About


Hey there!

I wrote this bio for one reason. What is it? Simple: The only emails and blogs I look forward to reading are from people who I feel I know personally.

There’s nothing worse than a stranger dropping stuff in your inbox or clogging up your RSS reader

Listen. information alone won’t help you succeed with changing your life. Why? Well, there is far too much of it. So besides getting information, you need to be able to get that information from a reliable source.

In other words…

Someone you trust!


What I discovered was when I would get on someone’s email list or RSS reader, I’d usually end up unsubscribing simply because I didn’t trust their information…. or them! To me, they were nothing more than a name on my computer screen.

Who was that person on the other end? What did they stand for, and what they against? Why are they in personal development? What’s their story?

With that in mind let me share a little bit about myself, so I’m not just another name on your screen. I am doing this because I truly feel I have some outstanding strategies that could change your life, and I am going to do everything I can to get you to read about them, and more importantly…

Act on them!


I got into the online personal development field around August 2006 when I started the blog Change Your Thoughts – Change your life.  However, I had been having a personal revolution for the last 20 years.  I was hopelessly self conscious, quite a serious person and didn’t really know who I was or what I stood for.

So much so that I wanted to end my life at the age of 19/20, I wrote about it here

Then I came across a bruised a battered book in a second hand bookshop.  The book was called ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill, I’m sure you’ve heard of it.

That book was the turning point in my life, my awakening, it showed me that my thoughts are my own creations.  If my thoughts were my own creations then my feelings were my own creations, and if my feelings were my own creations then my behaviour and actions were my own creations….A huge revelation.

Of course, I didn’t change over night. I am continually learning, adjusting and changing my life to suit myself, my wife and my family, but the thing is…..

It’s all my choice!


I tried a lot of things in life to find my true calling. After my awakening I knew that the path i needed to take was to help others and help them stop getting so down about themselves that they feel life is not worth living.  I went into nursing in 1994 and was going to become a mental health nurse, however ‘The Awakening’ also found a new self confidence, and friends, partying, alcohol and a small amount of drugs began to take their toll and I dropped out of nursing college in 1996.

I had found that I did have self belief, I was a ‘great guy’ who cared about others in life and I could pretty much do anything I wanted to when I put my mind to it.  University beckoned, which is something I had dreamt of when I was leaving high school, but never believed I could do it.

As i worked in a call centre, I attended university in Glasgow from 1996 – 2000 and gained my BSc in Psychology, something I am really proud of.  I didn’t take it any further as I only wanted to prove to myself and my childhood beliefs that I could do it.

I was still learning more and more about myself and attended a seminar by Jack Black, not that Jack Black – A Scottish personal development speaker who was running very popular courses called MindStore.  I looked at him on stage and turned to my friend and said…

That’s what I’ll be doing…


I continued to work full time in a call centre, moving up the ladder getting more money, but I wasn’t happy.  So I changed to working as an homeless worker and then addiction worker which was a lot less money, but I was a hell of a lot happier.

I didn’t know how, I didn’t know when, I just knew that teaching others about the lessons I had learned in life in such a direct way was the way I needed to go.

I started my blog in August 2006 and started trying to market it, very poorly I might add.  and it didn’t really do anything for a few years.  After 1 year I had around 900 subscribers to the blog, but I was getting my message out to others and was getting fairly good feedback.

Then it was time to start making money.  I realised that the internet was a powerful way to bring in extra income and started focusing on marketing self help products, and the blog became a side line, something I loved doing but didn’t see it as a way to get what i wanted in life.

After making around $10,000 – $12,000 gross per year for a few years, it wasn’t enough to help me do it full time.  I work full time as an addiction worker helping others who have drug and alcohol addictions and it’s something I love doing and something that keeps me from going full time online, but eventually something’s got to give and it looks like the net will win.

I kept on thinking about the blog and how much I loved writing for it, and how much I loved connecting with the readers on the site.

I sold all my micro-businesses and decided I wanted to get serious about my readers and my blog.

If I was going to do this I had to focus my attention on it!


In 2009 I had 3000 subscribers.  When I focused on my readers, asked them what they wanted and wrote for them my popularity grew, and today I have 15,500 subscribers to the blog.

I found that when i asked readers what they wanted the money would also come from making products such as How to Become an Advanced Early Riser which has brought in over 200 sales since it was released in October 2010.  There have been flops such as my Alter your Jacket which I spent 6 months on and it sold around 20 copies, but I learned so much from that flop and it has become one of my biggest lessons in the online world…

Don’t make what YOU think will be good, produce something that your readers want and need!


Today I have written 4 books, 5 guides been interviewed countless times for radio, internet shows and am working on one of my biggest projects to date, a free 28 day course called Mind Alchemy

I have come a long way since that night over 22 years ago.  I have realised the importance of family, the importance of being true to yourself and the importance of listening to others.  I have met the most wonderful woman, have two amazing sons and continue to learn, excitedly, that the journey of life is never ending.  The journey is exciting, it’s sometimes frustrating, sometimes you feel like giving up on the dream, but then something happens to tell you that you are on the right path.

