Dream Big

This blog has lots of posts about the power of positive thoughts. My experience has been that good thoughts lead to good things and the things I focus on tend to manifest themselves. This has been the same experience amongst my most successful friends, mentors and idols who all agree that visualizing big successes was a critical first step in achieving those things.

Plus I tend to spend a bit too much time in my own head, analyzing things, juggling ideas or struggling with competing ideas (I am a Pisces if you believe in that stuff), so directing my focus towards positive outcomes and things I would like to achieve is a defence mechanism to a large extent – it leaves less space for dwelling on negative things, and who wants to do that??! If you are going to spend energy thinking about things, why not make them good things.

One of my favourite quotes is by Henry Ford – “if you think you can or think you can’t, you’re probably right.”

Tony Robbins has also said that “our beliefs about what we are and what we can be precisely determine what we can be.” and Earl Nightingale said that “we become what we think about.” Even the Buddha shared similar beliefs. Although the Buddha was not a fan of pure fantasizing, many interpret the Dhammapada to mean that our thoughts become reality.

Who knows? There are many studies that show the health benefits of positive thinking so if it is not true that dreams can be purposely realized, then dreaming about good things is at worst, good for you.

Besides, there are no un-written laws that say you can’t have you want, go where you want or be who you want. Combine thoughts with the right actions and you have a powerful one two punch (see Anything is Possible). So if dreams do in fact lead to the right outcomes, then why not dream big? Your dreams just might be realized. Who wants to pass on that? Not me. Happy dreams.

~Happy trails.



Your values are your bedrock. Whatever are your values, may they serve as your guidepost and allow you to be your best you.
My values define how I live:
Good – be a good person, do good things
Drive – to achieve goals and good things
Discipline – consistency, doing what is required, when it is required
Humility – take…

Aristotle’s Wisdom

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher born in 384 BC. He lectured on a broad range of topics and shared much wisdom in his 62 year life.
Some of my favorite Aristotle quotes:
The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a…

Another 365 Days of Meditation

Some people talk about meditation as if it is some kind of magical, life changing practice but for most of us and certainly for me, it has been both wonderful and frustrating at the same time.
It was tough for me to begin meditating many years ago – we are conditioned by our culture and devices…


I will always be working towards these goals:
– focus on the present / enjoy the journey as much as the destination
– business adds to your life (instead of the other way around)
– pursue simplicity
– embrace reality, learn from it and prosper from it 
– be of service, help others 
– make a positive impact on lives of others

The Art of Mystery Dating – new book now available

Finally my wife Chay and I have finished a little side project we have been working on for a couple of years. The Art of Mystery Dating, is a book about a fun tradition we have of surprising each other on dates. In the book we talk about why we started doing these, why they are so much…

Forever Young

I found myself listening to this old Dylan song this morning on the way into work and thought to myself, man there is some beautiful poetry and words in here.
May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a…

Never Give Up

“Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, began where he stood to put his dream into action, and despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality. Practical dreamers do not quit.” ~ Napoleon Hill
As a kid I was taught the…

Backyard Organic Veggie Farm – Lessons Learned in Our Second Season

A couple of years ago, we set up a veggie farm in our backyard (see The Wonder Garden – Lessons and Fun with Our Organic Home Vegetable Garden) and last year was our second year of home farming. Now it is almost spring again and the new growing season is nearly upon us, so I…

Breaking the Caffeine Abstinence

This winter, after 4 1/2 years without caffeine I broke my abstinence by having coffee, chocolate and green tea.
It all happened one morning when my wife was enjoying her morning coffee as she does every morning and as always it smelled so good but this time, I finally felt the urge to have some myself.  I…

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