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One of the biggest mistakes people make in business is that they create a product with an expectation that because they like it everyone else will want it, and when no-one buys it they wonder what’s wrong with them for not wanting it.
Today there are lots of information out there that offer us 'get rich quick' schemes, and 'strategies' and 'programmes' to help you make money and become successful. However, what is interesting about many of these programmes is not what they tell you, but what they don't tell you. You see, for me the most important aspect of success is having the right mindset, yet in many of these programmes that aspect, possibly the most important aspect, is hardly never addressed, or if it is, it is normally as a 'bolt-on' like having an awkward relative at a family gathering.
I recently saw a post on Facebook by someone who was upset by the fact that currently, for the first time ever, there are now over 100 billionaires in the UK.

The post went on to state that the person was resentful of these successful people because in the UK there are some people who are struggling to feed their families and who rely on food banks to do so.

In short, what this individual was implying was that the rich and successful people had taken more of their share and not left enough for everyone else.
Today we are bombarded with negative news nearly all of the time. News about the state of the economy, poverty, financial problems and personal and organisational hardship. But have you ever wondered or thought for a moment that maybe it is the very news itself that is creating the problem and helping to perpetuate it? Or could it be thought itself that the news creates that is the problem. If so, could it also be the answer? Could the invisible create the visible?
In 2008 Police officers took 225,000 days off for stress, costing the taxpayer 37million. This is the equivalent of 600 staff a day calling in sick with mental health problems, such as stress-related depression or anxiety. The figures for England and Wales also show that more than 40 officers took the entire year off.
According to recent research that was published in the press today (14th April 2009), more than seven million Britons are living with anxiety problems. This is almost a million more than ten years ago, according to the report 'In the Face of Fear' commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation.
Stress has become the most common reason for a worker being signed off long-term sick, a report has recently revealed, and experts are now saying that stress had become so widespread that it is the '21st century equivalent of the Black Death'. As a result prescriptions of anti-depressants have risen, but anti-depressants can cause side effects that are worse than the depression itself. But there is another more natural way that is clinically proven to work - without side effects!
The other week I was delivering a training course in London. During one of the breaks a wonderful lady called Janette approached me and told me the story of her son Ben, which I found both touching and inspiring, so much so that I asked Janette if she would mind if I told everyone about it. She was kind enough to agree and below is her and her son Ben's story in her own words.
Imagine that you had to take high altitude bomber aircraft that were designed to fly at high altitude and fly the same large aircraft at 60 feet above water to deliver a bomb that had never been delivered before to a target that had never been targeted before.
A starting point for developing a happier outlook and to attract more of
what we want into our lives is to become grateful for what we already
have. Developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’ therefore, provides us with
the opportunity to tune our conscious minds into a more positive focus
by allowing us to notice the benefits that already exist in our lives.
Andy Puddicombe was a Buddhist Monk who now runs a company in London called 'Headspace'. In this video he talks about the benefits and power of meditation and how it can help calm your mind and help you deal with stress. Recent research that has come out of Harvard University has shown that our minds are lost in thought over 47% of the. This constant 'mind wandering is also a direct cause of unhappiness. In short, we spend over half of our life lost in thought, most of the time with thoughts of unhappiness. Yet there is a positive, a practicable and a scientific solution to this with is totally achieveable - and that is meditation, and if you do it for only 10 minutes a day it can impact your entire life.
Anger and other negative emotions can have a major negative effect on our bodies. They can increase the risk of a hear attack and stroke and have a degradable effect on our immune system. But there is something that you can do about it, and it starts by reading the rest of this article.
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." Albert Schweitzer.
In this fast moving, "I want it now", immediate convenience, buy now - pay later, throw away society, we are living life faster than ever before. We have fast technology, fast cars, fast food, and as a result, we expect things to happen fast. Patience, it seems, is no longer a virtue, but a drawback.
If you are the kind of person who always sees your glass as half full, you are likely to have a healthier heart, a study has found. Research involving thousands of British civil servants revealed that the more self-satisfied they were, the fewer problems they had with their hearts.
Many research studies have now shown that meditation improves our mental and physical well being and health, reduces anxiety and stress and increases our life expectancy. So why wouldn't you do it? This article explores a number of recent research studies into the benefit of meditation which I would sincerely encourage you to read.
What would doubling your life experience and life expectancy give you? How could things be different for you if you could add more value to you life right now?
Body language affects how others see us, but it also changes how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
In my previous blog posts I have discussed the importance of mental attitude over physical aptitude and how what we focus on we tend to get more of, which is why for example, 79% of medical students report developing symptoms suggestive of the illnesses they are studying and why successful people are always successful.
How do you make yourself happy – simple, have happy thoughts.

