Enjoy Life Now!

by Ed Foreman

My mission is to do whatever I can to encourage, persuade, and inspire myself, my family, my friends, my associates, and others to live a happy, abundant life. And, whenever I do it, it bounces right back on me. It’s been said that listening to me is like drinking from a fire hose. Well, you can’t run a fire hose without getting pretty wet yourself. It splatters back on me.

I stay perky. I stay prepared. And that’s why it’s easy to be prosperous. I’m happy. I’m healthy. I’m terrific. And I help others to do the same thing. The interesting thing about it is… Whatever we think about, whatever we put into our minds, is exactly what we tend to become. I’m happy to see programs that help people to nourish their minds with positivity. So many times we hear about what’s wrong with our community, or our society, or our government, or the world, rather than thinking about who we are, where we’re going, what we want to make happen in our own lives. When we’re tuned in to the happy, positive, and constructive end result we’re more apt to guarantee that in our lives.

I tell people, Enjoy life now! It has an expiration date. You gotta get excited! You gotta get turned on! You may not be around tomorrow. People say, “If only I’d done this…”, “If only I’d done that…” or “Someday I’m gonna…” If onlys and somedays don’t exist for me. Live it up, baby!

If you want your life to get better, don’t expect the company to do it for you. If you want your life to get better, all you have to do is get better yourself. And how do you get better yourself? By what you read, what you listen to, and the people with whom you associate. As you begin to upgrade what you put in, you upgrade what you put out. If getting by is what you hold in your mind, getting by is what you’ll experience in your life. But if health, and happiness, and a good place to live, and a comfortable automobile, and adventure and travel is what you hold in your mind, that’s what you’ll experience.

What we’ve done over the years is show people how, by what they read, what they listen to, the people they associate with, begins to alter the way that they live. One of the most important ingredients to that is the way they talk to themselves. Most people are the worst conversationalists with themselves. They put themselves down. “Oh, I don’t think that’s gonna work… I fear this… I fear that…” We say listen to yourself. Start giving yourself some positive self-talk warm-ups like “I’m alive! I’m alert! I feel great!” Some people say, “do you really say that?” Yes, of course you do! You may not believe it at first. But the more you say it, the more you begin to feel it. The more you begin to feel it, the more you begin to become that way. So, the first thing whenever you get out of bed in the morning say “I’m alive! I’m alert! I feel great!” Splash a little water in your face. Turn on some happy positive upbeat instrumental music. Whatever you do, don’t turn on the radio or the television news. Start listening to something good and wholesome and positive and you’ll feel better as a result of it.

Sometimes people say to me, “I suppose you’d be happy and confident and cheerful and positive and enthusiastic if your spouse has just walked out on you, or if you just lost your job.” Well, some people might be if it was their spouse situation, but I say you’re happy and enthusiastic ONLY if you desire reconciliation with your spouse or ONLY if you want to remarry or ONLY if you desire to get a job equal to or better than the one you had. If you go around complaining and whining and criticizing your former spouse or telling everyone how unfair and inconsiderate and no good and difficult that person was, do you think they’ll want to marry you? If you criticize and complain loud and long enough, they’ll know why that person left you. No prospective new employer will want to hire you if you’re critical and condemning and remorseful about your previous employer. So what happens is, the more positive you are, the more saleable you are. The more positive you are, the more likely you are to get the result you want.

As you think these thoughts, as you hold these visions in your mind, life gets better and better!

Keep Smiling! Stay Happy, Healthy, and TERRIFIC!

Does Positive Leadership Training Really Work?

Is it Cost Effective? Any Measurable Results?

To answer those questions, here is a letter from F. D. Foster, Complex Manager for Shell Oil Company, Norco Manufacturing Complex, responding to a collegue…

Norco Letterhead

Mr. Donald A. Melchert
Area Specialist
E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Company
Pontchartrain Works
P.O. Box 2000
LaPlace, LA 70069-1150

Dear Donald,

As requested in your letter of May 18, I would be pleased to address the question “What have been the benefits to Shell Oil Company, Norco, by using Ed Foreman’s Successful Life Course?”

We feel that our most important asset is our people. In general, everyone in our industry has access to similar technology and processing equipment. So the only way we can expect to secure a competitive edge is through development of our people resource to the highest level of their capability. The Ed Foreman Course is a major ingredient in attaining this goal for us.

It has been proven that a happier, healthier employee is a more productive employee. This translates to a human resource that is strong in body and positive in mind. Ed Foreman’s Course is the best I’ve ever seen in delivering people in this state regardless of the starting point; i.e., whether or not they are negative in thinking and sloppy in physical habits to begin with.

The feature of the Successful Life Course that sets it apart is the prescription Ed gives for perpetuating good health and positive thoughts. His regimen for a good day includes daily reading, exercise, self-talk, etc., that reinforces the overall positive attitude of the individual. This helps to keep the message evergreen for many months and years after being exposed to the original course.

Now, specifically, what has it done for us at Shell to affect the bottom line? Two manufacturing locations I’ve been associated with have used this approach to increase productivity and performance in every area by an order of magnitude. In the early 1970’s, we had a new Chemical Plant at Geismar, Louisiana, that was teetering on collapse. We had new hardware (and technology) that wouldn’t run and a workforce so negative toward management that we were close to walking away from the operation. I decided to install a new management system in a last ditch effort to recover the investment. Unfortunately, the workforce was very resistant to change, including the Shell senior managers. We had negative thinking key supervisory staff that would not work together and first-line employees with low productivity and a high “bitch” factor.


