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How do you change the current situation you are in just now? That is what I am asked most often by clients. For any situation whether it be career, love, finances, home, family, anything at all, you have to ask yourself three simple questions. What is my current situation? – You have to fully understand and be aware of your current situation A lot of clients I deal with say they don’t have a problem until they admit they have a problem, for example with alcohol – an alcoholic is not an alcoholic until they admit they’re an alcoholic. You have to be fully aware of your situation and admit that it is wrong. Obviously most people know this or they wouldn’t be asking the question ‘how can I change?’. The next question you have to ask is: Where do I want to be? – For you to change anything in your life you have to know where you want to go in life. You wouldn’t jump into the back of a taxi and say to the driver: You: ‘I want to go somewhere’ Driver: ‘Where to guv?’ You: ‘Don’t know, just take me there’ Driver (on the phone): ‘I think I’ve got a psychiatric patient who needs help here’ It’s the same with life, you have to know where you want to go before you can actually get there. I was speaking with a client a few weeks ago who said she wanted a new job, as she was really fed up and bored with her current job. I asked her what kind of job she wanted, she looked at me and said ‘the same type of job I’ve got just now!’. Where is the logic in that? Most people are happy to trundle along doing the same boring job for the rest of their lives and maybe the adventurous ones will go to a different company but do the same job. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that as long as you are happy. If you are not happy, decide what you want to do first before making plans to change. The last question to ask yourself is: How am I going to get there? – Simple question, tough to put into practice. However this can be made easier for you. When you are planning, try not to bog yourself down with all the hows, wheres, why’s and what’s, just do it. If you know you want to change, if you know what you want to change to just start!. Do anything to start you along the path of change. For example: You want a new career, you know the type of job you want, great. But, you don’t have any experience, what then? Go do a course at college – that’s a first step, go do some voluntary work in the line of work you want to do, send out your CV to companies you’d like to work for, do anything but make the first step.

1. I've been doing it for 30 years there's nothing else... Your job Are you doing the job you are meant to be doing? If you work full time you spend most of your waking day working.. I would spend all day cleaning out the drawers.. however in their mind it is no different from your situation. book. I other words giving up their crappy job is no less different than you giving up your job and starting something else. the wardrobes every single thing that I had been neglecting the previous weeks. Come 8pm you've done it. 5. you may say that's different as they are young. 2 . I've done this in the past and felt like shit every time I went home.. feel lethargic.. you felt a weight lifted as you'd dealt with all the letters that you had been meaning to deal with but put them in the drawer for later. I don't have any other skills. Then it reaches saturation point. in the clear up you managed to find your phone so you returned your phone calls so you felt you weren't neglecting your friends and family. toys and other rubbish. hopelessness and your life is lacking direction? You need to look at your life and what you are doing that makes you feel like this... daughter. Well it might be time to clean out your life! Do you feel a bit low. you get up on a Saturday morning early and decide that's it the house is getting cleaned from top to bottom.Changing jobs Housework! Are you living the life you really want to live or thought you would be living 1. How did you feel? my guess is you felt great. they didn't like it and it was getting them down.' what it comes down to having the balls to step up to the plate and change your future happiness and your family's.. Answer me this question: If your son. your kitchen drawers are housing letters.. Okay I hear all the reasons for not doing it.. After listening to them you would more than likely advise them to change jobs. 3. it's not that easy' why is it not that easy? The money is too good. With their limited knowledge and experience of the world their perspective on life is the same as yours. This is your spirit lifting and your perspective changing. 10 years ago? Maybe it's time to look at your life and take stock and get rid of the debris.. and I’m too old. the ironing needs done. Change it! I can already hear you thinking 'yeah right. you could feel good giving some clothes to charity.. Your house was tidy so new possibilities could happen in your life. Now. There are scores of reasons you felt better about cleaning the house. your wardrobes are full of crap.. feelings of despair. If you hate your job you hate 8-12 hours of your day...... the garage needs cleaned out.. you spirit was lifted.. You could invite people up for dinner because you're not ashamed of the mess.. your mind felt lighter and you had a little more energy even though you had just spend 5-8 hours cleaning. pills. it's easy to find a different job. I can hear lots of 'yeah but I. If you are doing this every day it adds up to a lot of unhappiness. Have you ever let the house cleaning pile up so much it gets you down for a few weeks? the washing has not been done. niece or nephew came to you one day and said they were feeling really shit and it was because of their job at the restaurant.. the skirting boards need dusting.

Again I turned to the social care sector and the same things happened as before. a big house. health benefits the works. 3 . When I discussed my plans for a new business selling Signed 1st edition books and worked out the finances and after discussing it with my wife I went for it. Then when the chance of voluntary redundancy came up I thought about it and dismissed it many times. so I applied for a few jobs and couldn't get in. You need to know this first before you do anything else.000. I was out of sync and it showed. I had a wedding to pay for. I got paid well. 2 children. She has grabbed her balls and gone to university full time to study for a degree. I grabbed my balls and left the company. work in the social care sector. would get a great pension. I wanted to help people in some way. However. I am not totally in sync but I am a lot closer than I was before and I am happier for it. Do you need to change your job or do you need to change the way you do your job? Write down all the things you don't like about your job Now write down all the things you do like It maybe you don't need to change your job it could be your working practice or the people you work with. I started looking around for voluntary work. I noticed how unhappy most of them were and they were getting paid a hell of a lot more than me. It's a bit scary but we KNOW it will work out and we have made moderate adjustments to our lives to help her dream. After a year or so the business decreased dramatically for various reasons and I could no longer get the money I was getting before. My wife knew I was unhappy. So again I looked at voluntary work. but I did work around 12 hours a day. I was unhappy. but managed to get a job as a support worker helping the homeless and that is where I am today. The first year was great and I had an annual turnover of £40.Grab your balls! I worked at BT for 10 years answering the phones to unhappy customers and some happy customers. So I folded the business and went back to BT on a temporary contract working with the people I had worked with before. however it was from home. My wife is now in the same situation. Some people have left jobs and later found out it wasn't the actual job itself they didn't like it was an aspect of the workplace they didn't like. I was grateful to my friend and manager for giving the chance to earn a bit until I re-evaluated my life. I had no experience. she left a job paying nearly double what I earn just now.000. I resented the fact that I had to get up every morning and go to work at a place I didn't like. I would only get £11. 7 tips 1.

If you feel you are being disloyal to your employer. You really are only a number and you can be replaced. It might be teaching. This might be hard to swallow but it's the truth. It has been shown that if we keep our minds active our brain can regenerate and build more synapses and keep us youthful in mind and spirit. Grab your balls You've figured out what you want to do. Do the figures and the training and everything else. If someone gave me a million pounds If someone gave you a million pounds to change careers what career would you choose? Whatever you answer will give you an insight into the type of job you really want and for some the type of person you really are. Speak it over with your partner. As we get older we tend to think we are too old to learn something new. it might be driving just try and find the theme. Do you know what you really want to do? Most people don't know what they really want to do with their working life. you've done everything. what is holding you back. your family. but look after you and you will be better equipped to look after other people spoke it over with friends and family. 5. It is a myth that you cannot teach old dogs new tricks. Get this out of your thinking pattern and you can change your life. Build a bridge to a new career If you can invest the time and money you might still be able to work and learn a new career at the same time therefore giving you the chance to move one foot out of the door of your current job and one foot into a new job. 3. www.stevenaitchison. Now grab your balls and jump.g. You have to start thinking about what you want and need. Change your thinking A lot of people have gotton into such a rut about their jobs that they believe it will be impossible to leave their job without getting the sack or being made redundant or retiring. Be willing to take courses or go to university or college or back to take some exams. 4. you've done the figures. 7. it might be learning. Try the following exercise: Write down 7 things you love to do Write down your 7 best talents (be honest and don't be shy) Write down 7 jobs you'd love to do Write down 7 things other people say you're good at Write down 7 courses you would take at university if you had the chance After you have down this look at all the things you've written and try and find a common theme. get them on your side. don't. 6. The more we learn the healthier our brains are.2. A lot of people also believe that they are being selfish if they think about leaving. Be willing to learn What keeps young people young is their enthusiasm for 4 . you've done some training.

Whilst we are sleeping we go through stages of sleep. shout at kids to get up for school. wake up with an alarm clock at 7am. you eventually go home. speak to the kids and your partner. It is no wonder that a lot of us feel drained. This is a typical scenario and I've only scratched the surface. in the morning and at night when we have finished working. get kids wakened for school. or a guy whatever flicks your switch). 5 . We drain our energy by waking up in the middle of a dream (we are more lethargic if we have woken up during REM sleep). We drain ourselves every day by talking to people who steal our energy. read your e-mail. I have been doing it for over 12 years and I have honestly never used an alarm clock in all that time. drag yourself out of bed. set the alarm clock for 10 minutes later than normal. Don't go cold turkey. pick your battles well. The alarm clock often wakes us up. Before going to sleep tells yourself what time you want to get up. It might sound a little scary at first but it is worth it. We drain our energy fighting with loved ones. kiss your partner goodbye. Sound a bit far fetched. make the dinner. If I need to get up a little earlier than normal I remind myself what time I need to get up. you get worried as time is running out and you haven't finished your work. What do I mean by this? Think of your typical day it could go something like this. get packed lunches ready. when you argue and fight with someone and it upsets you afterward you are giving someone else your power. make breakfast. go home at 5pm or stay on. and do it all over again the next day. get them into the car. talk on the telephone getting harassed sometimes. If are awakened abruptly from REM sleep it is difficult to recover from the grogginess we feel. clean the dishes. Here are 7 tips for keeping your energy 1. We are giving our energy away to people and projects we shouldn't be.Claim back your energy Lots of us are giving our energy away needlessly every day. go into the office. kick back relax go to bed. feeling even more harassed as you know your partner might be upset. tell the kids to stop arguing. get the kids wakened for school. By ditching the alarm clock you wake up naturally and your brain will automatically adjust to your sleeping cycle and prompt you when to wake up. shower. What does happen is that I sometimes wakes up a few hours before the stated time and then 1 hour before it and then half an hour before it. you need this power so keep it to yourself. put make up on (if you're a woman. In the morning we are often drifting in and out of REM sleep. but I still get a good rest as my brain is taking care of the sleep. shout at kids to get ready. brush teeth. Ditch the alarm clock If you waken each morning with an alarm clock try and stop this habit. We drain our energy shouting at our kids. think of all the things you've got to do that day.

After 5 minutes of looking for it and not finding it I was starting to get angry. People you work with They are just that. This is clearly not good for you or for your children. your wallet. Fighting with loved ones One of my clients was really upset a few weeks ago and couldn't stop crying. I asked him what the problem was and he said he had had a fight with his girlfriend and they had split up and he felt as if he was having a breakdown.2. He was letting someone else control how he thought about his life therefore how he felt and how he acted. When you shout when you are upset you are literally throwing your energy to that person and the bad vibes it creates can last a long time. If we stop to think about the things we get upset about we would realise how silly it was. I lost a sheet of paper this morning for an insurance pack I had to send back. I wrote a quick note to the insurance company and explained I had lost the paper they had sent but I was sure they would have a copy of it themselves. They are not your friends. the TV. computer or something else). If you do this you will gain a lot of your power back and sometimes a lot of respect. losing your keys. Now if my kids do something they shouldn't have we will sit them down make them know we are angry or upset and punish them accordingly (by this I mean take away something they like e. they are not your relatives they are people you work with. Be yourself always and you will lose less energy. a queue in the shops. This was a simple statement but a powerful one. Every day we lose some of our energy by giving credence to what other people think about us. It’s the little things that can upset us the most. my client got it. I immediately recognised this and just let it pass. The silly things How many times have you got angry or upset waiting in a traffic jam. they are people you work with. 6 . 3.g. Children learn by example and I started to notice that my boys were using the same technique as me when they wanted to get their point across or they were upset. I still couldn’t find it and thought ‘what’s the worst that can happen’. Stop shouting at the kids This is a tough one for some of us. 4. He was able to control himself and to a degree his thoughts and able to reclaim some of his power. 5. a queue for a bus. Their opinion of you doesn’t matter therefore do not let them upset you. I spoke with him for over an hour and one he had calmed down I said did he realise he was giving his power to another person. If you need to say something to them do it immediately and don’t let a small comment from them simmer inside you. I still shout but only when I've reached saturation point.

An incident happened when I was around 17 and I stood up for myself. ask yourself ‘what’s the worst that can happen’ and most times it’s not as bad as you think it is. When you worry about things you’re giving your energy away to something non existent. When you’re panicking you’re gibing your energy away to something non existent. gain back your energy and change your life. If you find yourself panicking about things. I realised what an effect this was having on me and over time I realised I didn’t really stand up for myself. they’re laughing with you. I always stand up for myself in the right situations. anything. you can still have a laugh with someone if they are making fun of you as long as it is with your consent i. I just couldn’t handle it at 7 . The quickest way to gain control of your energy and gain more power is to always stand up for yourself. What’s the worst that can happen? This is my wife and I favourite phrase ‘What’s the worst that can happen’. Stand up for yourself. Change your thoughts. When I was younger I was bullied and later on in life I had massive problems with confrontation. Don’t think everyone wants a fight with you. choose your battles well.6. scary as it was. www. 7. I gained my self respect back and gained respect from and I was empowered.

either dreading it or looking forward to it. It is attracted to the same type of energy you have created e. We have to realise that our thoughts are real and they have energy. You wake up. The thing is when we have pictures in our head and dread the image we are never going to have a good day and we leave our days in the hands of fate. You are picturing your outcome for the day ahead. I also asked him if he could try a fun exercise very morning and that was too picture in his mind having a great day at school. You picture. My friend reported. 8 .g. and getting on well at school and enjoying himself. I didn’t mention about the fights or anybody who was causing the trouble. ready for action. playing football. A lot of people are concentrating so much on what they don’t want that they are attracting more of what they don’t want. another reason he was attracting attention to himself.Visualising the life you want The visions in your head create the life you live! Everybody who has ever read a self development book of any kind knows this. a great year and ultimately a great year. but it is worth re-iterating. I wanted him to concentrate on the good things and not wake up every morning thinking he was going to get into a fight. that his son has not been in trouble for a few weeks and had actually enjoyed going to school. How it works By visualising something you are literally creating a ball of energy. Feet together. legs straight. My friend told me his son always had a scowl on his face and looked angry all the time. I got a chance to speak with my friend’s son and he did indeed have a scowl. I was talking with a friend the a few weeks ago and he told me his son was always getting into trouble at school and seemed to attract children who wanted a fight. Bend down and try and touch your toes without bending your knees. we could have a great day. See how far you get. what you have to do for the day. I asked him to be aware of every time he scowled and to straighten his face. I asked him to picture having a laugh with his friends. positive energy you have created will attract positive energy someone else has created. If you took 10 minutes out of your day. It literally affects every single area of our lives from going for a walk to building up a business. don’t say you don’t have the time because that’s just not true and you know it. picture your place of work and either roll back to sleep or jump up. a great month. in your mind. a great week. I asked the boy of he could try something for me. literally. it is real and it can be directed. You do this with almost everything you do day to day. a few days ago. Think about what you do every morning to go to work. Sound far fetched? Try this: Stand up. We spoke about his problems at school and he told me what my friend had told me. During the conversation it was clear that his son was always on his guard in case someone picked on him or bumped into him.

and try and touch your toes. Now do it again. Also be prepared to work for your desired outcomes. You will not attract positive things in your life if half your time is spent thinking negatively. Now stand up for real and bend down. For now. This is the power of visualisation. You will have to be aware of the synchronicities that will happen after a few days of your practicing your 9 . that’s for another article. preferably a set time every day Always give it positive energy. If you keep thinking about the lack of money you have you will NEVER attract money into your life. without bending your knees. Open your eyes. www. If you have any stories about how this has worked for you let me know or if you have any questions let me know and I will be happy to answer your questions. which is quite easy to creep into your thoughts. take it for granted that your thoughts stem from mental energy which forms a physical energy which is attracted to the same form of energy of others and attracts back to you. Don’t just visualise 1 million pounds and expect not to work for it. Be on the lookout for people coming into your life. but it is true. bend forward in your minds eye and bend forward and go further than you did the last time. Picture in your minds eye or feel it. books presenting themselves. The process works like this.Now try this. if you think you can’t visualise. Do this a few times. This works every time and the only reason it won’t work is you working in negative thoughts into your thinking when visualising your desired outcome. If you do this only once you may get something back in return.stevenaitchison. Set your desired outcome Visualise it in your minds eye Focus on it often. yourself bending down and touching your toes but this time going further than you did the first time. I am willing to bet that you got further than you did the first time you tried it. only this time it is affecting your physiology as well. However of you do it often you will get what you wish for or visualise for. signs in general that will lead you towards your desired outcome. Positive thinking This might sound cliché Be sure not to mix up those positive thoughts with thoughts of negativity.

