A New Beginning

Over the past few months, I’ve been preparing to take a major step in my life and develop a full time business from writing, speaking, and product creation. To take what I have learned here on the blog and create a business platform. My current job is ending at the end of June, and I look forward to having the time to do some of the things I’ve always dreamed about.

professional speaker

One of those dreams is becoming a professional speaker. I’ve been involved with Toastmasters International for over 15 years and in that time, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to many different organizations and in different venues. I’ve also met a lot of Professional Speakers after going through the Pro-Speak program with the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

Through it all I’ve come to realize how important it is to develop my own unique speaking platform. I need to put the program pieces together for meeting planners, business organizations, and speakers bureaus.

With that in mind, I’ve spent the last month looking at my expertise and also my passions to develop a seminar that can be packaged as a whole or in separate pieces. I spent hours looking back over hundreds of blog posts and articles to see what has been popular and has generated the most conversation.

I took a piece of paper and listed all the subject areas.

I moved them around and crossed some off.

I took the remainder and sorted.

I asked more questions.

The end results surprised me.

First there were 10, then 7, then 5.

The words were all powerful concepts.

As I finished up, I sorted the words and an acronym formed.

The first letter of the five words formed a word with a multitude of meanings.

The word was LIGHT

It stands for…

  • Legacy
  • Impact
  • Goals
  • Habits
  • Time

These five words are clear and concise and are in proper order of execution. The are simple and easy to remember. They will make up the content for a powerful personal growth seminar. When followed in order, they can radically change your life. This is truly what I want to write and speak about.

Here is a short synopsis…

  1. Legacy: Picture yourself standing outside of your own funeral. What are people saying? What things have you left behind that will outlive you? Have you raised a family? Have you developed friends? Have you written a book, made a movie, or given a speech? What joy have you created for others to share? When you start with the end of your life, you can work backwards and see the milestones and goals that got you to where you were at. Planning your legacy before you die, will help ensure that your dreams and plans are fulfilled.
  2. Impact: Each one of us has the capacity to change the world. To make an impact. To change things for the better. The secret is to start with Impossible. To start with a goal so big that it seems impossible to accomplish. A goal so big that you can’t do it all by yourself. A goal that impacts others. When you have a goal this big, life becomes an adventure. It becomes fun and exciting to get up in the morning.
  3. Goals: While it’s important to have a large impact goal, the secret to getting through your week, is to have smaller weekly and daily goals. When you take a few minutes at the beginning of the week to plan out your activities and list your goals, you are much more likely to accomplish them. Once you have the week planned out, if you take a few minutes at the beginning of each day and fill in a daily planner, you’ll be on track for great productivity.
  4. Habits: Researchers have found that over 40% of our daily activities are done from engrained habits. If these habits do not match our goals, we are doomed to fail. Modifying your existing habits and creating new ones will ensure that you accomplish your priorities. The secret is to find what existing triggers and rewards are driving your activities and use a unique technique to modify them.
  5. Time: Once you know what you want, and have your goals and habits lined up, you need to schedule the time to accomplish them. Using our focused time techniques, you are able to blast through your daily activities with a minimum of distractions and watch your productivity soar.

This seminar will have a workbook and individual planning sheets to get you up to speed quickly. Starting with where you want to go and working backwards, you are able to set goals and milestones to help you get there. Then we take a look at your existing habits and give you some helpful techniques to help you modify them to match your plans and a schedule to accomplish them..

This seminar will be available in a half day version and a weekend workshop.

Since this is in the planning stages, I would love to get your feedback…

If you have a couple of minutes could you answer the following questions in the comments?

1. What do you think of the acronym LIGHT?

2. What would be a good name for the seminar?

3. What changes or additions would you suggest?

Thank you for your help. Stay tuned this week as we look at some of the secrets to create and change habits.


  1. says

    Wow John – this is extremely powerful, and amazing that you’ve distilled all your about to one 5 letter acronym. I really like that.

    I don’t know how you could go deep enough in just 4 hours. There’s so much here. Over a weekend, say starting Friday afternoon and stretching through Sunday at 5 would be more like it. 5 4 hour sessions, with something to help with the accountability of all of this.

    I’d buy the DVDs and/or workbook on this for sure. Let me know when I can. I think I am signed up for your newsletter, but I’ll sign up again now just in case because I don’t want to miss this one.

    Go John Go!

    • says

      Thanks Phil. I’ve been working with some local speakers and looking at the possibility of creating a local success oriented seminar in the Temecula Area of Southern California. Now that we have over 300,000 people in the valley, this area has become a destination spot for many. With numerous wineries and business facilities, I’m hoping we can put together a world class event. We are going to have our first ever TED event in October so that may help put us on the map.

    • says

      Light is an interesting word. It is used in so many contexts, and has a lot of different meanings. I’m looking for a secondary word or two to help set it off. The Light of your Life example explains the content very well. I’ll have to try some different graphics and see how that would play out.

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