Do you need a miracle? Have you been waiting for that golden opportunity, that one big break that would finally change your life? Do you have an image in your head about how it will look, the route it will take, and what it will mean for your life when finally, it lands on your doorstep? By no means have I learned all there is to know. On the contrary, the more I learn, the less I know.
It has been suggested that there are seven different ways that music makes people feel things. Some of these are very immediate and common to all, like the brainstem response to sound, the potential for synchronising activity to the rhythms of music, or the emotional contagion of the emotions expressed in the music.
The fact is not much good happens in this world without first taking a risk, then once the first tentative steps into the unknown are taken you are going to have to work doggedly hard and smart to make the risk pay off. Even after all of this, things may not work out how you expected. It's just that simple!
This year marks the 70th anniversary of a seminal paper by psychologist Abraham Maslow's theory of motivation which was included in his paper 'A theory of human motivation' published in 1943. This paper proposed that humans possess basic needs which they will attempt, consciously and subconsciously, to satisfy.
In a broader sense many people suffer with the same problems as I did during the run. They have these grand goals set up for themselves but the moment they actually get down to tackling them they become so overwhelmed by the task that lays before them that they get down and give up on the whole thing all together.
Life is not a dress-rehearsal and we have to remember that it's all about the now. The philosophy is about stepping into life with passion and pride, believing in yourself and engaging with the world in a positive way. It's about accepting that you may win or you may lose, but life is what you make of it and about how much you believe!
There is no escaping the need to innovate, changes in technology, consumer trends and what the competition is doing, mean you cannot afford to stand still. You need to be innovative in all aspects of your business, from how you recruit new talent to the products you develop, or even the way in which you manage maintenance.
When we settle - when we give up on it ever getting any better - then we stop seeing. We stop seeing the possibilities that are all around us. We stop seeing the people we love who are lying right next to us in bed. We stop appreciating the good things that happen every day. We stop being in awe of this amazing world we live in.