“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance”
– Eckhart Tolle
It’s likely that Lee Brower became a guru and life coach to many people when the movie “The Secret” came out. One of the most popular segments of the movie featured Lee telling the story of his Gratitude Rock. In this video, Lee shares not only retells his story but he also shares some of the impact Gratitude Rocks have had in other people’s lives.
Since “The Secret” came out a decade ago, Lee Brower has been studying Gratitude and refining his Gratitude practice. One of several innovations that he and Empowered Wealth have developed recently is a method of addressing “Gratitude fatigue”. Gratitude fatigue is a term coined by Dr. Robert Emmons, the preeminent Gratitude researcher. Dr. Emmons noted that people who regularly write down or talk about the things they’re grateful for, over time tend to repeat themselves. He called this “Gratitude fatigue”. To counter this, Lee Brower and Empowered Wealth use the acronym P.O.T.E.N.T., which stands for “People, Opportunities, Things, Experiences, Nature, and Thoughts (or ideas, like “peace” or “serenity”)”.
Why don’t you try it yourself? What “People, Opportunities, Things, Experiences, Nature, and Thoughts” are you grateful for?
“We have to move from the unbridled pursuit of self-gain at the expense of others to recovering appreciation for what we gain by caring and sharing with one another”
– Gail Sheehy
As a guru to many successful entrepreneurs, Lee Brower hears about their challenges, frustrations, and regrets. In this short video, Lee shares the story of one executive who felt a need to apologize for not showing appreciation to his employees.
Lee Brower has a saying, “Gratitude unexpressed is ingratitude perceived.” It comes down to specific circumstances whether an apology or an expression of appreciation is more appropriate and more additive.
“We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others”
– Blaise Pascal, Pensees
Lee Brower is not only a Life Coach and guru to entrepreneurs, he’s a father and grandfather with plenty of experience in the art of persuasion. In the video below, he shares his “Great Persuader” technique.
To summarize Lee’s idea:
Ask “On a scale from 1 to 10, how ready are you to ______________?”
Follow up with the question, “Why didn’t you pick ____________?” (a lower number)
This should have the effect of providing some self-motivation. A follow up question might be, “How can I help you get to ____________?” (a higher number)
What do you think of Lee Brower’s Life Coaching tip?
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”
– Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning”
Lee Brower often shares two simple, related axioms:
The Event does not equal the Outcome but rather the Event plus our Response equals the Outcome.
We all face challenging, often gut-wrenching experiences in our lives. Yet, we can all choose to respond in life-enhancing ways rather than in destructive ways. In the video below, Lee shares insights on suffering in a quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Lee briefly touches on the “Lindbergh kidnapping“, the abduction and murder of their young son, as an example of extreme suffering and the courage it takes to live a meaningful life in the wake of tragedies and suffering. Not surprisingly, Lee Brower is an advocate for learning in even the most difficult circumstances.