Friday, 28 December 2012

What's in a name?

Only last Month, a great leader and icon in the World of Positive Personal Development passed away, Zig Ziglar. When I first came across his work I was distracted by his name, I thought it was way out, made up, just too much. I never found out if it was or not but I did learn that he was smart if not wise and had the incredible ability to get his positive thinking message across with ease and with fun. He was an inspiration and oozed charisma, a larger than life personality who devoted his life to teaching a better way of thinking. Needless to say, his name rolls of my tongue easily now.
Hugs, Allan

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The Power of State

Sometimes all it takes is a memory of a place, a smile, an act of gratitude, a beautiful photo or a fantastic song with beautiful words for us to move from a fed up mood or state to something more resourceful, it's all that's required, a little reminder, a gently nudge from our negative state into a more positive and productive state. We change state throughout our day completely unaware that we are doing so whenever we interact with others, or do our chores at home or work. Imagine how much better or indeed invaluable it would be for you if you controlled your state in order that you were at your best at all times or at least when required. This song works for me every time.
Hugs, Allan

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Personal Power

I've been delivering presentations recently to one of our most forward thinking organisations here in Scotland. I've been speaking about the need for personal responsibility, about taking account of ourselves and using our inherent gifts, our amazing and limitless human potential and making it work for us in the most positive and constructive way. It's been incredible and talks have been met with courage and conviction from participants, courage to face up to challenges and the conviction to follow through and endeavour to make the new way of thinking work. 
The late Jim Rohn said this:

... and I believe that if we wish to control or create our own destiny, we have to at least take charge of our attitude toward life, our way of thinking and reacting, to get best results. It appears that many are beginning to agree. Hugs, Allan

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Monday, 29 October 2012


It can be very easy to become discouraged and give up on our pursuit of a goal or desire. In our fast moving world and with our need for everything to be immediate, when our hopes and dreams don't come quickly we let go ever so easily. When we fail to see immediate fruition of any goals we lose focus and move on to something new, only to experience the same results. We have to continue to focus and hold our vision of the desired outcome, not letting go, but sometimes adjusting our course along the way. We have to delay gratification and keep faith with our desires no matter the knocks along the way. Learning from the setbacks and using this feedback to educate ourselves will provide us with the strength and knowledge we require to maintain the ideal once realised.

Hugs, Allan

Monday, 22 October 2012

We give meaning to everything in our lives, it is us who decide whether something is going to negatively affect us or positively affect us. So if we are to live a fuller life, a life of happiness and success, we have to process what our senses deliver to us with a more supportive and encouaging perspective. In essence we have to sometimes deny what our senses are telling us in favour of our chosen imagined scenario.

Hugs, Allan

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Feng Shui Your Mind

Having been the type of person who accepted the world and what it offered as the official and only version of what was available. Having a very narrow view of life and my abilities to bring about change externally or internally, I seen nothing to get me excited about my world and my place within it. It has taken many years and much effort to get this far and I must say I am pleased that I am no longer the cynical, confrontational and self loathing person of old, I mended my ways and changed direction and it was done one thought at a time, not steps or big physical actions, simply a new application of thoughts, slowly and with intention.
You may ask: How do I know you can do it? The answer is simple. I am just like you. I am no super human, I have 24 hours each day just like you, I have the ability think just like you, I also have the ability to watch, listen and feel my thoughts for the ones that do not serve me, just like you.

Hugs, Allan

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Magnificent Obsession

It's very easy to continually become embroiled in our fears and challenges, after all it has become a pattern for most of us that our thoughts flow unchallenged. It is easier to allow our conditioned ways of thinking and then acting free reign, in order that we maintain the status quo of our lives. We even tolerate the pain of this conditioning for fear of changing the known, to the point of deep sadness.
It needn't be so challenging, creating a life worth living can be done by tiny steps but the important part is to be facing in the right direction, changing your thinking and your responses to old situations, circumstances and dramas of your life is the beginning of the road to freedom. Placing your focus on what you want to see in your life and removing your focus from what you don't want to see is a choice. 
Hugs, Allan

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Simple Changes

Recognising that we want something more from life is relatively simple, but it is the simple things that seem to hold us up. We're not used to the answer being right under our noses. We find ourselves in an unhappy situation or our life isn't the way we want it to be, we're not being, doing or having the lifestyle we want. So what do we want? We don't want to stay where we are, that's for sure. So why do so many do exactly that, stay where they are? It doesn't take great leaps of faith or massive effort to bring around subtle and effective change, it takes mental effort, thinking about what we do want and maybe even contrasting our dislikes into their opposites. Once we know where we want to be, we must act first in the mind, in our imagination then adjust to the feeling of having achieved the outcome, then allow our inner mind to guide us in that direction.

