Friday, October 30, 2009

Make It Fun! - Bottle Bank Arcade Machine

From time to time I'll see someone in a vehicle ahead of me toss trash out the window. Every time I see this happen, I think, if he'll do that, what else would he do? It's not an idle question. To me, this behavior pattern is evidence of a basic character weakness.

Then I saw this video, which is about getting a lot more people to recycle empty bottles by making it fun. Called "The Fun Theory," Volkswagen has initiated a promotional project to get people to do beneficial things more often by making them fun. And it seems to work. Check it out...

A powerful concept...make it fun!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Fountain of Bliss - a 1 Minute Exercise

"Have you ever had a situation, where you were full of sorrow or pain (even physical) when out of the blue something beautiful came along and took your breath away by its sheer beauty? That could be another person, a sunset, a great piece of art, something so simple as a flower in the dirt, or a great, comforting cup of tea. And in that moment, you realized that your sorrows were gone and even your pain. And somehow your life didn’t felt so dark anymore. And you felt peace and bliss within you, maybe even while the physical pain still stayed.

Weren’t you tempted in these moments to grab that object of beauty and wanted to keep it forever? And yet somehow you never could."

Click here to go to Patrick Stoeckmann's blog, unwrap your mind, and learn about a one-minute action exercise to ignite a feeling of authentic bliss.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Personal Strength

"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle, Greek philosopher (B.C. 384-322)

In other words, the cliché “practice makes perfect” applies here. I prefer Aristotle's way of saying it, because he explains why.Being who we are is about our actions, which are often the result of behavior patterns that are ingrained through repetition.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

About Me — Denny Coates

I'm the creator of Strong for Parenting, Strong for Life, Strong for Performance, Strong for Mentoring Students, Strong for Mentoring Youth, Strong for Mentoring Athletes, and ProStar Coach Enterprise - customized versions of ProStar Coach, a new kind of online virtual coaching service for developing personal strength and people skills. I’ve been in the learning and development business for over 35 years, and CEO of Performance Support Systems, Inc., since 1987. During that time, all my work has been focused on helping people learn and grow stronger for the challenges of life and work.

In 1994 I created 20/20 Insight, an online multi-source survey platform. Since then it has been used by millions of people worldwide to assess and develop managers and employees. These days I design new features and write content for online self-directed learning programs that support continuous reinforcement of skills and behavior patterns.

I love writing, and my passionate interest is helping people learn. For decades, I've been pursuing two questions. How do people learn? I mean, how does it really happenin the brain? And what can people learn that will make a big difference in their lives? As I look back, I see that my own life has been a fascinating learning journey. So my goal with this blog is to meet people who are pursuing similar journeys, in hopes that by sharing what I’ve learned so far, I might help them achieve their goals.

My current focus is on teenagers and their parents, helping them achieve success as the young person prepares for the challenges of adult life.

Today, I live in the Texas Hill Country with my wife, travel writer Kathleen Scott. I have two grown sons, Sean and Teller, who are pursuing successful IT careers. When I’m not writing about personal development, relationships and leadership, I’m probably outside cultivating native, drought-tolerant, deer-resistant plants that flower and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.


You can reach me at- Denny AT

Performance Support Systems, Inc.
800-488-6463 (toll-free)


Friday, October 2, 2009

Welcome! Come on in, and help yourself....

Thank you for visiting my blog today!

For the next few days, I'll be away from my office and very likely "off the grid." So I won't be posting new articles until June 1st.

However, over 650 "timeless" articles are archived here, and I invite you to explore and enjoy one you haven't read yet - on a topic of interest to you.

Here's a quick and easy way to do that...

1. In the right sidebar, scroll down to "Categories." Click on a category that intrigues you.

2. This brings up a page with all the previous posts (starting with the most recent) related to this category. Scroll down until you find an article that interests you.

3. After you've read the article, go to the last line of the post, which begins with the word "Labels." These are the key words related to this post. If you'd like to try another article related to any of these topics, click on the key word.

4. This brings up a page with all the posts related to the keyword. Scroll down until you find another article that interests you.

You can continue this process indefinitely, enjoying one article after another. And I guarantee it won't be like reading old newspapers! When you want to return to the most recent post on the main page, click on the Building Personal Strength top banner.

I'll be back soon. Until then...

I wish you health, prosperity and fulfillment!

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