Don't Hug a Tree....

Suck a lemon!

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You’ve heard it said often:

your thoughts can become your reality.

Which frankly can sound a bit ‘tree huggy’ if you’re not into that kind of thing.

So try this exercise with me now:

I am showing you a beautiful large and juicy lemon.

It is perfect in shape. Imagine it in your mind’s eye.

Hold it in your hand and feel the lemon skin with your fingers.

Push a nail into the skin and smell the gorgeous citrussy scent. So refreshing.

Now, with a sharp knife cut that lemon in half.

Take one half and sink your teeth into it, sucking the citrus juices down into your throat.

Can you feel the acid lemon juice cascading down, some falling down your chin as you sink deeper into the flesh?

Are you salivating? Are you wincing at the sourness?

You’ve just had your thoughts become a kind of reality!

Imagine taking the power of your thoughts to help you through life?

Step one is to think about all the unhelpful thoughts you have like “I’ll never get another job/relationship/promotion, I’m too stupid,/thick/fat/slow/ugly/etc. Things like that don’t happen to me.”

If that’s how you’re thinking they probably won’t happen to you. Because if that’s how you’re thinking you won’t be motivated enough to do anything about changing your situation. Your negative thinking will have sapped your energy and your thoughts will end up becoming your reality.

Step two is to turn those thoughts into something which will help you. This post will help.

As ever, I return to my old friend (very old, born AD 55) Epictetus, a Greek Stoic Philosopher who said:

We are not touched so much by events themselves, but by the view we CHOOSE to take of them”

We can’t control all life’s events by merely thinking about them in a certain way, but we can control how we react to them. We always have a choice and I believe choosing to think about life in a positive way enhances all of your life, and the lives of those around you. Try it out today. Oh, and wipe that lemon juice off your chin… ;>)

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Jane C Woods

Women's Personal Development Specialist - Changing People, -

Hi, I’m Jane C Woods and I have an absolute passion for helping women achieve success in their lives. Be it the glass ceiling, the crystal maze, or very personal issues, I’m all about helping women achieve to their full potential and live the way they want to without being carbon copies of men. But I’m not about putting men down in order for women to get ahead, there’s plenty of room; I just want the guys to shifty up a bit… If my face looks familiar it's because I love Psychologies magazine (I've been buying it since the very first issue, such a good resource) and it's the only place I choose to advertise my courses. I write on women’s issues on my blog,, and am regularly featured in magazines, and on radio, but I’m probably best known for RenewYou. RenewYou is my one day personal development course for women. We have an international network of experienced, specialist women licensed to deliver it and empower women across the globe. Our goal is to reach one million women. It’s a big goal but… In 2013 we started with a single RenewYou specialist, me. Now you can find a RenewYou Courses across the UK, in the USA, Canada, Greece, Bangkok, Pakistan, South Africa, Belgium, with new countries being added all the time. My dream was to create a thriving and caring business on ethical, and dare I say, feminine terms, with a real community spirit of help and encouragement. And it’s actually happening with the support, expertise, and enthusiasm of my wonderful trainers. I think, (apart from my two lovely kids, a daughter and a son) that it’s probably my proudest achievement to date. Wonderful Changing People Women: One of the joys and privileges of my work is that I’ve connected with some really inspirational and wonderful women – from politics to entertainment to academia. They include: TV presenter, house fixer and matchmaker Sarah Beeny Amazing entrepreneur Sam Roddick of Coco de Mer Outspoken and entertaining academic Mary Beard Politicians like Siobhan Benita and Natalie Bennett Ex BBC broadcaster Miriam O’Reilly who bravely took on the might of the BBC- and triumphed A very rare interview with Sarah Montague, of the influential BBC Radio 4 Today programme I hope you like the posts and I hope they are helpful. Live life to the max and never hide your light under any bushels!