Browsing articles in "A Slice of Lemon"

The Final Act

Sep 25, 2009   //   by Steve Wooding   //   A Slice of Lemon, Food For Thought  //  1 Comment

(831 words, approx 5-8 mins to read)

(This article appeared in issue 13 of ‘Liverpool Lifestyle’ magazine from Aintree Publishing – the version here is a slightly different draft to the magazine article, which can be viewed at

I’d like to talk about New Year’s Resolutions.

Yes, I know we’re not even into autumn properly yet and Christmas is still months away, but bear with me and I’ll explain myself in what follows.

You see, I think we have it all wrong when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Read More »

The Power of Focus

Sep 1, 2009   //   by Steve Wooding   //   A Slice of Lemon  //  No Comments

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”

[Anthony Robbins, US self-help expert, author and adviser to leaders]

(1066 words, approx 6-8 mins to read)

In our last ‘slice’ we talked about AWAY-FROM and TOWARDS types of motivation, and I made the assertion that the only way to achieve long-lasting, fulfilling and satisfying results was to make sure that your motivation was mostly, if not fully, of the TOWARDS variety.

If you still haven’t quite got why, even after a quick reminder by re-reading the last slice if you need to, imagine trying to drive using only your rear-view mirrors, or trying to run somewhere with your head turned to look behind you all the time. Read More »

Away-From & Towards

Aug 6, 2009   //   by Steve Wooding   //   A Slice of Lemon  //  1 Comment

“Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don’t want.”

[Hannah Whitall Smith, 19th/20th century Quaker author and activist in the Women’s Suffrage movement]

[I wrote about this general concept a good few years back now and touch on it every so often, but after the last two ‘slices’ on Desire here and here, it fits really nicely and will serve as a timely reminder.

What follows is, I realise, an over-simplification, but I’ll go ahead with it anyway because it’s often only through considering things simply that we uncover the most useful truths within…]

(1278 words – approx 6-8 mins to read)

What pops into your mind as you roll those two phrases around in your head:

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Desire (pt 2): Going Deeper

Jun 29, 2009   //   by Steve Wooding   //   A Slice of Lemon  //  No Comments

“Apetitus rationi pareat” – “Let desire be ruled by reason.”
[Cicero, Roman author & politician, 1st-century BC]

(1093 words – approx 5-7 mins to read)

Last time we discussed how powerful an emotion Desire can be, how it’s useful when focused appropriately and how, when we allow it to lead us or even consume us, it can transform into something dangerous and debilitating.

I left you with a question, after the “What do you want?” and “What are you prepared to do to get it?” ones, which was:


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The Power of Desire (pt. 1)

May 26, 2009   //   by Steve Wooding   //   A Slice of Lemon  //  2 Comments

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
[Mario Andretti, Italian-born racing driver.]

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.”
[Napoleon Hill, 19th/20th century US author and presidential adviser]

“I stood, nose pressed up against the toy shop window, gazing through at it, my eyes tracing over each feature, every detail of it, until I could almost feel the surface under my itching fingers. Somewhere deep inside I felt a cavernous space open up, a void that happened to be exactly the same shape and size as the very thing I was fixated on. Right then and there I knew that, however long it took me, I would be saving whatever money I could – pocket money, birthday gifts, odd-job payments – until I had the amount that the neatly written numbers on the precisely folded card in front said would be required in exchange for this marvellous item.”

Have you ever wanted something so much you actually felt the want – that yearning, a hollow space that you knew could only, can only, be filled by possessing whatever, or whoever, was the object of your desire? Read More »

Unploughed Ground

May 25, 2009   //   by Steve Wooding   //   A Slice of Lemon  //  No Comments

To make the most of ourselves we need to invest in ALL of ourselves.

“Break up your unploughed ground, and do not sow among thorns.”
[Book of Jeremiah, Hebrew Scriptures / Christian Old Testament]

“Every loaf of bread begins with a seed sown and watered.”

[1313 words, estimated reading time 6-10 mins]

I’m going to tell you a story, so if you want, I’ll give you minute or two to get a cuppa or whatever else you might need to help you get comfortable first. Read More »


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