Our thoughts govern our behaviour and the more we think in a certain way the more we will think in a certain way – we produce habits in our thinking. So what is a habit?
One of the most important key skills in living your life on your terms is to live you life consistent with what you value. But how do you do that? Well first of all you need to find out what your true values are and this exercise is intended to do just that. It uses a NLP process called 'Values Elicitation' and this is my Christmas and New Year gift to you so that you can end 2013 and move into 2014. Please also share this science so that by sharing you may help others who are unsure of their future or uncertain of what to do with their life or what direction to go in.
A few years ago, when my son was much younger, he was determined to ride his bike without stabilizers. He was determined to ride on two wheels and he was not going to give up until he did it. As I covertly watched and listened to him I could hear him talking to himself saying things like; "I can do it, I can do it. I can ride on two wheels, I can ride on two wheels. I can ride this bike, I can ride this bike." As is the case with anyone who is determined he eventually managed to ride his bike without the aid of the stabilizers. However, before he finally achieved it he wobbled and fell over many times. But he kept on going. He didn't lose sight of what he wanted to achieve, and because that picture was so clear in his mind, resolved by a clear and definite purpose and backed up by sheer determination, all of the wobbles and falls finally gave way to the achievement of his highly focused goal.
A woman who developed an aversion to bananas has finally been cured after 20 years of torment, thanks to NLP. For Miss Ross it worked. She said: "I couldn't believe it. At the end of the session I was handed a banana and that was that. This therapy has changed my life. It is absolutely fantastic. I am forever grateful.
As I am writing this chapter the television, radio and newspapers in the UK are all reporting on the current state of the economy. Apparently we are on the brink of an economic recession which means that our economy is experiencing negative growth. The consistent reporting of this through all of the media is creating fear in people’s minds. Everyone is talking about it and the fear of what could happen to them as a result of this 'impending crisis' is at the forefront of a lot of people’s minds. Now what this means is that we are possibly actually working ourselves into an economic crisis by thinking about it and the negative consequences of it too often. It is becoming the dominant thinking for a lot of people who are finding it hard to think about anything else.
If I were to offer you an opportunity to improve your chances of living longer, immediately feel better about yourself and improve your overall general health and well-being, that was totally free - didn’t cost you anything, was readily available with an unlimited resource that would never run out, would you be interested?
Mental training is one of the most important aspects of becoming the best that you can be, and this is true whether you wish to be a great trainer, sportsperson or business person, yet it is the most underused and under rated aspect in an individuals training regime of cpd progression.
If you have you ever stood on a railway platform when a fast train roars through you will know something about the law of attraction and interaction. As the train arrives it pushes an air pressure wave forwards and outwards which blows your hat off. Also, as it passes it tends to suck you in towards it. This is why you are advised to stand back away from the platforms edge.
Does positive thinking really work? According to Napoleon Hill, what the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. In short our thoughts become things. If that is true that means that what we choose to focus on we choose to create. So, wherever we direct our mind we direct our minds power - what we focus on we attract to us. In essence we come into the world with the opportunity to create whatever we want by the power we hold in our mind.
Recently there was an article in the national press entitled ‘The Miracle Survivors’ about people who were diagnosed with terminal cancer, but whose tumours disappeared completely.

Over the years there apparently unexplainable remissions were put down to luck and miracles, yet what science is now unearthing is a more rational answer. The tumours were in fact killed off by the patients’ own immune system.
Life is change and change is part of life. Many people fear change but are they actually scared of their own potential, the unlimited capacity that lives inside each and every one of us that can turn us into something new, something exciting, something greater than what we are? The truth is real change takes place only when we are truely tested. The the person we are meant to be comes forth, and that is the you that already exists inside of you.
"So I always ask the question: What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life? Well it's so amazing as the result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say 'Well, we'd like to be painters, we'd like to be poets, we'd like to be writers' But as everybody knows you can't earn any money that way! Another person says 'Well I'd like to live an out-of-door's life and ride horses.' I said 'You wanna teach in a riding school?'
Stress has become the number one malady of our time. The constant pressure associated with living in a fast-paced world has created an environment where nearly everyone feels the effects of stress.

Stress is a term normally used to describe the wear and tear the body experiences in reaction to everyday tensions and pressures. Change, illness, injury or career and lifestyle changes, are common causes of stress, however, it's the effects of stress, like pressure and tension, that we feel in response to the little everyday hassles—like rush hour traffic, waiting in line, and too many e-mails, that do the most damage.
Today we have more material wealth, yet we are less happy then we were 60 years ago. Today standards of living are higher than ever before, yet today suicide kills more people than wars do. So to what percent does having more material wealth make us happy and how can we counter the rising tide of anger, anxiety and depression? The answer is a surprisingly simple one ..........
Many of you will have seen the film ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest’ starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Kiera Knightly as Elizabeth Swann and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner.

Throughout both films Captain Jack Sparrow regularly checks his trusty compass without much luck. The compass needle seems to oscillate aimlessly, resulting in the compass never seemingly taking him where he wants to go.
Always look on the bright side - it could lead to longer life.

A study of 100,000 women showed that the optimistic ones had a nine per cent lower chance of developing heart disease.

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