My journey has seen me:

  • Quit smoking
  • Gained a BSc in Psychology
  • Meet, marry and continue to adore the woman of my dreams
  • Raise two sons who are turning into fine, handsome young men
  • Started waking early (4.30-5am every day)
  • Written 4 books
  • Written 5 guides
  • Bought the house of my dreams
  • Became the UKs #1 personal development blogger
  • Collaborated with some of my online heroes

I have realised many of my dreams in life, simply by following this basic 3 step process…

Change your thoughts, change your beliefs, and take action on the things you want in life!

My journey has changed me in ways I can never imagine.  I overcame my fears along the way, so now I am more confident in myself. I also learned how to handle failure, so now I am more successful in whatever I do.

And most importantly, I get to help others.

When I used to work in the call centre , I never had anybody telling me , “Steve, that business communications package you arranged to install really changed my life”.

Never!

But I’ve had people write me telling me that my information products have changed their life.

It enhanced the quality of their life. It has made them a better person, just as my journey has made me a better person.

So was that journey worth it, am I on the right path to realising my dream of helping others.

Yes!

Would I change any part of the path I have been walking? Absolutely not, the path I have walked has led me to you, the person who is reading this story just now, and for that I cannot begin to imagine the millions of thoughts that had to be thought to make that happen.

— Steven Aitchison

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Comments

  1. Your story is definitely inspirational and it further proves my belief that it is never too late to start over and improve your life. That is the message that I want to get across to the people in my area using my Ambassador Life blog. (www.theambassadorlife.com) The information and stories on sites like these can help many people lead better lives.

  2. Hey Steven,

    Thank you for sharing this with me and really I enjoyed reading this, I am now in this time my heart is broken, ya heart broken, ok, and some people told me you are an man you have to strong, I know I have to be strong but the person how broke my heart is the only person I loved for 6 years together, she loved me hard, I have one question , If that possible if you love will be finished, if the love has dead time?

  3. Hi, Steven

    Thanks for sharing, I truly enjoyed reading your blogs and emails, Iwill be following you from now on.”:-))).

  4. Hi Steven,
    I am totally new to the blogging community and so happy I came across your site after typing in – “inspirational blogs!” I look forward to your future posts and helpful tips.

  5. Hello Steven,

    Enjoyed reading your inspiring story here, we need more people like you to make change in the world!!

    Great work
    Ash

  6. Hi Steven,

    Thanks a lot for this amazing blog – you are really a huge inspiration for me. Also, I found your personal story quite moving and inspirational and I’m glad that you decided to follow your heart and passion and to do what you love most.

    Once again, thanks a lot and I wish you all the best.

    Robert

  7. Nice job man! I can see you have a ton of followers and fans cheering you on. One thing, I’ve noticed about successful people is that ALL of them seem to have failed in some point in their lives. The thing that made them successful was their ability to take that failure and change it into a motivation for success. Clearly, this is something you have done. Great job!

    Grace

  8. I LOVE YOUR STORY! Very inspirational and motivating for me today!

    I hope to stay as true to my passions as you have over the years.

    Hopefully through persistence I can refine http://www.growthguided.com to become a site as powerful as yours Steven!

    Thank you for your time and have a great week!

  9. Found your site while researching exercises to improve vision– I teach Feldenkrais Method® in the US
    and have similar exercises– I agree they are some of the fundamental ones. I have some audio lessons on my site if you want some additional material to post… I like your About page– inspirational and energizing to read! Thanks for making your work personal and all the best to you, Annie

  10. yay. i love it that you personalized your front page. that makes me smile. we have a good deal in common (my background is mental health/addictions). your site is one of my top 10 p.d. sites. :) (in fact if you need a guest post…just so you know…i’m available;) )

    love your tip on see what your readers want. my readers wanted relationship help. affirmative. been there, learned a lot, love sharing on that topic.

    keep up the great work and enjoy that gorgeous family!

    dominica

    • hi dominica, even i’m the same as you, trying to just come out.And you know what these posts are really helping me.
      love you steven, doing great job and there’s a lot to learn from you.

      hope to hear back from you,

      regards
      Pavan.

  11. Belito Garcia says:

    Hello Steven,

    You have a great blog and incredible story.

    My name is Belito Garcia and I’m the co-owner of Gentry Living, LLC.

    We are in the process of putting together a team of contributing writers for our monthly Gentry Living’s Personal Development magazine. The content can be on anything that can help improve your life. Credit, debt, health, finances, family, health, education, etc.

    Each writer will be mentioned as the author of each article that he or she
    writes. We will also be featuring our authors on the covers of our
    magazine.

    Since we are publishing an interactive magazine in Newsstand, each
    article will have hypertext links pointing to any site or page selected
    by the Writer/Author. Meaning that you can redirect readers back to your site or anywhere else that you would like for them to visit. The authors will also be able to post videos or podcast in their articles allowing for more interaction with the readers.

    I hope to hear back from you soon and look forward to featuring you on Gentry Living’s Personal Development Magazine.

    Live Free,

    Belito Garcia

  12. hi steven,
    thank you for your message..its really helps me a lot..hope that this bring some change in me..
    have a nice day.. :)

  13. JOGINDER RATHEE says:

    HI STEVEN,
    SIR I LOVE TO READ BLOGS AND ENJOYED IN READING THEM. THESE ARE VERY NICE. SIR YOU SHOWS YOUR ZEST TOWARDS BETTER FUTURE WHICH I LIKED VERY MUCH………….

