Category: Success Coaches

Sweat lodge deaths cast negative spotlight on guru James Arthur Ray

James Arthur Ray James Arthur Ray has become a self-help superstar by packaging his charismatic personality and selling wealth. Those who first attend his free seminars hear a motivational mantra that promises that they can achieve what he calls “Harmonic Wealth” — on a financial, mental, physical spiritual level.

He uses free seminars to recruit people to his expensive seminars, starting with $4,000 three-day “Quantum Leap” workshops and moving on to the weeklong $5,300 “Practical Mysticism” events and the $9,000-plus “Spiritual Warrior” retreats like the one that led to the sweat lodge tragedy.

Overrated Optimism: The Peril of Positive Thinking

Smiley Americans have long prided themselves on being “positive” and optimistic — traits that reached a manic zenith in the early years of this millennium. Iraq would be a cakewalk! The Dow would reach 36,000! Housing prices could never decline!

By the mid-’00s optimism wasn’t just a psycho-spiritual lifestyle option; it had become increasingly mandatory.

Two years into the Great Recession, it’s time to face the truth…

The Secret life of self-help books

Steve Salerno, author of SHAM — How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless: We’re so conditioned to take the pulse of our happiness from one moment to the next, and it’s self-help that’s encouraged this. And the reason it does this is to keep us convinced there’s something wrong with us, so they can sell the next book.

Self-help’s big lie

By Steve Salerno, Steve Salerno’s latest book is “SHAM: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless.” Ever since the United States began weaning itself off the sociological junk food of victimization and its culture of blame, the pop-psychology menu increasingly has been flavored by an antithetical concept — empowerment — that can be summarized as: Believe it, achieve it. Nowadays, Fortune 500 conglomerates draft business plans with bullet points drawn from Laker coach-cum-inspirational guru Phil Jackson’s Zen optimism. Couples write partnership covenants based on the utopian blather of John Gray. Millions of everyday Americans owe their feelings of “personal power”

How the cult of the guru puts gullible nation under its spell

They are everywhere – the life coaches, the supernannies, the makeover experts, the celebrity chefs, the fashion police. They tell us what not to wear, what not to eat, what not to do with our lives, our children’s lives and our bathrooms. Tony and Cherie Blair famously defer to a lifestyle guru, Carole Caplin, who applies Mrs Blair’s lipstick and was depicted in a television satire this month calling Mr Blair “Toblerone” and offering him a Reiki massage. According to a leading academic, the nation is in “thrall to a new priesthood of gurus”. In a speech at the Battle

Have you been gurued?

There’s a fine line between being motivated and encouraged and being “gurued” ? could you be a victim? By Helen Hawkes. Have you ever emerged froma motivational seminar and thought you finally knew how to be happy, rich or successful? Then, a few weeks or months later, you’ve come down off the high and wondered what happened? Well, here’s what: you got “gurued”. You bought into (most times, literally) someone else’s idea of how to be a success. And, here’s the irony: you might not be, yet. But they are. After all, they were paid hundreds, even thousands, of dollars

Self-Help Gurus

John Naish looks at the top people who have got inside our heads, from Deepak Chopra and Susan Jeffers to John Gray. Are you unhappy, confused, frightened, stuck, mildly dissatisfied or do you simply fancy the latest inspirational sensation? Consult a guru. It’s the modern way. Last year Britons spent about STG80 million (RM560 million) seeking spiritual support, solace and relationship wisdom from these self-appointed founts of knowledge. Britons bought 400,000 of their books and were happy to pay between STG50 (RM350) and STG1,000 a throw for life-coaching sessions. Twenty years ago these people barely touched our consciences. The very

Would you buy a way of life from a guru?

Deepak Chopra earns $20m a year selling spiritual guidance to the likes of Demi Moore, Hillary Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev – and he’s not the only self-help guru making a fortune. In the first of two extracts from his new book, Francis Wheen traces the rise and rise of mystic mumbo-jumbo In September 1784 a Berlin magazine invited Immanuel Kant to answer the question: What is Enlightenment? “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity,” he replied. “Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without direction from another. This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack

Life coaches: Helping transition to more fulfilling lives

Take these three steps to happiness: • Find out what your passion is. • Map where you want to go in life. • Choose whom you want to bring with you. These are steps recommended by personal coach Mary Moody. She says they’re simple, but we humans understandably mix ourselves up. We leap out at step 3, skipping 1 and 2. We tumble along through career-building, debt-accumulating years. And long about midlife, sometimes sooner, we realize we never set foot on those basic steps. Off we go to the self-help section of the bookstore. Or we scan the ads in

A coach for the game of life

Aerobics instructor is ‘trainer for the soul’ After motivating people to get fit for close to two decades, Kathleen Marvelli of Norton embarked on a career as a life coach five years ago. It’s a profession she describes as “a personal trainer for the soul.” Marvelli said she now applies the support and encouragement she created in her weekly aerobics classes to other aspects of people’s lives. A life coach can support a person to take better care of herself, physically, emotionally, and professionally as well as make better decisions and achieve a more balanced life, Marvelli said. “Coaching is