How Do You Make Big Changes in Life and Biz?

Over the past few years there have been big changes in my life and biz. A friend recently asked, for example, if two years ago, when I decided to stop writing a weekly ezine, I knew I was going to be changing the name from Authentic Promotion to Simple Wisdom. He wanted to know how much planning went into my big changes. Here’s my answer: not much. 😉

How to Create What You Want with the “Law of Contribution”

There’s a lot said about the Law of Attraction. A more fruitful way to think about creating what you want is the “Law of Contribution.” It’s a fundamental orientation based in openness, curiosity, and willingness to serve.

The origin of Shaboom and an invitation to apply for individual coaching

The name of my company, Shaboom, is taken from a tune written and recorded by The Chords in 1954. The refrain, “Life could be a dream” captures the promise and impermanence of dreams. It calls us to be bold, visionary, and creative. It honors intuition and alternate ways of knowing. And it reminds us not to take  ourselves too seriously.

It’s exactly what I want for myself and for my clients.

This fall I’m opening up my practice to five new individual clients. This is a rare opportunity to work with me at a deep level to unleash your creativity, hook up your genius, and take bold action to create your dreams. I’m interviewing prospective clients now. Click hereto learn more and apply.

The startling practicality of happiness

The startling practicality of happiness

Manage for happinessWoohoo! The first in a series of free Happiness Hangouts happens this Friday, August 8, at 9:00am Pacific Daylight Time and YOU are invited.

Why? Because it happens that happiness doesn’t just feel good; it’s startlingly practical.

As the name suggests, Happiness Hangouts are all about happiness and its startling bearing on life and biz. We’ll look at:

  • Why happiness is a default, not a destination.
  • The relationship between happiness and wisdom.
  • How to use happiness as a navigational aid in life and business.

There will be some teaching and some coaching and some who-knows-what-else. Think insight meets pragmatism meets sassiness. (Hmmm. The term “wise sass” just occurred to me. I like that!)

How It Works

Happiness Hangouts will use Google’s Hangouts on Air technology to broadcast a live video feed of yours truly. You can watch the live feed on a page at my Web site or via Google+. If you have a Gmail account, I recommend the Google+ option, because you’ll be able to see and participate in the live chat.

In addition to watching, you can participate in the Hangout by teleconference. You’ll receive all the info about how to watch and/or call in when you sign up. You’ll get replay info as well.

Are you in?

Click the link below to sign up for the free Happiness Hangouts.

I hope you’ll be able to join me!

Inner Guidance Is Common Sense

Sometimes the hard part of discerning inner guidance is thinking it’s going to be dramatic or big. In fact, common sense is wisdom perfectly calibrated to a specific moment in time. Don’t confuse this inner guidance in the moment with generic common sense.

I have a few openings for clients who are wary of being hornswoggled by New Age “happy talk” yet sense that there are spiritual principles that could give them more leverage in life and business. If that sounds like you, click here for more information and to contact me for an interview. 

What’s your business vision? A message for the superhero in your biz

Superhero You may not always feel this way, but you are the superhero your business is looking for.


There is a superpower at the core of what you set out to do when you decided to work for yourself. When you’re in touch with that superpower, you’re in touch with the soul of your business.

And that matters.

It matters because it enables you to see more clearly, think more creatively, and act more boldly to grow a business that fits just right.

This came to mind because I just finished revising the transcript of “Superpowers, Storytelling, and Soul Stuff: How going deep affects your bottom line,” a class by Fabeku Fatunmise of It made my heart sing. I think it will make yours sing, too.

I invite you to click here to download Superpowers, Storytelling, and Soul Stuff (the audio, handout, and transcript) now. No sign-up required.

In his class, Fabeku shows:

  • The two critically important pieces of every business that are almost always overlooked.
  • A foolproof roadmap that gives you instant clarity in every business situation.
  • How to create a solid structure that supports all facets of your business.
  • The importance of magnets and filters.
  • What alchemy has to do with making more money.

What’s behind this

One of the creative projects I took on when I stopped writing the Authentic Promotion ezine is distilling my immense library of self-employment resources from heart-centered teachers into something I’m calling the Enlightened Business Intensive. I’m choosing content that, like Fabeku’s, has exceptional relevance, style, and depth.

Rather than talking to you about the Enlightened Business Intensive, I thought I’d let the material speak for itself. That’s why I’m giving away Fabeku’s class and other selections in a no-cost preview series.

When you download “Superpowers, Storytelling, and Soul Stuff,” you’ll have the option of signing up for additional previews. The reason I ask you to sign up at that point is so that email about future previews only goes to people who want to receive it.

If you could use a boost—a boost of confidence, a boost of creativity, a boost of motivation—download “Superpowers, Storytelling, and Soul Stuff” and give it a listen today. If you like what you see and hear, I hope you’ll sign up for additional previews.

End of an era: Goodbye ezine, hello cool stuff!

End of an era: Goodbye ezine, hello cool stuff!

snug_as_a_bug_creativity_4-2014As best I can tell, this is the last regular issue of Authentic Promotion. Can you say, “Yowza!”?

It all started at the end of March during a retreat with my beloved Brain Trust*. As we talked about who I am and how I want to be in this, my 18th year as a coach, I realized that it was time to invoke the spirit of creativity and experimentation by letting go of this ezine and devoting myself to creating cool new stuff that will arouse, inform, entertain, and, one hopes, delight you.

You see, I love to make stuff. The photo in today’s issue is of the “vest” I made for my ’67 VW Beetle. I love to play with ideas, fiddle with designs, and experiment with new formats and media. In 1996, I put that love to work building my first website and convening conversations in early online communities such as and AOL special interest groups. In 1998, I started this ezine, and in less than two years it was reaching over 12,000.

Back in the day, email newsletters were few and far between. Junk mail was sparse, and inboxes spacious. Since then, ezines have become as common as dust, and even when we value them–as I hope you have valued this one–they often languish unopened and unread. As open rates have declined, my sense of connection to you, my readers, has lessened. I don’t like the idea of adding every week to the clutter in your inboxes. I want to add value, not noise.

In the future, instead of a weekly ezine, you’ll receive an announcement whenever I’ve got a new cool thing to give you. An insightful interview. A provocative slidedoc. My latest cartoons. Heck, for all I know I’ll sing and dance for you, so long as I think it will serve you. In between cool things, I’ll let you know as usual when I offer a new product or program or when I come across something, whether it’s free or fee-based, that I think is worth your consideration.

I’m thrilled at the prospect of putting my creative energy to work in new ways to entertain, inform, provoke, and inspire you. Fans of my Facebook page are already seeing tidbits of creative goodness a few times a week. Check it out, and while you are there, feel free to post your questions and insights to the timeline. I would love to know what’s on your mind and in your heart. Oh, and if you haven’t already, be sure to give me a LIKE so that updates appear in your newsfeed,

I haven’t made any decisions about the blog. I rather think I’ll be posting the odd (!) insight, observation, or link from time to time. To subscribe, add this link to your blog reader: feed://

Whether you have been a reader since the early days or are a recent subscriber, I hope you’ll enjoy and benefit from what emerges in the days ahead. Meanwhile, thanks for coming along on the adventure.

*The members of the Brain Trust are
Michael Bungay Stanier,
Eric Klein,
Michele Lisenbury Christensen,
Jennifer Louden,
Mark Silver,

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