There is a payoff for everything we do in life.Staying in love Having a great partnership whether in your personal life or your professional life is easy. The payoff What most of us do though is make the payoff the primary goal. you make love to produce endorphins in your body and make you feel good. it is my first step to that outcome. complain about the large caseload I have and the amount of time to do an effective job but I try and look at my job in a different way. and to help them find employment or help with their health needs. Once they are in their flat or house I still work with them to try and maintain it. is go to work and get some money. 10 . your education. However longer term it can be harder. I cannot help people who do not want to be helped and there are a lot of people like that in my line of work. do the minimum. You may not like it but you still do it as the rewards are greater than the pleasure of staying in bed. It doesn’t have to be this way at all. you take the dog for a walk so he doesn’t make the house messy…. My aim when I go to work is to try and make the payoff less important. the money is a good thing. However once in a while someone extends their hand for help and that hand is met with a multitude of hands willing to help and I have a chance to be a part of a life changing process starting with helping to put a roof over someone’s head. In this article I will show you a really simple trick to stay in love with your partner. My main job is to help prevent and to help sustain tenancies for persons who have previously been homeless. you eat to stop the hunger. I have the chance to help them stay in a house or a flat and possibly help them to become the person they want to be. Think about it for a minute. it pays the mortgage but spiritually I get the better payoff. You may not like going to the gym but you do it as the rewards are greater than being a bit flabby or downright fat. I could in. in this example. your kids. That’s the bigger payoff. Would you go to work if you didn’t get paid? For most of us that would be NO! NO! NO! So your primary goal. to begin with. What do I do to make the payoff less important than the actual work I do? Change my perspective on your work. I do like my job. My job is a path to what I really want to be doing in my life and that is changing people’s lives. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t get paid but I still like it and I enjoy what I do.everything has a payoff. When we do something there has to be a payoff at the end. I challenge you to think of something you do which doesn’t have a payoff. any area of your life. you go to the toilet to relive your bladder and to stop feeling uncomfortable. Now. your job. For example going to work everyday. Yeah right! You might be saying as if that could happen. you go to work to get paid. I have the chance to change a person’s life for the better. the payoff is the money which is deposited into your bank account every month or every week.

You have to re-acquaint yourself with those feelings as those feelings can go if we don’t notice it going. affection time and attention from you and you get happy. hear the voice that gets you excited. Feeling the love Some people think ‘I don’t think I love my partner anymore. look at your partner and see those beautiful eyes you adore. Just re acquaint yourself with what you felt when you first started on the thing in your life and you can get the feelings back and subsequently the love back. think back to when you felt all those things. responsible children. We have to feel the feelings we felt when we first fell in love and that keeps us going. what happens when your partner has two sets of love handles. www. Don’t just say it out loud. If you can really put emotion into this and do it often it is a very powerful tool for change in your life. If you don’t want to like something anymore. chocolate for loving. Feel the hate Incidentally you can do this in reverse. That’s what it means when people say you have to work hard at a marriage. you have a payoff by loving life but it’s a two way process you love and adore your kids. I am not saying your relationship will change overnight however. they will feel a different vibe from you and they will respond. Do it with everything that may be dying in your life. what happens when you hate your job? Start falling in love with what you originally fell in love with! Take a moment to think of 5 reasons why you love your children Take a moment to think of 5 things you love about your partner Take a moment to think of 5 things you love about your job (and there will be some) Take a moment to think of 5 reasons you love going to university When doing this exercise you have to put your heart and soul into it. if you start to think about your partner all over again your partner will see the changes in you. feel their heart. they will get 11 . see yourself being ridiculed.stevenaitchison. see it. you have a payoff by loving your kids. Think of 5 reasons why you really hate it makes you fat (see yourself being fat. what happened?’ take time to get acquainted with them again. see yourself naked in the mirror as a fat person). feel it. You get the picture.). We are not meant to just drift along hoping that the feelings will stay. But what happens when the kids are being a pain in the arse. see yourself being out of breath. It’s true for anything in your life. you have to work hard to feel the love for you partner.Falling in love again What the hell has all this got to do with staying in love with your partner? Everything! You have a payoff by being I love. it clogs your arteries (see your blood vessels being blocked.

Every time I went out for a night out I would look for her. Earlier on in the week I had been asked to go to a 40th birthday party from some colleagues at work and I had said maybe but on that day I didn’t feel like it. I get passive income from the hosting side of it and I get to do something I love from the design side of it. I held out my hand and asked if she wanted to dance and it was electric. I have noticed that my web design and hosting business bradlewdesigns ticks over nicely as I do not focus on it too intently and I don’t need money from it. All areas of life This happens in many areas of my life and I have to catch myself before I become too emotionally involved. She was not interested in me at all at the beginning but then a song came on that I loved. we have a fantastic house. During the day I was saddened as I hadn’t found ‘the one’. I pictured us having two children and I pictured the house we lived in. I visualised a woman with long dark hair. if you hold your hands too loosely. The best time it ever happened to me was the night I met my wife. And due to the fact that I don’t need the income from it I tend to get more work. they called all the time? How did you feel? A bit claustrophobic I would guess and I would also guess that you are no longer with that person. If you squeeze too tightly the butterfly will be crushed. I eventually grew tired of looking and on the 19th July 2002 I was walking along Argyle street in Glasgow on my way to work and I said to myself ‘that’s it. 12 .Letting go to get what you want Have you ever gone for a job interview not caring at all whether you get the job or not and invariably you end up getting it? This has happened to me a few times and in different areas of my life. For years I had been dreaming about my perfect partner. I love being a bachelor and that is the way I will stay for the rest of my life’ and at that I gave up the fight to find my perfect woman. I dated in-between but never really found anybody whom I could say ‘she’s the one’. I got chatting to a few friends on the night out and we were having a laugh and at 7.30pm a woman walked in wearing a red t shirt and a pair of brown cord trousers. she was petite. I looked up and said ‘who the hell is that!’ I later found out it was a colleague’s sister. I was feeling a bit down. The secret is to hold it gently. I had this in my head for about 6 years. The point of that story was to show that I had all the ingredients of getting what I wanted except I had emotionally held on too tight to my desire of having my perfect partner. Her name is Sharon. they clung to you. perfect. the butterfly will simply fly away. As soon as I let go of the desire she came to me. I gave it the works. we have a love that I have never known and we have a little dog called Trinity (after the character from The Matrix). intelligent and able to stand up for herself. Michael Neill stated in his book ‘you can get what you want’ Imagine what you want is like a beautiful butterfly in your hands. Have you ever dated someone who just held too tightly to you. and that is working with computers and learning new technologies. she had two boys from a previous marriage whom I adore. Later on I decided to go as everybody else seemed to be going. This is true in most areas of your life.

even if nobody writes a comment or clicks on the ads or makes a 13 . You need to let the cosmos catch up with your goals and their next step. Just hold up your hands and say I need some time with my family.The recipe The goal – you need to have a goal. only 4 weeks ago I checked my stats every hour I was obsessed. getting an accountant (one who you feel connected to and who knows your business).stevenaitchison. what it smells like use all your sense. Do this often but feel relaxed when you are doing it. setting up the bank accounts with your business name on it. Visualise – Picture in your minds eye everything about the goal. enquire about it. but I love doing this now. I try to concentrate on the articles and the ideas in the articles rather than the money now. If you take it easy you’ll enjoy every minute of the process. preferably written down so you can check on it from time to time. Steps – Take gentle steps toward your goals. Stay focused on what you want but let the tension and stress you might feel go. It took me 4 weeks to pull myself back. Now get emotional with it how do you feel inside about it. www. You can’t do everything at 100 miles per hour if the cosmos only works at 60 miles per hour. Rest and let go . and I need to go fish. Too many people want everything to happen yesterday. When I first started this blog. if you take gentle steps you will feel less stressed and enjoy the whole experience. I will continue as I love doing it. Just take some quality time to reflect and you will reach your goals a lot I need a break. enjoy the process of research and finding out. I then dropped it to every few hours then every day and now I check it when I feel like it.Let go of your goals for a bit. how it looks. doing your website. If you want to start a business.

. this kiss says ‘hey babe. Most people hate seeing other people kissing in public. viruses can be carried through the saliva when kissing. www. by this I mean a close shave. passionate. 3. Make use of your partners body and kiss them all over. Kiss with your eyes open and maintain eye contact. playful. passionate which says ‘I love you on a deeper level’ There are a million more types of kisses I’ve only named 10 of our most popular. long kisses to hard and passionate kisses so keeping your eyes open can be different and fun. Lounging about the house kisses: • • • • Just a quick kiss: A quick kiss just to remind them you love them Kids are out playing kiss: A longer kiss followed by the words ‘the kids are out playing…………….7 tips for fantastic kissing: Kissing is often an overlooked art when it comes to seducing your partner. Do it in private. unless your partner is eating it too. Greeting kisses with your partner • • • The hello kiss: A quick kiss on the lips which says ‘hey 14 . The hello kiss +: A bit longer than the hello kiss. well! It kind of speaks for itself. Vary your kisses from soft. Women prefer passionate kissing when the man has had a close shave rather than the man with stubble. it’s gross. Not even in the door kiss: A passionate kiss which says. long. long and hard saying ‘I’m horny!!!’ Just before sleep kiss: A quick peck on the cheek or lips to say ‘goodnight babe’. Making love kisses: • • • Thank god. all over the face type of kiss saying ‘I’m hungry’ The spiritual kiss: slow. An obvious one this but do not eat strong tasting foods like curry or garlic. how was your day’. most people close their eyes when kissing. what makes a good kiss? How can you improve your kissing? Here are 7 tips to make that perfect kiss: 1. Men: Have a good shave. Obviously there are many types of kisses and they can be used in different settings.’ You’re getting it tonight kiss: passionate.stevenaitchison. I was thinking about you today (eyebrows raised). Do not kiss your partner if you have a mouth infection of any kind. But. 2. 7. the painters have left kiss: Menstrual cycle is over and it’s time to get back on track I really want you kiss: long. sorry! 10 of the most popular ones I have read about and seen on TV. 4. 5. Have you ever seen this in the high street. I don’t mean the quick pecks I mean the passionate ‘I really want you kiss’. Here are some kisses that are used with partners. softer. Leave the passionate kisses in the privacy of your home or where nobody can see you. kissing is not just meant for the mouth.

yourself. meeting your wife. pretty pissed off I would imagine. Feel the emotions when you look at your wife and feel how blessed you are.Change your mood This is a great exercise for ‘changing your state’ as NLPers would call it. and your wife everything you are proud of in your life.33. feel the feelings. . Try it for 21 days www. feel the feelings as you mentally see your child do something for the first time and you realise they’re growing up. Keep your eyes closed whilst doing this. How does that make you feel. A great exercise to try and a very simplistic one is by doing the following. feel all the feelings associated with the proudness you feel. every time you do this exercise click your fingers twice as soon as you have finished doing it. Now look at five of your biggest successes and do exactly the 15 . do you feel a bit brighter? If you have done this exercise correctly and really put your heart and soul into it you should have changed your state of mind within the matter of five minutes. How do you feel now? Are you sitting up a bit straighter. Feel the feelings again.stevenaitchison. Now think of five things you have done in your life which you felt great about. And pretty soon you should be able to change your state by clicking your fingers twice. your business. Here’s the thing. Really get into all the roles. getting out of debt. Picture the scenario: You’ve woken up one morning full of the joys of spring. get into the scene again and feel the feelings.making the school rugby team as captain. you’ve received a letter stating you are due someone £542. how did you feel on all of these five moments. You obviously have forgotten all about this but it still doesn’t stop you from being in a bad mood pretty much the rest of the day. your kids. and the pouring rain. Think of five things you are proud of in your life: your family. playing with your play some of your favourite music in the background. and when you’ve got all the roles and your biggest successes and proudest moments click your fingers twice.

I don’t mean look in the mirror and say ‘I am attractive. I’m unattractive’. Jerry Lewis. their zest for life and their ‘I don’t give a shit what you think about me’ attitude. This may take a few weeks to get you really from the ‘unattractive mindset’ to ‘attractive mindset’. positive talking does not work like that. You have to stop the years of that little voice in your head saying’ I’m ugly. good to look at? I am sure there a re a few who are not your cup of tea but you still find them attractive. someone you want to listen to when they speak. not from TV or films. and someone who is attractive in appearance. When I say attractive I mean the whole package. from real life. if you tell yourself that often enough you will be all those things. they won’t be to other people as well. goodness knows we all have them but what makes the difference is that the attractive people don’t necessarily focus on them all the time.Oozing sex appeal and being more attractive Think about the people in your life who are attractive. Take a few minutes to do this. I am attractive’. someone that draws you closer. From TODAY start telling yourself you are attractive. You won’t attract people to you if you feel unattractive yourself. Due to the years of conditioning your mind has had it will find it difficult to give up on the image that you are unattractive. and Adam Sandler. someone you like laughing with. everyday remind yourself how attractive you are. Think of all your best qualities and focus on them instead of focusing on the bad points about yourself. Persevere Keep going with the above exercise. 16 . What makes people attractive is their confidence. How to change your feeling about yourself A lot of people for years have told themselves they are not attractive and guess what. Of the people you picked as attractive how many of them are visually attractive. Why is this? Attractiveness is a state of mind! It truly is. Karen from ‘Will and Grace’. and you have to tell yourself occasionally throughout the day that you attract the right kind of people towards you. Think of some of the people for example on TV who may be conventionally unattractive but have that certain something that makes them attractive: For example my wife thinks James Belushi has something about him. Helen Miran. you have to feel the emotions of those situations. I’m fat. You have to see yourself in situations where people are attracted to you.

and the only reason I knew this was because people kept on telling me and pretty soon I kept telling myself and pretty soon I really believed it. Make sure you do this every day and at every opportunity. people did think I was intelligent. List the things you are good at. the things people say ‘she’s really good at that’. It’s the inner talk that keeps us believing what we believe. Every chance you get just remind yourself how good you are at (chosen attribute).stevenaitchison. Now pick the top five most important ones to you. Or the next 3 weeks. feel yourself being good at it. You will need to try and cope with the new you and it’s not as easy as you might think. However the one thing I had going for me was relative good looks. www. see yourself being good at it. I will write a follow up article on this topic as once you have mastered you inner talk on attractiveness you will be overwhelmed by the change it brings in your life. I am great at empathising with people. I thought I was no and I care a lot about animals. You can also apply this technique to all areas in your life. Exercise. or what you think you are good at yourself. so start looking. List everything. If you look for enough evidence that you are attractive you will find it. focus on your chosen 5 attributes. I thought people laughed at me. Then after years of self doubt I changed my inner talk to telling myself people did like me. I am kind. I was funny etc. see 21 days to a new habit .I hate being around people when I was younger as I thought I was no good at talking. For example you might say I get on well with people. I love my 17 .

