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Volume 4, Issue 1 – JAN 29, 1996


1) FEEDBACK (Please send us your thoughts)
2) LOL in the morning – Irish Independent Article
3) Tips from the Top – Precious Present – with Wayne Morrison
4) This Week’s Review – LIFE MASTERY
5) This Week’s Topic IMAGINATION – with Eric Edmeades
6) The Cybergym Exercise of the Week
7) “Quote of the Month Contest”
8 ) Advertising – Please support our sponsors
9) REMOVE/SUBSCRIBE information
10) *Special Goal Setting ‘Revolution’ Offer from SEJ*
11) Copyright Information


If you have ideas or thoughts to share with us, be it constructive criticism or worthy praise, please send it to Reader feedback.

Many readers have expressed their appreciation for what we are going here at SEJ ™. Thanks to Luis for this one:

“Dear Eric/Wayne, thank you both for your inspiring words that start my week of great. I have two questions. Is there a daily version of SEJ? And is there a live forum where we can all meet and talk?”

Luis, thanks for your kind words. Currently there is not a daily version of SEJ. This is for a few reasons, the largest being that we are not sure our readers check their mail every day. It seems some people only check email once or twice a week. We have considered doing a trial run of a SEJ Daily, but we figured that we would have to charge for that service and we are not willing to do so just yet. As for your second question: we are interested in holding discussion groups regarding various topics, but we are undecided where to do this. If you (or anyone else) would like to suggest a venue for this type of conference, please pass it on.

LOL, in the morning

This weeks Humour Topic: Here is an article which appeared in the IRISH INDEPENDENT


A company that advertised a boring job for lazy people was inundated with applications.

Originally, the company – an importer and distributor in southern Norway – had asked for a hard-working salesman. But it got nowhere. So company owner Fredrik Hartwig tried a different approach with an ad in the town of Sandejford. It said: “Tiresome and boring wholesale company seeks indolent people with a total lack of service mindedness for a job that is completely without challenge.” In no time 130 people responded to the ad, overwhelming the firm, which has just 5 staff.

If you have something worth a good laugh, please send it to with the subject header LOL.



I am constantly asked by people to recommend a great book. One that will really explain to them in depth how all this “positive mental attitude stuff” works. To pick just one is simple: The Precious Present by Spencer Johnson. This book has impacted my life more than any other. It takes only a few minutes to read, but its power lies in its simplicity. Now the purpose of this article is not to be a book review, we already have a great one of those later in the journal. The purpose of this is to share with you the concept of this marvelous book through its story.

I should warn you though, if you decide to apply the concept of this book in your life like I have in mine, you will experience a profound level of happiness. In fact, you literally will not need to read any more personal development books, you won’t need a shrink, and your life will seem perfect. So don’t read any further unless you want to open this precious present for yourself.

The book focuses around a young boy who is exposed to the positive energy of an old man. One day, the young boy asks the old man why he is always so happy. The old man told him “a long time ago, someone gave me a precious present, and I’ve been happy ever since.” The young boy was fascinated by what kind of a present could be so good that it kept this old man happy for so long. After all, he had received presents before, but after awhile, they seemed to lose their excitement. The boy became increasingly curious as to what the present was. The old man never told him, but he gave him hints and clues as to where to find this most precious present.

As time passed, the old man grew old and died, without passing down the magic of this precious present to the young boy. So he committed his life to finding the precious present. For the majority of his adult life, the man kept searching. He traveled to the highest peaks, and to the lowest valleys. He went to the four corners of the earth, but to no avail. He never could seem to find the precious present. Soon his years passed through adulthood, and he too became an old man.

Then one day it happened! He found the precious present. He didn’t know how it happened, it just did. He finally realized that the precious present was indeed that, the present. Not the past, not the future, but the precious present. And it was in that moment that he experienced true happiness, because the present was indeed precious. He looked around and the trees seemed greener, the sun seemed brighter, and his life in that moment, in that precious present seemed perfect.

