Seminar and Lecture Series

Jack Up Your Life personal development seminars and lectures, of varying lengths, covering a variety of topics generate an avenue for discovering the personal freedom, peace and happiness for living the life you always wanted. Many seminars focus on individual thought patterns and how to reshape those thoughts, while others spotlight the significant relationships in your lives and how to better deal with day-to-day interactions.

Personal development seminars are interactive and involve audience participation as they unfold.  Each includes a question and answer period at their conclusion.  

I am also available as a Life Coach for one-on-one consultation with individuals and small groups.


Crafting Your Best Life


In his new book Becoming . . . , motivational speaker and life coach, Jack Mierop, argues that we are able to change our perception through rigorous self-examination of the personal theories that have long since become implicit aspects of our personality. Furthermore, by changing those theories, we can better take control of our lives and change our experiences in the world. Through self-awareness, we can achieve growth. Through the recognition of choice, we can better take personal responsibility for our own behavior to better captain our own souls (as William Ernest Henley might put it).


Habits of the Unconscious Mind


The human brain is capable of processing millions of pieces of information every second, a vast majority of which are unconscious. Just as personal habits of behavior become part of our daily routines, where we don’t have conscious control of that behavior, habits of thought also become influencing factors of our everyday attitudes about just about everything. The unconscious nature of those thoughts leaves us on “automatic pilot,” unaware of their origins or the effects they have on our lives. In Habits . . . Jack discusses how to expose these habits of thought and allow us to choose which of them to keep and which of them to shed.


Only You!


Only You can manage the stress and happiness in your life. In this series, the concepts of Reactive verses Proactive approaches to managing life’s situations are examined. Additionally, many of us worry about past and future events without realizing much of our worry is irrational and imagined. Understanding this process and its effects can can help us eliminate it or at least lessen the control worry has over us. Finally, the concept of choice is examined. There are really only three choices we have in life. These are revealed in the seminar: Only You!


Owning You:
Becoming Accountable for Your Life Choices


Understanding our unique identity, how we came to know who we are, and the thought processes that limit our lives are crucial to living a happy and healthy life.  Jack helps us determine how we developed into who we perceive ourselves to be and how we can change that perception if we are so inclined. “Owning You” promotes ways to raise our self-esteem, change our thought patterns into positive, pro-active thoughts, and take ownership of our own happiness.


The Seas of Change


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. ~ Heraclitus 

Life is change, and though many of us fear change as debilitating, it is manageable. In “The Seas of Change,” Jack helps us uncover the process of change in our lives and provides insights into how to effectively deal with change. Focusing on the unconscious nature of many of our thoughts, his presentation deals with exposing the conditioning that has influenced our minds, and how people have become entrenched in their attitudes, routines, and beliefs. He suggests techniques to provide clarity of thought, and ways to have more control over our life choices, ultimately leading to personal peace and a happier and more contented life.


This Business of Relationships


Intimate relationships, as well as friendships, revolve around a transactional dynamic of give and take. In an analogy to business transactions, where these dynamics involve investments and returns, relational transactions involve costs and rewards. In an examination of Social Exchange Theory, Jack uncovers the variety of costs, as well as the many rewards, involved in relational interactions, and how to calculate outcomes to determine whether partners should raise or lower their costs in an effort to balance their input into the relationship. Additionally, external forces that influence this calculation, and ultimately relational decisions, are considered.


Living With What You’ve Been Living Without!


Many of us are waiting for the future when our lives will be better. “If only I had this or that; if I was only a little older; if I could just get that job, or that mate.” Living in this fast-paced world, attempting to keep up with the Joneses, many of us feel we are living without. Our houses aren’t big enough, our jobs aren’t good enough, and we’re not as wealthy as we wished we could be. These types of thought process only leave us frustrated, disillusioned, and unhappy, not to mention angry in some cases.

In his presentation, “Shifting Sans,” Jack helps us realize how to live in the “now” and accept things as they are as we move toward the future, realizing our goals through change. By creating a new way of thinking, and a way of controlling our feelings, Jack provides insights into how to make those changes.


Living With Your Roommates

Without Killing Them


Conflict is inevitable in any relationship. Without the proper attitude and skills, differences of opinions and lifestyles can quickly escalate to resentment and anger. In this seminar, Jack examines expectations and attitudes among roommates, family members, co-workers, and relational partners in an effort to help them understand and manage conflict from a broader perspective.


Balancing Identities in Relationships


Understanding who we are and how that individual identity relates to another person is vital to the success of any relationship, particularly significant, intimate relationships. As contradicting forces push and pull both individually and between relational partners, the tensions they create can exert undue stress on the participants. In this seminar, Jack examines these dialectical forces, by explaining how they ebb and flow in our daily lives, and explores ways to balance them for healthier, happier relationships.