21 days to eat healthily. we just have to be aware of our thoughts when we have given up a habit such as smoking. It can’t really think as clearly about the benefits because it hasn’t yet had the benefits of giving up smoking but it knows the supposed pleasures that smoking brings. Immediately your brain kicks in and says no smoking for life. That’s 21 days of going to the gym every day or exercising in some way every day. Now. don’t tell yourself you are doing it for life. This might sound a little strange when I say ‘talking to your conscious’ as it is your conscious talking to your conscious. Your neural pathways have formed already and you will more than likely continue with your new habit. This can also work when trying to break a should I go to the gym should I not. smoking for example. just after sex etc. you will have seen the benefits along the way your unconscious will want to continue if it has been 18 . This is not a bad thing. So what habits can we start for 21 days? I have made a list for myself that I am in the middle of doing. at work when you’re a bit stressed. When we want to start something or give up something. 21 days of anything. when you have completed this for 21 days your conscious mind has the choice of stopping it or carrying on. and then it starts to think of all the situations it likes a good cigarette in. Your conscious mind will just say ‘is that right? I’m in charge here. If you tell your mind you want to try something for 21 days it won’t be so unwilling to co-operate. When starting or breaking any habit we tend to tell our conscious mind we are going to change and it’s for life. When you want to start a habit. going out for a drink at night. There are a hundred conversations we have with ourselves everyday. first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee. For example if you want to start the habit of meditating tell your conscious self that you are trying it for 21 days. Your brain thinks ‘lack of’ instead of the benefits of. like smoking. or so it thinks. I’ll decide’ so there will be a battle between your two sides of your conscious mind. Give up sweets for 21 days Meditate for 21 days Write in the blog every day for 21 days Get up before 6am every day (I’ve actually made this a habit now) Drink a vegetable juice for 21 days This is just a small list of the things I am doing.21 days to a new habit Research shows that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. We all know we have conversations with ourselves. Feel free to share your 21 day new habits. however research has shown that the neural pathways to any habit could be lifelong and a cue or a trigger can cause us to start back up an old habit. www. 21 days doing. should I go to the pub should I not.stevenaitchison. you might normally say to yourself ‘right that’s it I’m giving up for good’. tell yourself (your conscious brain) that you are going to try it for 21 days. 21 days to meditation.

poor self esteem. All too often we get tied up in thinking that our worth is based on the size of our house or the size of our cars and who we hang around with. When that little warning bell goes off in your head and you get that little tingle in your stomach that says ‘something’s not right’ say ‘NO’.Say NO to boast your self esteem Being poor. I don’t want you getting the sack or losing out on a relationship or anything like 19 . a poor social life. www. This is all very well saying Now I don’t mean you say NO to everything. but how do we stop ourselves from worrying about what other people might think of us? We have to decide that we care about us. lack of confidence as we all know is in your head. In other words make a conscious decision. Maybe when your coworker has asked you do something you are uncomfortable with. Do what you do and be proud. What we have to do to claim ourselves back is forget what other people are saying about us. Now this will take a long time to engrain this feeling within us. ‘I come first. You have probably heard it all before but it’s worth re-iterating a million times for some people to listen. When this has happened you will find that you will care less about what other people think about you as you are being more congruent with yourself and you will feel comfortable with yourself. Let me know if you have any stories about saying NO and how it has changed your life. Our worth is based on who we think we are. To do this you will need to make a conscious effort to stop at certain things you do and say ‘I come first’. You know what I mean and you will have lots of examples. I have to take care of myself before I can take care of someone else’. That little two letter word can send your self esteem soaring and gradually build confidence in you. your family’s (your true family. the ones that have loved you all your life) opinion of you count and it is good to listen to them as long as you’re getting a balanced view and there are no hidden agendas. Well that is the time to say ‘NO’. and say it. forget what the people on the street might think about you. and our worth is only gauged by ourselves not anybody else. stop and say to yourself ‘I come first’ and you will find the courage to say no to your co-worker. Just say NO when it feels right to say NO When you have practiced those two suggestions above for a few months your self belief will have improved enormously. not doing well at university or school. Say ‘NO’ more often.stevenaitchison. By this I mean your social circle. Forget what you think your co-workers think about you.

as did her friend and work colleague. loved her family more. Now the strange thing is that she had a friend who worked beside her who had the same kind of energy. weeds. she could see straight through. before she said a word. in her mind. Your energy becomes purer and less tainted by the worries and the constant wariness of having to conform to the way other people think you should act. watching for snakes and spiders etc and then when she was diagnosed with cancer. It is useful to get a visual picture of where you are in your life and what areas need attention it is worth noting which areas of your life need a perspective change. also had the same attitude and again I think she be good in her current job role. As a direct result of her being diagnosed with breast cancer Lana managed to clear out the stuff. Chance had it that I was sitting next to Lana in group work. ferns. This woman did everything she wanted to do in life. Lana’s energy had rubbed off on Gillian as well. sky dived. friends and her dreams and ambitions. My wife was also on the course. I was touched. but in a different group to me. I believe it was her energy. and most of all the ones who laughed the most. that there was something different about her. kind. It was very clear. She ‘didn’t lie down to it’. she went on holidays to places she thought she would only dream of. Before the group work started I was chatting to her and asked her about herself. Gillian. By the end of the two day course. Lana and Gillian were the ones who stood out for being very level headed. Changing your perspective on life will literally change your life: Although Lana had been diagnosed with breast cancer she stood up in her battle to fight it. This tells me two things: Letting go of your inhibitions lightens you. I think a lot of people did. I believe she would be great in her job. I imagine it must have been like walking through a jungle trying to chop down all the branches.The Cancer view of life Whilst doing a course on suicide intervention I met a lovely woman who stood out from the crowd because of her energy and zest for life. And she didn’t look in any way out of the ordinary. I am happy to say Lana is now completely free from the breast cancer and proud of her prosthetic nipple! Changing your perspective How do you change your perspective on life without being diagnosed with a life threatening illness? There will be different areas of your life that you may have to focus on whilst trying to change your perspective on life in general. She said she had noticed Lana when she had first walked in. Lana truly did not care what other people thought of her. 20 . which was not important to her and concentrate on the things which were important mainly her family. after a while. stopped thinking about what other people thought about her. weeds. I believe that simply being around her friend and work colleague. to a lesser extent. It was a very strange thing to witness. ferns etc and there was a clear path. lets call them Lana and Gillian. She happily recounted her life story and then she told me she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and ever since then she let go of the things in life that held her back. the jungle was free from all the branches. very thoughtful.

Okay. If you’re looking at this article from the comfort of your own home. the internet connection. One thing I do and my wife does. thank them for what you have. I am truly grateful for my wife. the taxi home £15. Yep easy for me to say and a bit sanctimonious but stay with me here. my children. For each area put in a percentage of where you are happy with e. if they are honest will admit to the same. YES! do I still want it YES!. so you get two for the price of one. So if you scored 50% with your finances you need to look at this area in your life and possibly change your perspective on it. shoes to match £50.g. or getting a new job. Using the information When you have charted all the areas look at the ones that need attention. she might ask herself ‘Do I have too much’ or ‘what have I bought that I don’t really need?’ she bought the new dress for the Christmas night out. www. thank god. Post a comment here and tell us what you are grateful for. the house I live in. the night out itself. it cost £70 for the Think about that for a moment. If she kept looking through the eyes of a homeless person. but be grateful for what you have right now.stevenaitchison. usually in the morning to be grateful for the things you have. NO. Now talking of that night out. I am happy with my family life so I would put it up to 80% meaning I don’t have a lot of work to do with my perspective on my family life. all in all £205 for a Christmas night out. do I need 21 . did she really need it. the luxury of time. You have to practise and practice all the time. Exercise to try In your mind think about the areas on the wheel of life you looked at before: Now with each area on the wheel thank the universe. typically those under 70-100%. you now know which areas you need to focus on and possibly change your perspective on lets try it out with an example. Now that could have paid off her catalogue debt. Right now I want a 42 inch plasma screen TV and have done for about a year. the luxury I live in.Use this link to chart and print a wheel of life and find out what areas need looked at. I truly live in luxury and most people. the very fact that you have a computer and an internet connection tells me you are well off. is take time out of the day. the job I have. thank yourself or whatever or whoever. Her perspective on life is ‘don’t have. Honestly it sounds saintly and a bit weird but it works. Getting what you want Everything you want in life will come to you if you take steps toward it. can I afford it. This is a very simplified example and it’s not that easy to shift your perspective. Now if she performed a simple switch in thinking like and looked at her life from a homeless person’s point of view she would realise she has a lot to be thankful for. I am honestly grateful. If she really wants something badly she could have saved that money or invested it. can’t get’. which she has done most of her life. there are around 4-5 billion people out there worse off than you. have I got it NO! However I look around me and see all the things I have. We have a young woman who feels she does not have a lot of money and can’t buy the things she wants in life and has too much debt. In the meantime change your perspective on what you have right now and you will change your world. You are in the top 30% of the wealthiest people in the world. Still works towards getting that new car or losing weight. The chart is also useful for looking at areas in your life where you need to focus more attention. Its £1200. that was £70. £70. at first.

These are some of the best personal development blogs out there and we will be expanding. www. geek to live 15. You’ve probably all seen the positive blog network (PBN) logo in the sidebar. www. The PBN will expand over time and you will have instant access to some great – Personal development from a geeks point of 1.positivesharing.wisebread. Here are a few others that you might like to check – Another great site form the Positive Blog Network 12.A life coach with something to say 21. www. This month I will look at the personal development field.justindriscoll.greyspk.blogspot. 4. They are in no particular order. In the 6 months that I have been blogging I have come across some excellent blogs in all subjects and thought it would be a good idea to share some of the top blogs in the different areas. www. from the Positive Blog network 18. blogging at it’s best – Predominantly a list . – Personal development with a twist of film . – The chief happiness officer. .salesmotivation.thefastlane.geniustypes. www.mindhacks. 3. www.encouragingcoach. listen to the radio shows they are very .craigharper.Originator of the Positive Blog network www.Beth is a life coach with good content on her blog – One of my favourite blogs http://www. www.A good motivational blog 16. 9.ririanproject. don’t live to – another great blog form the Positive Blog Network 17.A – Well laid out blog and quality content www.steve-olson.Blogging the lazy way 22 .net – Motivational sales talk from gary jones. great guy www.cultivategreatness. www. 5.pickthebrain. – A great addition to the Positive Blog Network 10. but great stuff nonetheless www. no nonsense blog 20. 6. – Still one of the best out there 13.lazyway.stevepavlina.50 best personal development blogs Personal development is my business and my life. – Great blog.youalreadyknowthisstuff. – some good stuff on this blog – This guy does . – A well thought out blog with really good content 14. www.

Another great blog with some good articles 50. – Dating advice blog 26.typepad.Helping men who have something missing in their lives – Another one of my favourites 36.All about the brain and science – An inspiring blog to change your life – another brilliant blog on getting things done 38. .miloriano.Thinking outside the box blog .com/blog .davidmaister.One of the best www. .php – a great blog with some great podcasts 27. www. headrush.briankim.polyphasicsleep.ens.bruceeisner. www.Don’t be put off by the navigation there’s some great stuff here 46.A Simple blog with some good posts .A man on the way to the top . www.abetteryoublog.auriumsoft. www.universeofsuccess. www. www.They don’t come much better than this 33. www.thedisquiet. .co.unlimitedchoice.askdanandjennifer.lifehack.Another great blog you have to check out 35.personal development from a scientific point of view 34.A weird blog with some brilliant posts . www.I love this blog 30.Hundreds of coaching tips on this blog 29. www. www.Your onestop brain fitness centre 48. www.blogspot.An interesting blog about sleeping patterns 28. – Not really personal development but Darren Rowse has certianly helped my blog 32. .Social skills for the shy and insecure 25. www. .lifebeyondcode. www. . www.stevenaitchison.Lots of posts lots of advice . www.entrepreneurs-journey. www. www.another good blog with some good articles 41.Some useful articles on this blog .uk/blog 23 .a career development blog .com/ . .org/ . www.Another inspiring blog with some inspiring articles . .Always a pleasure reading the stories on this blog 47.

my job etc and then I go on to visualise my intentions for my life. This is a great idea for doing other things we might not necessarily do. books on CD. It got me thinking about how else we could develop habits so that they don’t become a chore for us. So I am anchoring a new habit to the existing habit of driving www. it doesn’t matter that I look a bit crazy I don’t know the people who might be thinking this so what does it matter. Now my computer being quite old. I have been practicing the law of attraction and part of this involves thinking about my intentions every day and I also think about what I am grateful for every day. When I get up in the morning I go downstairs and turn on the computer. and because I haven’t really done it before I am quite apprehensive so I am practicing it in the 24 .co. I listen to podcasts I have downloaded. I never really gave it much thought but I have been doing this unconsciously for a number of months. it takes about 7 minutes to boot and load up all the software etc so I use those 7 minutes to internalise everything I am grateful for in life: My wife. I spend about 1-2 hours every day in my car driving to see clients etc.stevenaitchison. my kids. For example.Anchoring a habit I was reading an article written by Gleb Reys ‘Creative habit naming’ and I thought it was a great idea. it’s a 5 hour seminar. I am practicing a seminar in my head I am giving for the ‘law of attraction’. our love for each other. and my intentions. I also practice speaking in my car gestures and all. our health. If we anchor a habit to another habit this would increase out chances of developing the new habit. Instead of listening to the radio. and I have around 20 at the moment. I turn my computer on every single morning which is the habit and I now practice my gratitude and intentions which is anchoring the habit to an existing one. self help developments books.

