The secret of success in anything comes from within. Successful people have their subconscious and conscious minds working, they focus on what they want to achieve without a moment of doubt or questioning and they work towards it step by step.

Sounds straightforward, but the reason other people fail is because deep down inside they don’t really believe they can achieve it or they believe they don’t deserve to achieve it and they give up. There is no failure, there is only giving up.

The good news however is that you can retrain your subconscious to believe in you, develop this 15 minute exercise into a daily habit and you will be successful in whatever you choose to do.

Here is the exercise, follow it every day, preferably first thing in the morning for maximum benefits.


Write down 5 things that show you are working towards your goals. These are things from the previous day or week, or even longer, they can be things which have happened or things you have achieved, but above all they need to be evidence that you are moving in a positive direction.


Write down 5 things that you are happy about or grateful for in your life, it might be support of your family, the space to pursue your goals, something specific which happened, maybe meeting someone who can help you or support you. In other words, look around you and think about your circumstances and celebrate what you do have.

To Do Today

Take 5 things off your to do list and write them on a new list that you are going to do today. Now, important note here, if there is something big on there, like ‘get a new job’ or ‘rewrite my website’, break it down into small achievable chunks because unless you break it down and start the small steps towards it, it will always seem overwhelming and you won’t start. Put the rest of the list somewhere out of sight and decide you are just going to do those 5 achievable things.

Throw It To The Universe

Take 1 big thing off your to do list and throw it to the universe. Ask for it in your mind; decide, without any ambiguity, that’s what you want and expect it to happen. Then let it go, you’ve delegated it, so sit back and allow it to happen, don’t keep drawing it back to you. You will be amazed how things can happen when you decide it’s what you want.

Dominant Feeling For the Day

Decide how you are going to feel today. Yep, it’s your decision, but you need to instruct your brain and body, not leave it up to the negative default to do it for you. It may be ‘motivated’, ‘calm’, ‘inspired’, ‘happy’, ‘patient’, ‘thoughtful’, ‘productive’, ‘energetic’, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s positive and useful, but you must decide your dominant feeling.

Dare to dream.

It doesn’t matter how big, bazaar, unrealistic or out there is might seem, in fact, the bigger the better, dare to dream and just throw it out there. Close your eyes for 1 minute and bring your dream to life as much as possible, picture it or describe it to yourself, whatever you find easiest, it doesn’t matter, no one will know, just put the detail in. Your dream can be the same every day, or different, it’s up to you, just don’t tell yourself it is not possible, go with it and have some fun.

Tell Your Mind It Has happened

Finally, write about something you want to happen, as if it already has in the past tense. Just a few minutes, or longer if you like, go with the flow and just allow yourself to free-write in the past tense. Some people find it easier to frame it as if they are writing a letter to someone. If think in a way that it has happened, you are in effect giving your brain an instruction and it will then work out how to make it happen. Put in as much detail as you can, where you are, sounds, smells, sights, your feelings – put it all in there.


Sign and date it. Don’t forget to do this part, it’s important.


There is no failure, there is only giving up

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