Speaker, Expert on the Psychology of Imagination for Extreme Success, Peak Performance Coach, Author: Quantum Leap Thinking and Imagine That.

An extraordinary keynote speaker for the uncertainty of the future, James Mapes defies categorization. When philanthropist/Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen asked Mapes how one person could do so much during his life, James’ answer was simple: “Because no one told me I couldn’t.”


A true Renaissance man, James is considered the world’s foremost authority on applied imagination, having studied human behavior for more than 30 years. Since childhood, James wanted to make the impossible into the possible. This has led to a life-long fascination with the subconscious and the power of the imagination.

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James Mapes on Bridges

January 11, 2020

James Mapes and Dr Paul W Dyer Talk Quantum Thinking on a recent episode from Bridges With Dr Paul W. Dyer


Harness Your Imagination and Succeed

James is proud to announce the launch of this 305-page hardbound, web-supported book.

Imagine an amazing book that can easily help everyone enhance their life: mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. Imagine this book is a stunning 305 page hardcover with 21 video links to inspire and educate about the incredible power of the mind & the elegance of the imagination. These 3-6 min video clips provide simple, practical tools for personal growth in all areas of life and I do the coaching.

JAMES MAPES – TEDx Presentation


Highly acclaimed business speaker, consultant, seminar leader and personal excellence coach. For over 30 years, James has been helping individuals, teams and organizations identify and break through barriers to reach their goals and achieve success.

His goal is to help everyone make the “quantum leap” toward more creative, productive and confident lives.

The results have been nothing short of extraordinary, creating key breakthroughs in both organizational and personal excellence.

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Speaking Programs

Mind Over Body Wellness

“Learning to become a partner in our wellness” is at the core of this unique, interactive program. Participants learn easy-to-master strategies and techniques to enhance their lives on all levels – mentally, physically and emotionally – for on-going wellness.

Imagine That!

In this cutting-edge, practical and entertaining program, James captures and holds the audience’s attention with dynamic, compelling stories and inter-active demonstrations that leave no doubt that you can achieve what you imagine.

True Leadership

In this confusing and complex business world, it is important to push aside the clutter and get back to a fundamental understanding of why “true” leadership traits are essential for success.


I have bad news and good news. Bad news first: You CANNOT be happy ALL the time. Good news: You CAN increase your happiness ratio by embracing your emotions and transforming your thinking. Let’s explore what happiness means and why being constantly happy is a myth. ...

Some time ago I was hired to present a keynote and to develop and facilitate a series of half-day programs on leadership, communication, and the power of imagery to both mid-level and senior management. With laser-like intent, I laid the groundwork for what I considered the heart of motivation and passion for achievement in teams, communication, and the individual. At what I thought was the appropriate time, I asked the group a simple question on which I would base the entire program: “What is the vision of your company? No one raised his or her hand....

I’ve been pondering writing this article for some time. What has prevented me is every time I sit down to write, I have an immediate sensation of feeling frustrated which - makes me grumpy. Yes, grumpy. I hear people constantly complaining about their anxiety. I certainly understand this in our world today: COVID worries - to mask or not to mask - get vaccinated or not get vaccinated - work from home or at the office, people losing their homes, lack of food, raging forest fires, floods, and on it goes. However, these things are not necessarily what I feel grumpy about. I feel grumpy because there are so many tried and true mental tools available to help reduce anxiety and, many, many do not take advantage of it. ...

When you think of PTSD, (post-traumatic stress disorder) what comes to mind? The most common traumas that lead to PTSD are soldiers returning from war, firefighters, police, and sexual assault victims. Some who suffer divorce or loss of a loved one show signs of PTSD for years. After the recent hurricanes in St. Thomas (my second home), many of my friends have been dealing with PTSD....

When my book, Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind was published in 1996, I hoped most individuals would conclude that we are all connected. I wanted people to understand that their actions, beliefs and values have a huge impact on family, community and business, and realize to embrace and live from positive values is of primary importance to live an exceptional life. Unfortunately, this has not come to pass, and divisiveness has taken its toll on even the closest of relationships. More than a decade of research went in to identifying the five major ‘Quantum Leap’ values that define and make up the fabric of living a life of love, joy, motivation, compassion, and service. ...

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“James Mapes’ Quantum Leap Thinking offers a kind, provocative… and challenging… path to the mastery of change.”
— Tom Peters – Author of In Search of Excellence