If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind ...

My grandfather drove a steam engine, and as a young boy all I ever dreamed about was to be like him, controlling the Iron Horse. I remember the blast of heat from the furnace against my face as I watched two muscular, sweating men shovel...

Two weeks ago my brother Dave and I enjoyed our twenty-ninth year of camping. “Why camping? It sounds very uncomfortable” is the question and observation I get most often from people who do not know me well. ...

I’ve edited this from Chapter 16 “Taking Inventory” of my book – Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide for the Mind. This is not for the faint of heart but introspection is the key to growth. QUANTUM LEAP THINKERS ACCEPT THEIR WEAKNESSES AND FOCUS ON...

http://bit.ly/1iHXWCL Creativity speaker and bestselling author James Mapes will present “Mind Over Body – Harness Vision to Create a Wellness Strategy” on Wednesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at The Ferguson Library’s Third Floor Auditorium, Bedford & Broad Streets, Stamford. Mr. Mapes draws on his three...

Upon reading - Seeing the Glory, as Mental Preparation for the Winter Games in the February 23, 2014, New York Times, I let out an internal whoop of joy. The validation of mental rehearsal by Olympian athletes leaves no doubt that visualization and imagery...

SOMETIMES TAKING A RISK INVOLVES CHANGE. SOMETIMES TAKING A RISK MEANS COMMITTING TO REMAIN IN YOUR PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCE. ...

It is a natural assumption that the choices we make are guided by some external force or are conscious acts of will. However, there are powerful, unconscious forces within us at work....

Failure is the one fear that always puts the brakes on creativity, innovation, risk taking, growth, and productivity, yet most of us have been programmed from our earliest years to be afraid of failure. The person who ...

Thomas S. Kuhn introduced the concept of paradigms to the scientific world twenty-five years ago in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn, a scientific historian, considered paradigms a whole new way of looking at and predicting possible outcomes. He wrote that ...

A QUANTUM LEAP WILL TAKE PLACE ONLY WHEN YOU SEE THINGS AS THEY REALLY ARE, NOT AS YOU WISH THEM TO BE. I used to be determined to overcome the barriers waiting to trip me up. People were constantly ignoring or disappointing...

Separability is the belief that your actions do not directly impact anyone else, that your behavior in a relationship has no effect on your partner, that your performance on a team does not directly influence the performance of the team as a...

I just got over a rough bout with a stomach virus. The first two days were spent in utter desperation, doing what one does when extremely ill, trying to hold down some liquids so as not to become dehydrated and pondering some not...

This blog is the first in a series on what I believe to be a basically ignored, underappreciated and undervalued component of creativity, innovation and success – “applied imagination.” I am fairly certain that you have heard the expressions - ...

What explodes creative thinking? There are dozens of suggestions available in hundreds of books and articles. But one thing is true. The more experiences you have and more information you place in that three-pound piece of gray matter called The Brain, the more punch you...

In today’s hyper-connected world it is easy to get lost in the forest of overwhelming flow of emails, social networking or just trying to complete your daily 'to do' list of mandatory maintenance. But goals that only keep us afloat do not help us grow....

First, let’s get some facts straight. Research shows that more than 80% of us fail at keeping our New Year’s resolutions because we unconsciously set ourselves up for failure. One of the main reasons is, without awareness, we focus on the downside of not achieving...

I am one of the most fortunate individuals in the world because I am an entrepreneur. I have been able to weave together four successful careers, help others make money, make myself comfortable and ...

I am truly an evangelist for the imagination, so when I have the perfect platform to present my speech topic and an open and receptive audience, my soul is full of fire. It happened this week....

Life can turn on a dime. I got up last Monday morning, grabbed a cup of coffee and headed to the computer with the intention to write a new article and put some finishing touches on another project. Within moments, I felt terribly sick and...