  14. Thank you for sharing yourself with others. What a great site.Thanks for the work you do. I too, have decided to do what I love and love what I do in order to be fulfilled. It’s much more important than money. If you are doing what you love and using your gifts and talents, the money will come. Thanks again.

  15. Bookmarked your site now. Will be reading everything you write. You’ve been doing this for 6 years strong now. It’s good to see more and more people doing what they love – and being paid to do it too.

    I have a question though. You studied Psychology at University, so I’m wondering, would you recommend students of today to study Psychology and do you feel it has aided you in your success in the mental health/personal development field?

    Many Thanks

  16. Hello,
    My name is Cheryl and I live in the United States. Last year I nearly died due to a brain tumor that was undiagnosed for about ten years. I suffered from clinical depression as the location of the tumor was on my frontal lobe.

    As I rise from the ashes of my crumbled life, I am sharing encouraging thoughts, prayers, music, and other posts on my blog. I am a Born Again Christian.
    http://weepingintodancing.wordpress.com/
    I hope you check it out.

  17. Hi Steven
    It’s quite amazing that this article still inspires readers like myself, I realise it’s been on the net for awhile, but the message is so fresh and your commitment so honstly ture.
    You certainly do have the right job and I for one will continue to look for you emails each week.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  18. Big thank you from Africa. I bookmarked this blog and I’m gonna come back, I really like reading about personal development.

    Thx again

  19. Steven, You’ve really written some amazing, personal stuff here – as a reader it’s absolutely wonderful to read and very inspiring… You’re instantly likeable!

    I have an obsession with personal development, behaviourism (and travel) as my interest has grown, I’ve noticed there is also a market for personal development in the UK, I used to think the US was the best place. So it makes me really proud that people like you are getting out there, standing transparent on your website and giving to the world!

    I wish all the best for you, you are genuine and I love your website!

    Angela

  20. Steve, We have so much in common, except for a few things like I’m a woman, not been addicted other than that similar. I am writing to tell you that I’m listening. Looking forward to the video. (Oct. 2, 2012) and continued conversation.
    All my best,
    Lee
    also at http://thepointofthequill.com

  21. Just wanted to say a big big thank you for sharing your story of life. I can relate to a lot of your experiences in life including being depressed and wanting to end everything. That was in my late 20´s and it always filled me with shame when I thougt about those years. I am now 40 plus. But you helped me to shift my perspectiv, you remind me to be thankful for everything that has happened in my life. To actually be grateful for everything because that makes me the person that I am. And I should change the shame to seeing the gift in every experience instead. I will start to do that now. And I will stop being so harsh on my self. Thank you so much for everything, you are truly a man with courage and integrity. Lots of love /Annelie

  22. Matang Kaburara says:

    I am very glad to see the real you here and of course I am very interested in what you have been said through your bio…it encourages me a lot :)

  23. Previously, finding my blogging niche has been a major predicament to me. I know I love writing but I also recognize the fact that I can’t just write for myself. I also see the potential using my knowledge from what I do in my profession, my experiences as a singer and musician, and my advocacy endeavors. When I finally explored those avenues from which I’d like to focus on, the next problem came in – finding my niche.

    At the moment, I have (more or less) have looming idea of what to actually call my site or blog. I have a working title that somehow fits my purpose. Basically, all I wanted is to share everything I know to others – through writing.

    Right now, I’m quite overwhelmed on how to actually start advancing to the next level. And through contemplation, I realized that before traversing my writing journey – I have to further discover more on myself. I have to stop criticizing “me” and instead, embrace both my strong points and short comings. I’m not yet done (no one in the same situation will ever be, I guess) and I know this is a continuing process.

    But I’m glad to have stumbled upon your site. It offers tons of help for me. And with your honest introduction about yourself, I know I’m communicating with the rightfully real person. :)

  24. i think yur story is really good BUT I HAVE A PROBLEM THT I WANT TO CONCERNTRATE ON MY STUDIES BUT OTHER TYPE OF THOUGHTS COME IN MY MIND WHILE STUDYING. FR THT WHT SHALL I DO?

  25. I find your blog very encouraging never too late to change and to stay focused to whatever you really desire.

  26. i am really happy that you reply me by a beautiful advices ,i am working in sahara and i have a mutch free time but i can’t arrange it to find my way and the succes

    please advise and thanks for your help.

  27. jignasha ashara says:

    great job done you have,keep it up…

  28. christiana says:

    wow i think that’s a great achievement Steve, i must confess i love your comment.

  29. Hello Steven Aitchison!
    My name is Lambert and I am glad to let you know that I enjoyed your blog.I am in Rwanda and I am that type of guy who like to help others, who takes care of others.I have a bachelor’s degree in Applied Statistics but I don’t feel its my interest anymore. I currently started network marketing with Forever Living Products and I am happy to do it, however though my current occupation might be a way to help other change their lives I have that kind of feeling that I want something special that will enable me to make impact on people’s lives, helping them to change their lives and reach their self realization. I liked this piece and I look forward to your company through this learn journey. Thanks a lot Steven. So long be good and stay safe.

  30. Really nice blog/thoughts. Keep up the excellent work you are doing. You are helping millions of soules! – from a regular reader of your blog!

  31. utkarsh says:

    enjoyed reading it…thanxx a lot..:)

  32. Thanks for the honest, heartfelt bio, Steven. That’s great advice, to allow your readers get the know you on a personal level. I’ve got to do more of that myself.

