I’ve always been an ambitious person. It’s a positive quality in many ways, but it has a dark side. The drive to do more and to be more can make me forget the sheer wonder of what I already am and already have. There is a Buddhist proverb that goes like this: “Enough is a feast.” How true.

The antidote to the dark side of ambition is gratitude, I have learned. Gratitude both felt and expressed – because without expressing it, we miss half its value, says William Arthur Ward, one of America’s earliest motivational writers.

So let me offer my thanks to you, for reading my blog. Thank you so much for your interest in what I have to say. I hope it’s (nearly) always of value to you. (No-one’s perfect!)

My thanks also to all my extraordinary clients. Your ideas, creativity and determination are humbling. Your courage in sharing your ideas with the world is inspiring.

Author, philosopher and healer, Louise Hay, has a delightful way with words. Her advice is this: Be. Do. Have.

How easily ambition leads us to get this the wrong way around: to want to have and to do before we become the person we want to be.

Whatever it is you want to achieve, may you find it. And on the way, become the person you most admire.