I started by sending all senior managers to the Successful Life Course in Kerrville, Texas. Many of these people went through a complete change in attitude. They became more positive, but also seemed more cooperative, more productive, and more creative. Their self assurance went up and their capacity for job stress seemed to increase. These managers, who previously resisted change, went to work in restructuring the management system.

We sent more middle management people to Kerrville and followed with an in-house Successful Living Course that Ed conducted in Baton Rouge. We made this available to most all employees at the Plant. This was a resounding success. With a different attitude, the first-line employees embraced the management redesign and implemented it with enthusiasm. Performance in terms of safety, production costs, throughput, and product quality improved by order of magnitude. The plant went on to become the most profitable in Shell. The Geismar Plant has retained this positive, can-do image over the years of expansions and is now the benchmark in Shell for a high performing system with outstanding management/employee relations. I credit the Ed Foreman Course for turning that workforce around.

In more recent times, I have effectively employed the Successful Living Course at an older, larger installation at Shell Norco, a manufacturing complex of 1600 Shell employees. When I arrived in 1985, the organization was marked by a strong anti-management feeling among the Union employees and some dissention among the senior and middle management. I employed the same approach as mentioned above. We sent all senior managers to the three-day course and instituted an in-house program for any employee who wanted to experience the course. Again, all performance parameters improved markedly; i.e., costs, safety, environmental performance, quality, and profitability.

Further, Norco was voted the best operating location and the safest operating location in Shell in 1987. Again, I attribute a great deal of that success to the improved minds and bodies that result from the Successful Living Course. My files are filled with letters from course attendees who thank me for permitting them to have this experience.

One last example – as you probably know, we sustained a tragic explosion and fire in 1988 that had a traumatic impact on all employees at Norco. Mental condition of our employees was of great concern to us. Fortunately, the Ed Foreman courses were underway throughout this episode and feedback from the workforce convinces me the positive thinking taught in the course had a great healing effect on our people.

I would give an unqualified recommendation to the Ed Foreman Course in rendering our people happier, healthier, and more productive employees.

Sincerely yours,


F. D. Foster
Complex Manager

bc: Ed Foreman

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How Do You Picture Your Life?

Now and in the Future?

How Do You Picture Your Life?

Earlene’s 12 Habit Patterns of Winners

  1. Don’t condemn, criticize or complain… Think of ways to improve the situation. The big rewards are paid for finding the solution, not the difficulty.
  2. Show real, honest and hearty appreciation… let others know they are loved.
  3. Think good thoughts about other people… and yourself.
  4. Give before you get. Always give others a reason to agree with you before asking anything of them. (If there were a way that YOU…)
  5. Smile often… it generates enthusiasm, friendliness and goodwill.
  6. Remember names. A person’s name is the sweetest, most important sound he hears and instantly captures his attention each time it is used.
  7. Be an effective communicator by listening. Encourage others to talk about themselves by asking questions. (When, Where, Who, What, How, WHY?)
  8. Think, Act and Look happy and successful… and you will begin to think, feel, and actually become HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL.
  9. Never engage in worry conversations or participate in gossip sessions.
  10. Always greet others with a positive, cheerful statement… not the question, “How are you?”
  11. Respond to another’s question, “How are you?” with an enthusiastic, meaningful “TERRIFIC!”
  12. Look for and expect GOOD things to happen to you… inquire of others: “What GOOD things are happening with you today?”
Earlene Vining

Earlene Vining, Executive VP, Executive Development Systems Inc

Act “AS IF” Principle

In the mid-1950’s, a flamboyant, but unknown, American pianist had dreams of performing in the Hollywood Bowl. He gathered some money, rented the Hollywood Bowl on an off night, showed up wearing a tuxedo and played a full concert on a grand piano to absolutely no audience at all.

Except that the hall was empty, he lived his dream. Then he kept building on that dream until, four years later to the very night, Liberace performed at the Hollywood Bowl before a capacity, standing-room-only crowd.

“Great living
starts with a
picture held in
your imagination
of what you’d like
to do or be!”

My great mentor, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, said, “Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye and you will be drawn toward it. Picture yourself vividly as defeated and that alone will make victory impossible. Picture yourself vividly as winning and that alone will contribute immeasurably to success. Great living starts with a picture, held in your imagination of what you would like to do or be.”

Liberace had one major goal at first – the Hollywood Bowl. He held that picture in his mind, then acted as if he had already achieved it, and it came to pass. These are two necessary steps to achieving any result, regardless how big or small: hold a picture of the dream in your mind and act as if it were already so.

It is especially true in the art of self-transformation. Whether you want to overcome shyness, kick a habit, find a fulfilling relationship or achieve a long held dream, the process is the same. Picture it in your mind then act as if you were already self-confident, as if you were already free from the habit, or as if you were perfectly capable of growing that relationship. The results are remarkable!

It Ain’t What Happened It’s How you Reflect On What Happened!

An amateur genealogical researcher discovered that her great-granduncle, Lawrence Singleton, a fellow lacking in character, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Tennessee in 1889.

The only known photograph of Lawrence Singleton shows him standing on gallows. On the back of the picture is this inscription: “Lawrence Singleton; horse thief, sent to Tennessee Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Tennessee Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.”

After cropping and editing out the gallows from Lawrence’s picture with image processing software, the following amended biographical sketch was added to the reverse of the “new” old photograph:

“Lawrence Singleton was a famous rancher in early Tennessee history. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Tennessee railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years to service at a government facility, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Lawrence Singleton passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.”