Adventures in Awesome Living

by Sunil Bali, 19-02-12

Thanks to his class mates at school spilling the beans and my wife loudly dropping coins down the side of his bed which woke him, my 8 year old son Aran has stopped believing in both Father Xmas and the Tooth Fairy.

No longer will my son be afraid to incur the wrath of these doyens of good behaviour, and so miss out on presents and hard cash.

What’s remarkable is how quickly kids can change their belief systems and go from believing in fairy tales to believing in the Argos toy catalogue and the bank of mum and dad.

Research clearly shows that during our teenage years we become conditioned into holding onto belief systems which clearly don’t support what we want to achieve. This toxic process continues during adulthood…..

"I’ll always be overweight."
"If I fail, I’ll feel stupid and rejected."
"I’m not good enough."

We’re born with a clean slate but the doom mongers, psychic vampires and non-achievers tell us what we can aspire to.

Don’t listen to them (77 second video)

Having positive role models and mentors in your inner circle can make a hugedifference to your outcomes:

A little boy who drew soldiers on the walls of his bedroom and enacted great battles was told by his parents that if he wanted to be a great general then that was fine by them. The little boy was Napoleon Bonaparte.

A young lad drew a three pointed star and said he would make the greatest engines in the world and put his star on them. His parents said to him, why don’t you go one step further and make the greatest cars in the world? The boys name was Gottlieb Daimler.

What beliefs and habits are stopping you from being more like the people you admire and aspire to be like?


What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant curiosity of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult – Sigmund Freud

Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power comes available to you as soon as you change your beliefs – Maxwell Maltz

If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it – Gandhi

The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose – William Cowper


A recent study found that women find different male faces attractive depending on where they are in their menstrual cycle.

For example, when a woman is ovulating she tends to prefer a man with rugged, masculine features.

However, when she is menstruating, she prefers a man doused in petrol, then set on fire with scissors stuck in his eye.

…..and finally, if you’re having a bad day, remember it could have been worse:

…..or worse still you could you have been this incredibly unlucky bird (5 second video)

To your success,