Thursday, November 24, 2005

Sarah Ban Breathnach on Gratitude

“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Melody Beattie on Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

Monday, November 21, 2005

On strengths and weaknesses

“Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths. We become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws while our strengths lie dormant and neglected.” ~ Marcus Buckingham

I think this is a great quotation - so true! So instead of dwelling on your weaknesses, think how much better you'd feel if every day you wrote down some of the things you've achieved, making a note of the talents and strengths you've demonstrated. What would be the impact on your confidence levels and self esteem?

Friday, November 18, 2005

Positive thinking

Positive thinking and optimism are great contributors to happiness. Here are some quotations on positive thinking which I particularly like:

"Think great and positive and empowering thoughts, consistently and persistently, and the reality of your life will follow suit." ~ Ralph Marston

“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?' 'Supposing it didn't,' said Pooh. 'After careful thought Piglet was comforted by this.” ~ A.A. Milne

"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." ~ Willie Nelson, Singer and Songwriter

Thank you Richard

Continuing my theme of being grateful, I must mention my techie website guy Richard to thank him for setting up this blog so I can share my thoughts with you. Check him out at

Cheers Rich!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Barry Neil Kaufman on Gratitude

“Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what's going on outside of us, there's always something we could be grateful for.” ~ Barry Neil Kaufman

How to count your blessings

I drove up to Burford, near Oxford, today and as I always do whilst driving I listed 10 things out loud for which I am grateful. This is a technique I often suggest to clients when they are looking for more happiness - and very often it is something they find hard to do at first.

So I thought I'd list the blessings I came up with today.

1) I'm grateful for the ability to drive. It was a long journey today and I'm so glad I have my car, that I can go out when I want, that I have such freedom and independence.

2) I'm grateful for my eyesight. Vital for driving of course, and it also enabled me to see the beautiful countryside and the autumn colours. I won't mention the white vans that were two inches away from my rear bumper at various times!

3) I'm grateful for my family. I went to Burford to arrange a memorial stone for my aunt, who died last year aged 95. What an amazing woman, a great role model. I miss her very much.

4) I'm grateful for my friends. I have some wonderful friends, whose company I really enjoy and value.

5) I'm grateful for my hearing. A long drive is a good opportunity to listen to and sing along to some good music (thank you Coldplay and Robbie Williams!) and to listen to my favourite coach (thank you Michael Neill for your 7 Myths of Success CDs.)

6) I'm grateful for my clients. I enjoy working with them all, and I learn from all of them too.

7) I'm grateful that I'm doing work that I love, that is deeply meaningful for me.

8) I'm grateful for my home, and everything it provides me.

9) I'm grateful for my health.

10) I'm grateful to the baker who made the wonderful cherry and almond macaroons at Millets Farm Shop, near Burford!

What are you grateful for today?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Zig Ziglar on Happiness

“Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy because of what you have.” ~ Zig Ziglar

Dale Carnegie on Happiness

I'll start this blog by posting a quotation on happiness:

"Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think." ~ Dale Carnegie

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