Why I Have Hope for the World

On June 12th, 2016, 49 people were killed by a gunman in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. I watched along with millions of others as the story unfolded, the news headlines repeatedly reminding us that this was “the deadliest mass shooting on American soil

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Know Thyself

It is said that outside the oracle of Delphi in ancient Greece, the phrase, translatable as “Know Thyself”, was carved above the entrance to the temple. Philosophers and writers from Socrates to Aeschylus….

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The Truth About the Future

A couple of months back, I checked in with one of my former students who was setting off on a new venture in the world. He eagerly shared some recent successes and his detailed plans…

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Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family

Before I get a bunch of mail from the people I grew up with about this, let me clarify an important point: My birth family was not dysfunctional. Mom and Dad loved each other and us; my siblings got along as well and at times better than most. So why the title of today’s blog?

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Are You Willing to Be Wrong?

Over the course of this past week, we began a new mentoring mastermind group called Infinite Potential, Infinite Possibilities. One of the basic premises of the program comes from a quote by Arnold Patent I shared in The Inside-Out Revolution:

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The Story of Me

The author/philosopher Ken Wilber talks about a core concept in his writings about spirituality he calls “the pre/trans fallacy”. In a very tight nutshell, what he is describing is our tendency to confuse the pre-personal “ignorant” innocence…

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When Humanity and Divinity Collide

Since this is the very first blog post I am writing under the new header of “Caffeine for the Soul”, I thought I’d share a bit about where this juxtaposition of the sacred and the profane that permeates my work first started to appear in my... read more

The ‘X’ Factor in Predicting the Future

One of the things I love about the work that I do is that when we catch our first glimpse of the thought-created nature of our personal reality, the adventure has just begun. It’s like spending your life stumbling around in a cave and then being handed a... read more

A Whole New Way of Thinking About Mindfulness

Mindfulness, as defined by Wikipedia, is “the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment”. But for me, mindfulness can be understood at a couple of different levels. At... read more

Owning Your Self

Normally, I write these weekly missives from a place of already knowing what I have to say without necessarily knowing how I’m going to say it. At some point during the week I have an insight; in the tip I share the insight and point as best I can to the place... read more

Where Confidence Comes From

This weekend, I gave a talk on bringing out the best in yourself and others at The Best You exhibition in London. After the talk, one of the participants asked me if I had always been a confident speaker or if it was something which had developed over time. In... read more

The Secret of What Matters Most

Back in my early personal development days, I spent many hours with pen and journal in hand trying to create ‘values hierarchies’ – lists of things that mattered to me in the order that they mattered. My lists would vary from year to year, but would inevitably look... read more

Living an Invisible Life

Twenty years ago, I appeared on a television show in the UK called “The Big Breakfast”. My job was to hypnotize the host, Zoe Ball, into overcoming her fear of flying so that she could get into a small airplane with a 75 year old nun who was doing her first ever... read more

The Nothing at the Heart of Everything

I’m at that wonderfully strange stage of releasing a new book where I send it out to people the world and I admire and ask them to read it with an eye towards offering up a nice quote if they like what they’ve read. Here’s an excerpt from what Gay Hendricks, co-author... read more

The Art of Creating, Part One – The Big Nothing

One of the things I love about writing relatively short blog posts on a relatively regular basis is that I get to experience the whole of the creative process from start to finish. I begin each week with some kind of nothing (more on this in a bit), and by the time... read more

Who are You, Really?

Over twenty years ago, I was living in London and reading an exceptional amount of Eastern spiritual writings when I stumbled across a book called “The Teachings of Ramana Maharishi“. There was a simple practice outlined in the book where the reader was encouraged to... read more

How to Love the Year Ahead

Since 1994, I have begun each year by going through a wonderful process developed by Jinny Ditzler called Your Best Year Yet. I would review my achievements and failures from the year before, look for any limiting beliefs that might be holding me back, check in... read more
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