In your mind you have spent £10.Attracting money into your life I suspect most people would like to attract more money into their life. I didn’t have any special talents to make money. Your mind goes from lack of money to lots of money. If you try this for a few weeks your mind has fewer blocks about money coming into your life as you have spent that £100. I have started carrying more money in my wallet and believe it is a catalyst to me receiving more money.000. but are you ready for it? Mentally you’ve got to be ready to receive money. 100 times. you had £100 in your pocket. Money has been coming into my life ever since I removed the blocks in my mind about money. mentally. Put £100 ($150) in your wallet and do not spend it. These thoughts definitively hindered my progress in making money and as soon as I dropped them and believed I deserved money in my life and believed it would come. I used to believe that I would never be able to make money. If I am being completely honest I have had to slow the amount of opportunities coming my way as I do not have time to take on the jobs I am offered. I have seen the transformation in my life and I have seen more money than ever coming into my life. There is a great way to change your thinking about money and attract more of it. it did. I wrote about it here. Put some money in your wallet! Esther Hicks wrote about it in ‘Ask and it is given’. How the hell does putting money in your wallet attract more money? Okay try it. I had failed in the past etc etc. Resist the temptation to buy it. If you need to buy something at the shop do not use the £100. but say to yourself I’ve got the money to buy it. I really do believe that what we think about is what we attract in our lives. Do this for a few weeks and see what happens.’ 25 . You might walk past a computer shop and see that iPod you wanted and say to yourself ‘I could buy that if I wanted to’. I am noticing more and more in my life that the law of attraction really does work especially since I downloaded my intentions onto my iPod. You are mentally preparing yourself to receive more money into your life. Whenever you see something you like you can say to yourself I can buy that if I wanted to. You might have passed a clothes shop and said ‘I could buy that if I wanted to’ and you could. However the amount of money coming into my life that I have not worked for can continue ‘til the cows come home.

If you don’t have £100 in your pocket try it with £50 and work up or try it with £20 and work I casually asked if I would be due any rebate. I filled in all my tax returns etc and thought I was up to date with everything. If you have a deep seated belief that this will not work it may take longer to start attracting money. The tax office might have issued it eventually but I hadn’t received anything so far.As an example I used to run a small book dealing business which I stopped in September 2005. don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. If you don’t believe this rubbish that I am talking try it for yourself. Try it If you are open to receiving money you will receive it. She asked my to write a quick letter and she would hand it in. After explaining to me that the tax office would eventually get around to issuing a rebate it would be better to ask for it and I could receive it quicker. Now if I hadn’t seen the girl from the tax office I wouldn’t have asked the question about a tax rebate.stevenaitchison. 3 days later (yesterday) I received a cheque for £543. 5 days ago I was at a hall helping some of my clients fill in benefits forms and get advice on benefits and child tax credit etc and someone was there from the tax 26 . www. Everybody deserves abundance in their lives and that includes you and there is more than enough to go around. If you are open to this you will manifest money a lot quicker.

But what is being a dad? I was out today in Glasgow with my two sons and the youngest one. This is when the boys are learning about skill and being male. make me mad. It was one of those moments that happens every once in a while and it does so much for our relationship. their playfulness. I constantly feel I could be a better dad. make me laugh. Their father is still very important. All that from a kiss. No other relationship will be as wild as this. about respect. about how to treat other people. and in general there are three. who I am probably hardest on. as much as possible. However. There is a big change and they want to play with swords. a look and a bit of larking around. It is teaching them so much about relationships. a cuddle. about love. The dad is the role model in every sense. Ages 14 – Adulthood: This is when the mother and father take a step back and let other role models take a more prominent role. not just a father Being a Dad is possibly the biggest responsibility you will ever have in your life. The fact that myself and my wife are so loving towards each other makes a huge difference in the boy’s lives. as he is probably the hardest to deal with. We were walking along and he started singing a little marching song: ‘I don’t know what you’ve been told. make me feel proud. Ages 0 – 6 years: Boys are still very much attached to their mother. This is when the parents have to. The truth is we are good parents and we do spend enough time with our boys. I mean real belly laughing and tears forming laughing. but plays a less prominent role. The three stages of boyhood Research has shown that there are distinct stages in boyhood.Being a dad. their love and respect for the world is learned from their father at this stage. My wife also feels like this sometimes and we convince ourselves we do it for the family and for the future. knives and want to wrestle with their dad and siblings. The mother is still very much there. Ages 6 – 14: This is the stage when boys want to develop their sense of what it is to be male. This is where the dad steps up and takes the reigns form the mother. their sense of humour. It will be the longest commitment you ever make in your life and it will be the source a lot of you r emotional turmoil’s. was complaining of being cold. one minute I am on a high with them the next minute I am on a downer. it brings us closer than ever before. I am a dad of two boys aged 9 and 11 and they constantly drive me nuts. However the mother shows the boy warmth love and shows that the world is a safe place to live in. make sure that their son has role models and peers in their lives that will be a positive influence. unless you are not working I think one always feels that they do not do enough for their kids. but my big butt is freezing cold’ and we all started laughing. guns. I feel I work too much and don’t see my kids or wife often enough and it’s this time in their young lives which I will affect the most if I am with them. and it is important to be around. 27 .

Tips for being a great dad You can’t be a great dad all the time. We also tell each other if we think the other is being unfair in certain aspects of parenting. We have an open and honest talk about where we can possibly improve. I love my boys and cherish them. like work and use it as an excuse for neglecting your children.stevenaitchison. My wife and I have frequent discussions about parenting and how we could be better parents. be there. being quiet. Make time for your children: it is so easy to get caught up in other things in life. I am not always a good dad but I question my responsibility every day and that’s what will make me a better dad. If they say they need to talk to you in private. Make the unpopular decisions as well: It’s important that discipline be dished by both the parents. be there. Always be there: It is not always possible to be around all of the time but it is possible to be there all the time at the drop of a hat. children worry about their parents as well and worry more about if they have caused the worry. Being a dad can be very hard work but it can also be very 28 . but as long as you are conscious of the way you are parenting your boys it will go a long way. just be there for them. Over the years the most important tips I would give about being a great dad are. or family in general. In every sense.g. It stops your children wondering what you are thinking if they see you acting different on some days e. Be active and show support for each others decisions in front of the children. This way one parent is not seen as the bad one all the time. being playful with them or wrestling with them. be there. If they need you for a life to a friend’s house. If you children call you and say they need if possible. being angry etc. Be open: I am always hugging my boys. www. I think it is important to show your feelings to them. A simple ‘I am angry with my boss at work’ will suffice. It is not fair to the other parent if you leave all the hard decisions to them all the time.

and really go for it and try to imagine the thing that would make you unhappy. When I do this exercise I imagine losing my family and I really do get to the point of being tearful (okay I admit it. look at your family now. We are so busy chasing the rainbow of happiness we forget what makes us happy now. (Warning! this is a very powerful exercise so be prepared) Exercise Think of something that would make you unhappy. I am thankful for my wife. miserable. sound strange. for example losing your house. If we continue to look on the outside we are going to be disappointed as we always look for more and ultimately happiness becomes the end of the rainbow. So many of us are working hard to make money. suicidal. The answer was of course because I loved the writing and the possibility that some people might find my articles useful. So it is with life. we have to be thankful for what we have in the here and now. my house. here’s how it I wrote because it might help other people. Robert Scoble and Seth Godin but I quickly learned I was not going to make that. are trying to find happiness outside of ourselves. Happiness is an inner game and should be pursued on the inside. nearly killing ourselves all in the pursuit of happiness for us and our families when in fact if we loved our families first and loved the job we were doing we would find that happiness here and now and not in the future. or losing your family. What happened then was that the money started coming in and more ideas came my way and now that I concentrate on the writing the money side takes care of itself and I intend it to keep on taking care of itself until I can finally do what I love doing full time. I do get tearful). I did lose heart but I kept on writing and I wondered why I did keep writing. my mum. or most of us. my dog. my two boys. Now. Debbie Weil. what would your feelings be: sad. However. Darren Rowse.Being unhappy to find happiness Many of us. something we can never reach. my job. Reflect on that for a moment. either writing for the blog or giving seminars. From then on I wrote because I loved writing. One of the ways you can test your happiness is by testing your unhappiness. www. This feeling lasts a long time before I slip back into my normal loving self. and they will if we intend them long enough and work at it. dad. We have to take time to stop and think about our lives every now and again and re-evaluate what we are doing and whether or not we are happy inside or chasing the rainbow.stevenaitchison. How many of us have seem something on TV and said ‘It really makes you appreciate what you’ve got’? I bet most of us have said this however how long has it taken us to forget this and get on with our lives and forget what we really have! For any of our dreams to happen in the future. How we define happiness is the key to our success of finding it inside of ourselves. working long hours. not because it was all about the money. sisters nieces and nephews and my health and I am thankful too you for reading this. We have to get that feeling back. what it does is let me be thankful and never take them for granted. come out of the scene you were in and look at what you have. lonely. For example if you pictured losing your family. For example the first few months of blogging I wanted to make a million pounds and follow people like Steve Pavlina. How does it make you feel? I always feel extremely grateful and look at them in a different way as if I have been given a second chance with 29 . Okay.

believing in God was not my belief it was someone else’s and someone else’s before them and someone else’s before them etc etc. an outdated belief without foundation. The point here is. was I just deliberately trying to be different and a bit strange or did I genuinely believe in the theories? Well the answer is I know I don’t believe in a God of any kind. be unfounded when we question them. various answers were proffered from just look at the grass. then I found Edgar Cayce. When I was ten years old I asked some of my friends ‘how do you know there is a God’. look all around you. the church told me this. everybody believed in God and it was sacrilegious to believe otherwise. What I do believe in is a ‘universal force’ that everybody and their granny can tap into should they so wish. I had been studying psychology and particularly Carl Jung and liked some of his ideas like the ‘collective unconscious’. my friends believed this. at about the age of 14 I boldly announced I did not believe in God when I was asked the question. it proved God created it. spiritualism etc. From the day we were born we have been programmed to believe other people’s beliefs. if there wasn’t a God what is my purpose in being here. What are beliefs? Our beliefs help us provide stability in our lives by compartmentalising everything in order to make sense of the world. Dion Fortune. I used to look at them and think that wasn’t proof. but it is a base to start with. 30 . in myself. I searched for answers in books.Changing beliefs Our beliefs about the world around us and ourselves can be limiting and can. It was. I haven’t really voiced this belief as it is my belief and it is not a firm belief it is a soft belief at best. I still don’t have a satisfactory answer to that question and it haunted me for years. from friends. single satisfactory answer to the question. So. As an example if you see a group of youths on the street. The biggest example of this is religion.loud – hooded tops – street corner – dark = dangerous = steer clear = fight or flight This is a very simple example but one that shows where our beliefs lead us and what actions it prompts us to take once we have boxed all the relevant categories and then put them together and then formulate a belief. until I started to swing toward the belief that there was some kind of unified conscious that we could tap into. to me. I liked these ideas and I liked some of the theories although some of them were a bit wild. wearing hooded tops and being rowdy a lot of us might immediately try and compartmentalise these as follows: youths . how do you know there is a God?. I asked lots of questions and asked lots of different people even ministers and priests and I did not receive. not one. my parents told me this. from groups of different people and I couldn’t come up with a satisfactory answer. my school taught this. in a lot of cases. So I asked my parents and their take on it was ‘how else could we have been brought into the world if it wasn’t God’. Robert Bruce and theories of the Akashic records. this was met with horror and disdain except from my mother. what is anybody’s purpose. I was programmed from the moment I could talk that God created the world. The question to myself was. This article looks at beliefs and how they are formed and what we can do to the beliefs that may be holding us back. However far from being liberated by this conclusion there was a gaping hole in my life.

now this is not the case as it would depend on what the person was reading. 31 . List the things you believe to be true about yourself: My list would be. intelligent. it will take a few moments. I read a lot. it means if we dig deep enough we may find some of our belief are unfounded and find they are outdated and do not fit with our lives. we’ve never had evidence to the contrary to cause a massive shift from one belief to another. I knew there were no fairies because I saw my mother putting the money under the pillow. so therefore I have to refine that belief to. and so on. like the one above. good looking. and when I found out that my mother used to put a 10 pence piece under my pillow I was a bit distraught but I pretended to go along with the belief to get more money.Obviously beliefs are perpetuated the more we come into contact with that particular scenario. Where does this leave us. I pick up things easily etc etc. Now. how many of our beliefs have we questioned in our lives? Not that many I suspect because we have never had to question them. people who read and comprehend intelligent books are intelligent. inner confident. Now try to think of each belief and ask where it came from. as intelligent books are intelligent. how do I know that the people reading these intelligent books are actually comprehending the words they are reading. I believe that people who read a lot is a sign of intelligence. what I class. a bit overweight. I used to believe in the tooth fairy when I was really young.g. We can dig deeper and deeper until we unearth the core of a belief which is nothing really than a set of other beliefs. For example I believe I am intelligent because I have a degree. So a belief can be seen as the compartmentalising of different things together to form a particular belief. I am very questioning. Changing our beliefs Exercise: This is a very quick exercise for you to try in your head. Now I have the dilemma of asking what comprehension really is. So therefore I have to refine the belief again to. does it mean all our beliefs are unsubstantiated? No. The only reason I found out that my belief in tooth fairies was not real was because I saw my mother putting money under my sisters pillows when I was younger. Break this down further. However. people who read. which in turn causes us to act in a certain way. It was experiential. honest. all of these reasons are beliefs within themselves e.

I do not question it anymore and haven’t done for years.How can we use this knowledge? The knowledge that our beliefs are not set in stone can be a liberating revelation and we can use this knowledge to change some of our limiting beliefs about ourselves and our lives. I tried a whole host of things to prove to myself I wasn’t stupid. can I comprehend?yes. am I aware? there were a whole load of other yes which led me to say well I’m not that thick or stupid. For example I used to have the belief that I was a bit thick. I read a lot more books I was interested in. www. I joined a chess club. So I started to do things that were more congruent with being intelligent. I went to university. Go through all the beliefs that are holding you back and analyse each one in turn and see if you can install new beliefs over the old one and start to act congruently with your new belief. Now the belief that ‘I am intelligent’ has been fully installed in my brain. Analysing our beliefs gives us more of an awareness of that belief which we can then go on to use in our everyday lives. Choose a belief that is holding you back.stevenaitchison. Unconsciously I questioned this belief and simply analysed what intelligence was. can I socially interact? 32 .

