Dubai Was Just a Dream!

I speak a great deal about maintaining a positive mindset and below is an article in a publication I read today called Word for Today. It describes to good effect the impact a positive mindset, or in their words, a positive outlook can have. These are the words from today’s article:

“You get to choose your outlook each day, so choose wisely and choose well. Observe:

1) A joyful outlook gives you a winning edge. When world heavyweight champion Joe Lewis got knocked down by Tony ‘Two Ton’ Galento in New York Yankee Stadium, he immediately jumped up and went after his opponent. When his trainer protested ‘Why didn’t you stay down for a count of 9 like I’ve always taught you?’ ‘What? growled Louis. ‘And give him all that time to rest?’ Then he went out and won the fight.

2) A joyful outlook determines how others respond to you. When you smile, people tend to smile back. But if you come across as hard-nosed, they’re likely to respond in kind. If you want to enjoy people as you go through your day think well of them. This isn’t rocket science, but it’s easily forgotten.

3) A joyful outlook brings happiness. English literary figure Samuel Johnson said; ‘He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the grief… he proposes to remove.’

4) A joyful outlook always brings the best result. Successful people embrace this truth, whether it’s a surgeon going into the operating theatre or an executive launching a new business venture. Confidence increases your chances every time. So, when you approach a task, especially one you don’t relish, fix your mind on a positive outcome and stay focussed on a good result. This will get you back on track every time.”

I had a vision and never gave up

Three years ago, people were laughing at me when I said that I would be working in Dubai – at the time I was decorating to pay the bills and only had one client. By keeping a joyful outlook and visualising myself in Dubai amazing things happened and tomorrow I leave with my wife Julie for a 12-night trip to Dubai. We are blessed to be staying in the Hilton Doubletree again and this is the third time I have been to Dubai this year.

I truly believe that if I had given in to my negative inner voice and focussed on the negative things surrounding me, I would have given up. But like my time learning to play basketball I wanted to be a winner and never gave up until I played for England and professionally. You generally get what you focus on so if you are focussing on the negative things it is very likely they will appear in your life.

Choose where you focus carefully

I choose to focus on the positive and possible things in my life. I want to see how much I can achieve and how many people I can help before I die. Yesterday I was in Edinburgh speaking at the Royal Bank of Scotland Legal Conference and what a joy that was. To think that when I was younger I couldn’t introduce a professor to four students sat around a small table because I was so nervous and insecure.

Today I love the stage. I have developed techniques to maintain a positive inner voice. My confidence level has grown and this is something I love to teach people in my one-to-one coaching sessions and Mental Resilience Masterclasses. To see people, discover a new confidence they had never experienced before is a true joy. Their lives are truly changed forever.

Speaking on stage at RBS conference

Standing on the stage in Edinburgh yesterday and delivering my Mental Resilience Keynote talk was a dream come true and made me appreciate the power of the mind and how it can make us or destroy us. It all seems too simple but I can assure you that your mindset and outlook determines your future.

We are going to Dubai for 12 nights returning on the 11th November for two reasons. One is to have plenty of time to speak and meet new clients, and the second is to have a well-earned break. We have worked so hard this year and rest and recovery is very important. I am speaking at a British Business Club event on the 1st November and there may be some companies who want to meet following my talk. Giving myself space to fit these in means I am attracting this potential to me.

I am looking to connect with more people in Dubai while we are there. Do you know anyone who lives in Dubai? If you do, I will be very grateful if you can contact me with details by just replying to this blog and thank you so much in advance!

Thoughts for the week:

1. What is your mindset or outlook like generally?
2. If you were to put a number on it, what percentage of your day are you positive?
3. The experts say that you need to be over 50% positive/happy to build a successful life.
4. One of the best ways to change your mindset is to be grateful for the good things in your life. Focus on these for one minute and see how much better you feel.

Well that’s it for this week, my next post will be from Dubai.

Have a great weekend and stay positive.

Warm regards


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