Switch into Positive

Our brains follow our instructions. Our moods shape our thoughts. Negative thinking produces negative actions.

Focusing on instructing your brain to switch into positive thinking will produce positive outcomes in your life.

For example, if you put the alarm on to get up in the morning to go to work, but before you go to bed you tell yourself that you are tired, that you are in fact exhausted and that you will not manage the next day, then the next morning you will start the day tired and continue in that mode all day long. And probably also in a bad mood!
Negative thinking lowers your energy levels and prepares you for failure.

However, if before you go to bed you tell yourself that you are tired now but after a good night sleep you will successfully complete the next day, then you will have a positive and successful day ahead of you.

Plan for success. Make your mornings easy. Prepare all you can prepare the night before, then go to bed with a clear feeling that the next morning you will have an easy time before facing your day.

Every time you are tempted to think negative then consciously change your thoughts. Be hard on yourself.
If you forget easily what you need to get done the next day, and that is leading you to stress and exhaustion, then invest on a small notebook that you carry around with you. Write lists on it detailing what you need to get done that day and for the next day.
Of course we are in a modern world, you can also make your list on your mobile phone!
But for me personally nothing beats the feeling that I get when I use my little notebook!

Seek positive thoughts and you will be on the road to success!


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© 2018 Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio)


Taking time out

Focusing, learning, planning, doing and progressing is all part of the processes to achieving goals, but when we only focus on the “serious” staff and don´t take time out to relax and enjoy life we are very much in danger of “burning out”.

This last weekend we took time out to relax and enjoy a perfect late summer´s day.

We went to the circus, ate ice-cream and took time for a relaxed walk. We had a great time, came home feeling totally refreshed and full of energy to move forward!

Because a photo is worth more than a thousand words:


Plan into your busy schedule time to relax and to see something different. Once you go back to focusing on your work or life plan, you will be able to concentrate much better and feel rested.

Wishing you happy planning and much fun!!!

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© 2018 Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio)

Walking Forwards


I walked across many countries in Europe for 3 months to get away from the war and save my life. If there is one thing that I learned about walking forwards in life is that it can be a difficult and painful process which leads to a positive end.

It requires leaving behind not just the negative things in one´s life but sometimes it means having to leave behind things that we like, enjoy, are comfortable with or think we can´t live without.

For me it was a particularly difficult and painful process because it meant leaving behind my loved ones in order to save my life.

But when you want to move forwards in life, in your business, career, home life or love life then you might need to make some difficult choices.

It takes just 9 days to create a bad habit but it takes 21 days to break a bad habit and create a good one.

Just making the decision to walk forwards in life is a huge positive first step. Breaking the bad habits in your life that are stopping you from being successful is already a success. Building new positive habits means we are almost there!

Then we know that we are walking in the right way and on the road to achieving our goals.

Keep a written record of everything you have achieved, not  about what  you dream off but what you have actually done. All of us have dreams but if I hold this dream in my head and never do something about it then I will never do anything in my life. Make a positive habit of recording the steps you take on the road to success.


Keep walking forwards, one foot in front of the other!



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© 2018 Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio)

Friday Freedom

After a week full with work and commitments, there is nothing better than to have that feeling of freedom that comes with Friday!

But true freedom does not depend on which day of the week it is. It does not depend on where you live or who you live with.

True freedom comes from having peace of mind and peace in  the heart. True freedom comes from being true to yourself and admiting to the truth inside of you.

A while back we used to work together for someone else, but the people working with us didn´t think it was OK for us to work together. They made our work life very difficult and it spilt over into our private lives. We nearly lost each other. As we drifted away I wanted to tell her everything that was in my heart:

“The first time we kissed I felt the time going really fast, I felt I had the whole world in my hand, I felt so happy, I felt we were the only two people in the world.

I remember when we walked by the river, I looked at you, how you moved, how you talked, I felt I wanted to hide you inside my heart and not let anyone see you, to keep you safe from the whole world. I wanted those moments to never go away.

We have known each other for 3 years and my love for my wife grows more and more everyday.

What words do I need to say to you? my sweet girl or my queen?. Even when you get up in the morning and you leave to go to your job, I feel really scared for you, but I try to hide it inside myself, so that I don´t show my worry for you.  But you are my Queen, the love of my life, my inspiration and my best friend.

I want us to do the things you like and make you happy but time slips away and takes me from you for a little bit because I think so much about how to build a better life. And then I see that we have already a better life because we have each other.”

I still feel the same way about her…

If you work with your husband or wife, keep work life and home life apart. Write a schedule where work times and home life times are clearly defined. Build barriers that nobody is allowed to cross over and above all protect your relationship.

There are many jobs out there and every worker could be easily replaced but you can not replace the person that loves you and cares for you, the one that travels through this life by your side.