I was so low and feeling down. I was trading on a 14 day contract. have money in the bank. a car. on paper. I wanted to be a motivational speaker. have a lovely house with a veranda overlooking the garden. I panicked but thought it will turn again.000 and focused on it for weeks. which I have written about. I managed to get my degree in 2000.000 and it was not a good feeling at all. Then the realisation of the market being in meltdown hit me. These were all outcomes way beyond what I thought I could realistically achieve but I kept at them and focused every day. Over the years I have heard a lot of people say. no debt. Pretty soon I couldn’t get rid of my shares as nobody was buying they were all selling. 33 . My balance started changing from being in the red to being in the black. I was in a small flat in Govan. Yes make them achievable but if it’s achievable it’s not unrealistic. have a good job. I am still looking at being a motivational speaker but I am about 10 steps closer to that dream than I was. I remember one day I had £100. The point of the story is to illustrate that no matter how low we are in our lives we can still concentrate on our outcomes even if it feels impossible to reach. I upped my trading game and started playing the markets using spread betting. Then the tech market started falling. again on paper. Eventually I went bankrupt to the tune of £65. Let me share a story with you going back to 1998: I was elated as I had achieved my dream of making over £30.000 in shares. I hade been investing in shares since 1998 but I soon discovered I loved the thrill and started day trading. be married. I wouldn’t sell for the ridiculous amount they were offering. This is a great sign that I am doing something right in my world. I was skipping university (one of my other goals was to get a degree in psychology) to stay at home and day trade. That was the year that changed my life forever. Today I have all those things (except for the veranda) and I am extremely happy with my life. What usually happens is the outcomes keep getting bigger the more I achieve.000. To get there I had to achieve other outcomes first. keep it real and keep your outcomes realistic and achievable. on the stock market. However as soon as I started going from a deficit to making a profit I stopped concentrating on my outcomes.Breaking your outcome barriers I have many outcomes I wish to achieve in my life and there are many outcomes I have already achieved. The tech market was really flying and I was feeling on top of the world. I started looking at my outcomes again and started to concentrate on them again.000. I set myself an outcome of making £100. I attended a seminar by Jack Black and immediately said to my friend ‘that’s what I will be doing with my life’. I set outcomes to meet my perfect woman. Within the space of a few months I was getting closer to my outcome of £100. The other point is that no matter how unrealistic our outcomes seem keep working on them as todays realistic is tomorrows standard. Glasgow (not the best area of town). I walked out with an education in money and a degree in psychology. about £4000. I lost a lot in the beginning. this was just a blip. 2 children a boy and a girl.

Another huge lesson I learned from all of this is dream big. Now I know there will be some people who say ‘Oh you are just setting yourself up for failure’ this is rubbish. if you are aiming for his stomach aim 6 inches behind his stomach. aim that little higher and you will get more of what you want in life. When I first started setting outcomes for my life I thought about achieving little things. My teacher saw this block and told me I was ‘hitting the board to break it’.000.000 in savings this year. Aim beyond what you want to achieve www.stevenaitchison. stomach or whatever it may be. If you want to meet a nice partner to settle down with aim to meet ‘the perfect’ partner to settle down with. He told me to do this when fighting an opponent. This way I am concentrating all my energy and power on the imaginary rather than the actual and I am going through the actual board. For every single outcome you want to achieve in life. This was the single most important lesson I ever learned in Tae Kwon Do. leg. aim for £ Don’t limit yourself when setting your outcomes. If you want to clear your credit card debts this year aim to clear of all your debts. If for example you want to make £10. and then when I achieved them I had to think a little bigger. This was a great breakthrough for me in tae Kwon Do and in life. I was always afraid of breaking my hand and I couldn’t quite hit the thickest board hard enough to break through it. If one of your goals is to get out of debt don’t focus on paying of one credit card at a time concentrate on having absolutely no debt and having money in your savings account? The breakthrough method of achieving When I used to practice Tae Kwon Do I had a mental block about punching through the boards. I looked at him slightly puzzled. Anybody who wants to succeed at something will always achieve it if they work hard enough and know exactly what they want and work on it mentally and physically every day. He told me to imagine that the board is 6 inches behind its actual position and try to break the imaginary board. you don’t have to worry about how they will be achieved. I mustered up the energy and force and imagined a board behind the actual one and broke through it first time. just concentrate on achieving them. It is the same with your outcomes.Think big That’s the beauty of setting 34 . if you are kicking his leg aim 6 inches to the side of his leg.

the loft needs cleared. this way nothing else will get in the way. Throw out old christmas. fathers day. 35 . If you can’t manage the springclean in one day. Instead turn on the radio for some noise. which sometimes makes me feel worse as I know I am not pulling my weight. If you haven’t worn it in 6 months chuck it. mothers day. Don’t turn on the TV for background noise as something will distract you and you might want to sit down and watch. A great way to shake this feeling is to clean the house. When I see a pile of ironing that needs to be done and I say ‘I’ll do it tomorrow. try tidying and cleaning the untidiest room in the house and pay attention to how you feels afterwards. I have lots of post it notes stuck in my brain and they all niggle at me until they are completed. the wardrobes need emptying. old toys. do the garden. I only keep the cards my sons made me and wife gave me. when I’ve got a bit time’ there is an instant ‘post it’ note stuck in my brain saying ‘do the ironing’. Reward yourself every 90 minutes (if it’s a big clean) every 30 minutes if it’s smaller clean. birthday. paint the bathroom. I usually have a cup of tea and a biscuit. throw out old toys.Clear your house to clear your mind Do you ever wish you were more organised in your daily life? Sometimes I feel there is just too much going on in my head that it overwhelms me and I cannot get things done. Often when I do this and have motivation to carry on and clean the rest of the house. clear the shed. Of course my wife does this a lot of the time. I know you might not have time but make it. One of the biggest small tasks is cleaning out the bedroom and kitchen drawers. Here are my 10 tips for springcleaning your mind by springcleaning the house • • • • • • • • Schedule time at the weekend to start your clean. 3 hours of spring cleaning the house might free up 10 hours in your daily life as your mind will be free to concentrate and focus on other tasks. If you don’t believe this. so it’s worth the effort. dog day. or turn on a program from Hayhouse radio If you are starting the clean in the morning get up an hour early and you will be more focused. Think about all the things that need done about the house. concentrate on one task at a time or one room at a time and spread it over x number of days. Cleaning the house and ridding it off old clothes. That niggling feeling stays with me until the job is done. Start with the undtidiest room in the house and don’t finish until its clean and tidy. when your whole house has been done take another day to go round the whole house for a few hours and give a general clean. that time of the month day cards. Why does cleaning the house make us feel this way? Cleaning the house frees up energy for you to concentrate on more important things in your life. Now is the time to do them. fix that leaking tap. It seems to clear the mind and make way for important tasks to get done. throw out old clothes. granny day. the garage needs cleared. sort out your paperwork there are lots of things that need our attention. old books (personally I can’t throw books away or give them away) and giving it a general spring clean is like a shower for your mind.

Delegate: this is a great way to keep the house tidy. Making a habit of cleaning a bit every day will free your mind for other important tasks. When mess build up in the house so it builds up in your mind. if you clean a bit every day it keeps your mind free. www.• • Make a habit of cleaning a room every that’s how I make myself feel better). I don’t mean deleagte all the jobs but delegate smaller jobs to your kids. This has an added bonus of making them more indepenedent and teaching them skills for when they leave the nest (well. keep their own rooms tidy and take out the 36 .stevenaitchison. My kids wash and dry the dishes.

everything you do is for the benefit of yourself. and open up our minds enough. It almost blinds you as you are only seeing. the real religion is when you’ve found GOD within yourself. we can tap into a lot of them. David Bohm. everything you believe. I believe this is what is happening in the world at the moment. You are not operating from a self point of view you are starting to think about the bigger picture and to help others and to find ways to be able to do this. there are more and more people at this level of consciousness and it is culminating in a mass awakening. GOD is not an entity with laws. I am not talking about organised religion. should we wish. that was a way of stifling the awakening. There are various levels between each of the four levels mentioned below. These clouds contain everything that encompasses your current reality. GOD is a belief within yourself and a connection to other states of consciousness. but may not necessarily understand it completely. In this stage you have started to question some of your beliefs about the world. everything you believe about the world and other people. yourself and the people around you. thinking and feeling what is immediately in front of you. It’s been ruminating for a while and I am trying to find a way to describe it or play with it. Of course the books I have read. I am rapidly coming to a place whereby there is a definite idea about this formulating. but for now I will write briefly about the main four clouds. When I was nearing the end of this article it got me researching along a path of: consciousness. You can access a higher aspect of yourself. everything you think about. a great physicist who only died in 1994 and Dr David R Hawkins a scientist whose work is fascinating me at the moment. More and more of us are starting to believe there is something more to life and something more to our minds than was previously imagined. In this state of consciousness you are starting to believe that you create your own world. The awakening consciousness is the beginning. reality and spirituality and led me to two scientists. I thought you might like to read about them yourself. The first 4 of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs would reside here. the radio interviews I have heard with physicists and other scientists and spiritual people all go a long way to me formulating this idea. There are various levels of these clouds that surround us and. Your ego resides here also. You have not formulated any original ideas about the world and decided to question your life. Clouds of consciousness are something we all have. This is where the self consciousness cloud lies.Clouds of consciousness Recently I wrote a little about something called ‘clouds of consciousnesses. It is the beginning of what Maslow would call Self actualization 37 . It is probably nothing new but I have not read about it or seen anything on the internet. Most of us would stay in this state of consciousness until the day we die. At the moment it really is a case of suck it and see what happens and play around with different ideas. The theory just now goes something like this. what we think about ourselves and the world around us. Self consciousness – These are the clouds which immediately make up who we are. you create and manifest the things and people around you. Awakening consciousness – This is the second level in this theory. Imagine a band of clouds tightly surrounding your head. However I truly believe there is a global shift happening and that pretty soon most of us will die whilst in the awakening consciousness stage.

I have been struggling for a while with the concept of reality and how one’s person’s world can be so different from my world. Awakened consciousness . Okay. it’s stimulates my goal to be ‘awakened’. I believe Buddha. so from this point on it is mostly hypothesising. It has one foot in the ‘real world’ and one foot in the ‘pure world’. about earning money. and other spiritual beings all lived here. Practical value Having a theory like this brings up a lot more questions than it answers. due to inspiration can be written and uploaded in 1-2 hours. basically if we momentarily transcend our ‘Awakened consciousness’. Recently I got back into the habit of checking my stats for this blog. The mind could be uploaded into a melting pot of about getting clicks on my Google adsense ads. How can this theory have any practical value? For me it reminds me that I am still living in a state of self consciousness and it reminds me to try and have more ‘awakening consciousness’ moments. through kundalini. So we have to break through various clouds of consciousness to get to the universal consciousness. I can’t write about the other levels of consciousness as I have never experienced them. This type of consciousness begins to transcend the reality as we know it. astral projection and inspirational thinking. Since writing this it has led to me change my view on reality and what it really 38 . Mother Theresa. This will probably be the subject of my next article. consciousness and spirit for the good of the future world. Your ego is a residual memory however you will still be self aware but from a spiritual point of view. other articles. it’s the library of the world. it’s good having theories but theories should have some practical value. purely an ego thing to do as I had started to think about the money it was earning rather than the content it was providing. for me.The ‘pure world’. However. Christ. can maybe tap into this universal consciousness when we have that ‘a-ha’ experience. as living beings. meditate. about getting visitors to this blog all the things ego is concerned with.stevenaitchison. this could be where your mind goes when you die. Krishna Marti. we wouldn’t need our bodies. I was writing articles that I thought readers would want rather than what I really wanted to put up. Universal consciousness . I have spent three days on this article as I have a passion for its content. Allah. I believe I have experienced glimpses of them through lucid dreaming.After awakening consciousness there would be a permanent state of awakened consciousness whereby you live in a world dominated by your thoughts to serve others. and to transcend the ‘Awakened consciousness’ we have to have transcended the other levels. So having theories like this reminds me every day that I am still living in my ‘self conscious’ world and reminds me to at least try and have more experiences in the ‘Awakening consciousness’ cloud.Here comes the tricky bit. or astral project. www. If we were to live in this cloud we wouldn’t be of this world. We. I wouldn’t be overly concerned about what people think of me.

It’s a sad fact but we can all be replaced at work quite easily. Little things we have to do niggle us and are in the back of our minds. Deep down you know what your inner core is and you know where it is not. bills. www. Think about this often and figure out small ways which leads you back to your inner core. Do less of what takes you away from you. sit down and talk. Get the little things out of the way. Get them done and out of the way so you can concentrate on your inner core and what’s 39 . no emergencies just a few enquiries. They grow up so quickly it’s frightening. The small things done every day will soon build up to be the main thing in your life. If you work lots of hours every day work 1 less hour per day and spend it with your inner core. talk and let each other know how much they mean to you. It’s very easy to get covered in this syrup and a lot of people don’t recognise it until its too late. Take a day off work. Simple and yet the hardest thing to do for some people. it was brilliant. Spend time with the kids. It’s like pouring syrup over me which is hard to get out of. By this I mean real time. When we work in a clean environment if frees our mind energy to concentrate on more important things. By this I mean you know what you want in life and you know the things that steal the energy which keeps you away from what you want. Remember this if you are doing more than your fair share. not over dinner or in bed at night. I have felt like this for a few weeks and thought about ways to clean the syrup from my core and here is what I have come up with. Get the housework done. trivial arguments. I left my phone in the office and stayed at home. The kids were at school and my wife had a day of Uni so we went shopping together and then for a coffee at Borders. When I went in the next day. Ask yourself the question What is my inner core? (What do you most cherish in the world and want to spend more time doing or being with?) It could be your family It might be a passion you have It might be spending time with yourself It could be anything If you vaguely understand what I mean here you might be sitting saying ‘yes.Getting connected to you Sometimes I feel like my life gets covered over by unimportant things and I lose my inner core. we might be missed but we can be replaced. My life and my inner core is my family and somewhere along the way the fact that they are my inner core gets forgotten.stevenaitchison. I know what you mean’. trivial tasks. no world crisis. If your passion is your wife. Make a point to spend time with your passion social events etc all paint over what’s really important to me. I am in the middle of a project just now which I get a lot of phone calls from clients etc but I took the day off. Its hard to explain but things like work. nothing had changed.

However when I realised it was me who was creating this feeling and not the cigarettes things started to change in my way of thinking. they kept telling me I was going to die and got quite distressed about it. don’t do it for other people. the smell on my clothes.Giving up smoking It has been around 18 months since I gave up smoking and every time I meet a smoker they always ask how I did it. if you smoked after your dinner at night. I enjoyed the supposed feeling it gave me after dinner. My tips for giving up smoking would be: Give yourself compelling reasons to give the smell in the house. Break the old patterns of behaviour surrounding your smoking e. Our mind will believe whatever we tell it to believe and adjust our physiology and cravings accordingly. Once you told yourself for two months when you will give up just give up Tell yourself every day it is easy to give up smoking. so it was easier to say I enjoyed it too much. Don’t try patches or gum with nicotine in it. Other reasons included my children. Pretty soon your mind will get out of the old habit and start forming new habits. Set a date about 2 months in advance of when you will give up and tell yourself every day you are going to give up on that day. There are a million reasons to give up and only one reason to continue and that is addiction. When you tell yourself it is easy to give up smoking for two months. this gives you a little pressure and shows your friends and family you are committed. whilst having a drink etc. www. I worked on my belief system about giving up smoking and convinced myself it was going to be easy and when the time came it was 40 . I have to say it took me three times before I eventually gave up for good. The truth is I did want to but felt it would be too hard and I didn’t want to fail. go for a walk instead or go clean the bathroom. you have to believe it. your brain will really start to believe it after a month or so. it will be very easy on the day to give up. Tell your friends and family you will be giving up on ‘that date’. I began telling myself it was easy to give up smoking and after about 2 months I gave up for good and haven’t looked back since. There were lots of different factors that led me to even start thinking about giving up. however we have been conditioned to believe the opposite is the case.g. with a cup of tea. I used to tell myself I could give up if I really wanted to but I didn’t want to. and do it for yourself.stevenaitchison. however the main one was my own health. feeling like a leper when going outside to smoke. It is easy to give up smoking.

