A Poetic Way of Thinking About Thought

When I first saw something about the link between our thoughts and our feelings, I thought the realm of thought worked a bit like a Dr. Seuss poem:

Black thought, white thought
Dark thought, light thought
Happy thought, sad thought
Good thought, bad thought

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The Inevitable Tetherball of Insight and Wellbeing

A number of years ago, I met with a potential client who was interested in getting coaching for his nascent business. During our first meeting, I couldn’t help but notice that despite his friendly demeanor, his leg was bouncing up and down so much that it made the sofa shake.

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Six Blind Men and the Nature of Genius

I’ve been taking some time to reflect in advance of next month’s Genius Catalyst Program on the nature of the intelligence that in my work is often called “Mind”, “Universal Mind”, or more colloquially “the wisdom within”. As is often the case when attempting to describe something that is fundamentally beyond words, I was reminded of the story of the blind men and the elephant….

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A Cab Driver Named Adolf

My youngest daughter and I went for a coffee (iced vanilla latte for her, bulletproof for me) and she asked me about how I started writing books. I talked about some of the ghost writing I did in my very early days, moving on from that to be a developmental editor on Paul McKenna’s “I Can Make You…” book series that have sold over six million copies and counting…

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A Glorious Ignoramus

The other night, I found myself in one of my favorite situations, sipping wine around a table with new friends and old, talking about the nature of life, love, and the human condition. I was in the room courtesy of Nic Askew, a filmmaker who I first met in London thirteen years ago…

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A 10,000 Year Old Model for Success

Around 10,000 years ago, societies began to transition from a hunter/gatherer approach to feeding their families and tribes to an agricultural one, where working the land allowed them a less nomadic existence than following the food supply through its seasonal migrations….

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Your Most Enjoyable Year Yet

Since 1994, I began 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 with what was most important to me and set my goals for the year ahead. And year after year, I had my best year yet…

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The Keeper Test

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to do a talk and spend some time with a senior management team at Netflix. In preparation for the event, I read through the Netflix Culture Doc, a document about what Netflix call their “unusual corporate culture”…

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The Invisible Key to Making Change Happen

This past week, my core business team and I spent three days in London reviewing the year that’s coming to a close and making plans for the year ahead. As we inevitably do in these reviews, we got insights into some underlying patterns of thinking

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Before Thought and Beyond Belief

One of the words I hear myself use most often in my work is “grounding”. It’s a way of talking about where we are coming from in our life and work. What we’re grounded in is the thinking that seems real to us…

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What is Money?

I’ve always suspected that the first official ‘financial’ transaction between nations involved the trade of several chickens for a goat, and that both nations (or what we would today consider to be tribes) had members who violently protested that ‘our chickens are worth way more than their goats’ and vice versa…

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A Different Way to Succeed

We’ll be taking a deep dive together into the largely uncharted waters of the human potential. We’ll be focusing less on ‘how to live’ than on a new understanding of how life works…

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A Meaningful Conversation

When I first started teaching people about the work of Sydney Banks just over a decade ago, I had the distinct advantage that nobody had any idea of what I was talking about and I wasn’t that sure myself…

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Getting a Feel for Life

I have been skiing since the age of three. While I only ever dabbled in competitive racing for a couple of years as a young teenager, skiing is something I’ve got a feel for – that is, I can do it to a pretty high standard without really having to think about it very much. Similarly, when I teach, I have a feel for audiences. I can somehow intuitively sense…

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A Guide to Reality

I’ve always been fascinated by what human beings are capable of and why so few of us live up to that capability on a regular basis. In my TEDx talk, Why Aren’t We Awesomer?, I address that question by pointing out that the mind works more like…

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Slow Down to Get More Done

A number of years ago, I had child psychologist and author Alfie Kohn as a guest on my radio show. At one point, I asked him if he had any tips on how to be a more caring and effective parent when you were in a hurry. His answer, tongue only slightly in cheek, was: ‘Don’t be in a hurry.’…

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The Inside-Out Path to a Better Life

This weekend, I was doing a coaching intensive with a client who seemed to view life as a series of either/or choices to be navigated. “I need to decide,” he said multiple times, “whether to do this (job, career, life choice A) or that (job, career, life choice B)….

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Mr. Magoo’s Guide to Success

A few year’s ago, my son Oliver and I had the chance to go to dinner with an incredibly successful entrepreneur who had recently sold his company to a competitor for hundreds of millions of dollars. When my son asked him to share the secret of his success,...

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Seeing Truth

The other day, a longtime colleague, friend, and student posted a question on my Facebook page: Hi Michael, The more I engage with material other than the 3 Principles the more I see the truth of the fact that the Truth is everywhere…

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Just Listen

There’s an old joke about a therapist who operated on the theory that all problems could be traced to dreaming about
fish. A patient came to him complaining about his lackluster sexual relations with his wife.

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