  33. I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspired Blogger Award because you inspire me with your wisdom, insight, and humor. Congratulations, and thanks for your blog!

  34. Hi,
    You are inspiring in that one can be able to achieve the desires through hard work and patience,Thanks for the books.

    Saretto

  35. hi Steven
    your blog is very nice

  36. This is so inspiring. This is indeed the stuff everyone needs to hear…..

    I am so proud of you and i have also taken a keener desire to Mind my thoughts…..

    You’ve Got It In You!!!

  37. Dear Steven,
    thank for your best message and sharing your story. It is so inspiring and I love it. Now I really feel I know u.
    Nhar

  38. saisree says:

    nice work..great going!

  39. hi Steve!! wow i got to read this and i wow im out of words! i can really relate in more ways than one. i even got to read some of the posts sent by others. and i really related to Donna. she said everything i would have told you myself. iv had my share of challenges…alot and to be frank at times i never knew if id ever make it through. at the moment im battling with self acceptance and have confidence issues. i really would like to gain my confidence back,believe in myself and my abilities and capabilities!!! please help me…

  40. Hi Steve! Reading your story makes me want to follow a similiar path. I got one of your books on amazon kindle, (100 Quotations of which I read one a day), which is just the easiest way as I live in Austria. Perhaps your other books could be made available in this way…

    look forward to reading more,

    Max

  41. Hi steven,
    Its an wesome journey that you shared with us.Thanks so much, its beautiful and inspiring..and i am glad your post will help me to discover my calling.
    with best wishes
    sophia

  42. Good day Mr.Steve!
    I wish you have a wonderful day today and fantastic days for tomorrow!
    Please enjoy yourself na!
    Thank you so much!!

  43. Ramesh SK says:

    Hi Steven
    i have many things in common with you, though the direction is the same we are travelling, i am expecting a differnt result towards the health……

    i have some good theories that the thought patterns and the core issues to diseases you breed in your body. i wish, we can gain a common platform to the benefit of the humankind, by changing their thought patterns and saving them from breeding the diseases in their body

    warm regards
    Ramesh

  44. Ramesh SK says:

    Hi Steven
    Thank you for your mail,
    My purpose of reading this subject interests me a lot, you have done a great job,
    hope you are the trainer to make ppl to live in peace and harmony.

    Warm regards
    Ramesh

  45. Hi..
    Steven

    now i come to know that I’m not that much conscious about want i want to achieve in my life, but now i am just hoping for the best to happen in my life…
    Thanks for sharing,…

  46. Dear steven,
    thank you a lot for sharing your life story with me & others.

  47. Steven,

    From one Steven to another. Congratulations on finding your purpose and fulfilling the thing that brings true happiness and joy. Most people spend years working for money and dreading to get out of the bed; instead of doing what makes them feel complete. I wish you much success in your future endeavors. Live in Purpose!

  48. hey stvn i thnk may b u can hlp me.i dont understand what i want to achive,always confused with my desire & dreams .I want 2 b successful bt its 2 diffklt 4 me.i have Inspiring buks & magzens, success stories bt i hav no intrest in reading however i wanna read thm.do u thnk its the prob wth all geminis or only me.patience is what? i dont knw,i want to get all happiness in short period & get bored quikly with same life style.kindly hlp me.my dream for next 2 years is to work in big 4 audit firms . Recently hv startd an audit frm bt i got bored in 1 mnth.m unable to understand myself.plz hlp :(

  49. wow, i got my story too, but this makes it less enbarassing and its now motivation

  50. All it takes is a thought to bring things into your life. Everything has it’s beginning in thought AND when you think of something it now exists. What you do now is bring it into form. I’m enjoying what you write Steven and will check back often. Thanks for your inspiration!

  51. PS In keeping with my previous post re your encouragement Steven to let people know who you are… This maybe a silly question but how do I upload a photo of myself here so that when I reply to your posts here people will be able to see who I am?

    Cheers :)
    Chris T Atkinson

  52. Thank you Steven for taking the time to write this article.. As someone who is just about to launch a new website in the self help niche it really helped me clarify that I need to make some changes to my website before I launch it… Which I am happy to say I just did on my website homepage…

    To quote you, this bit really hit me hard between the eyes:-

    “Who was that person on the other end? What did they stand for, and what they against? Why are they in personal development? What’s their story?”

    Your own story above helped to confirm that the changes I need to make will help people get more than just great information from me… But rather that when people visit my site they will get get a sense of who I am, what I believe and where I have traveled up to this point (the good, the bad and the ugly)…

    And I guess this means becoming more real and more vulnerable which can be scary. But there’s no other way really but to live authentically is there! Thanks for keeping it real mate…

    Sincerely
    Chris T Atkinson

  53. Valuable information and excellent design you got here! I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and time into the stuff you post!! Thumbs up!

  54. It’s the NARRATIVE! People understand a story…especially one in which they can plop themselves into the middle of it.

    Well done, Sir! :)

  55. PeterD Johannesburg says:

    Thank you Steve for sharing your story
    I have read a number of your blogs but now knowing your background they are even more enlightening
    i am a “think and grow rich” groupie but it has not impacted om my life to the extent that it has done in yours
    I found your drug stories useful as i have a coachee who went a long way down that route and i think he will find this helpful
    whilst i live many miles from you i have added your name to my bucket list of people i intend to meet

    keep up the good work

  56. Woo.. That is wonderful, honestly am going through the struggle of fund for the work am doing which I will say am happy doing it. But the fund is not coming in like I hoped.