I always imagine peoples brains walking into the gym like Elmer Fudd. I think this is a good idea as it can be good to have someone cheering you on and just pushing you that little extra. When I am on the bike I am in the tour de France and again I see my family on the big screen cheering me on. These are only a few suggestions for making the gym more interesting. abs 3 reps. I can lift heavier weights. This way I can visualise me being in the Sometimes I zone out and don’t hear them as I am visualising but they are still being heard.stevenaitchison. Push yourself some more. I imagine my oars going in and out of the water and it can be very real when I’m in the zone. Now I tray and add a little every week. Watch the television. except for the treadmill. treadmill. biceps. When I am doing my biceps work I close my eyes and imagine that the only way I can get my family back is to finish the last rep. This can help take your mind off the exercise itself. I started looking at my workout when it became a little stale and frankly boring. why not try varying the routine. If you are the type of person who does the same thing in the gym all the time. lifting the same amount of weights. Why not share your gym tips and we can all be gym freaks in no time. www. This has the added benefit of strengthening your visualisation acuity. I used to run 5 miles per hour (a 12 minute mile) now I have pushed myself to run 6. Pretty soon you’ll have run a mile. bike 10 minutes and rowing machine 1000 meters. Join a class. Try it with a partner. and rowing at the same pace. This is what I do every morning. I have also managed to row 1000 meters in 4 minutes which was a great achievement for me. shoulders drooping and saying ‘Same old routine. Visualisation is a great way to attain your goals see Visualise your life Vary your workout routine. run faster etc. leg curls. Someone else suggested this to me. if you normally finish with leg curls make this the start of the routine. I think this is a great way to focus on your goals whilst getting fit and losing weight at the same time.5 miles per hour (just over a 9 minute mile). so this is what I have come up with to make the gym a little more interesting: Close your eyes. This simple little thing allows your mind to wake up a little. lost a few grams and watched Oprah all within the space of 15 minutes. This can be an excellent motivator as you automatically try a little harder when other people are around pushing you that little bit further. bench presses 3 reps. I am the type to workout alone however I know a lot of people like a partner as a 41 . Listen to your goals. cycle faster. walking and rowing’ spice old Elmer and get him thinking for a change by reversing your routine. treadmill for 12 minutes. When I first started going to the gym I was running at the same pace. Last month I wrote an article ‘Change your life with a computer and a headset’ if you tried this it means you can listen to your goals whilst at the gym. legs 3 reps.How to make the gym more interesting Keeping fit and losing weight are excellent motivators for going to the gym but sometimes it can be very boring. Most modern gyms have TV screens in them. I close my eyes on all my exercises. My workout in the mornings are. When I am on the rowing machine I am sitting in the boat with Steve Redgrave as my rowing partner and my family are on the bank of the river cheering me on. biceps 3 reps. Try reversing your routine altogether. bike. This is a great motivator for me as I am the type to push myself all the time and love competition. why not switch to your favourite channel and workout to a little TV. burned 150 calories.

Masaaki Imai is considered the father of Kaizen after releasing the book Kaizen: The Key to Japan's Competitive Success. and teaches people how to do rapid experiments using the scientific method and how to learn to see and eliminate waste in business processes." What is taken apart is usually a process. I didn’t really get it when I was working at Hughes as I was there for the money and for partying at the weekend. Kaizen literally means "To become good through change". particularly the practice of Kaizen. such as Toyota and Canon. However having looked at it again it is an interesting concept. it involves every employee in a company putting forwards suggestions for improvement. At Japanese companies. It has been adapted throughout the world across many businesses and has been used for years. A closer definition of the Japanese usage of Kaizen is "to take it apart and put back together in a better way. production load levelling of amount and types. humanizes the workplace. paced moving lines. Kaizen is not a case of the management getting together once a month. right-sized equipment. What is Kaizen? Kaizen was created after World War 2 as a way of continuously improving the work place. It is also a process that. when done correctly. It comes from the Japanese words "Kai" meaning school and "Zen" meaning wisdom.” Kaizen for personal development I am working with the idea of Kaizen for personal development. eliminates hard work (both mental and physical).Kaizen for personal development In the pursuit of self improvement we can look at many different areas. In this aspect it describes something very similar to the assembly line used in mass production. The first one I have implemented is the wasted amount of time spent on the computer. product. standardized work. just-in-time delivery. I believe it would be good for all areas of life. Now that I have read about and absorbed the ideas of Kaizen I have started to introduce one area and implement an action plan every 2 weeks. 60 to 70 suggestions per employee. 42 . etc. An area I have been interested in for a few months has been business. system. Wikipedia has this to say about Kaizen: “The goals of Kaizen include the elimination of waste (defined as "activities that add cost but do not add value"). or service. shared and implemented. One of the principle ideas of Kaizen is to change the easiest things first. Kaizen is a daily activity whose purpose goes beyond improvement. I remember when I worked as a production operator at Hughes Micro-electronics they used the Kanban Kaizen system. per year are written down.

I also work and SWT together. so instead of working 3 hours I work for 4 hours. The frequency at which you implement changes is obviously up to you however I would space it every few weeks or every month. The SWT time has been cut to two hours as well which saves me 1 hour per day to work on other areas of my life. So it leaves me about 4 hours spent “surf without thinking” (SWT). submitting them to article sites. So what I have done now is work first. I have found doing it this way I work for longer. promoting the blogs etc. Look at the process closely and ask what changes could you make to make it better or quicker or have less wastage. submitting to social bookmarking sites. I have found you can implement it in every area of life. Jason Thomas over at Lifehacker. I spend around 3 hours working on my own blog and working on the one I manage. work another half hour. SWT for 1 hour etc. I would look at one area at a time and build it up from there.At the moment I spend 5 -7 hours on the computer per day. www. Then I spend two glorious hours SWT. That would include writing articles. SWT for half an hour. get all the work thing out the 43 . so I might work for half and hour.stevenaitchison. from doing the housework to spending more time with the has an interesting article written by Jon Minerich Kaizen in your life To implement the practice of Kaizen in your life. pick an area which you think might benefit from change. It is a slow process so I wouldn’t go head long into has a great one and discusses how he has implemented into his life. When I started wiring this article I began looking for other articles on other blogs mentioning Kaizen and I found a few great ones. What I have noticed so far is the SWT time has become more focused on work. It’s a case of surfing and reading blogs on areas that interest me but for no other reason than for personal pleasure.

Read that statement again ‘your past is a collection of memories you hold in your head’. When you really break it down your past is a collection of memories you hold in your head.Rewrite your past to create your future Ever thought your past dictates the state of your life just now? Why not rewrite your past to create your future. and we do this everyday without realising it. rather it is a cloud of feeling that I am changing. However it works with specific memories as I remember in my early twenties life was totally down and miserable. That might sound ridiculous but it’s true. and I hadn’t sat down with my whole family it was just my wife I had sat down to dinner with. And I didn’t have pasta bolognaise. What might sound even more ridiculous is that some theories state that you cannot prove your past existed. our interactions with people change from day to day. Our memories are not always accurate. ‘According to Bartlett. This has become part of the human psyche and it is an embedded belief in a lot of people. In my mind I pictured myself and my family sitting down and eating together at the table. We are changing everyday. I’d had rice and chicken. I felt sorry for myself. 44 . The psychologist Frederick Bartlett called this ‘Schemata’. depressive memories when in actual fact it was my perception of the world at the time but it wasn’t necessarily a true representation of life. So what! You might say. anyway I thought back to the previous night. memories are organized within the historical and cultural frameworks of the individual. However.wordpress. I thought people didn’t like me. I have collected the memories from that part of my life and carried it on into the future. I went about my business as usual and then remembered I had been working late the previous night. but we won’t go there just now that’s for another post. There are theories galore stating that what has happened in your past can have a huge impact on the way you are living your life just now. the kids had already had their dinner. when I was feeling like that I was still collecting memories along the way. I thought the world was against me. bleak memories. but I’d effectively re-written a part of my past. I pictured us talking about school. in fact I’d say they are inaccurate most of the time. work and the usual chit chat. When I have gone back it is not specific memories. I have since gone back and revisited those days and managed to change the overall feeling of the time. Well why not relax this belief and while we’re at it let’s change the past. albeit momentarily. our perception of life changes from day to day. So I replied to the person asking that I’d had pasta bolognaise. Now.’ Neurophilosophy. our knowledge and expectations change. I didn’t even question that at the time). our belief system changes all the time. Last week someone asked me what I had for dinner the previous night (who knows why he asked me. our mood changes. I then remembered tucking into pasta bolognaise. and the process of remembering involves the retrieval of information which has been unknowingly altered in order that it is compatible with pre-existing knowledge.

look at the person you are angry with and study them and try and gauge their feelings. change the way people are interacting with you. mentally and possibly physically. Over time if you do this long enough and practice it you will start to feel a shift. but it can be that easy sometimes.stevenaitchison. If we are ill at any stage in our lives would it be possible to change the illness by remembering a time when we were well and projecting it into the future? www. Change the colours in the scene.Don’t deny your past What I am advocating is changing the feeling of your past. not deny the events that Use this as another tool to get yourself to feel positive about your world. By changing the feelings of the past you will be altering your current and future life. Quick exercise Think back to when you last felt angry with someone Go back into the memory and start to change various aspects of it. are you still as angry? This is a simplified way of changing a memory. I believe that our memories and thoughts affect the cells in the body. I believe this method could be extremely useful in other areas of our lives such as during ill health. was there something that made you feel this way. If you don’t feel positive about your world just now and haven’t done for a long time it might take a long time to change that view. how are they feeling? Did something happen to them to make them feel this way? Ask yourself how you are feeling. Study the person again and mentally ask them questions. Why not make the changes now instead of waiting on the changes to come. Now replay the scene again and notice the changes in yourself and the way you feel about the situation. depending on how much you have been working on your memories. Freeze frame the 45 .

it can alter your life. why? Because part of my mind says ‘Don’t do it. it’s been a natural progression. when you brush your teeth every morning. When you get out of bed in the morning to go to work. 46 . there are some great adverts out there which slip into our minds and build up and eventually get us to act to buy something or do something. I believe there are benefits to having a cold shower which is why I started the discipline in the first place. Each morning I fight that inner voice and discipline it to accept that I am taking a freezing cold shower. mobile phones. and to continue to control these urges until a satisfactory resolution has been sought Self discipline occurs in every part of your life right now. etc there has never been an easier way to reach our minds through advertising. newspapers. in fact it could benefit every area of your life. If you want to lose weight. We all give in and buy that toy don’t we. Why is so much spent on advertising for children when it’s the adults who are buying? Because it’s the children who ultimately apply the pressure for us to buy the latest toy. when you have a shower or a bath every morning. especially at this time of year. e-mail. A lot of us don’t realise that we are all being manipulated in some way to do things that may be harmful to us. it ultimately comes down to self discipline. perceived harmful. What is it? Self discipline is the training of your mind to control. Imagine if you harnessed this power to change different aspects of your life. no matter what programs are available to do so. If you want to give up smoking. they are bombarded with adverts for toys and they have to have the latest thing. For example our children. radio. willpower and motivation Self discipline – Taming the lazy monkey Every morning I have a freezing cold shower. video. Who’s in control of your mind? With television. magazines. that is self discipline. Although you might not have recognised it as such we use this skill every day in our lives. that is self discipline. urges.Self discipline. you might not have recognised it but it does. it’s just stupid’ and that same part of my mind give’s lots of different reasons not to do it. I am not talking conspiracy or anything like that. computers. that is self discipline. There are many areas of your life it could benefit. yes it’s great that there are groups of people who are doing the same as they can be a good motivator but again it comes down to self discipline. Self discipline is a skill and once you get to grips with it. Advertisers have become a lot smarter and appealed to our psyche rather than our rational minds. iPods.

that’s all self The amount of time spent with the kids Your weight Your fitness The tidiness of your house The tidiness of your office The cleanliness of your house Fixing all the broken things in your house (fix that shelf once and for all) The amount of time spent watching TV Watching what you eat Fasting for one day per week Having a cold shower every morning Get your finances sorted out Write those letters you’ve been meaning to write Make the phone calls you’ve been meaning to make Organise your life Getting up early to be thankful of all the things you have The list could go on and on and I am sure you could add a few as well. you would think! However this is not necessarily the case. going to the gym. we have to work a set number of hours. If you’ve not been taught self discipline as a child how are you expected to self discipline yourself as an adult? The truth is self discipline comes automatically for some us as our responsibilities become greater. Some of the areas in your life you could change might be. Usually the things we learn to practice self discipline in are the things we are rewarded with e. What good would self discipline have in your life? What if you could practice self discipline in everything you do? How would your life change? Would it change? Think of these questions for a moment.The practice of self discipline Whilst it’s hard to control your thoughts and actions as a child it should be easier for an adult. we have to get up at a set time. let me know what you would add. our job.stevenaitchison. making love.g. www. Depending on the person some of these rewards will be bigger and have more meaning than some of the others. For example when we get a 47 . saving money. we have to conform to the companies rules and procedures.

I am proving to myself I control my mind and I believe there are benefits to be had from taking a cold shower. but (always a but) do you want to go on to bigger and better things. you never know you might be able to give classes in it. Here are a few exercises to keep your willpower active and fit: Read for half an hour every day Stand on a chair for 5 minutes a day (If anybody asks what you are doing tell them it’s a new form of meditation. it’s cold. Picture the scene: It’s pissing down with rain outside. On the other hand you might have to engage your will power a hundred times before your goal has been reached. An outcome (what is it you want to do?) A plan (how are you going to do it?) Action (get off your arse and do it!) Let self discipline take over and repeat steps 1 -3 if necessary Okay you’ve managed to get out of the sofa.) Take the dog for a walk every single morning for 21 days Stop drinking coffee for a week Get up half an hour earlier than usual for 21 days Take a cold shower every morning for 21 days Don’t eat sweets of any kind for a week I am sure there are lots of things you could think of to exercise your willpower. walk the dog in the pouring rain what now/ nothing. www. the above list is just a few examples. Will power and self-discipline go hand in 48 . Why do I do it? Because I can. 4. if you’re lacking in willpower you’ll carry on watching TV and justify to yourself the reasons for not taking her a walk. Start exercising your willpower regularly to keep it active and healthy.Self discipline. For example every morning I have a cold shower it takes willpower to turn that dial all the way down to 0 for a freezing cold You need the willpower to start whatever it is you want to do and you need the self discipline to carry on where the willpower left off and this will go round in circles. There are certain steps needed to kick your willpower into action 1. you’re lying all cosy and comfortable watching TV in front of the fire and the dog is crying to go for her daily walk. For a specific task you might only need to engage your willpower once and self discipline will carry you through to your goal.stevenaitchison. you have achieved your goal. willpower and motivation Willpower Willpower is the initial force needed for you to take action. 3. of course you do. 2. I used to do it gradually but now I just yank it right down to 0 when I have finished washing. My willpower is acquiescing a bit now and it is getting easier to do it but it still takes willpower and then the self discipline to stay under. If you’ve got a lot of willpower you would get up and take her for a walk.

