Entries by Ben Coker

Force of Habit

Just over five years ago I created a new habit. I decided, and chose, every week to write a series of ‘insights’ of which this is number 280. I didn’t write them in bulk because I wanted them to be what I was inspired (what came in to my spirit) to write at the time. […]

“To Infinity and Beyond!”

Buzz Lightyear has a lot to answer for. Generations of children have grown up with the belief there is something ‘beyond’ infinity. It may seem light-hearted, but it has created a serious misconception about the universe, reflected in many science fiction stories as well. Now, I’m usually a fan of Sci-Fi but the idea of […]

If Wishes Were Horses . . .

Star Trek Deep Space 9 is full of parables. Episode 15 of series 1 explores the power of thought and imagination – individually and collectively. I ended last time by saying “you or I can make anything happen” and “no thing happens without the original thought”. I’m taking it up from there and considering ‘cause […]

It’s Not Linear

I first encountered a clear explanation of what I’m about to discuss in the first episode of Star Trek Deep Space 9, when ‘The Prophets’, which Neale Donald Walsch might describe as Highly Evolved Beings (HEB’s) explain to Benjamin Cisco, commander of the space station, the non-linearity of time. (Worth watching, ‘if you have the […]

Just Passing the Time

Many people seem to think ‘time’ is some sort of resource. They talk about managing it, using it, saving it, losing and gaining it, even ‘keeping’ it. Great emphasis in personal and business development training is put on the idea of ‘Time Management’. There are Time Management products and books. I was once sent on […]

Big Brother is Watching You

In 1786 or thereabouts Jeremy Bentham working with his brother Samuel proposed a building design to improve the efficiency of management of a large unskilled workforce The ‘Panopticon’ was a circular building at the hub of a larger compound from where the managers or supervisors could oversee what was going on. Later Bentham applied this […]

Hierarchy of Needs?

I’m sticking my neck out this week to take issue with one of the most common ‘understandings’ about human psychology. I’m not a qualified psychologist and I don’t know all the answers, but this just doesn’t make sense from my point of view. Abraham Maslow in 1943 came up with a ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ which […]

Sod’s Law!

“If anything can go wrong, it will!” So states the legendary ‘Sod’s Law’ of life. But what does it mean? What do you and I understand by something ‘going wrong’? Something unexpected happens Something stops ‘working’ Things just don’t go ‘according to plan’ And so on . . . But as you and I know […]


You and I set goals, as do many people. Much thought and agonising goes into the activity of setting goals. Goals are classified in to ‘SMART’ and not SMART, A, B and C goals and so on. We talk about being specific, we talk about goals being achievable – or ‘stretch’. We set goals we […]

The Secret of Success

Much emphasis is placed in the academic, business and personal development ‘worlds’ to name just a few, on the concept of ‘success’. Being, aspiring to be, or becoming ‘a success’ are often cited as the reason many people do what they do in life. It’s difficult to fond a definition of ‘success’ as there’s more […]