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Find Your Purpose Then You’ll Find Your Passion!

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 What would you say is the purpose for your life?

“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going. It’s that simple!” – Earl Nightingale,1921-89, Author “The Strangest Secret”

I’m a people person, I care about everyone that I meet, what will become of them when my interactions with them are at an end? Will their lives be better for having met me, will I have touched them in some way for the good?

As a Life Coach I see part of who I am and what I do being to help people to find their purpose and their passion. So many people seem to me to be living lives of quiet desperation; I’ve stood outside our local shopping mall watching people coming and going and thought to myself – where have the smiles gone?

 I believe we all have talents and that we were all sent here with a purpose. A life coach is a person who can help you to find out what your purpose is, if you really haven’t got a clue, then once you know what it is they can help you to work towards achieving your purpose.

When someone is on purpose in their lives, when what they do every day is what they love doing; then although someone looking in from the outside would say, you’re just like me you’ve got a job. The one on purpose would say it’s really not like work for me; it’s what I love to do. This is how you can become passionate about your life and you can feel fulfilled every day.

This life of purpose, passion and fulfillment is available to everyone. What do you love to do; I believe that is what you were meant to be doing all along! Where do your talents lie, what are you good at? Why aren’t you doing that very thing to earn your keep, what’s stopping you from giving up the drudgery and living your life to the full?

Let a Life Coach help keep you on track, by sharing the tools and strategies that we have, to make your life all you ever dreamed it to be. When you know what your calling in life is, you’ll also know ultimate fulfilment in your life!

Be Realistic!

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Is your sense of reality, both accurate and intelligent?”

“Passion is energy! Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you!” – Oprah Winfrey

Most people who say “Be realistic!” maybe don’t realize it or wouldn’t admit it, but nevertheless they are living in fear.

Often because of past disappointments, and their own perceived failures, these people have become afraid of letting themselves down again. They have developed their limiting beliefs to protect themselves, but it is these same beliefs that cause them to hesitate and shy away from the risks they think exist, and as a result prevent them from giving their all; consequently they get limiting and limited results. Their limiting beliefs become part of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Great leaders are rarely “realistic” by other people’s standards. They are, however, accurate and intelligent. Mahatma Gandhi believed he could gain autonomy for India by peacefully and non-violently opposing Great Britain, something that had never been done before. He wasn’t being realistic, but he has certainly been proved to be accurate.

Everyone told Roger Bannister to be realistic, that no-one had ever run a mile in under four minutes and that no-one ever would! Yet they were proved by Roger to be unrealistic themselves on 6 May 1954 at Oxford when he completed the first sub four-minute mile, in three minutes fifty nine point four seconds on the University’s Iffley Road Track.

It’s interesting to note that within three months of Bannister proving that a man could run a mile in less than four minutes; almost 20 other athletes had literally followed in his footsteps! Since that time many others have not only completed the mile in less than four minutes, but the record is now held by the Moroccan, Hitcham Guerrouj who ran the mile in 3 minutes 43.13 seconds in Rome in 1999.

Which of your so-called realistic beliefs should you shun? What exciting, new, unrealistic but entirely possible expectations are there, that you should embrace? Please let me know if you’d like to explore the possibilities that your life has yet to embrace!

What Is Your Fantasy?


Do you use your imagination to achieve your dreams and desires?

 “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go!” – T. S. Eliot

There are three types of goal to aim for and the first two types are usually the one’s that you fail to achieve, but sadly they are the ones that most people adopt!

There are the goals that we know we can have; maybe it’s a new TV? How come we know that we can have a new TV? It’s because we already have a TV. It’s easy to believe we can have a replacement to anything we own. We’ve done it before, so we can do it again!

Then, there are the goals we think we can have, like losing weight! Other people have lost weight, we’ve seen their stories; so if we consider the problem and think about it, we should be able find or work out a strategy for losing weight!

The problem with the “know” and the “think” type goals is that both of them lack inspiration. Without inspiration our goals lose their desirability and very early on in our pursuit of these goals we give up, with our attempts to have them.

