This past autumn, in the midst of expanding Toque Torque Coaching and launching the BIKES program into the stratosphere (with the help of many of course), my evenings were spent discovering Lance Secretan's Castle Principles of attaining oneness as a leader and a person. Centered around creating a life and an experience that you want, the castle principles: courage, authenticity, service, truthfulness, love and effectiveness, connected with me immediately. Since I was spending a lot of effort during that time period "putting myself out there", I was able to review and change my outlook quickly and test it when I visited with new groups of students, teachers or coaching clients. I found immediate success, the direction of my training, my projects and my goals seemed to come into alignment. That which was left over was quickly disregarded as I focused my energy on doing the small things right. Enjoying the present moment.
A recent movie helped stir up my reflections of Secretan's book. I hope you make time to enjoy both this short video and Lance's book found here at Amazon. My favourite passage from his book covers an altercation with one of his corporate clients. After reviewing the status of his client's quarterly report, Lance addresses the board with suggestions based upon his CASTLE principles. One particular board member however became irate that to believe such abstract suggestions would prove fortuitous was an insult to his intelligence and a waste of his companies money and time. His scathing demeanor created an ominous stillness over the board room. Lance's reply...."Can you say what you just said inspiringly " The response from the boardroom...you'll have to read the book!