    Thanks and remain an inspiration to me

  57. Once i did exactly that is showed on his blog ot even knowing about it. It really works, belive me! If you do not know what to do in life and feel that you get lost then you should ask Steve what to do. I am sure that this guy know the secret of great life.

  58. Hey Steve,

    Thanks for sharin your experiences with us. Keep up the good work, it helps lot of people! God Bless!

    Rgds,
    Sana

  59. Hi Steve,

    It’s my pleasure that I have managed to reach this blog that offers different views on how to enjoy one’s

    life by changing their thoughts.Thanks for the great work to the human community.This motivates me to start my

    contribution to this society.Credits to you.

    Thanks,
    Karthick

  60. mizan kassa says:

    Hi Steve,

    I read your bio and inspires me to change myself by taking action on the things I want in life.And I am enjoying every piece of your product since I begin reading your articles in June 2010.

    Thanks for sharing your marvelous success in life and looking forward to learning more from you.

  61. Hi Steve,

    Very nice blog……..thanks for this…..keep up the good work.
    God bless.

  62. This is so inspiring and I love it. Now i really feel like i know u. Thank you for helping us

  63. We were highly recommended the websites by our relative. I’m not certain whether or not this kind of write-up will be produced by him or her while no person altogether different comprehend like in-depth on the subject of my problems. You are splendid! Bless you!

  64. J Cheree Clark says:

    Hello Steve,

    Very interesting Blog! I was reading up on feelings of “inadequacy” this morning and I came upon this post. Very interesting Blog! I’ve read through some of the comments as well and I feel so good knowing that I am not alone. Suffering from low self esteem, anxiety and depression and constantly being emotionally up one day and down the next (from negative thoughts) is SO very lonely. Thanks SO MUCH for this Blog.

  65. Thanks for this invauable information. I believe everyting starts in ur mind. U r what u think. the other thing is we fail because of poor self image. I have been trying to change my life and I what to start my business. How and where do I start.

  66. Steve:

    I’ve often said some people are born knowing exactly what they are to do in life, and others must live with themselves a while before they know. It matters not the road you take – straight or circuitous just so long as you get there.
    Great job in persevering. Great job in being true. Great job in living the life you desired.

  67. wowo, you are from Glasgow?? I am from Glasgow too and am studying in Glasgow University and my supervisor is Prof Paddy, maybe you still remember him?? do you still live in Glasgow?/ would be great to attend some of your workshop or just meet up with you! xx

  68. Dear Steve,
    its a gr8 that you changed your life.I also want to change my life. Recently i joined a gr8 network marketing company but i feared to talk to peoples regarding this & also low self confidence. kindly help me to change my life i want to be a gr8 entreprenur.

  69. thnxxxxx…. :)

  70. HI STEVE:
    Thank you for best message
    Im pleased to received your first words .sorry ICant quick reply because of
    languge.I Possess limited English Languge knowledge.

    KIND REGARDS
    ALA

  71. Hi Steven,

    Great personal story about your ups and downs. Looks like things are finally looking up for you. If there is anything, you are an inspiring example for me as well. I am miles from where you are at the moment, but I can picture and envision myself reaching a stage whereby you desire. Today I am richly blesses because of your story. I hope to learn more from you.

    Cheers

  72. Steve, I found your blog through an older post on Deskaway, which I use, for the top 100 productivity blogs. I only clicked on a few links – I was intrigued with “change your life”

    I’ve been poking around your site and copied a few of the exercises down for myself. I look forward to doing them later this afternoon.

    If feels like synchronicity shows up just when I need it – and reminds me that it’s not about doing it alone rather allowing in others support and ideas – even when they are virtual. It’s been a year of helping others – not quite what I planned but what showed up – from my neighbor who was paralyzed when he fell off his bike to my mom who was just diagnosed with breast cancer while staying with us on vacation and will be staying through treatment.

    Thanks for the incentive and reminder that all the answers are inside – and allow others to help yourself – even while you are supposedly helping them.

    Regards, Michele

  73. Great blog! Thanks for the information; I truly believe that your success begins with your mind. Information comes continually; but until you reprogram your mind and start thinking positive thoughts you will stay the same. Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve read “Think and Grow Rich”, I’m not finishing up “See You at The Top” by Zig Ziglar.

  74. mrinalini chhetri says:

    Hi Steven

    Thanks for the glimpse into your life. Your achievements and personal growth are truly inspiring n I hope I can turn my life around too. Your blog made for great reading.

    Thanks

    Mrinalini

  75. Hi Steve,
    Thanks for sharing your story. I agree with you, it’s important to feel a connection with the people whose emails we subscribe to, so it was good to learn about you and your family. I find the connection grows with video content, as when you hear someone’s voice and see them on the screen it brings them a little closer. I haven’t got to your YouTube videos yet, but I will!
    I too love “Think and Grow Rich”. I read somewhere that his original title for that book was just “Think and Grow”, but the publishers suggested the addition of the word “rich”. What people bought was the perception of monetary wealth, but what they got was of course much more than that. I’m just starting out with blogging and all things online, so it’s very refreshing to read your blog which is obviously written from the heart.

