthusiasm and Hard Work



“I studied the lives of great men and women, and I found that the
men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.” – Harry S. Truman

Harry Truman, 33rd President of the United States, was someone who noticed that those who achieve success within their careers, are those whose attitude to their work was excellent! I can’t imagine how difficult it is to gain promotion within an employment that is something an employee hates doing.

My guess is that the reason success comes to those who receive it
within their employment’ is down to the fact that they are so
fulfilled in what they are doing that it is easy to find the energy, enthusiasm and hard work required to give everything to their work. “Your attitude in life almost always determines your altitude in life!”

If you don’t feel great  about your daily work, then the chances are that you wont go far. I’m sure you’ve heard it said “Find a way of earning money doing what you love and you’ll never have a job again!”

The Art Of Conversation



“Whatever your grade or position, if you know how and when to
speak, and when to remain silent, your chances of real success
are proportionately increased.” – Ralph C. Smedley


Do you open your mouth without putting your mind into gear? I know we have all been guilty of that at one point or another in our lives! Some call it “foot and mouth disease,” and say: “Every time he opens his mouth he puts his foot in it!”

The strong silent type image that some people seem to possess can
be soon dispelled if they speak either at the wrong moment or show their lack of understanding by saying something wholly inappropriate. No one likes a loud mouth, but if when we speak we  are able to add clarity, wisdom and inspiration to our listeners we will go up not down in their estimation of us and as a result our possibility for success in life will be enhanced.

People love to be listened to, so why not ask them a question based on what they are already speaking to you about. It will add clarity to your understanding of the subject that they are speaking of and show a genuine interest in them too. The information you garner will be of great use in further conversations for you too, as you become someone who has begun to get a grasp of another topic for conversation.

Some of us are characterised by others in terms of “He (or she) likes the sound of his (her) own voice!” Make sure that when you speak, you don’t talk over others (I.E. when they are talking) and that what you have to say is relevant to the conversation. If at any time you are not sure, then take the advice my father wrote down for me in my childhood autograph book “A still tongue keeps a wise head!”