by Sunil Bali, 21-12-14

Anthony Julius is regarded as one of the UK’s leading lawyers. He tells of the time he received a phone call from his friend Princess Diana, who said to him, "I’m getting divorced Anthony and I want you to represent me."

"But I’ve never done a single divorce case in my life," replied Julius. "I’m a commercial litigation lawyer."

"Well that’s great," replied Princess Diana. "I’ve never been divorced before so we can learn together."

Sometimes you just have to listen to your intuition and have trust.

Trust in yourself, trust in others, and trust in whatever you believe in.

The most important relationship you’ll ever have is the one that you have with yourself. And if you don’t think you’re good enough, it’s probably because you’re not a very good judge of character and are in need of a faith lift.

If, on the other hand, you value what you bring to the table and expect the very best – the universe has a funny habit of supporting you and bringing you what you ask for – synchronicity and serendipity will abound and come knocking at your door.

Research by Professor Carl Dweck at Stanford University, shows that its not the cleverest people who are the most successful, it’s the ones who, as she puts it have a growth mindset. Those who expect to become great.

But Dweck warns that being great isn’t enough. You also have to showcase your skills by showing up every day. She concludes that:

Expectation + authentic action = fulfillment + fortune

Dweck’s words remind me of one my Professors, who on my very first day at University, said to the class, "Please remember that I’m not a mind reader. At the end of the year you’ll be rewarded for the work that you’ve completed during the course of the year and what you’ve written down on your exam papers. You will not get any marks for what stays in your heart or your head."

If you focus on doing your work for the next 365 days and getting a tiny bit better each day, you’ll look back and be amazed at how much you will have achieved and how the outcome took care of itself.


Three men died on Christmas Eve and were confronted by Saint Peter at the pearly gates …

"In honor of this holy season", said St Peter, "You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven …

James the Englishman fumbled through his pockets, found his lighter and flicked it on. "It’s a candle …"

"You may pass through the pearly gates …", St Peter said.

Angus the Scotsman reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, "They’re bells …"

"You may pass through the pearly gates too …", said St Peter.

Thomas the Frenchman desperately searched through his pockets … and finally pulled out a pair of panties …

St Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, "And, just what do you think those symbolize … ??!!!"

"These are Carol’s …" says Thomas, without batting an eye …

I’m enjoying a couple of weeks off with my family and will be back early in the New Year.

Thank you for letting me into your Inbox this year.

I’m humbled by the fact that over 40,000 people in 121 countries subscribe to my blog.

In 2015 I hope that your words are believed, your potential is fulfilled, and you get the results you dream of.