If you want a goal that you see as a pure fantasy, you will have to use your imagination to go get it and you will find that this will be a most inspiring journey. The inspiration will carry you through till you have the goal! However, most people don’t even consider this type of goal, and why is that?

As children we believed that anything was possible, our parents encouraged us to use our imagination, as it often served them to get us out from under their feet. But when we got to school we were told by our teachers to stop looking out of the window and to concentrate on the lesson being taught and if we didn’t we would be punished for not paying attention.

In this and other ways, our teachers stopped us from using our imagination and conditioned us to think about what they wanted us to think about, very much like the media attempts to do that to us in our adult life.

Roger Bannister ran the first sub four minute mile, Edmund Hillary climbed Everest, Wilbur and Orville Wright built a flying machine! Everyone said these things were impossible … but they weren’t! I suggest that you should, like Bannister, Hillary and the Wright brothers, escape your conditioning, and instead imagine and fantasize that your goals can become your reality!

So what is it that you want? What is your fantasy? I suggest whatever it is, however unrealistic, you should pursue it with all your might! You may want to consider having a Life Coach at your side throughout the journey to keep you on track, to believe in you, to share the tools and strategies that will help and encourage you and prevent you from feeling like giving up.

Napoleon Hill the author of “Think and Grow Rich” said “The imagination is the most marvellous, miraculous, inconceivably powerful force the world has ever known!” I suggest you use yours!

That Awesome Person Called You


Who is in awe of you?

‎”It is a lesson which all history teaches the wise, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances!” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

In conversation with one of my clients, I was told about one of his business acquaintances that he said he was “in awe of,” someone who my client had a very high opinion of; so I asked the client “Who is in awe of you?”

Often we see others as somehow further down the path than we are ourselves, they’ve got better knowledge, better connections, better abilities and they appear in comparison to us as super-human. We aspire to be like them.

The reason for this conclusion is because of our own perception not only of the world, but of our own place within it. We think we know all there is to know about ourselves and we’re just ordinary, the skills we have are common place.

My client is a very successful small business owner, who built up his business from scratch, having to learn the tools of his trade as his business developed over the years. I’m sure that many of his clients see him as the expert in his area.

There is another question that I asked my client the next time I spoke to him; it’s a question I’d like to ask you too, “Are you in awe of yourself?” Psalm 139 v14 says that we are “Fearfully and wonderfully made!” 

It’s time to realize that you aren’t insignificant; you too have knowledge, connections, talents and abilities. It’s my belief we have all been sent into this life equipped for a grand purpose, but sadly many people die with that potential still unfulfilled. If you’re not sure, I’d love to help you to discover your purpose or maybe just how to get back on track, to the place where you know deep inside you’re supposed to be in your life.

Which Direction? Any Direction? No Direction?

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How important is it for you to have goals?

 ‎”I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest!” – John Keats

I’ve heard people dismiss Self Development and Life Coaching with one statement, they say “I’m not goal oriented!” I always leave this kind of conversation with respect for the individual’s right to chose how to live their lives, but also sad.

You see, if you are someone without a goal, then in my book, you’re someone without a pre-determined destination! If you’re someone without direction for your life, my expectation is that you’re floating around and you’re going nowhere! It seems so apparent to me that the reason why so many people are depressed is because they lack both focus and direction.

I also meet people who initially seem to be on my wavelength, they talk about things that they want to accomplish in their lives and they seem to have so many goals. On the face of it, they appear to have direction, but I leave those conversations feeling sad as well.

You see, it’s impossible to go in lots of different directions at the same time, so these people end up going nowhere too! What I’m saying is that yes, we need direction for our lives, but maybe like an airplane we need to pick one airport at a time to fly to, or we’ll just be “up in the air” till we run out of fuel.

Personal Development and Life Coaching can offer people the tools that will aid them on their journey to become the people they want to be, living the lives they truly desire, once they have established where their destination should be.