  76. Hi Steven. I came across your blog by accident looking for a way to make money on the net. My husband & I are both on disability. Mine is very severe asthma & can’t get out of the house much. My husband was run over and dragged 50 feet under a van in 2002. No arrests were made & we lost everything we owned. He has been disabled ever since and now he is diabetic and on kidney dialysis. We lost our oldest daughter to cancer in April 2010, my dad in August 2010 & my mom in Feb. 2011. I am still struggling with all that and feel pulled in 50 directions. We need money now & I published a book called “Because He Loves Me” a few years ago. It’s about how God got me through depression, but the book didn’t do so well on the market. Had difficulties with the publishing company. I would like to start a blog on how God is helping me, but I don’t have a clue how to start. I’m not computer savy. Can you help me?
    Thanks & God Bless

    • Hi Teena,

      I was touched with your determination after so many pains and hurdles in life but i’m touched with the courage you are showing.Its great help God is giving you i feel he is filling courage in you and making you action.May be i cannot give much suggestion in Blogging because i’ m not serious blogger, but one thing i can tell you,you will come out of your troubles with big Crown.Because you are are courageous in Heart and gods blessing are with you.

      I request other community members are into blogging,please spare some time and share your knowledge with Teena

      Shiva

  77. Hi
    Your story was very inspiring and motivating, i am going trough a real tough time rigth now.It helped me to put things in persepctive and also to take reponsability in how I think and I feel. Any ideas on how I can start writing a blog? I want to share ideas with women who have different lifestyles than the norm. Challenge the “status quo”.
    thanks
    Dora

  78. tavleen singh says:

    hello sir….

    It’s really great to see your blog and reading about you.
    I am at the age of 20 and I am looking for starting personality development classes here in India. While i was searching for some matter got your blog and found it really nice and inspiring.
    just by reading 1 blog a became your fan wish to get some assistance from you to start my career in this field.

    Thanks… :) :)

  79. Many thanks, Steve, for your honest and inspiring posts! I’ve just read the one about why you do what you do and the one about the night you attempted to end your life. Thank you. They reminded me that, even though things are pretty hairy for me right now, there are a lot of things to feel blessed about and I’m on the right track creating the life that I want.

    You’ve turned your life around by making some decisions, acting upon them and then following new strategies. Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned with us.

    Wishing you and your family continued success, health and happiness!

  80. Mr. Steven, I have no words to describe this blog. I am from India. It is my poverty which is not allowing me to read your blog, but now somehow i am managing to get some money to pay my internet cafe expenses. Once in a week i visit your blog. Continue doing this great work.

    I can say one thing that you are a “Master Motivator”. When i get money, I will buy all your books. Please ignore my grammar as i don’t know much of it.

    Convey my wishes to your wife and two loving sons.

  81. I had to re read this several times to absorb it all. The Comments are outstanding. I learned from you and your visitors. I have to come back here.

  82. hey steven, Im into OD (organizational development) myself, came full circle in my life’s ups and downs and I would always rise up as I would remind myself that tough times don’t last, but tough people like you and me do last. Yes, Im learning much from your letters and I hope you could help me develop more on my trainings. Thank you so much for being selfless. I hope to meet you one day, man.

  83. Janelle says:

    Hi Steven,
    You seem like a very honest an up front guy. I love your stuff and will recommend it. Keep it up please!

    Cheers
    Janelle

  84. I don’t really like reading blogs, but stumbled upon it whilst looking for ways to memorize essays, and i have to say, this blog is just amazing.

  85. I really enjoyed finding your blog..through a blogger of a blogger, etc……
    But, I especially enjoy reading about the way you discovered your passion and faced your fears.
    I will enjoy looking around your site. Congratulations on your wonderful success story!
    Jen

  86. Dear Steven,

    I just ‘stumbled’ on your blog while looking for some articles…Coincidence ? I don’t think so.

    I really appreciate your personal story. It shows that even when you change your mind set, an effort is always necessary. A consistent one. Only, it doesn’t always feel like an effort because when focusing on what you really want, on what you stand for creates energy, vitality…

    Just great…I’ll be following you on twitter.

    Kind regards,
    Ingrid
    leaderschip/conflict coach & mediator

  87. I really got important ideas from your articles. Specially I am interested on articles how to use early hours. can I get the soft copy of your book How to Become an Advanced Early Riser? thank you for that!

  88. a very inspiring blog……thank you so much for sharing your story…..you have certainly added something special to my life….by the way,you got a very sweet and special smile,hope you will never lose it

  89. Hi Steven,

    I’ve just read your story. It’s really inspiring and simply GREAT! You’ve done a lot and you can be proud of that!

    P.S. And for sure, awesome blog! ;)

  90. Thank you for sharing your story with the world, and for the work you’re doing. You’ll continue to be an inspiration to me and many others along the path of living out and up to who we can be, and how we can help create a more wonderful world.

  91. Thank you for sharing your life with us. I too have several blogs in which to help people to help themselves. These blogs are based on what I have learned in my journey. Your journey is quite inspiring. Thank you for sending the downloads and I look forward to reading them and using more information.

    Keep up the good work!