But then, he became very sad, because he thought about all the years that he had wasted away looking for the precious present. “If only I had found it sooner” he said, and as soon as he heard what he was saying he began to laugh, because he realized he had left the precious present, and began focusing on the past. So he focused his attention back on to the present and happiness returned once more.

But then, he grew increasingly worried. “What if I can’t hold on to the present? What if it doesn’t last?” he said to himself as he watched the happiness leave once more. Of course, he caught what he was doing – he realized that he had left the present and began to worry about the future. Once again he smiled as he came back to the present, the precious present.

It was then he realized one of the most profound lessons of the present: it’s important to plan for the future, but you should not live in the future. And it’s important to learn from the past, but you should not live in the past. Life is to be experience in the present, the precious present.

I hope you accept this present from myself, Pinnacle Achievements, and the staff at the Success Express Journal. Please enjoy this day to the fullest by staying in the precious present with your family and loved ones. And just like all gifts, they’re nice to receive, but they’re even better to give. So enjoy giving the precious present to at least one person whom you hold dear in your heart. Happy New Year!

Until next week, take care, dare, dream, and make each day an epic adventure!

To Your Success,
Wayne R.Morrison
Pinnacle Achievements



This is one of the most extensive and expensive personal development programs I have ever attended. It is also one of the most compelling.

Mastery is a program hosted by Anthony Robbins, one of the world’s leading public speakers. The whole program is called MASTERY UNIVERSITY, and it consists of 3 parts: Life Mastery, Date With Destiny, and Financial Mastery. This week we are discussing Life Mastery.
Life Mastery is typically 8 days, and is held in Hawaii. The hours are rigorous and the activities are fun. What Mr. Robbins has done to make this seminar so compelling that he has collected some of the world’s foremost speakers to lecture on each of the topics. So instead of masquerading as a specialist in every area of life, he locates the recognized ‘MASTERS’ of each field. For instance, for the sections focusing on relationships he brought in Dr. John Gray, the author of Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus. Dr. Gray – like the other speakers – is a witty, irresistible and persuasive speaker.

LIFE MASTERY is very ‘rounded’ and well named in that it deals with mastering many different areas of life. There is a great deal of time spent on Physical Mastery, Relationship Mastery, and Financial Mastery. Each topic is well thought out, and has compelling ways to help you integrate the positive changes you would like in your life.

One of the major tools that is used during MASTERY is ‘Physical Metaphors’. These are exercises, such as the firewalk which are very real ways to overcome limiting behaviors such as fear. (For instance, fear of relationships, fear of success, fear of failure, fear of fire,G>…)

While this seminar may be ‘a bit much’ for someone on their first voyage into the world of personal development, it is truly worth attending for those who really want to take lives to the next level.


We are not aligned or affiliated with any of the authors or speakers that we review here, we are however happy to provide information about them.


SEJ’s WORLD, with Eric Edmeades

IMAGINATION: How clearly can you see your goals?

For our honeymoon three weeks ago, my wife (Amanda) and I went on a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise. We sailed aboard a ship called the Imagination. The week was splendid. We ate wonderful food, visited phenomenal places and set exceptional goals. During this cruise one word was repeated over and over again. It was on the walls, and in the songs. The word was, Imagination. During the week I realized what a powerful word that is, and I then observed that all (yes, all) of the truly successful people I know are vastly imaginative. I suspect this has something to do with being able to see (vividly) the outcomes of their actions in advance. In other words, they can clearly see their goals prior to their attainment.

Another powerful use of a vivid imagination is the passing of information. Isn’t it true that if the narrator has a striking and even ‘wild’ imagination that the story is all more interesting or fun? Isn’t it also true that is a person with such an imagination can draw you into their rendition and therefore has a very valuable strength? Then I also suggest that such a person has the ability to open doors that may otherwise have remained closed to them.

There are many traits that are fundamental to achieving astounding results, but few are so much fun, and easy to cultivate. Check out the CYBERGYM section for exercises on building a vivid and therefore powerful imagination.

