For quite a while my quest has been to find my life’s passion. I remember when I used to have a passion for life. It seems a distant lifetime ago. Nevertheless, I remember. I awakened each day with purpose, joy, and excitement about beginning my day. I can remember wanting something, or deciding to do something, and almost without effort, I either figured out a way to get it or it just happened. Despite those annoying problems that plague all of us, things just seemed to fall into place. Looking back, I feel almost a sense of mourning. Somewhere along the line, I lost it, or perhaps it did die away. Whichever it was, I surely do not have it now.
I decided to look on the Internet. After all, it has everything, right? I figured that the first thing I needed were affirmations. Not those corny ones you sometimes come across, but the ones that resonate with me – with my soul. I came across free recorded affirmations by Vic Johnson. For days on end, I listened to them day and night. But I needed more. This was good, but not enough!
I was still thinking, “if only my husband would… if I made more money… if I could just get it together… or do more”. I really felt that I needed to change my behavior. So I made a list of “Things To Do” each day, starting with when I got up including breakfast, vitamins, exercise, schedule time for writing, etc. You get the idea. If I could just work towards this, all would be fine. I just needed discipline.
However, it did not work. Even if I did ALL of the things on my list I still was not satisfied. I found no joy in doing any of it. I found myself constantly policing myself and chastising myself which lead to more guilt than I had to start with! This was not the answer.
I looked into more affirmations, even ‘Googled’ “finding life’s passion” and “finding my life’s purpose”. I found some interesting things, but I did not hold out a lot of hope. Something KEY was missing and I could not seem to find it. This was becoming exhausting physically as well as emotionally.
I liked the affirmations I got from Vic Johnson so I ‘Googled’ him. I found his site: http://www.AsAManThinketh.net/
At the top of the page, right in the center, it had:
Free eBook – As A Man Thinketh
Change Your Thoughts,
Change Your Life
Many, many years ago – during that other lifetime – I had read some writings by Norman Vincent Peale. I remembered that a certain passage really hit home with me and I had made a small poster to hang on the refrigerator where I would see it each day and remember to put it into practice. That passage was “Change Your Thoughts and You Change Your World”! That alone excited me! Never mind that I could not remember how it worked exactly, but I KNEW it did!
I went ahead and downloaded the free eBook, “As A Man Thinketh” by James Allen.
This book “is partly responsible for the creation of the entire personal development industry. Most contemporary PD authors and teachers credit this little book for providing foundation to their principles. It is a set of philosophical musings on the power of our thoughts. Earl Nightingale, widely regarded as the father of modern day personal development, in his best-selling recording, called the ideas in this book, ‘The Strangest Secret’. The secret, he said, is ‘we become what we think about’.”1
Now this may sound foreign to you, trivial, or even like downright wishful thinking. Nevertheless, bear with me. I can tell you that if you learn about this AND put it into practice, it will totally change your life! I can say this because it sure is making a difference in mine!
So head on over to http://www.AsAManThinketh.net and get your FREE eBook, “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen. This book was written over 100 years ago! The words of wisdom in this book are every bit as relevant today as when it was published in 1903.
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1As A Man Thinketh (dot) net, Vic Johnson, founder. Quote by Earl Nightingale.