We all need motivation in our lives however. I am sure you can think of areas in your life already where you will be able to use them. And after the half hour there is more blood pumping through my brain. I’ve got work to do and I really need to get this done’ and then I would happily continue to work away safe in the knowledge that I had a good excuse to keep on working. I just wanted to point out that motivation plays a big role when we come to exercise out self discipline and our willpower. rather than having a toy fight with my two sons. it doesn’t matter. better thinking. depending on the size of the reward. You wouldn’t be reading this article just now if you didn’t think you weren’t going to get something from reading it. which they love. small or big. (we’re always knackered at the end of it). Write them down. better clarity of mind. Now I make the rewards of the toy fight more rewarding. We have to have some kind of motivation to do everything we do in life. more oxygen. You might have already done this Once you’ve got a list. I get to spend time with my boys. we laugh like we have never laughed and I feel great at the end of it. we may not always feel motivated. Motivation is a huge subject but I will not discuss it at length here. Pick two from your list and start to practice self discipline and willpower. In the past I have said ‘Sorry boys. a quick list.Self discipline. For example. willpower and motivation what can you do to put it all together and use it in your day to day lives? First of all you need to recognise where it will be useful to exercise your self discipline and willpower. it stops them from watching TV for half an hour. So. it’s all good. willpower and motivation Motivation Motivation plays a huge part in the exercising of self discipline and willpower. you’ve learned all about self discipline. make the rewards bigger and you can have all the motivation you need. it is giving us all exercise. I usually want to keep working on my blogs. 49 . Pulling it all together Okay. even if it is half an hour. The way to gaining more motivation is to make the rewards bigger.

co. set yourself up for the day and tell yourself you are self disciplined and have lots of willpower. What will happen is your inner voice will reason with you as to why it’s a bad idea to turn that dial down to cold. I would advise you not to go all out and try your self discipline on everything.For example if your two were to give up sweets and take a cold shower in the morning (ones I have done already). Your willpower and self discipline is like a muscle which needs to be built up gradually. its well worth practicing this it is one of the best tools to master in your life and one of the most beneficial. Good luck with this. A word of warning here. www. jump in the shower. every morning get up. Do the same with giving up the sweets or whatever you have chosen to do. why would you want to do this anyway.stevenaitchison. start tomorrow. I would start with a couple of things at first. once you’ve washed gradually turn the shower down to cold until it is all the way down to it’s coldest setting. Keep telling that inner voice that you are boss and you decide what you do. Listen to that voice and just tell it ‘I am the boss here’.uk/blog 50 . it will try and cajole you saying ‘it’s too warm. just because you read it in a blog post doesn’t mean to say you have to do it’ it will bombard you with reasons.

When I was younger I used to think being quiet and introverted was a sign of weakness. silent mysterious type. Eventually I came to the realization I was this way because of my confidence not through lack of confidence. I once told the whole sordid details and ended up feeling shit about myself. in an unselfish way. needless to say I never ever did it again. www. Inner Strength Being silent has strength about it. Once you’ve felt this power you will never want to tell another persons secret or brag again. Now have you ever done the opposite? told the secret you weren’t supposed to. very 51 . I didn’t mind being in groups. and a lot of other people thought I was a right shit. For years I tried to get rid of this and tried to be more gregarious and a ‘bit of a lad’ but nothing I tried worked.Silent power Silent power is the ability to keep something held deep within yourself therefore allowing you an inner strength and determination which builds up to confidence. After a few years and an event that changed my life I decided to drop my friends. Keeping things to yourself. People who brag about themselves all the time lose this energy and have to gain it from somewhere else. Your aural energy is the energy you give off every day. they want to feel important so they brag and boost stealing energy from people that give them attention. disloyal. people cannot necessarily see it but somehow they can feel it and sense it coming from you. Ironically I became more outgoing but still kept that inner silence. has a strength which is manifested in your personality and subsequently your aural energy. I usually said ‘we had a good night’ and left it at that. to me it meant I didn’t have the confidence to be in amongst my peers. etc. try your hardest to hold onto it and see how much inner power it gives you and how strong you feel after it. I remember when I was a teenager my friends used to brag about the girls they had been with and something inside me thought it was wrong to ‘kiss and tell’ so when I went out with a girl I didn’t say anything. all my friends were very After this I became much more comfortable with who I was and I loved being the strong. the girl I had bragged about felt shit. all except one. I loved to listen to everybody else and listen to the banter.stevenaitchison. Have you ever held onto a secret for someone? They’ve made you promise not to tell anyone and it was a really juicy secret? How did it feel when the secret eventually came out and the person who told you not to tell anyone knew it wasn’t you it came from? I would guess you felt proud. and move on. how did you feel then? Exactly the opposite: disappointed in yourself. and quite arrogant. However I still tried to surround myself with people who I wanted to be like. The next time you feel like bragging or boosting about something or giving away a secret. strong and a closer connection to the person.

Slowing the world down
Sometimes it’s an absolute nightmare trying to juggle everything we have to do in a day. In the world we live in today we are available 24 hours a day. We work longer hours and take in much more information through TV, newspapers, iPods, DABs, the internet, smartphones, billboards, magazines, letters, junk mail, and e-mail to name but a few. Its information overload and we are trying to juggle all this with our work, family, and playtime. Our brains are amazing and we are amazing as a species. However sometimes we’ve got to give our brains a helping hand and say enough is enough. Here are some tips to slow down the mad world for a few minutes a day; Give yourself ten minutes at home and at work before checking your e-mails. This allows your brain that little bit longer to get into the swing of things and to prepare it for the day ahead. Take a lunch break. Make this a priority; I am amazed at how many people don’t take a lunch break. I make it a priority to take an hour (54 minutes to be precise) every day. Turn off your mobile and go somewhere other than the office, this splits the day in half and it will set you up for the second half. If you are out and about all the time in the car, pull over to a nice spot, turn the phone off and just read for ten minutes or absorb the scenery. Despite what you think 10 minutes can be excused no matter how important you think you are to the company. Delegate as much as you can and concentrate on the important tasks. This is easier said than done, but try asking someone to do something for you; a voluntary agency, your children, your friends, your work colleagues etc. Make a ‘to do list’ every morning and prioritise your work and tasks for the day. This gives a huge sense of satisfaction when jobs are completed and also motivates you to keep going. If it’s too much just stop doing it. I recently took on too many jobs at once and was halfway into a project and I realised I was stressing myself, I was cranky with my family and it was because I had taken on too much. I decided to end a project for building a website for someone and apologised profusely and gave him back the money. He was not happy at all and told me so. I felt really bad but at the same time it was a weight lifted and a lesson learned.


Stages of your own evolution
I had my Christmas night out last night with my workplace and since I haven’t had a drink for 4 months or so I was feeling a little drunk after 2 or 3 drinks. I kept on drinking in the hope that I would become a little less self conscious about the fact that I was getting drunk. However this did not work and I felt even more self conscious, particularly because the boss was there and was not drinking. I couldn’t get out of that place in my head so I decided to go home early, around 11.30pm. Anybody that knew me in the past would know that this is not me at all and I would be the one suggesting to go on to a nightclub at 2am in the morning, singing and dancing all the way there. As I tend to do when I have been out on a night out with the workplace I go over the events in my head. I came to the conclusion that I am just not that person anymore. It’s another stage in my evolution, but rather than accept this stage I found it was quite sad to let it go and upon a bit of introspection it was because it had served me so well in the past. Now, this might sound all a bit serious thinking, after all it was a Christmas night out. It was just one of those realisation moments when I knew I had moved on from a stage in my life. I thought about this in the morning (this morning) when I woke up and thought about the stages of our evolution. I thought it would be a good exercise to try and think about the stages of my evolution. From an Erikson psychosocial point of view I would have reached the Generativity stage of my own evolution, from a spiritual point of view, according to Scott M Peck, I have reached stage 3 or 4 of my spiritual evolution, from a Freudian sexual point of view I have reached……. who knows! The one I was interested in was the ego stage and according to Loevingers ego development stages I have probably reached the Conscientious and Individualistic stage. In James Fowler’s stages of faith development I have reached stage 5 – Conjunctive faith. I thought looking at these stages of development was useful as a loose guide and of course that’s what all these theories are; loose guides. They are useful for thinking about yourself and how far you have travelled in your life so far. I know I have moved on in all areas of my life and sometimes it can be sad sometimes joyful but most of the time it is exciting. I am excited by life , excited for the future and hope you find some use with the above links.


Template reality
Recently I have been questioning everything in my life, but most of all reality. I used to think reality was a given, we couldn’t change it, it wasn’t malleable, we were stuck with what we had. However when I started questioning it, really questioning it some interesting answers were brought up and I had to change my belief about reality itself. First of all we have to ask what different types of reality are there: Objective reality – This is basically when we all agree on roughly what the world and its contents are. For example if the whole world were to look at a snake we could all name it as such, as our idea of a snake is pretty much the same across the world. Now, the same snake might elicit different reactions from people across the world, some people revere snakes others are terrified, others are curious etc, but we still all agree a snake is a snake. If we transfer this model and put it into our own lives we have no real control over our lives as reality is independent of our thoughts, it will still exist even if we believe it does not. Subjective reality – essentially this is when you create the world you live in, you create the people, you create the people having their own ideas, you create the laws etc. This is possibly the hardest to get my head around, but I have been playing with it for a while with some interesting results. I have been playing with the idea that I can create anything I want by thinking and believing it can happen. I found I can get to the believing part when I start small and work up to bigger things. For example when I wanted money in my life I simply thought and started to believe that I would be given £10, sure enough £10 or more came my way by way of an unexpected source. Okay £10 worked, what about £100? That worked as well, therefore strengthening my belief that this really works. Okay what about £1000, I concentrated on my past successes with this, I believed it would come, and it did, it took a bit longer but it came in the form of money from a fund my wife received. I have experimented with other things as well and I must say I like this form of reality; it’s a lot more fun than having the view that everything in life happens to me by chance. However it is still a struggle to believe that I am imagining you reading this page and I am giving you thoughts. I am imagining my whole world. Another reality: Template driven reality So what about an alternative, probably not a new one but one I came about by questioning. A template driven model of reality. This is the marrying of the objective reality and subjective reality models, assuming there are only two basic models. In this model of reality we are each programmed with set rules about the world e.g. the law of gravity, this is the objective part of reality. However what we do with the template is up to us.


writing my own content. Now. after all nobody else can prove otherwise. their desires and wishes fulfilled more times? Your own world and theory I can see the benefits of taking on a subjective world viewpoint and I have swayed more to living a subjective world viewpoint however I still find it difficult to totally accept it intellectually. you added various family members. We are all living in a world full of theories so why not make up our own theories! www. you updated it with some of your educational achievements and your job etc.stevenaitchison. more and more people came to see it.The blog analogy I would imagine it is just like this blog you are reading just now. manipulating various features of the template it looks and feels totally different from other blogs which have the same basic template.e. adding plugins. Imagine your wants and desires in the world to be analogous to traffic to your blog. Which of the above blogs would get more traffic to their blog i. you promoted your blog regularly. you kept on thinking of ways to improve it. You updated the template design on occasion and you kept up to date with what was going on in the blogging world. However it doesn’t really matter as I am having great time thinking about my own reality structure and playing with it. You wouldn’t really be excited about your blog Imagine the same blog being constantly updated with new our ability to shape our own lives. Now by adding widgets on. imagine you were given a blog template and did absolutely nothing with it. This is what gives us our 55 . friends. you contributed to the world. new ideas. The blog itself is a basic template. you updated your knowledge of the world regularly. You wrote a few times in it.

Now the first thing I do is think about the outcome. The process worked like this. A blog seemed a great way to start and would really show me if I had the commitment to do this as I would need to continue writing a blog for months maybe years before I got anything out of it. 56 . I thought about the end and where it might lead. one of my dreams is to become a personal development speaker. a bit like me when I was younger. and he said he wanted to be a pilot.The process of a dream Over the years I have noticed that the things I have failed in are the things I have not thought out. it would mean a lot of rejection at first. For example. After he saw the amount of work and possible money involved he dropped that and move onto something else. I think about the end of the project and work back. it would mean facing up to my fears. Then I worked back the way. That was about 9 years ago. I encouraged him to go for it but he said he wanted something a little easier to obtain. but it was still a dream. I was speaking with someone last week who is very impulsive and has all these grand ideas. I said that was a great and ambitious plan. I have analysed the failures and discovered that I used to get the whiff of an idea and then go for it all guns blazing without thinking about it. 8 years later the dream was still burning a little ember in the back of my mind. He then wanted to be a professional football player. I decided last year I would pursue this dream I had. I am pleased with the blog and am still committed to it and have now set the wheels in motion and written a course about blogging which will give me confidence in speaking to audiences. The dream did not die. I have started projects in the past and got really enthusiastic and then the enthusiasm dies. I still wanted to do it. If you can see the end of your dream and can see the outcome then the bits in-between become a little easier. it would mean studying and writing a lot. but I did read every personal development book I could. it would mean perfecting the craft of speaking. Once I have the experience of speaking regularly I can develop the personal development course next year and roll it out. I watched Jack Black (Scottish Personal Development speaker) and said that’s the job for me. so we looked into it. I didn’t do anything about at first.

speak to someone. Want to share your dream. Thinking and visualising your dream is important to keep it alive. I saw the end of the dream and what it would mean to me if I achieved it. make a call. If the dream dies then that’s okay. 4. Review your dream regularly. You’ll always find someone willing to encourage you. Take one step everyday to work on your dream. and get good at the processes in-between. even if that means thinking about it. 6. it saves you a lot of time. 2. You are reading this blog for a reason. Keep acting on it. 5. speak to someone about it. why not act on that reason. You’ll notice the main ingredients of this dream of mine. www. Now the wheels are turning quite rapidly and things are starting to fall into place. Act on the Your have to have a dream before you can achieve it. you know it is unlikely to happen but it’s good to daydream about it. The dream stayed a dream until I actually moved on it and started thinking about it and doing something with it. Do one thing that will take you a step closer to your dream. like the daydream of winning the lottery. make phone calls.stevenaitchison. So if we broke it right down the process of achieving your dreams might work like this: 1.I am so much closer to my goal than I was. Take action steps. Now if your dream is something you really want to do. do anything and keep the momentum. If the dream is still alive keeping taking the action steps until you achieve it. Think about the end and what it will mean. share it here by leaving a comment. you have to act on it before you even get close to the 57 . this will tell you if you are on track or if the dream is dying. Review your dream regularly Achieve your dream It’s great having dreams and little daydreams and it’s also great keeping them that way. 3.

