Category: Self-Belief

Against all the odds

Ireland recently won their rugby match against France. With the last play of the game
Johnny Sexton was the man who stole the game from France. Cheers of joy rang through the stadium and the heartache showed on the faces of the French team. The stadium erupted with excitement at the final score.

Often in life when all the odds are against us, it would be easy to throw in the towel. It’s the ability to train your mind to be consistently persistent in whatever you do that makes the difference. Whether it is sport, business, meditation or getting the work life balance right, it’s being consistently persistent that makes the difference.

Johnny Sexton knew he was up against time. He knew there was a moment. A moment where he could change everything. His belief in himself was driven by a winner’s mindset.
A mindset that he had nourished, nurtured and developed over time. He was 100% focused on the task in hand and he knew the outcome he wanted and he achieved it.

The way you do one thing is the way you do everything. A winner’s mindset is not something that just happens overnight. It has to be worked on. You have to be consistently persistent in whatever you want to achieve. You have to develop a pattern that becomes habitual.

Sometimes it seems as if all the odds are stacked against us, but it is the small consistent steps that make persistence the goal of the winner’s mindset. It not just about training physically, it’s about training mentally as well.

Review 2016

December has come upon us so fast. The year seems to have flown by. The Christmas lights are switched on, Christmas trees smell of pine, the post office is beginning to have longer and longer queues. People are sending greeting cards to relatives near and far away. You can get a sense of Christmas in the air. Santa is on his way.


It’s a great time of year to reflect on what you have already achieved this year. Perhaps you did something you have always wanted to do. Perhaps you have started that course or even changed your job. Perhaps you just got that little bit of work done in the house that you have been putting off.  Perhaps you have bought a house, got engaged, or got married. Perhaps you have started a business. Perhaps you have started to work on problem areas in your life, so you can get them sorted.


It is as important to celebrate what you have achieved, as it is to set goals. It’s important to remember your achievements, no matter how small or how big. You have achieved these! Often you think about what you would like to do, but spending time looking at what you have achieved this year is as important. In your hurry through life, TAKE THE TIME to reflect on the postive stuff you have achieved. It will inspire you. It will start a train of thought that puts you on the right track. One that carries you along, drives you. One that motivates you.


Richard Branson does this every year. He will sit and jot down all he has achieved. It’s a reminder of success. So maybe take a leaf from his book and be proud of the positive changes you have made in 2016.


We have more ability to do great things that we think.  As Napoleon Hill said “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”.


It’s time to reflect, refocus and review. Really look at the positive changes you have made in 2016, and whether they are very small or very big, remember YOU have achieved them. Celebrate and be proud of your achievements.


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New seeds of thinking

Letting go – Letting in

The season is changing in Ireland and the leaves have started to fall. You see them gathered almost everywhere. Yellowey green, some just turning crimson, they crunch under your feet as you walk. Nature has a way of letting go of things it no longer needs.

Maybe its time for you to let go of stuff that you have been holding onto that doesn’t serve you well. It might be anger or stress. Maybe you can stop fighting with yourself in your mind. Perhaps it’s time for you to turn over a new leaf.

You don’t see the leaves fighting with the trees. They just let go of what isn’t nourishing anymore. They wait in the full knowledge that spring-time is just a little while away.

As you are walking through the fallen leaves, think of this season as a time for letting go of old stuff and reflecting on new buds of opportunity that excite you and that you can work towards.

If you could turn over a new leaf what would be it be?

What would you see?

How would you feel?

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