As you must know by now, I am offering you the opportunity to have a without cost, thirty minute coaching session of your own. I am unable to type the email or pick up the phone and dial the number for you; these actions can only take place as a result of your decision and desire. When someone offers you a gift, it isn’t yours until you accept it. So now it’s up to you, I wonder what you will do with my offer.

Life Has No Meaning Except The Meaning You Give It

What is the meaning of your life?

‎”Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion!” – Jack Kerouac

Many years ago when I first started my own study into Personal Development something I heard Tony Robbins say really challenged my preconceived ideas. He said “Life has no meaning, except for the meaning you give it!”

At first I thought that this statement was a very negative one. Of course life has a meaning I said, even though I knew that not everyone was sure what it was. I had been taught many Christian beliefs from an early age and these beliefs were the ones I thought everyone should adopt to give meaning and purpose to their lives.

But then I thought about the statement for a long time afterwards, it really troubled me; maybe Tony was right and my preconceived ideas were wrong? The more I puzzled the statement through, the more I realized that the belief system I had been taught was the meaning I had given to my life, this of course proved to me that both my own set of beliefs and what Tony said were equally correct.

As a Life Coach, I am aware that each person has their own unique belief system, and it is not my intention to have them adopt mine. However, part of the journey of discovery that I engage in with my clients, is to find out if their belief system is helping them or hindering them from getting to where they want to be in their lives.

I really didn’t like the idea of having different beliefs to the ones I’d been taught and brought up with, beliefs that had worked for millions of others down the centuries. I didn’t want to give up the security and the continuity I felt with my parents and grandparents, and yet I understood the principle that if these beliefs were holding me back in my life I needed to synthesize my old beliefs with some new ones that would help to propel me further than I’d been able to get before in my life.

Einstein said “We can’t solve our problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Maybe a Life Coach is just what you need to help you find a new perspective in your thinking to help you to move on in your life?

Why Does Anyone Need A Life Coach?

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Hi I’m Andrew Paul Smith and I Am A Life Coach

“Every man (and woman) gotta right to decide his own destiny!”– Bob Marley

Well, I have a theory and maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not, I’ll let you decide. My theory is that eighty percent of the people in the western world really don’t enjoy their lives. What most of them are doing is going from one minor crisis to another. They go to their jobs each day, pay the bills and although they maybe get a holiday or two each year, they don’t feel fulfilled. They don’t experience a life that is on purpose; and they suspect that their lives should be so much more than it really is. 

However, if you’d asked those same people in their late teens or early twenties, what they wanted to do with their lives. Whatever their answer would have been back then, it’s certainly not what they’re doing in their lives now! I also believe that it’s still not too late to have the life of your dreams and that anyone can be totally fulfilled and live a life of passion. What’s more, I believe that the Life Coach has the tools and the strategies to help people like you and me get to from where we are to where we’ve always wanted to be.

So, why does anyone need a life coach? Well first of all, I think everybody’s got one! The person most people use as their Life Coach is either a family member, maybe it’s their parents, maybe it’s a brother or a sister, a dear Aunt or Uncle. It could be a friend, a very close friend or someone that they know at work, that always seems to be there to advise them and to help them along life’s way.

The problem is that those well meaning people are not trained to coach, they do it from their hearts, which is great, but they don’t really understand the processes involved. I believe that the tools and the strategies that I’ve learned and used not only with my clients but in my own life too, could enhance your life if too you were to decide to make use of them yourself.

If you go to the testimonials page my website you can read what others have said about the changes for the better that have happened to them by applying these Life Coaching tools.

The great news is that there’s a complimentary taster session, a thirty minute session, that I’m willing to give to you to help you to personally taste the benefits of having a Life Coach and to see for yourself if Life Coaching can help you on your journey, from where you are to where you really want to be in your life. Then at the end of that session you can make an informed choice as to whether you would like to continue with the Life Coaching process.

I believe a life of purpose, a life of joy, a life of fulfilment awaits you.