The Timeline perspective is learning to look at all the areas of your life from lots all of your different perspectives. Look at one specific area of your life just now for example your career. would they be happy with the way your life is just now?what about your future self? Here’s a different approach to try to find out how happy you are with the different areas of your life. For example. Ask yourself these questions and be as honest as you possibly can. if we want to tap into psychic consciousness all we have to do is think about having psychic experiences. Within these clouds we can access our past consciousness. It may have a memory which we can tap into. I am currently a support worker for the homeless. I will discuss these clouds of consciousness in future posts as I am playing with the theory and trying to experience it as much as possible before formulating any concrete belief. dismiss them and formulate my own.Timeline perspective Are you happy with all the different areas of your life? What about the old you. past. I will use my answers by way of an example. I believe this is how the ‘Law of attraction’ works. So we are tapping into the law of attraction cloud Timeline cloud Just as there may be clouds of consciousness for everything we can think of and some we have yet to think of we have clouds which pertain to us specifically. I have not yet made the transition to full time life coach or seminar speaker and internet entrepreneur. the present and the future. We think that the law of attraction works. Try it out Okay here’s an example to play with and check out the timeline perspective. instead of someone telling me this is what you should believe and anything else is just stupid or crazy. 58 . I see consciousness as being a split up into different clouds and each consciousness cloud can be tapped into should we wish to use its knowledge. we have to believe that I will happen. pour present consciousness and our future consciousness. This is the beauty of checking out all of my current beliefs it’s great to play with them . It takes a giant leap of faith to believe it but once it starts to help us in our day to day lives the law of attraction will work a lot quicker. Why? Why would you use the timeline perspective of yourself? I believe consciousness is an amazing aspect of human life and I also believe we can access consciousness from all ourselves. Let the answers come to you if you can and try and let everything that comes into your mind come out onto the paper or the computer. I am working with the theory that these clouds of consciousnesses can be tapped into simply by thinking about tapping into them. present and future. It is looking at yourself from the past. we eventually believe it will work and eventually it will work. read about it let it soak us and sure enough psychic experiences will come.

uk/blog 59 .stevenaitchison. he would be very unhappy if he was still in the same job. present and future. www. is that person happy with your current career? – He is happy with the experience it gave him but feels it is nearing the end of that career. Think back to yourself 5 years ago. more money. However when I came to answer the questions about different aspects of my life it was really surprising what my past thought about my present and what my future thought about my present choices. The moment you wake up you are accessing your future self you have to think about what you are going to do before you do it. I will leave this post here for now as there is so much more to say on this subject and I will be talking about it a lot in the future. You have just accessed your future self. the people you will talk to. and it is by no means a new revelation: You ALWAYS have to think about your future before you do it.I think they would be a little disbelieving but I think they would be very surprised and happy yes. think of the work you will do. life. possibly get up to go to work. is that person happy with your current career? – No not at all. would that person be happy with your current career? – Again he would be surprised and he wouldn’t dream that he would be working as a support worker with the homeless. This was a great revelation to me when I discovered it. Now think of yourself 1 year from now. etc would that person be happy with your current career? . Accessing our future selves Now you might think ‘how the hell can we access our future selves’.Are you happy with your current career? – Yes I am very happy with where I am just now Think back to yourself 1 year ago. would that person be happy with your current career? He wouldn’t have been happy as he wanted something else in. Now think of yourself 5 years from now. For now I hope the meeting with your three selves goes well. For a moment think about what you are going to do tomorrow. Think back to yourself 10 years ago. What I found most interesting about this exercise is that I believed I would be happy with this career in all aspects of myself: past. You always have to access your future self at some point. I think you get the picture now. he wanted more prestige.

Love. a headset with microphone attachment. Your subconscious mind has been imprinted a long time ago with programs of life making it very difficult to imprint new programs. Positive talking is using your conscious mind to try to communicate with your subconscious mind. we know that when you are sleeping your brainwaves are alternating between Alpha. We are using the power of the computer to change the way we live but can we use it to change our lives internally? I would like to show you a way to use your computer to change your own life using the internet. to write. Write down 10.30 intentions under 3 – 8 main headings. So to reach your unconscious mind and imprint new programs you have to reach one of the unconscious brainwave states. When you are in a relaxed state of mind you are emitting what is called Alpha Waves and that is when new imprinting can take place. There is lots of information on learning and your brain waves and learning have a search around Google. listen. This powerful exercise requires a few pre-requisites. generate ideas. I use a beautiful piece of music from the Estonian composer Arvo Part called ‘Spiegel Im Spiegel’. to organise my life. The easiest one to reach is Alpha waves and it is in this state that you can change your life. I have the headings: Family. Finance. So it is very difficult to reach your subconscious mind using your conscious mind. Positive thinking I believe positive talking and thinking is not enough to change your life. research. a set of intentions and a quick software download. Career. and Personal growth and I have 4 intentions in each category. read. I use the the Audacity software which lets you alter your recording when you have completed it. Use classical music or relaxation music. an estimated. 90% of your life is controlled by your subconscious mind. it requires you to be in a relaxed state of mind.Using your computer to change your life Computers have changed our lives and our world beyond measure. which is the normal waking conscious state. make money etc. What you will need • • • • • You will need a headset with a microphone attached. Download some recording software so you can record your voice. You can buy these really cheaply from any computer store. The trouble is that. I cannot imagine what I would do without my computer to communicate. 60 . However. I bought mine for £13 after a donation I was given by a reader of this blog. When you use positive thinking you are usually in a Beta state of mind. This exercise is possibly the most powerful exercise you will do in your life and possibly the one that will change your life forever. Delta and Theta states. Health. To imprint a new program. I am presuming you have a soundcard with mic in ports Some music that gets you into a relaxed state.

I have lost another few pounds in weight. this in itself will change your life dramatically. Added benefits If you use this three times per day you have the added benefit of relaxing three times per day. I recorded my intentions 9 days ago and have been listening to it every day.The intentions After reading and listening to Marc Allen I always start each intention with ‘In a healthy and positive way……. or traffic jams. or whenever you have to wait a long time for something. 3 times a day. Marc calls them affirmations but I prefer to use the word intentions. To duplicate the recording it is just like copying and pasting on word. I am just enjoying life more. Turn on your favourite piece of music and then hit the record key on Audacity. When you have read out all your intentions stop the recording. Think about what you really want in life as this exercise is very powerful and you have heard the saying ‘Be careful what you wish for you might just get it’. Highlight the recording or press CTRL+A > go to ‘File’ > Click Copy > Now go to the end of the recording > go to file again and click paste (CTRL+V) and do this 4 times. You can download it to your iPod or MP3 player and listen to it when you are waiting in queues. Duplicate your recording using Audacity. I am constantly amazed at way my life changes for the better and it’s definitely down to personal development. > Now click on file and click export as MP3 and save it to a folder. I am less stressed at work. has massive benefits on your everyday life. three times a day. It’s like meditating for 15 minutes. and I have more energy. I was going to wait until the full 21 days was over before I wrote an article about it. Ready to record Make sure you can find 10 minutes free time when there will be absolutely no distractions. Some of the things are: I have received 2 website commissions. Now you can listen to your recording whenever you want and have a spare 10 minutes to relax. slow voice.’. loud enough and easy to understand. I was so excited about the changes in my life that I wanted to tell you about it sooner. When you are happy with the recording making sure it is clear. Another thing is to take your time over your intentions. as you know. You now have your recording but repeated 5 times. This will probably last from 10-15 minutes. 61 . my relationships with my children are better. Do it in a calm.. This. duplicate the recording 5 times. I have noticed dramatic changes that I cannot put down to coincidence. Now start to read your intentions out loud. I am making more money from the blog. However. preferably having no one in the house at all.

If you like you can send me an e-mail to let me know you are willing to take the challenge and I will e-mail you every day to give you that push you need to carry on with the challenge. every day for 21 days. I would like to challenge you to try this for 21 days. I challenge you to do this and tell me there are no benefits to it. Alpha waves etc might sound airy fairy to some of you. The challenge is: Record your intentions as described above and then listen to your recording 3 times per day. You are only taking 30-45 minutes per day to change your life. There is only 1 rule and that is you take the challenge and check in with me every day for 21 62 . the subconscious mind.A challenge for you All this talk of intentions. I will add your name to a separate post entitled the ‘The “Change your life” challenge’ and if you send me a link to your blog or website I will post a linkback to it. www. letting me know what you have done that day.

It involves going back. This is a computer term meaning that if something goes wrong with a program. control the 63 .What to do when you lose your mojo Have you ever had that feeling in your life when nothing is working? You’re feeling down. When we are in the black cloud of feeling down the world is not a good place. You know you will go back to your old self soon but it’s shit feeling that way you do just now. Depending on how deep the mojo losing has gone there are steps you can take to get the mojo back. Feeling down for a few days is not a good feeling. thank yourself for your life (it is you who is creating it). in your mind. This exercise should help. Usually there is a trigger event that starts the snowball rolling and the downward spiral of feelings. This is the time to thank yourself. and sounds back.stevenaitchison. This is for those times when we have lost it for a few days. taste. 2. to the last time you felt good about yourself and the world. What do you do when this happens? This exercise is not for people who are depressive and are on medication for their depression. loss of a job. 3. in part. however it reminds us how good our life really is. Thank yourself This is important. touch. If we can control our state of mind we can. a failed exam something big but not huge. our confidence has gone. If you can do this a few times a day for the next few days you will see a dramatic difference in the way you feel. Recognise when the mojo losing feeling started. When I do exercises like this it further strengthens my belief that we create. Use your mind to the full. This involves visualising yourself in the time when you felt good. effectively. Go back to the last known good configuration. get the feelings back. people you thought were on your side are suddenly against you? You feel the whole world is against you? Unless you are a manic depressive hopefully this only happens once in a blue moon. It all starts at the start 1. An example trigger would be falling out with your partner. revert to a time when it was working when the cloud disappears the sunshine is back. and get the smell. the world around us. www.

I now finish my blogging and website stuff at 7am and am a father and husband until 8. I then shout at the kids for not being ready. I usually wake my kids up at around 7am. don’t finish it. It’s like reading 8 pages of a book. We spoke about it and nailed it down to the mornings and nailed it down to not being able to concentrate on one role at a time. Obviously this changes at the weekend and on holidays. when I say separate I mean mentally separate each role. husband. Due to the blog and a few website commissions coming in I am much busier than normal the past few weeks. So I take it out on my family. a website creator. a support worker. and getting ready for support worker.45pm then I am a father and husband until about 7pm and then I am a blogger and website creator until about 10pm. 64 .15am.Your roles in life How many roles do you have in life? I have at least 8 roles which I have to juggle and separate. I have a cup of tea with my wife and then get the boys ready for going out to school and off we trot at about 8. go on to the next page. mentally. a counsellor.30am I wake my wife up for work or university and then cram another few minutes into work. not realising why I am being a bit grumpy. So. I don’t like things being left undone. I am not finished one role before I slip into another. At around 7. and consultant. At the moment I am a Father. website creator. even if I don’t like the task. I hate starting something and not finishing it. So. I walk upstairs wake them and come back downstairs to cram a few minutes more work. then I am a support worker until 4. I didn’t really take notice of the different roles until a few weeks ago. Then when I know the kids are ready and had breakfast and their lunches have been made I then have a cold shower and get ready for work. which wasn’t like me. 5 roles in all. from 7am until about 8am I have slipped between roles of blogger. a blogger. What happens is that I get grumpy as hell as sometimes. It was my wife who pointed out I was being a bit grumpy. This has to be a conscious thing. For example if you work in the morning set a time for finishing that work and don’t go back to it. don’t finish that one and so on and so forth. a coach. as my father and husband roles greatly increase in time. father. This is mentally frustrating and can cause stress and anger. or not brushing their teeth after me telling them for the 5th time.30am. Nothing really gets finished. A tip for switching between roles This may seem extremely simple but the trick to switching between roles successfully is two fold: • • Recognise what roles you play in life and note down when you play them Set times for changing between the various roles. you start one page. I then cram another few minutes in. a husband. I usually get up at around 5. 7am comes. What is happening is that I am not mentally finishing one job before trying to go into another job and then not finishing that one before going into another.30ish and work on the blog or a website.

and I am getting more things done in life and am procrastinating I am a lot calmer. less stressed. it may let you look at life in a new way.stevenaitchison. However I like my job but spreading the 25% around some of the other roles would be great. but money 65 . www. What I also found useful was to create a pie chart of what roles I play and the percentage I play them. Doing the pie chart a few weeks ago made me realise I needed to spend more time with my family so I rearranged a few hours to make more time for my family. The pie chart shows a typical 120 hour waking week for me. What roles do you have in life? Why not create a pie chart like the one above or simply note down the percentages of each different role. I would like to get rid of the 25% I spend working as a support worker for the homeless. It was interesting to see how much time I spend in different roles.This has helped me tremendously over the last few weeks. I think you will be surprised at the number of hours spent in each role. If you do work out the percentages why not post them and I will create an overall pie chart for everyone.

You are truly’t try and organise the whole day yourself allocate roles to your family. Here are a few tips for staying sane this Christmas. #8 – Delegate . #7 . welcome guests. the family getting together. ratio of 1:4:2. #9 – Breathe . we better buy a few extra presents’. #10 – Plan Christmas . This way you gear yourself up for the stress and all that goes with Christmas. meditate. remember what it’s all about. read a book. it won’t. whilst we can do the dinner etc. My son’s roles will be to clear the living room before dinner. There are millions of people worse off so look around your family and silently thank them. Every year. played some games. #4 – Spending limit – Stick rigidly to your spending limit. You might think that if you tool half an hour to yourself the world would fall apart. Children are messy and want to play NOW and don’t care about clearing up. eaten the dinner.If you’ve not already done so.Be Happy – This is not meant to be a stressful time of year. Take a nap. Put your feet up. #3 – Get the food in early – Very important this one. plan your Christmas shopping in one day. Count your blessings. Don’t leave the food shopping until last minute. look around your house. hold for 4 and out for 2.stevenaitchison. tidied up (a little). This includes presents. without fail. now Relax. Yes children will notice but if you explain to them. #2 – Relax – You’ve opened the presents. #1 – Be Thankful – Don’t want to depress you but be thankful. #6 – Quality time – Allow yourself a break during the day or during the lead up to Christmas and New Year. Take 1 day to plan it and 1 day to action 66 . lay the table.10 tips to stay sane at Christmas Christmas and the New Year can be a stressful time of year for a lot of people. hold for 16 and breathe out for 8 seconds. better yet get a foot massage from your partner. having fun and enjoying your time together. anything but make sure you allow time for yourself. one of us will say ‘Oh that doesn’t look that much compared to the other one. This needn’t be the case. Just chill out and enjoy the rest of the day. www. So if you breathe in for 4. allow them to be a bit messy for a day then kick butt on Boxing Day. and look around your estate. they are usually happy. food and decorations. don’t get too stressed about the place being a mess for a day or half a day. sit in the bathroom. You don’t want to be stuck with Turkey breast slices if you’ve planned your meal around a 12Ib Turkey. #5 – Allow mess – Christmas is a children’s holiday as well.When you are in queue’s do your breathing exercises. breath in for 1. Although it may not look as if you’ve bought one of your children a lot compared to the other the amount of money spent is the same and that’s what matters.

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