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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Money, Insecurity, and a Superstitious Pigeon

The other day, I was sitting in the garden outside the home of a very wealthy client, enjoying a few minutes of quiet while they finished up with another meeting. When they came to join me, we sat together for a bit before heading up to the patio for a light lunch and surprisingly heavy conversation about money…..

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Adulting

It’s Sunday morning. The World Cup final is recording so I can watch it on tape delay if I manage to avoid my phone, the internet, and everyone I know wanting to share their joy, grief, outrage, or apathy at the still pending result. And when I’m done writing, I’ll be taking our cat Roscoe to the vet to say goodbye….

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How to Be Original

It probably won’t surprise regular readers of these blogs to know that from time to time, I get on a metaphorical high horse and go off on a rant about one thing or another. The fact that the horse always turns out to be made of papier-mâché, breaking apart under the pressure of trying to support…

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