Erik Van Alstine's mission: to transform the way we live and work.

"Life follows thought. As we change the way we think, we change the way we live."

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The Code Transformation Program In 21 compelling one-hour learning sessions, Erik explains The Code's five fundamental laws, equipping work teams to unlock new power to solve problems and get things done. The Code improves thinking skills and productivity, improves workplace collaboration, and creates new opportunities for progress at work and beyond. Learn more.


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Breaking Free Personal Finance Program Breaking Free is a powerful transformation program for your personal finances. Using the five laws of Erik's landmark transformation program, The Code, and an effective experiential learning system built on these laws, Breaking Free is proven to be ten times more effective than competing lecture-based personal finance programs. Learn more.


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  • Are we headed for success or failure? According to Solomon, it could depend on our attitude toward “wisdom.” Wisdom, described by Solomon as a female artisan, tells us there are three attitudes we can take toward her. To help us remember, I’ll call each person with each attitude “The Waiter,” “The Later,” and “The Hater.” […]

  • You don’t see many dirty cats. Why? Because it’s not in their nature to be dirty. They clean themselves regularly. Their habit of regular cleaning assures that if they’re dirty, they won’t be for long. On the other hand, you don’t see many clean pigs. Why? Because it’s not in their nature to be clean. […]

  • Remember drivers ed? Before we learned to work the pedals, we couldn’t drive. We were passengers. But when we learned how the pedals worked, we started to work them for ourselves. We put ourselves into the driver’s seat. We found freedom. Our motivations are like cars. Until we learn to drive them, they drive us. […]

  • People-problems are one of the biggest reasons workers hate their jobs. So, how can we get along better at work? The answer is, by seeing how we see. Let’s illustrate with a story… It’s a typical workday at StickRite Label Company. Nick’s boss comes to his cubicle and quietly breaks the bad news: Nick didn’t […]

  • I just watched an interview with Antoinette Tuff, the hero who singlehandedly stopped a mass school shooting in Decatur, Georgia on Tuesday. The interview is must-see. It shows the transforming power of love and God’s grace. It also shows the See-Feel-Act progression in vivid color, something I’ve been blogging about extensively over the past few […]

  • “About a year ago,” said Bud Jefferson, a main character in the book Leadership and Self Deception, “I flew from Dallas to Phoenix on a sold-out flight that had open seating. I boarded early and found a window seat with a vacant seat beside it. “I put my briefcase in the middle seat and opened […]

  • Yep, I’m still yapping about the see-feel-act pattern. Here’s a story1 from cognitive therapist Aaron Beck that illustrates this pattern in action. A teacher told the class that Tony, a bright student, got a bad grade on his test. Five other students in the class saw the situation five different ways, creating five different sets […]

  • People often think of integrity in a good way. If someone has integrity, they’re a good person. I agree. But I also see a lot of what I call idiotic integrity out there in the world as well. In myself too. What do I mean by idiotic integrity? First, let’s remember what integrity actually is. […]

  • The see-feel-act pattern from previous posts (High Sees, Seeing how we see) tells us that if we want to be different, we must first see different. Our root beliefs, meaning the way we see ourselves, others, the world, or the situation at hand, grow into the branches and leaves of feeling and behavior. Given this […]

  • In several posts now I’ve been discussing the see-feel-act pattern, showing how our root thoughts (the way we see) grow naturally into emotions and behaviors. An old sailor story illustrates… We’d been in training maneuvers with other ships for several days in heavy seas. I served on the lead battleship, on bridge watch as night […]

  • Now that we understand the see-feel-act pattern, let’s go back to some previous posts to see it in action. In Strike the Root, Save Millions, I explained that when we trace problems to their source we make big fixes. Dr. Snow saved millions tracing a deadly disease to its source instead of just treating symptoms. […]

  • Last post I posed a question, What are root-level thoughts? This post is an answer. Put simply, root thoughts are the way we “see.” Not in the sense of physical sight, but understanding, interpreting, characterizing. Root thoughts are the way we see, understand, or characterize a situation, a person, ourselves, the world, and so on. […]