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  • Iyanla Vanzant: ONE DAY MY SOUL JUST OPENED UP : 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS TOWARD SPIRITUAL STRENGTH AND PERSONAL GROWTH

    Iyanla Vanzant: ONE DAY MY SOUL JUST OPENED UP : 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS TOWARD SPIRITUAL STRENGTH AND PERSONAL GROWTH


    Book Review by Wanda Gail Campbell

    This delightful guide to expanded personal growth and spiritual strength expresses how one woman moved from a fearful and distrusting image of an external, and mostly inaccessible, God to an awareness of knowing that God dwells within all the time. She describes how externally her life reflected deep denial of life and a God-poverty condition of soul as she demonstrated multileveled suffering. When her soul opened up, everything changed.

    In the introduction she sets the stage for personal freedom as she offers the following wisdom:“Remain open. There is something bigger than you going on here.” It quickly becomes evident that once she regained awareness of God within her, she became able to offer her own divine gifts to the world by writing truthfully and translucently about her experiences. The book is developed in several phases of HonoringThe Divine.

    Thanks are written especially for Charles Fillmore founder of Unity Village as she quotes him: “there is but one mind and we are each a manifestation of that Mind, the mind of God, the Divine.” Other New Thought teachers are mentioned as she lays claim to her own “Godliness”.

    The author then proceeds to develop a wondrous method that takes the reader/participant on a 40 day (and night) journey. Each day begins with written definition of a foundational principle that provides the reader clarity of focus for this day. Her personal commentary follows- giving food for thoughtful awareness as one experiences the day. Space is also provided for recording insights from the commentary then moves on to solidify intentions for the day with affirmation and prayer. At the end of the day, readers deepen their own integration of principle by returning to write and reflect upon how the day’s experiences relate back to the theme.

    Yesterday, I began this book a second time, 4 ½ years after the first rendering, This time I’m using a different color of ink to compare my first notes with this new journey. I already see evidence of how this book stimulated my personal growth and continues to perk m y spiritual expansion. This book costs $15 and has already proven itself to be priceless.

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Comments

HP van Duuren

Thanks for the great post,

It's totally in alignment with my own 'Happy Lifestyle philosophy', I don't think that people are meant to be heading to 'Karoshi' or 'Death by Work', as the Japanese call it.(they actually have a word for it!)

I think that in my sales work people usually are more inclined to buy from me when I am relaxed, and also feel that I am more able to create other leads for other sales that way also.

To relax and have a 'Fun Time' I recently went to Gran Canaria even made a 'YouTube Movie' titled: 'Jogging on Gran Canaria' I think that only looking at some of the photo's can give you an instant 'Relax-response' by just looking at it. Hopefully it will be inspiring to 'connect' and realise the things that are real important.

Linda

I think business thinks a 50 hour week is more appropriate, but 4 is enough for me. I am only productive in the morning anyway.

Roger Carr

Wow David! You exceeded my challenge. I have again learned a valuable truth from your post. Simplicity is something I need to strive for as well. Guess who else will be buying and reading the book? Great job and thanks for responding to the challenge.
Roger

Alan R. Bechtold

David -- thanks for "tagging" me! I have ONE really solid secret for productivity I lovingly refer to as "hanging it out there."

As a writer, editor and publisher for more than 40 years, I've found I don't get ANYTHING much done without a deadline. As the term implies, this is a "drop-dead" date when any project must be done. Period.

When you work with commercial publishers, you get a deadline set for you. When you work on your own, you have to set your own. But you need to set your deadlines PUBLICLY, forcing you to make those deadlines you've set a priority.

One of my neatest tricks for this is the "Pre-Publication" sale.

Whenever I'm working on a new course, a newsletter or any new product. I will usually pre-announce it. Give my list a description of what I am putting together and ask them to vote with their wallets, paying 50% of the final price as a "pre-publication" discount, and promising delivery on a date down the road.

This, naturally, becomes a real deadline I must meet. It also enables me to "test the waters," and see if anyone is interested in what I plan to create, BEFORE I create it.

There is NO motivator in the world better than people already paying you money to create something, and expecting delivery on a pre-determined date!

A deadline also brings an abupt end to "change-itis" -- tinkering with a sales letter or product until you beat the life out of it, simply because you can. When the deadline hits, good has to be good enough -- and I've always found it is!

To balance your life, you need to set similar deadlines with your family and friends...and work them into the schedule with the REST of your day.

Mark Hendricks

Hi David,

That 4-hour workweek book is a real kick in the head, isn't it?

A lot of what I've been teaching people for over 20 years is hidden in those pages, I'm glad Tim wrote about those concepts he's learned to implement into his life at such a young age.

The secret to productivity?

Click on the link associated with this comment post (my name), and learn about the C.O.D.E (actually three codes) that will help make you much more productive.

Great blog David, thanks for always writing interesting things.

As always, my best to you --

Mark Hendricks

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