John Kuypers is an inner peace leadership coach. He helps people find spiritually sensible answers to troubling issues at work and at home by first coming to peace and then seeing clearly what to do. This is the practice of the First Rule of Inner Peace, Jesus’ sensible way to be happy.
John is the author of five books. He has spoken to thousands and appeared on television, radio and print with his message of wisdom and inner peace. He grew up on a farm, holds a business degree and enjoyed a stellar corporate career in marketing and sales. A sales vice-president at 34, he collapsed on the living room floor in a stress-induced black-out, prompting him to question his life’s purpose.
The Inner Peace Mission is a Christian-based on-line coaching and learning organization. John and his wife Joanne and their blended family of four live near Toronto, Canada.
An exciting thing happened to me today. My new book arrived from the printer! I started this book more than 14 months ago. Many of you participated by reading early chapters under different titles like “The Spiritual Law of Serenity.” I lost count of how many sub-titles I tested. Let’s not even talk about the more than fifty re-writes the book went through as it grew from 18,000 words to now over 32,000 words. Still, it’s a short book – only 2 hours to read, though most people like to re-read it. I’m...read more
What’s in our hearts comes out of our mouths. Practicing the First Rule of Inner Peace has changed my words in six ways. I love the effect these six changes have on others around me – and on how I feel about myself. While you might read these and say, “I can do them too!”, my experience is that we need to change our heart for these to be real. Otherwise, we are in danger of faking it, which means we’ll stumble when the pressure is on. Here they are: I constantly ask for permission. I ask, “Is...read more
Farmers learn an unforgettable truth from an early age. “Make hay while the sun shines.” In other words, drop everything else because NOW is the time to shift gears and adapt to new realities. Being weather-dependent teaches farmers to be flexible and roll with the punches better than most. We can learn something valuable from farmers in our modern, high-tech, squeaky-clean world. At one time, 25% of North Americans lived on the farm, close to the land and nature. Today, less than 3% of the population feeds the rest of us. I...read more
Today, I want to give you a ‘thank you moment’ on our inner peace journey together. Twenty years ago, I suffered a shock and awe moment that saw me hit the floor in a stressed-induced blackout. That experience birthed my fifth book as it went on sale in the Amazon Kindle store this morning. Many of you kindly helped me along the way and I want to give you something back as a thank you. Hold that thought for a moment, however! The FIRST RULE of INNER PEACE is a universal Christian spiritual practice that has carried...read more
For any self-respecting man, the main purpose of having a wife is to have someone to blame. This is a great convenience that a single man cannot fathom and a divorced man misses more than anything else, sex included. Two days ago, I could not find a bag filled with plumbing parts. I set it by the door to return them to Home Depot. The next day, the bag was gone. ”Honey, where did you put that bag I set here?” I knew she did it. I affectionately call her “Hoover the mover” because she never lets an idle item...read more
My wife and I had the pleasure and privilege of taking a 7 day cruise from New York City to the Bahamas this summer. On the final evening, the Cruise Director (The CD) presented a hilarious top ten dumb questions first-time passengers ask him. He wisely pointed out that did not include any of us since we now had one week or more under our belts and were officially veteran cruisers! These are seven of them that I recalled. Enjoy: 1. Does the elevator go to the front of the ship? Hey, I can see why that gets asked. These are long...read more
I formally began my inner peace mission trip in 1996 when I made a decision that I wanted real change in my life. It was a defining moment that began four years earlier when I experienced a stress-induced blackout as a senior executive. This was the wake-up call that led me to admit to myself that I was profoundly unhappy and needed answers. Two years and one difficult divorce later, I became a Christian, setting off an even greater set of trials and triumphs. Today, I am building InnerPeaceMission.org, a Christian-based learning and...read more
Remember kindness, they all love you. Remember passion, it’s how you show up. Remember to share your feelings, it’s how you best love them. Remember giving, it’s a source of joy and not a sacrifice. Remember judgments, theirs are not a reflection of you. Remember accepting, your judgments do come back to you. Remember aloneness, you are never alone – God loves you. Remember boundaries, know them, stand for them and love others anyway. Remember to be present, you choose your experiences in the moment. Remember laughter,...read more
Never will I forget Dorothy Jones’ warm, boisterous greeting as she came to get eggs every week at our farm. ”How’s Johnny today?!” spoken with sincere interest and her obvious love of people. She was a role model for the women of her generation and a bright light to the very end of her nearly 87 years on this earth. To have met her once, was to know her. She touched your soul, even mine as a young boy entering his teens in the early ’70s. Indeed, I feel blessed to have grown up with outstanding women like...read more
We celebrated the launch of my third book, Who’s the Driver Anyway? at the Chapters bookstore in Oakville, Ontario. Friends, supporters, well-wishers and media were there to share the moment. The book is for anyone who manages people and wants to rise to the challenge of getting people to deliver better results – happily. Using the metaphor of a driver and a passenger, Who’s The Driver Anyway clarifies not only who owns the job accountability, but who gets to decide HOW the job gets done. The book has received excellent...read more