  92. duncan N Gachuhi says:

    We share the same purpose in this life.Helping people change mental models hence change their lifes.You are blessed

  93. What an inspiring story Steve! I came across your blog by accident only the other day …. they say when the student is ready the teacher appears …. One of my driving desires is to help people, and I currently work in a call centre full time. I’m about to start studying law in the hope that will take me in a good direction. I’m looking forward to completing your Mind Alchemy course. :)

  94. Hi, I really enjoyed reading about you and look forward to following your blog and emails in the future. Aly

  95. Really story is very interesting for reaching and developing new insight for life.

  96. Glad you found your purpose :)

  97. Good Job!:)

  98. Hi,Steven,
    Thank you for your sharing story. You are so hardworking and make a good job. I enjoy your articles and they inspired me.
    Best wishes!

  99. I came across your blog by accident over a year ago. I have very few blogs I read faithfully, and yours is in that list. It is more than just the content of the blog that leaves me inspired. You share so much of your own journey that I find myself talking about you when I am in conversation with my family and friends. I wish you the best. (And make sure you write about it!)

  100. Steve,
    What a great story! Thank you for sharing it with all of your admirers. I already knew there was a great guy behind Change Your Thoughts, but you are wise to let everyone in on this. Here’s to your continued success and achievement of your dreams.

  101. Deborah-Jean says:

    I admire your work, Steve….you are truly an inspiration!

  102. Prabhat B Garg says:

    Congrats Steve for sharing your story. it will be source of inspiration for others too to use their option to choose at the right time and fearlessly knowing fully well …WHAT IS NEXT? & HOW TO DEAL WITH … the emerging situations with a strong belief system so as to emerge as a winner and master of one’s own life . hats off to you & All the very best in life.
    Prabhat
    From CHANDIGARH – INDIA

  103. WoW Awesome post Steven………I feel like I really Know You now………..Honest …….genuine….. heart- felt. Thanks so much for opening up. I have been following your blog for quite awhile. I’ve read a lot of very good unique content here. This post is the best ever post I’ve read on your blog.

    Looking forward to the course

  104. Love your story and the photos, Steven! It’s great to get a sense of who you are and hear about your journey!

  105. Way to go! Love the photos.

  106. Dear Steven I blieve your story, I blieve it is true.Friend people is different, myslef for instance, don´t believe I can change, I take atitude .Please if you have a solution for me , see I am really different, lets prove it let me try it.Thanks .

  107. Hi Steven

    I would like to thank you for being so sharing your life story and for allowing us, your readers, to connect with you on a personal level. Your blog is inspiring and for the past few months (only discovered your blog a while back, by default) quite a number of your articles have really hit home and inspired me to take action.

    Infact, due to an non-coincidental alignment of events, the end result has been resigning from a job which no longer brought fulfillment and exchanging the corporate life for a few months of backpacking & living in South America. During this time I will explore, challenge myself, learn a new language and hopefully, in the midst of it all, figure out what my greater calling is in life. One thing of which I am sure, is that it is something that will involve adding value to the lives of others :-)

    I would also like to thank you for giving your readers the opportunity to turn their lives around with your 28 day course. I know that when thoughts are changed, your entire life has the capability of moving into a realm of limitless possibility.

    Thank you for sharing, for inspiring.
    Janine

  108. Hi Steven

    Thanks for sharing, and in doing, it does make you more of a real person, not just a name on an internet blog.
    So if your objective was to make yourself more of a real person to your subscribers, congratulations you have
    succeeded.

  109. Hi Steven:

    Thank you very much for sharing your story. It has the qualities of simplicity, humility and truth, all of which touch the human spirit and makes the impact of the message so powerful. I am very glad you posted it because both the message and the spirit of the message are a gift. Best wishes, Marilyn

  110. Hi Steven,

    I find your blog to be simple, genuine, touching and inspiring.
    Your writings are truly from the heart and the energy resonates.

    Heartfelt good wishes to you and your loved ones.

    Shabnoor

  111. Your story is so inspiring and it is wonderful to see the power of belief, coupled with action, lead to such beautiful results. Keep on sharing!

  112. Thank you for sharing. Great thoughts.

  113. Natasha Cording says:

    Hello Steven, it took me a long while to leave a message, and in fact had to revisit your site a few times to sign up to your 28 day course, reaching out to an unknown is a little intimidating. I really wanted to say thank you for providing the opportunity to learn from you and for sharing your story (above), reading about you and your life has provided a foundation for trust and helped to make the experience more personal. And lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you success in all your endeavours. With warmest regards, Natasha

  114. Hi Steven,

    I once met a guy called Art Berg in Hawaii in 1996. He was quadriplegic after a car accident at age 21 – paralysed from the neck down. He was giving a talk at Tony Robbins Life Mastery. It was one of the funniest most motivational talks I’ve ever heard. I always remember one thing is said a number of times – “it’s not in spite of what happened to me that I am where I am but … because of what happened to me”. In other words even with incredible paralysis he could find the “silver lining” in what most of us would see as a very “dark cloud”.

    It takes a lot of courage to face the truth about ourselves and to triumph over adversity. Your story Steven is such a story and most certainly is worth sharing as you have done. It is inspiring many others.

