A change of pace today, fellow Life Lovers. I am delighted to present my review of Alex Blackwell’s first book Saying Yes to Change: 10 Timeless Life Lessons for Creating Positive Change.
I have learnt so much from Alex over the past 18 months through his wonderful writings at his blog The Bridgemaker and I thoroughly recommend his blog and this book to you.
Right from the Introduction…..I was hooked.
For the purposes of this review, I will feature “The10 Lessons” & highlight the writings in each ‘lesson’ which were a standout for me, hopefully they will be for you as well.
Bearing in mind that the whole book is a standout, this was difficult, however here goes…after watching this 1 minute (plus a little) video, please read on
Over generalisations…”Over-generalisation is when we believe that if one bad thing happens, then everything else is doomed to go poorly”…isn’t it amazing how people tend to exaggerate their situations, biased toward the negative. It happens all the time. Re think your language, look for the positive & start turning things around.
“Freedom doesn’t come with a price but it does come with a promise”…prophetic words. Alex goes on to list “three simple but Life Changing words”:
Acknowledge…what’s holding you back, what needs to be changed, your strengths
Accept…that no matter the past, you can begin again
Allow…good things to find you, your gifts to be shared,hope, love
“Freedom’s promise is simple: Nothing has power over you without your permission”
Stop trying so hard…”be willing to be yourself”
“To change or grow, we must be willing to acknowledge what’s not working.”
These words say it all for me.
Accept yourself – look for the vibrant colours inside of you
People have a tendency to “cloak” themselves, a protective layer if you will. Take off the cloak and allow your true self/colours to show. Alex has found the strength to do this & will no longer hide his colours from the world…..you can too.
Life is Beautiful…It is my choice how I live Life and how I view Life
Learn to live without asterisks…exercise your choice to choose Life’s beauty & all that is good about Life…”It’s the small things as well as the big ones, that create my beautiful Life”.
Living Life without conditions frees us to be who we truly are.
“Love is a Choice”…
“Throughout Life, we often have the opportunity to fall in love.”…..”But I am talking about a more enduring type of love – a ‘whole self’ type of love. In order to live a happy & purposeful life it is important to choose to become a loving person.”…..Choice here is obviously so very powerful
Live beyond your skin…”If you are looking for happy life, be happy – right now. Do good things for others – right now. Be kind, smile and look for what’s right in the situation – right now. The way to the life that you desire is within your control – right now.”
Now, Today is where it’s at. Make your choices & act…right now.
Find the brighter side of Failure…“I celebrate my humanness”...”I don’t want to be perfect, I just want to be Alex.When my confidence is lacking, I try to remember that I don’t have to be perfect. Part of who I am is the mistakes I have made along the way. These mistakes contribute to my humanness…..” This says it all for me, just be & accept you as yourself & change will accompany you.
Take down the White Flag…”Learn to strive for a 10 in all areas of your Life”
“Striving for a 10 is a process”. The reality is that you are unlikely to be giving yourself “10′s” in all areas of your Life however the point of the exercise is to nourish what’s working in your Life, identify areas of personal growth & plan to improve in those areas.
Let faith be your Guide…getting rid of excess baggage…”The contents of my backpack change as my Life changes. When I do experience change, it’s healthy to look inside to see what’s no longer useful and what new items might be needed next.”
This is the Faith to let go of the things that no longer serve you and believe in your own power. Use what you need, let go of what you don’t need.
Now, you really don’t have any excuse not to purchase Alex’s book, do you? I bought a copy…..it’s easy.
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