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

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  • "Automatic Influence is the leader's new killer app."

    Todd Ostrander, CEO, Tectonic Audio Labs

  • Automatic Influence reveals the intrinsic motivation in all of us, waiting to be unleashed for the greater good. It offers practical tools to serve a team, showing how to use influence for the good of others on the basis of relationship instead of surface tactics. You and your team need this book.”

    Jeff Rogers, Chairman & CEO, OneAccord

  • "Erik Van Alstine is ahead of his time. The essence of his new book, Automatic Influence, is success and how to obtain it, and his approach is brilliant. This is a must-read for the nations of the world."

    Dr. Clyde Rivers, Honorary Ambassador at Large for the Republic of Burundi, Representative to the UN - New York, for the Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative

  • “In Automatic Influence, Erik Van Alstine explores the importance of perception, and the power it has to unlock our potential, to change ourselves, and influence others. True to the principles expressed here, Erik has done a great service in opening the possibilities for positive change, spiritual growth, and social development.”

    Robert A. Sirico, President, Acton Institute

  • “Throughout my life, I’ve had to face my fears to reach the next level. In Automatic Influence, Erik offers a plan to eliminate every useless fear, showing readers where fear comes from and how to beat it. These principles are rock solid and will definitely help you win in life.”

    Tim Brown, Heisman Trophy winner, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, and Author, The Making of a Man

  • “My friend Erik Van Alstine has unearthed something special: the root of power and love. Automatic Influence offers a revolutionary way to build bridges between people and nations, something I’m extremely passionate about. Thank you, Erik, for this insightful book.”

    James Robison, President, LIFE Outreach International, Publisher of the global news program, The Stream, and Author, Indivisible


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    This is the second post in the series. To discover the fundamental habit that drives all of Covey’s Seven Habits, read the first post. The second perception is, See top goals clearly. This perception is the root of Covey’s second habit, Begin with the end in mind. When we have a clear view of our […]

  • We all want to be highly effective. Which is why Stephen Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People has been so popular. But while so many of us know the habits, we don’t live the habits anywhere near the way we’d like. We already have the knowledge. What we need most right now is power. […]

  • I’m one degree of separation from Donald. A friend of mine advises him. Which means I see Donald not so much as a political figure, or a caricature, but as a person. He’s a friend of a friend. I don’t agree with him on everything. Who does? I don’t like a lot of the things he says […]

  • Don’t get me wrong, I love success and self-help literature. It’s way better than the alternative: failure and self-harm. But the more I read it, from business magazine articles and books describing keys to success to the motivational quotes I see on the internet, the more I find something missing. Something big. Something that, ironically, undermines […]

  • Modern culture is all about happiness. Just look at a few of these popular internet quotes… “Forget about whatever anyone else thinks and says. If it makes you happy, go for it.” “Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.” “If it makes you happy it can’t be that bad.” I’m all […]

  • In my upcoming book, Automatic Influence, I write about a Houston prostitute named Jenny. . . In a 2015 television series on A&E Network titled 8 Minutes, a Houston pastor and a team of former prostitutes offered working girls an escape. Pastor Kevin Brown posed as a John and invited prostitutes to a hotel room […]

  • This is my third post about Danny’s promotion. Here’s the story again: The boss comes to Danny’s desk with great news: Danny got the promotion. The workers around Danny overhear and react. Henry is happy, Sally is sad, Anna is angry, Frank is afraid, and Nick feels nothing at all.  Last post I described how […]

  • Last post I told the story of Danny’s promotion. Here’s the story again: The manager comes to Danny’s desk and says, “Danny, you got the promotion.” Five workers overhear the conversation and react. Henry is happy, Susan is sad, Anna is angry, Frank is afraid, and Nick feels nothing at all. Why the different reactions? […]

  • In my upcoming book, Automatic Influence, I use this story to reveal a power button in the basement of human nature, and how you can use it to create change. Imagine an office setting—a typical work day at the StickRite Label Company. The manager comes to Danny’s desk and says, “I’ve got great news, Danny. […]

  • My best friend Chris Dunayski and I are nearly par golfers, which means we score around 72 on a good day. And we compete every time we play. When we’re competing, I think about two standards. One is better-than-others. For me, this is beating Chris. The other standard is my best self – breaking scoring records, […]

  • He’s thirty-two years old, and he rules the world. His net worth, as of April 2016, is $51.6 billion, making him the 6th richest man on the planet. He’s not only a celebrity. His work directly impacts more than 1.6 billion people, every day. He’s Mark Zuckerberg, the programmer/entrepreneur who founded Facebook. She has 78 […]

  • Change is a process that takes longer than we expect. Things often get worse before they get better. Which means we get discouraged and often quit too soon. A friend of mine owns a repair shop on Canyon Road near where I live. For a couple years, Canyon Road was being reworked into six lanes, and […]