Hugs, Allan

Monday, 18 June 2012

Successful Perception

For many, the struggle to find any degree of success and happiness in life seems to be dependent upon who they see themselves as at present, their perception of self seen through old filters, outdated thoughts and beliefs which serve no positive purpose other than to hold them back and create destructive limits. We have to take stock of repeated unsuccessful patterns if we wish to embrace any degree of success in our daily lives. Noticing where we fall short is a beginning and understanding how our thoughts determined that outcome begins to move us in a new direction. It's really not about who you have been in the past but a case of who and what you want to be in the future, and beginning to change your concept of self to line up with that new and altered image.

Hugs, Allan

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Unlearn the past

I'm a great believer that we have much to unlearn in our pusuit of happiness, our desire for a better balance in life. When life isn't providing what we want, we have a tendency to look outside ourselves, but the truth is we are personally responsible for our choices and what we allow or bring into our lives. So when all is not good we have to look within first, this is one of the most painful lessons we can learn and also one of the most beneficial and self empowering. Take a look at what you are thinking in any given situation and notice where you immediately give away your personal power to external influences, learn from this and unlearn the patterns of thought that create the unhappiness.

     Hugs, Allan

Monday, 30 April 2012

Creating Your Future History

We have a tendency to think of our goals and successes in terms of an arrival point, a destination, something to be reached. While this is true on the physical plain, that goals are mini platforms or plateaus we reach on the way to bigger life accomplishments, grander destinations. However, It should be understood that when we set goals of any kind we must also consider the goal as having been achieved immediately after it's inception, right here in the now, the journey is only mental and the outcome obtained.

"Continuously contemplate yourself as being surrounded by the conditions you wish to produce" Wayne Dyer

So on a daily, weekly basis you will plan your short term goals, process goals which are smaller chunks of your grander, annual or more, life accomplishment goals. These smaller chunks are action (physical) based daily and weekly. While constantly and persistently visiting your major goals in your imagination (mental) as having been achieved. This is what is meant by "believing is seeing".

"Right now you can use your powerful imagination to assume you are what at the moment your senses and reason deny" Neville Goddard.

You create the mental reality in your imagination and it will become manifest in your physical world.

Hugs, Allan

Monday, 2 April 2012

Thought creates after its kind

Thought correlates with its object said Claude M. Bristol in his 1948 book The Magic of Believing. Basically, what we focus our thoughts upon consistently we will bring about in our reality. Habitual thinking patterns and focused attention to any particular subject will assist you to realise its physical equivalent.
For the most part we humans don't really take stock of our thought habits, they just happen in the background and we follow along unquestioningly without conscious attention or examination. So if we have a situation in life that is limiting us or not serving us, it is almost certain that we are honouring unconscious thought patterns or beliefs, following on dutifully without question as to the truth of these recurring thoughts.
To begin a course of action to improve any "challenging" area of our lives, we first must realise that it is our thinking that is the challenge not the situation or environment. Nothing in the Universe has any real meaning except the meaning you give it. Anais Nin said "We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are", it then follows that if we were to look at our world with "new eyes" we would definitely see the world through another perspective, a view of our choosing from the inside out as opposed to "believing what we see" we would then be "seeing what we believe".
Look at what you are thinking, take conscious notice of your thoughts, hear what you're repeating to yourself, remember that it is you who is the thinker, it is your choice to ignore or encourage whatever thoughts you wish to grow and take root. Nurture and expand on positive thoughts of support and encouragement while deleting unsupportive thoughts. It takes effort but once this becomes habitual you will then be creating and manifesting a new improved reality, a true joyful and beautious vision from the inside out.

Hugs, Allan

Saturday, 18 February 2012

As You Think.....

Dr Joseph Murphy states in his highly acclaimed book “The power of your subconscious mind" that " the world within creates the world without". So whatever is impressed upon the subconscious mind and dropped into its realm by conscious reasoning or repetitive self talk, whether it be truth or not, and thoughts in alignment with our beliefs, are stored and utilised in our everyday experience of life.

