In May of 1978 I met another powerful mentor named Lou Tice. He was the president and founder of The Pacific Institute out of Seattle, WA, and the creator of a new video series on goal setting called “Achieving Your Potential”. It was a 12–tape set of videos on goal setting, affirmations and visualization. Ralph Burnet bought the program and included it in our training program.
I attended Lou’s facilitator conference at his home in Seattle and in Harrison Hot Springs. Over the next three days I learned the power of intention, belief, affirmation and visualization as a way of achieving personal and professional growth.
During the seminar I wrote out 40-50 affirmations on 3 X 5 index cards. I spent the next months visualizing my future. One of my affirmations was to be a national speaker achieving success on the national circuit. I showed this to Lou and he said it was too limiting. I should make it international! As I write this today I am living the dream that Lou Tice helped me create. I will forever be grateful to him.
I also learned how to be more disciplined and organized in my presentations. I learned the importance of developing my own personal stories and examples to support my points. In the evenings, after the seminar, I sat in my hotel room and wrote out all the experiences I could think of to support my training. Lou was also the master of the pause and showed us all that the learning happens when we stop talking.
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Lou this April 2012. He helped so many people achieve their goals.