Progress Equals Happiness

Red-tailed hawk over my house.

My wife and I watched Tony Robbins on Oprah’s show last night.

I love pithy quotes and cool distinctions and Tony said three words that sent me running to my computer to make note.

“Progress equals happiness.”

I thought about those words and found myself nodding.

I know I am happiest when I am expanding in some way…

Sometimes I connect to this feeling comes when writing a newsletter or creating a new CD.

Sometimes happiness comes from opening my eyes to the world and taking a nice photograph.

Sometimes happiness comes from learning to play a new song on the guitar.

Sometimes happiness comes from a home improvement job, or simply vacuuming the livingroom.

Sometimes happiness comes from paying attention to my skiing, making tiny adjustments to glide down the mountain easier.

Sometimes happiness comes when I notice that I managed to keep my mouth shut instead of complaining out of habit.

Sometimes happiness comes from being coaching and learning something new about myself and getting out of my own way.


Whatever the example, happiness is borne from evolution. Expansion. Progress.


Now, of course the converse is true as well…

If you’re not learning anything new, if you’re not actively expanding your mind in some way, if you’re not becoming a better person than you were yesterday… the joy of living will tend to be rather elusive.

Hit and miss.

The simplest way I know to upgrade the happiness in your life (and to progress) is to get into the habit of hanging out with other people who know that life is only supposed to get better and better. (This falls under Very Cool Life Key #7, Elevate Your Environments.)

And yes, you might just have to invest in yourself to make this happen…

If you feel ready to expand, to learn some cool concepts, ideas, and practices that will place you on the “Progress” track (and you’d like to hang out with me for a while), then I invite you to join my new 8-week class, based on my book, The Very Cool Life Code…

Starts tomorrow, so now’s the time, if you’re so inclined…


Details and registration are here. 


Whether you choose to join me or not, do yourself a favor.

Do something new.

Learn something about yourself.

Hang out with someone who knows something you want to learn.

Read a book.

Take a class.

Take a risk.

Live a litte.

Expand. Progress. Evolve.

Because that’s where happiness is…

And happiness is the entire point.




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The Very Cool Life Course

Over the past couple of months, I’ve gotten some really cool messages in my inbox.

Some of them of these people are coaching clients. Some others are folks I’ve never met, who read and liked my book. In both cases, it’s a lovely feeling when someone tells you that you’ve made a positive impact on their lives.

Humbling. Surreal. But definitely very cool!

I’ve decide that I really like this feeling, and I want more of it!

As a result, I will be hosting my first Very Cool Life Course, starting this February 21st.

And yes, you are cordially invited to join me.

Taught by me, this will be an 8-week teleclass, based on the concepts and principles in my book. Similar to a typical college course, it will be a mix of lecture, Q & A, and coaching.

I know this material is super-solid, and I am eager to share this experience of going much deeper with this material with people who are as into the idea of living a freedom-based life as much as I am.

Registration is open now and I hope you make the decide to join me.


You can read more of the details and register here.


Be cool and love your life,


P.S. While not necessary, I would think it helpful to have read my book before taking this course. You can download a free copy or purchase one clicking the icons on the side of this page.


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The Importance of Mornings

Sunrise in December from VCL HQ.

“To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy…is to set our own conditions to the events of each day.

To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson got it right once again…

Creating your life, a day at a time (especially starting with the morning!) is the focus of The Very Cool Day Program.

Now on sale (along with most everything else) in the Very Cool Life store!

Get 25% off through Sunday, December 11, 2011, midnight.

Visit the store!

Oh, what’s that?

You want more?

Now you can get a digital copy of my entire book, The Very Cool Life Code, free.

(I used to offer just the first 4 chapters, but I figured, “what the hell… let’s get nuts here…”)

After all, I want you to read it.

I want you to see what I have to offer.

So check it out…

Get your free edition by clicking here.

Better yet, share this with a friend…


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