The Law of Attraction

A teacher and his students were driving through livestock country. “Notice,” said the teacher, “how an animal mingles with its own kind. Cows mix with cows, sheep with sheep. Do you see how this law applies to human behavior?” When the students shook their heads, the teacher continued, “You attract people and circumstances that correspond with your own nature, your own level of being. You attract what you are.” 

True Security

A sage told a student, “It is utterly useless to try to change the outer world, for it is but a reflection of inner causes. The true seekers seek to change themselves. It is as if our barefoot ancestors met in tribal council to solve the problem of the rocky ground which hurt their feet. Someone suggests a vast program of planting grass all over the world. Another suggests the planting of trees at regular intervals, so that they might swing forward from one branch to the next. Finally, comes the sensible suggestion, ‘Why not pad our own feet?’”

The Sour Lemon

A spiritual guide taught their class, “If you hand someone a sour lemon and tell them its sourness lies outside the lemon they will think you are joking. Yet, with a perfectly straight face, that same person will tell you that their sour life is caused by external events.

Socrates and The Nobleman

One day Socrates was walking down a street with some friends when a nobleman approached. As was customary, Socrates greeted him however the nobleman walked straight past, declining to return the courtesy. The friends of the philosopher were angry at the nobleman, but Socrates used the incident to teach a lesson.

Stop Tiptoeing Through Life

“We tiptoe through life hoping to safely make it to death.” – Unknown

Fear, worry and angst have been conditioned into you. You’ve been pumped full of it. By media. By marketing. Even the people who love you.

You’re wing-clipped by caution. You may even think fear is “good” for you.
That it keeps you safe and has all kinds of hidden, mysterious values.

Spiritual Weightlifting

“Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali

We all know fear is a core emotion designed to make us aware of real or imagined threats.

What is less known is that fear is an emotion consisting of specific components without which it cannot exist.

Just like water ceases to exist if you remove one of the atoms in the H2O-molecule, fear can’t exist without the following three components:

George of the Mountains

“It has to be a habit, you can’t call it an activity that you’ll get to.”
– George Jedenoff

It’s been 45 days and I haven’t missed a single morning exercise routine.

On the contrary, on most mornings I wake up excited to do it.

Better yet, I don’t see any end in sight.

How did it happen?

Good Things Are Still Happening

Good Things Are Still Happening

There is an old Zen story about a king who wanted to teach his people a lesson. He placed a large boulder in the middle of the main road, completely blocking entry into the city. Then he hid and observed their reactions. The king watched as person after person came to the impediment and turned away or tried halfheartedly before giving up.

How To Cure Your Intention Deficit Disorder

How To Cure Your Intention Deficit Disorder

Curing your intention deficit disorder is key to realizing your fullest potential.

It is possible for you to become a much more powerful creator. But it’s only obtainable through real inner work.

As an example, a CEO client of mine who was also acting as the head of sales complained that he hadn’t closed a new deal for several months. He believed this problem was due to their product and marketing departments.

Choose a New Self-Concept Now

Choose a New Self-Concept Now

Your self-concept is probably the most important aspect of your life.

Why? Because it includes everything you believe is true about you. Everything you believe about what you’re capable of and what is possible for you. Your self-concept is visible everywhere in your life; it generates your current results.

You Are Mindful Matter

You Are Mindful Matter

Ben is 30 years old and the CEO of a high-growth and venture-backed Canadian tech start-up.

As I studied him deeply when speaking to me in our first session together, I noticed that he was yawning frequently. He had dark bags under his eyes. During a pause in our conversation, I asked him about it:

How To Create a Powerful Life Vision

How To Create a Powerful Life Vision

“All things are created twice. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things.” – Stephen R. Covey, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

Thoughts create things.

The device you are using to read this first existed as a concept in someone’s mind. These words first existed in mine. Take a look around and literally everywhere you’ll see ideas that originated within a mind.

The Power of Life Vision

The Power of Life Vision

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.”
– Wayne W. Dyer

There was once a man named Ali who owned a large farm with many orchards. Ali was perfectly content with his lot in life until one day, when a local priest told him how the Almighty had created diamonds, and how one stone the size of his thumb was worth enough to purchase an entire country. As the story goes, Ali went to bed a poor man. He sold his farm and set out to seek a fortune in diamonds.