    Congratulations!
    Be Inspired!
    Seán M Kelly

  115. Thanks for that Steve,very encouraging.
    It’s reassuring to know that there is light at the end of the tunel!
    I am just at the beginning of my journey towards helping others improve their experience of life. I guess I am at the stage you were at in 2006.
    I am not focused soley on blogging to make a living but it is part of my process of letting others know I am around. I have just started to incorporate the idea of doing surveys to find out what perspective clients and visitors to my site are actually looking for. I am looking forward to reading the responses so that I too can create create programs and packages to meet their needs. Do you have other posts relating to this that you would like to recommend?
    With regards to changing your beliefs to live your dream, I am working on it. I am hoping that your 28 day course will help me with that particularly in the area of building a holistic practice.

    On another note, I know you are based in the UK. Why do you price your products in dollars?

    Jackie Josephs

  116. Hey Steven: I love the new About page and hearing your story. It adds so much perspective and now I understand why your blog is so great:) Thank you for being such a great source of wisdom and sharing your knowledge. It is a great to be a part of the CYT community.

  117. Hey Steven, I now know I sensed a connection to your blog and your writings. We share a somewhat similar career path in that I also work in a drug treatment agency full time. It’s tough at times but incredibly rewarding. You have inspired me to tell my own story. Some of my older blogs going back to 2006 tell some of it, but maybe its time to consolidate that into a concise article. I’ll do that for the same reasons you have. Being open and honest about all aspects of my life is what drew people to my blog when I started. Reading others from all over the world and from different cultures showed how we all have the same dreams, feelings and experiences. This is the positive nature of the internet and communication.
    Gonna go read the age 19/20 link now.

    Thanks for sharing.

  118. Silvia Justina Radesky says:

    Well said Steve. Love your blog, is easy to understand your written. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing and to keep my spirit high.

  119. just stumbled on your blog and this is exactly the type of stuff i love to read. i had a long talk with my bf tonight about life and how we have always been the underdogs and how we can change that. can’t wait to read your stuff until the sun comes up again…

  120. Hi Steven,

    What a brilliant blog. You offer so many valuable and informative articles. It is truly a great source of inspiration. I will certainly be visiting on a regular basis. Keep up the amazing work!

    Brendan

  121. My thanks go to Sid Savara for sending me to you! http://sidsavara.com/
    And a big thank you to you – now I’ve got the message!
    Lots to do, as I can a feel a big change is a-comin’ … might even
    start blogging … wow, isn’t life GREAT!!

  122. Hello steven,

    An ignorant person has its room to live. It was just an accident to open your blog when it was linked to something I was looking for – that time the “kaizen”. I saw and read your astonishing articles and started appreciate how wonderful to be in this blog…I then started sharing your articles to my friends and all of them really like it so much. They said keep on sending messages like these everyday. Congratulations. Truly you are inspiring.

    che

  123. carrie mcleod says:

    Hi Steven,
    Finally managed to get on your site. Wow ! how impressive and interesting too much to absorb in one night. I will be back.
    Carrie

  124. I discovered your blog a couple months ago, and have found it to be uplifting, practical and motivating. I’m one of those people who got laid off in the recession and am truly excited about re-inventing myself in my own business. This is the perfect time for me to read your blogs. Thank you.

  125. I just happened to come across this, and, in a way, I can relate to it. I am going through a phase right now, and have been for a while, where I am extremely anxious and lacking confidence when I am out and about. For example, walking to the shops on my own and seeing someone I know, I find it really hard to smile at them, and sometimes, I will cross the road to avoid having to do this. I’ve always disliked the way I look, never been happy with who was staring back at them in the mirror and I think it has stemmed from that. I recently left my job, after realising it wasn’t making me happy – I was breaking down in tears most days, if not every day….something that has not happened to me before. I have now made the right career path and I am looking forward to my future – apart from this anxious/lacking confidence/do not believe in myself thing. I also believe that when people look at me, I always think that they are thinking horrible things and somehow convince myself of this – again, something I hate. I dont know what to do to change it, please, if you have any tips, i’d really appreciate it, i just want to find me again and be happy.

  126. this blog is truly “Fresh Air”

    i been on it for the last couple of hours ;)

    Congrats!!

    i gotta get moving and shakin with my blog now

    Shaqir

  127. Congratulations on being one of the top 33 blogs to read this year. I wrote you before and don’t know if you got my comment or not. I just wanted to let you know that it was one of your posts that got me started blogging.

  128. A worthwhile vision and goal for a great blog. Congrats for being on the top 33 blogs by Dragos!

  129. Hi Steven,
    I really like your message.
    I agree that no matter what we have experienced or the challenges we face, we truly can live a happy life. All those experiences that we don’t necessarily enjoy are meant to teach us.

    Love your blog.
    Thanks so much for all you do.
    I’ll be back.

    -Susan

    • Hey Susan, great to see you here, and thank you for your kind words.

      I am loving what you are doing online as well, it’s great to see persaonl development bloggers changing other people’s lives.

      Come back soon :)

  130. Hi Steven,

    I posted a link to your 100 Ways To Develop Your Mind article today in my newsletter, The Bugler.
    http://www.interbiznet.com/interbizbugler/dailyindex.html

    http://www.interbiznet.com/bugler/bugler_09.10.02.html
    (archive page)

    I posted the first 25 and linked to your site for the last 75.

    I hope you get a lot of traffic – my newsletter goes out to 5000 in email is read by many more online.

    Best,

    Colleen

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  132. Nice site Steven. I’ll definitely be coming back!

  133. Nice blog..keep up the good work!!!
    cheers

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