So….seize the moment, and seize the day, to infinity and beyond!!
Eric Edmeades


The CYBERGYM’s Exercise of the Week

This week we are focusing on cultivating, or expanding our sense of Imagination. As we discussed before, the more clearly you can see your goals, the more likely it is that you will attain them.

So, the first step is this: Look around the room you are in. notice everything, the colors, the sounds, and the feelings. Once you have done this thoroughly, close your eyes and ‘see’ the room again. Recall each thing you can, and see it’s features in your mind’s eye. Or perhaps you are more ‘sound oriented’ then plug your ears and hear what the room sounded like.

The first time you do this exercise, it may be a bit difficult to get a clear feeling about the room, each time it will get easier and easier.

Once you have done this three times, you will likely notice how much easier it becomes. Now that we have exercised this skill, we will put it to practical application. For this you will need a pen and your journal. Please do this now because action is the only way to get results. At the top of a fresh page write the heading “Journal Entry: Jan 1, 2006” Now, do the entry. Write down what you ‘imagine’ your life to be like in 10 years. Write out a few quick paragraphs of the years leading up to this entry, and then write a paragraph based on what you think an average day will be like in 10 years. It may start something like this:


When you are writing, remember that you are writing in the past tense. What I mean is that you have to write the point of view of the year 2006. Also, it is important to write with vivid detail. Include details of some of the vacations you have taken, the places you have lived. The more clearly you write it, the more real it will become.

Consider that I did this exercise three years ago and as I described my life living overseas I was more than skeptical. However two weeks ago I arrived here from Canada and moved into my new house on the water in Kinsale, Ireland.

Remember: Do this exercise because:

“It is in your moments of decision
that your destiny is shaped”
– Anthony Robbins


FEBRUARY: Quote of the Month Contest

Who said this? – We post a quote which you attempt to credit… One winner will be chosen to receive free advertising below.

This month’s quote: “It is not what happens in life that makes a difference, it is what you do about it.”

Please send contest submissions with the subject header “QUOTES”


Winners Announced:

NOVEMBER’S QUOTE: “Do or do not; there is no try” was said by YODA of the Star Wars movies.

November Winners: E. Ray Hales & Lisa Morgan

Hold on tight – you will both be receiving a copy of Paul Riser’s “COUPLEHOOD”


DECEMBER’S QUOTE: “You can get anything in life you want… If you’ll just help enough other people get what they want” was said by Zig Ziglar and Earl Nightingale.

December winners: Neil Solomon & Bill Crawford

Hold on tight – you will both be receiving a copy of Bill Cosby’s “FATHERHOOD”



SEJ is proud to announce a beta version of the goal setting workshop which will be featured in the upcoming book, ‘THE YEAR’ by Eric Edmeades.

This workshop takes 1 – 2 days and may seriously alter the direction of your life. We are not charging for this service because we are looking for feedback from the participants. If you are interested in being a beta tester for this astounding and extraordinary way to set goals, then read on.

We are prepared to e-mail all the instructions, and provide assistance via phone, fax or email at no charge. All we ask in return is:
1) That you do the workshop in it’s entirety.
2) That you make a contribution to a local charity.
3) That you offer feedback to assist us in refining the process.

This just might be opportunity to define and attain some truly compelling goals. If you are interested in participating, please ‘clip’ out the below order form and send it back.


Goal Setting Workshop Order Form

Yes, I would like to participate in the beta test of the new Goal Setting Workshop. I am committed to completing each step of the program, and sending my thoughts and ideas back to SEJ to assist them in refining the process.

As part of my commitment to SEJ, I pledge to make a contribution of to the (This contribution will be above and beyond any other contributions I was already planning to make)


E-mail Address:


This publication is sent out, for free, on a weekly basis. Please honour our copyright. While this publication is sent out for free, it is not intended for ‘public domain’. You may post it to any BBS’s, newsgroups or forums provided you post it unchanged including any and all advertisements. If you have any questions, please contact the editor. You may also, (and are encouraged) to manually forward it (unchanged) to people who you feel may have an interest in, or benefit from, receiving this journal.

(C) Copyright 1995, Eric Edmeades


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