When All Else Fails, Play the Zen Game

When All Else Fails, Play the Zen Game

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

There are no musts in life. Only choices and consequences. Everything you do (or don’t do) is a choice.

So, before taking action on something ask yourself – “Do I really want to do this?”

You Don’t Have a Time Management Problem – Part 3

You Don’t Have a Time Management Problem – Part 3

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” ― Aristotle

You don’t have a time management problem.

You probably think you do, but the reality is that everyone has the same amount of time. In fact, and you may want to take a deep breath here: you have plenty of time.

What you may have is a “people pleasing” problem.

You Don’t Have a Time Management Problem – Part 2

You Don’t Have a Time Management Problem – Part 2

“ Seeing is not believing; believing is seeing! You see things, not as they are, but as you are.”- Eric Butterworth

You don’t have a time management problem.

You probably think you do, but the reality is that everyone has the same amount of time. In fact, and you may want to take a deep breath here: you have plenty of time.

What you may have is a “mindset” problem.

How Your Physiology and Emotions Impact Performance

How Your Physiology and Emotions Impact Performance

A senior monk, named Tanzan, and a junior monk, named Ekido, were traveling together through the countryside. They soon came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross to the other side. The two monks glanced at one another. They had taken vows never to touch a woman.

How Personal Breakthroughs Lead To Extraordinary Results

How Personal Breakthroughs Lead To Extraordinary Results

James* is a client and the CEO of a successful medium-sized consulting firm in Vancouver, B.C. He is in his 50s and has done quite a bit of personal growth work in the past, including working with several executive coaches. Despite this, he still finds himself stuck on the same topic.

“I know exactly what to do. I’ve known it for a long time. I’ve had the same vision and plan in front of me before, but for some reason I just can’t execute.”

He looked at me with deep concern in his face.

“What’s going to be different this time?!”

Win the Inner Game 3: How Your Mindset Drives Results

Win the Inner Game 3: How Your Mindset Drives Results

“In all of my experience, I have never seen lasting solutions to problems, or lasting happiness and success, that came from the outside in.” – Stephen R. Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Are you a business leader struggling with too few opportunities for growth, a lack of interest in your ideas, or the sense that you don’t have enough time or resources? Are you in any way unhappy about the results, including your inner experience, that you are producing?

Win The Inner Game 2: The Present Moment

Win The Inner Game 2: The Present Moment

The past is gone. The present is unfolding even as I type this. Your thoughts, your emotions and your bodily functions arise spontaneously. You can learn to influence them, but you cannot control them. In fact, the only thing you can ever control are your choices. And specifically, how you choose to respond to whatever is happening in the present moment.

Coaching and Integral Coaching® Business Case

Wellness programs have been shown to provide approximately a 300% return on investment (ROI). In other words, companies who spend $1 in a wellness program (e.g., exercise clubs, personal trainers, smoking cessation workshops) earn $3 as a result of decreased turnover, fewer sick days, reduced health insurance costs, etc. The ROI from professional coaching is more astonishing. According to a Manchester Consulting Group study of Fortune 100 executives, the Economic Times reports “coaching resulted in a ROI of almost six times the program cost as well as a 77% improvement in relationships, 67% improvement in teamwork, 61% improvement in job satisfaction and 48% improvement in quality.” [CBS News Moneywatch 2011]

Why Conscious Leadership Is The New Management Imperative

In today’s modern “creative economy” the industrial management model, where humans tend to be viewed like material resources to command, control and expend, is rapidly giving way to a more evolved business approach where great leadership and a culture of learning and excellence is being created through the pursuit of higher levels of personal mastery and genuine self-actualization at work.

Conscious Business 101

Just like every person has a philosophy, so does every business and organization. The philosophy that has dominated the business world since the industrial revolution was built on the notion that the purpose of a business is to maximize profits. But this belief system is a rapidly eroding the very profits it claims to be producing, and is thus losing its legitimacy as a viable and sustainable business philosophy and approach. Conscious Business philosophy has emerged as a new way of leading in business to combat this old-school ideology.

Excellent resources for mindfulness in work and life

Today, mindfulness and meditation are commonly promoted and practiced by everyone from Rupert Murdoch to Arianna Huffington and Jerry Seinfeld. In addition, some of the world’s largest and most recognizable brands have implemented corporate mindfulness and meditation programs, including Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Intel, Nike, LinkedIn and General Mills. But where to start learning about mindfulness? I’ve compiled a list of resources to help you out!