Life takes you through many roads and sometimes people try to lead you down a road you should never take.

Value yourself and your relationship.

Don´t let yourself be limited, conditioned and influenced by the expectations of people around you who try to push on you their personal views on your private life.

We have defeated the meath. We have now worked together on writing our books for over a year and are working together on this Blog. We do it without allowing outside influence into our private world. We have peace inside our work life, home life and inside our hearts.

Wishing you Friday Freedom and peace in your heart.

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 © 2018 Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio)

Right Thinking = Positive Thinking


Hold onto the right thoughts. Think positive! These are the thoughts that lead you towards success.

Maybe you too are starting out again in life, like we did. Once you made the decision to start again you really need to let go of the past.

It is specially important to let go off the situations and choices made in the past which did not lead to success, whether that was in your professional life or in your family life or even in your relationship life.

It is also crucial to let go of the wrong thoughts, these are those thoughts that lead you to doubt your ability to reach success, to reach your goals and hold you back.

If coping with negative comments and the negativity of others is not easy, then it is also crucial to surround yourself with those people that encourage you in your plans for positive change in your life.

Taking time out to think is of vital importance, choose a place where you feel peaceful, where you can focus and breath in fresh air. Push aside every negative thought and write down the positive thoughts that will encourage you in times of doubt.

Starting afresh in life is not easy. Some of us are forced to start again because of the tragedies in our lives, others make that choice because they are not happy or satisfied with their life as it is.

Whatever the reason, the right thoughts are already an achievement! Focus on positive thinking!

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Copyright 2018 Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio)

Focusing on Moving Forward

When we are not sure of the next steps, it is easy to fall back to old ways or old situations in life.

Keeping the focus on moving foward and not going back to past situations is the key to building a better life.

When you feel tempted to go back to old situations that ended up in dissaster, just in case this time it might work, consider the outcome in the past! If the outcome was negative, causing you and others around you stress or hurt then stay well away from those things that led you to unhappy times in your life.

Creating a board with pictures that show what you want your life to be like, helps to focus and to keep moving forward.

In fact, in my experience, it is a very relaxing activity to cut off pictures from magazines that depict how I want my life to be. I take time to arrange them and stick them on a board which I then hang up where I can see it every day. I would encourage you to try it as a positive step into building a better life.

Stay focused on where you want to be and how you want your life to be!

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Copyright 2018 Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio)


To think all the time is good for me. It helps me to plan and to focus on my goals.

But for other people it is maybe not so good.

It isn´t the thinking that is the problem but what you think about. Thinking about the wrong things and in a negative way does not help you to achieve your goals in life. Specially if you are trying to build a new life with a better future for yourself.

Following the right and good thoughts is the way to a better life.

Right thinking helps you make the right choices. We all know what is right and what is wrong. To choose to do what is right is the secret to building a successful life, in ALL areas of your life. Whether that is your work life, your home life, your free time or your relationship with the person you love.

Make the wrong decision and you can loose everything.

Programming yourself for success

To write a program is a difficult thing. And to build a new life is even more difficult because of the challenges it brings with it but if you program yourself for success you will achieve your goals and make your dreams into reality.

With everything you have to do everyday in your life, sometimes at the end of the day you feel like you did nothing. You go to work in the morning but you are not really excited about going to work.

However, when you have a beautiful wife to make you strong, who is on your side, with you when she sees you sad and she feels what you feel, then she encourages you to develop your life from nothing through to reaching your goals and making everything beautiful.

Having a dream and setting it as your goal helps you focus and plan but having somebody by your side who supports you in your life choices and accepts you as you are can make the difference between success and failure.

Walking through life with someone by your side can turn a difficulty into a challenge and a challenge into a success story.

Have you got a challenge today that you can turn into a success story in your life?

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Copyright 2018 Beatriz Custodio & Mohammed Al Ali.

Today´s success

We think that it is really important to Highlight every single day what we have successfully achieved.

If you get into the habit of Highlighting your successes then you will become more and more successful because you will be built up by the positives in your life.

This summer we finished writing our book. Today we printed the whole book. I think it was really then that we saw the reality: we have successfully written a book. Now we need to publish it!!!

Writing about one’s own life can be a long and painful process. But it also gives much satisfaction and many times it brings laughter. Being able to laugh at oneself is a big plus!

Have you already written 1 thing that you successfully achieved today?

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Copyright 2018 Beatriz Custodio & Mohammed Al Ali.

First Steps

This is my life.

I live without anybody pushing me to the front. I go step by step to make my dream into a reality. And if I do this thing I do it myself. All I need is to achieve my dream to make a better life. I have come a long way, from death to life, from war to peace. I have survived war and death, now I live my life building it into a better one, day by day.

If you, like us, are searching for a better life, then follow our Blog.

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Copyright 2018 Beatriz Custodio & Mohammed Al Ali.