How To Be Better, Not Bitter

imgres-1It’s time for me to make a confession. I’m James Prescott. I’m a writer. And although I love seeing others thrive, grow and find their calling, I have the occasional, fleeting moments where I’m jealous of others.

I have times when I feel envy and bitterness. A sense of injustice at seeing others who never asked for, or were even interested in success or writing, have instant and incredible success, when I’ve worked hard for years and never got as far.

Let’s be honest, it’s easy to feel a sense of injustice when people whose major talent clearly isn’t writing – though I’m sure they have serious talent elsewhere – sell 120 million copies of what most critics agree are some of the more poorly written books out there (I’m sure you know which shade of book I’m talking about).

In all seriousness though, it’s my dark side, and I don’t like it. I don’t agree with it. It doesn’t represent me. I want nothing to do with it. But it’s real.

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It’s Imagination Which Brings Transformation

imgresWe all know there are massive problems in the world. You don’t need to look very far to see violence, oppression, injustice, inequality, prejudice, corruption and above all fear.

Consumerism rules the world. And the problem with consumerism, is that it’s about certainty. To thrive, consumerism needs profit, and profit comes from taking as small a risk as possible. You find something which works and stick to the formula. Because the formula delivers results.

But the secret to solving the worlds problems, ironically, doesn’t come from certainty. It comes through risk.

It comes through pushing through fear and daring to imagine a new tomorrow. A different, better future, in any field of work and life, only comes through creativity.

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Warrior Yoga: The Modern Warrior’s Battle For Spiritual Balance (guest post by Dr Kate Hendricks Thomas)

imagesToday I’m delighted to welcome Dr Kate Hendricks Thomas to my blog. Kate is a neuroscientist and leading expert on resilience & stress management. She has been a guest on my podcast James Talks twice, most recently last Wednesday. Kate has lots of wisdom on personal wellness and spiritual health, it’s a privilege to host her today.

Despite the vast news coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, one figure has remained mysterious: the number of suicides among U.S. servicemen and women, compared to combat casualties.

Here’s one statistic to contemplate: In 2012 the U.S. military lost 295 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines in combat in Afghanistan.

But over this same time period, 349 took their own lives.

Right now we are losing more veterans to suicide than to combat. Read More

Why There’s No Foolproof Methods – Just Our Story

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I read a post recently, from last year, called ‘A Letter To Donald Miller’.

It presented some very well reasoned arguments about Donald Miller, a NYT-Bestselling author who had spoken about uncertainty, doubt, and mystery. And how he was now selling products and posting blog posts which, in contrast, were about guaranteed results, promises, and certainty.

Now I’m a big fan of Donald Miller. The one thing I treasure above all things in writing is authenticity, and whenever I read Don’s words, whether it’s in books or blog posts, they are always honest. He’s always vulnerable and shares his story honestly. I’ve learned so much from his writing.

To be honest, I’ve not figured out whether I agree with the poster about Don, or not. That needs further reflection, and it’s not the main point here.

The real message to me from this letter, was this: Whether intentionally or not, Don had given the impression that he had abandoned mystery, questioning and doubt, and moved to certainty. Moved from accepting we don’t have all the answers, to selling courses which promise all the answers.

And for me, those guaranteed, fix-all solutions these type of courses sell us? They simply don’t exist.

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Rob Bell on James Talks (& Why Asking Matters)

image-17-03-16-18-31Today I’m delighted to welcome the one and only Rob Bell to my podcast.

When you start a podcast, and a lot of it is taken up with interviews – as many podcasts are – you know there’s some people you’d absolutely dream to interview.

In truth, I’m interested in sharing great stories, not just getting well-known people, because there’s plenty of powerful stories not many of us have heard.

But, nevertheless, there’s always going to be people you dream of having as a guest. People who inspire & encourage so many people and maybe has had a massive impact on your own life.

But these people tend to be well known, hugely in demand, so you honestly think you won’t get them. You think “they’re too busy, they won’t have time for little old me”. So it’s easy to not even try.

But the thing is, you’ll never know if you don’t ask. Because sometimes, they say yes.

A few weeks back, Rob Bell said yes. And he’s my guest today on James Talks. (you can listen here & here) Read More