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Yesterday I was talking about what you focus on is what grows and this evening we were very entertained by the small hairy member of our family putting that into action.

There was a packet of her favourite biscuits up on a bookshelf and she wanted one but she couldn’t reach them. She sat underneath the bookshelf and kept looking over at us to let us know what she wanted. She was offered kibble but she wasn’t interested, she was focused on the biscuits and nothing else would do. When she realised just sitting there wasn’t working she started barking and was quickly told to be quiet. Next she started trying to figure out how to climb up onto the bookshelf by herself. Eventually I gave up and up and gave her what she wanted.

So here’s the lesson to learn from a 9 inch high Lhasa Apso – if you’re persistent and consistent enough in going after what you want, eventually someone will come along and help you to get it!

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OK I had all sorts of good intentions today but I got sucked into watching a fabulous tennis match between Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro. So I’m sorry folks, this is all you’re getting tonight!

What do you mean its not a tennis video? It’s about Wimbledon isn’t it?

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If success isn’t always as easy as we’d like it to be then the answer is to love what you do and do what you love.

That way even if things are not going according to plan at least you get to do what you love and it always makes it a lot easier to stick to a plan when its something you’re passionate about.

Passion is what gives you the energy to keep going when things get tough and even more important, it gives you the power to keep going when things get frantic!

Passionate people are always attractive. People just love to talk to them and be near them! Just watch the difference in a friends face as they switch from talking about the traffic to talking about their children – its as if someone has switched the lights on! Imagine living and working with that energy every day!

Even if you think your job is a bit boring, you can energise yourself with the power of passion by constantly re-focusing on the bits you do love! Even if they’re only very small bits. Remember – what you focus on is what grows.

And if you can find someone in your office that loves to do the things you hate, you can swap with them and do more of the things you love – that way you’ll both be more efficient and productive and you’ll both be doing what you love. Its a win-win all round.

Even if your job is really boring or your boss is a dinosaur, injecting  passion into everything you do will make you stand out from the crowd and attract the people who will really appreciate working with you!

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There’s been a bit of debate flying around about whether we should define ourselves by what we do rather than by what we are. The tendency for most people is to identify themselves with their profession – “I’m a doctor”, “I’m a teacher”, “I’m a rocket scientist”. The challenge is what happens when, for whatever reason, you stop doing doctor stuff, or teacher stuff or rocket scientist stuff? You may retire or lose your job or just decide to do something different and if you only identify yourself by what you do, there’s a good chance you’re going to have a problem. Who are you when you’re not doing any more?

So if someone asked you “what are you?”, rather than “what do you do?”, how would you answer it? I would guess for a lot of people that would be a really challenging question. And possibly even rather intrusive. But if you were to answer it, would you say you were stressed, tired, angry, overwhelmed, out of control, unhappy?  Or would you say you were inspired, happy, in love with life, energised, spiritual, focused, calm, loving?

The chances are if you were really honest there would be elements of both. As much as we’d like to be positive all the time, the reality is you can’t have “up” without having “down”! But, as always, what you focus on is what grows and if you focus on the negative aspects of your being, very quickly you will become “depressed” which is not a helpful state. Focusing on the positive means you will always have access to the energy you need to create the results you desire.

The reality is we live in the material world and some, in fact most, people will identify us by what we do. What we need to always be aware of is that whatever we do, we focus on doing it in a joyful, positive, inspired way.

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Actually everything does! Every single action you take, every thought you have, every emotion you feel and yes, sadly every Easter Egg you ate will eventually show up somewhere in your results.

Its easy to convince ourselves that its just a little slip and it doesn’t really matter but the reality is all these little slips quickly add up and take us further and further from where we really want to be.

The problem is, the further away we get from where we want to be, the easier it is to convince ourselves that we don’t need to be there, or worse, that we don’t deserve to be there. And getting back on track gets more and more difficult.

That’s why its really important to check in with yourself on a regular basis to make sure you are still on track. Its much easier to make adjustments when you’re only slightly off course than to wait until you are so far away you need a map to get back!

Writing out your list of short term, medium term and long term goals every day is a fantastic way to keep yourself focused on where you want to be. Keeping the goals that inspire you at the forefront of your attention will make sure you take action in the areas that will most quickly get you there, and will also fire up your subconscious to look out for inspiration.

Another tool that can be really useful is to redo your wheel of life every month – that way you can keep an close eye on your motivation levels as well as your achievements and deal with any loss of enthusiasm quickly before it has a chance to do any damage.

Remember, the path from where you are now to where you want to be is rarely a straight line, but using these tools on a regular basis will certainly make the journey quicker, less stressful and more fun!

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There’s not a lot I can add to this!

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“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

Its  a funny thing about us humans but we seem to have this obsession with focusing on the negative, and one of the ways it manifests is for us to feel we constantly need to be working on our weaknesses.

When I was in school I was rubbish at Maths but really good at English and Art. So as a result I got extra maths classes. It didn’t make one bit of difference to me – I was bored to tears with the numbers thing and spent all of the classes sitting at the back of the room drawing caricatures of everyone and writing limericks about them!

If only we would focus on improving our strengths, how much happier, healthier and wealthier we would be. We don’t need to be good at everything and, if we try then the best that will happen is we will be mediocre at lots of things.The world’s most successful people have figured this out – that’s one of the reasons why they have the time to be successful!

When you focus on your strengths you are automatically more intelligent, you are working with joy and passion and you are less stressed so you are 100% more productive, efficient and motivated. There are plenty of people around you who can do the things you are not good at. In fact they would probably love to do the things you’re not good at but instead they are struggling with the tasks you are brilliant at!

In my class at school there were no math prodigies taking extra classes – no, they were all being forced to suffer through extra English and Art!

So figure out what it is you are really great at and what you love to do and find people to work with who love what you hate! They will be so happy that you found them!

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