Events, conditions and acts are produced by our subconscious mind in reaction to our thoughts." In other words we see things not as they are but as we are" ( Anais Nin). Beliefs as such are a perspective, a window through which we view the world uniquely, rightly or wrongly.
We are constantly processing thought; around 2 billion pieces of information are processed by our senses every second, 95% of it outside our conscious awareness and most of this goes unchallenged. It's at this point we can raise awareness by providing a challenge, should any thoughts be disempowering. Our subconscious is extremely sensitive to the thoughts and images we habitually entertain in our conscious mind and our beliefs are built here in accordance with these predominant thoughts.

With this in mind it is of great importance that we feed ourselves good "mindfood" As our subconscious takes us literally at our word it is wise to use affirming supportive language and encourage harmonious life ward thoughts.
For example, should you nurture predominant thoughts of lack or poverty in your conscious mind this will be played out in the physical realm as effect born of your desire to honour the subconscious belief, as would the opposite be true if you had thoughts of wealth and abundance.
By watching and looking at our thoughts, that is to say, raising our awareness of our conscious thought by listening in to our self talk and being vigilant in what and who we listen to and who we spend our time with, we can support or challenge the effectiveness of our beliefs "Change your thoughts, and you change your destiny" says Joseph Murphy. And as Wayne Dyer challenges "Taking charge of yourself begins with awareness".

Hugs, Allan

Saturday, 11 February 2012

How to Manifest at Will.

Albert Einstein said "Imagination is more powerful than knowledge because knowledge is limited but imagination encircles the globe"

What is the difference between you and those you admire who are achieving great things? There isn't any major differences that cannot be learned or adopted. The use of our imagination in reaching any desirable outcome is a major contributor to a worthy aspiration or outcome. Many of the worlds most successful people in medicine, invention, discovery, business, sport, showbiz have all made mention of their use of this creative force.

Thomas Eddison, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Nelson Mandela, Michael Jordan, Roger Bannister and countless others have been documented as stating how, why and when they have utilised the power of creative visualisation, that is to say using the imagination to create a desired picture of some future event. Thomas Eddison had a dark room where he went to allow his imagination to roam free, in a process which brought him many answers to assist in his incredible inventions. Andrew Carnegie would sit quietly on his bed in an upright position each night just before sleep using his imaginative powers to construct the day ahead.

I'm sure you will remember as a child, how you played with imaginary friends and sold imaginary groceries from your imaginary store or imagined you were the leader of the infantry about to bravely face the enemy. As we grow up we learn to embrace "reality", and our reliance on using imagination as a constructive and indeed necessary procedure for helping us create physical goals is pushed aside in favour of what we have learned, or now perceive to be real.

The imaginative process for goal setting takes little physical effort but takes time to master, simply because we have grown unaccustomed to it's alternative use. Practice does make perfect and in time it will once again become second nature to rely upon this rich source of creativity. Use your imagination to create your ideal scenario in relationships, career, finance, health and visit this imaginary scenario at least 3 times per day to begin with and one visit just before sleep. In time the imaginary feelings will take root and this will become the normal way of feeling. It will take some mental effort as your usual habits of thought will try to derail the process. Invite the use of all your senses into this imaginary scene and create the perfect picture with sounds, visuals and feelings. Your subconscious mind does not know the difference between real or imagined and will take you at your word in due course that this is real, bringing to you the physical manifestation of your desire.
Much of your life experience has been created this way, outside of your conscious awareness. Everything you see around you was once a thought. Everything.

"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless." Jamie Paolinetti

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."
Albert Einstein

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will." George Bernard Shaw
Hugs, Allan

Friday, 3 February 2012

Choices and Decisions.

A successful Bank President about to retire was interviewed by the media and was asked
"To what do you owe your great success?"
He thought for a moment and answered "That's easy really, it was all down to good decisions"
The interviewer proceeded and asked "What were your good decisions based on?"
The Banker pondered for a moment and said "I put it down to the wisdom gained from experience mostly"
The interviewer pressed for more and asked "Where did that expeience come from?"

The Banker replied quickly and in an instant and said "That's easy to answer. Bad decisions"

So it should be with life. Too many times we get a bad result and feel as though we've failed, our confidence takes a dent and we give up too quickly, our hopes and dreams die and we settle for second best.
We didn't learn to accept failure as a means to learning and improving, we tend to accept defeat in a venture too readily instead of using the feedback to adjust and build toward our chosen outcome.
Failure, as I see it, is a degree of success, part of the journey on a great big learning curve.

"Defeat in a venture should be regarded as a challenge, just as an obstacle should be seen as a disguised opportunity. Adversity should make us even more determined to succeed." Unknown

Hugs, Allan