Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family

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?

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 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

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 consciousness... In August...

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The ‘X’ Factor in Predicting the Future

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 lantern....

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A Whole New Way of Thinking About Mindfulness

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...

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Owning Your Self

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 where...

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Where Confidence Comes From

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...

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The Secret of What Matters Most

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...

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Living an Invisible Life

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...

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The Nothing at the Heart of Everything

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...

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