How To Live Life Fully According From Book

Can you even imagine what it must have been like to be a responder to the Columbine shooting? How could anyone move past the horror and sadness of such an event, and go on to continue to do her job through numerous other tragic situations, much less to live a happy and fulfilling life?

Autumn Shields has just about seen it all in her former career as a victim advocate. She has seen tears and pain and senseless violence, but she has also seen the human spirit rise above it all and continue on. Now, in her new book Living Your Life Alive, she shares with us how sometimes it takes tragedy to make us wake up and live the lives intended for us. Hopefully, however, you won’t need to experience a tragedy to have a wakeup call; instead, as Autumn explains, you just have to listen to your “inner nudges.”

Sadly, too many of us don’t listen to our nudges. We allow negativity and self-doubt to hold us back in life. Autumn illustrates this point by explaining how monkeys are captured on Borneo:

“On Borneo, the natives have a unique way of catching monkeys. They use a hollowed out coconut and some green bananas-the monkeys’ favorite treat. In one end of the coconut, they make a hole just big enough for an adult monkey’s open hand. They tether the other end of the coconut to a tree. Then they drop a banana into the coconut and scatter some around to bait the monkeys.”

“When a troop of monkeys shows up, one monkey will invariably find the coconut and stick in a hand and grab the banana. The monkey is then trapped. Not in the sense that the monkey can’t get away-all it has to do is let go of the banana, after all. But when the villagers show up the next day, they almost always find the monkey battered and bruised or dead of exhaustion because it spent its energy struggling to free its hand without releasing its grip.”

Too many people are like the monkeys. As a result, it may take something drastic for us to wake up and live our lives alive. Other times, we just need some guidance from someone like Autumn to help us move past our fears and doubts. Through her book’s pages, Autumn takes readers on a journey that addresses many of the things that hold them back from living up to their greatest potentials. From discussing overcoming fear to how to remove the masks we hide behind, and from creating a vision for our lives to taking steps to making that vision our reality, Autumn leads us down the path to becoming our own success stories.

Autumn also reminds us that success-however we want to define it-will take some work. Not that we should be intimidated by successful people, thinking we can’t accomplish what they have. She uses Facebook to illustrate this point: “We tend only to see the result, the success story, or the perfect life portrayed on Facebook. What if we could see the minutes of someone’s life instead of just his or her title or result? We tend to compare ourselves to everyone else’s success, but we judge ourselves by our minutes.”

We need to take the time to focus on our minutes. We need to realize that in those minutes, one piled on another, are the steps to our success provided we use each minute well. In the end, our nudges will lead to vision and work, and we will have a payoff finding rewards we least expect. Autumn illustrates this by referring to sunsets on Maui, where she now lives. (How she moved to Maui is a story of nudges answered that you’ll have to read for yourself). People often want to watch the sunset, but Autumn has observed that if they see the sky darken or cloud over just minutes beforehand, they figure the sunset won’t be worth watching so they leave. But Autumn knows the sunset still happens and will be beautiful and the sky may clear at the last minute: “But those other people left… right before. Why not wait the five minutes and just enjoy the air or watch the waves crash on shore? Why do we put so much emphasis on the exact time of the sunset and then walk away from it? As my son has pointed out, ‘Who cares about the sunset? The sky is always more colorful right afterwards.’ We make things the point and forget to enjoy the surrounding moments. We forget to enjoy the right before, the point, and the after… the moments.”

Living Your Life Alive is full of other beautiful moments that have important messages for us, but I’ll just conclude by mentioning that at the end of the book Autumn interviews a number of inspiring people who are examples of living your life alive. Among these people is Kimokeo Kapahulehua, a man who teaches others about Hawaiian Culture. In his interview, he remarks that when people ask him how he can paddle his canoe for hours and stay calm despite the unknown things out on the open sea, he replies, “Because they went before us.” Autumn goes on to explain, “Although we might not know our ancestors, they are with us. He [Kimokeo] just thinks about what his great-grandfather must have done with his mind or hands with the resources he had. He knows that many of his ancestors were doing what he is doing, years and years ago. He draws on their strength because it is now in him. He encourages you to draw on the strengths of those who have gone before you.”

I’ve often felt the same way Kimokeo does. After everything our ancestors have endured, and everything they did to make this world better for us, we have no excuses. We stand on their shoulders and they are cheering us on from a distance to live our lives alive. I encourage readers to honor those ancestors, and more importantly, to honor themselves by living their lives alive. Begin to do so by listening to your nudge to read this book.

 

When You Need To Read A Book

There are a number of books that accumulatively have changed my life, together with life’s experiences. Sometimes a particular book will provide an answer or training in a specific area; sometimes it is an on-going growth sequence. There are times when a suitable book can be a great inspiration or comfort and help to drive you forward. Here you will find a brief description of books that have had an impact on me, are they books you have read or would they help you?

Years ago there were a few books that were instrumental in my sales success:

“The One Minute Sales Person” by Spencer Johnson and Larry Wilson, they also wrote “The One Minute Manager” Their message was – Give people what they want and you will get what you want.

Tom Hopkins, “How to Master the Art of Selling”, and “The Official Guide to Success” was also a favourite. At the age of 21 he made his first million in sales – I can’t say I achieved that but it is an informative book!

A book perhaps everyone could benefit from is “How to Get Your Point Across in 30 seconds or Less, by Milo Frank.

On a personal development level, “Awaken the Giant Within” by Anthony Robbins, teaches you how to take control of your life mentally emotionally physically and financially.

“Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” by Susanne Jeffers, offers suggestions for overcoming fear and procrastination.

“Do It! A guide to Living Your Dreams” by John Rodgers and Peter McWilliams, takes you from where you are now to what you want to achieve in your life through 6 stages and in great detail.

If You need help in believing you can, read “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy. He also cured himself of a life threatening illness, a truly inspiring, confidence building book.

“Creative Visualization” by Ronald Shone will teach you how to visualise your goals to reach them faster, I have used visualisation for years in achieving goals, and recently discovered how well this book illustrates the use of visualisation, (once I got through the first few pages).

If you are looking for an inspirational story “Ask for the Moon and Get It” by Percy Ross; through his efforts he became a philanthropist and gave away money and gifts for the rest of his life. If you want to look up his further details of his life Google his name, he gave away all his money before he died, (not too long ago) plus hundreds of bicycles to needy children because as a boy he had longed for a bike.

There are inspiring classics that still carry a powerful message like Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” and “Keys to Success” and I’m sure I could name many more I have enjoyed and found helpful.

I will just mention a couple more “Thank God It’s Monday” by Charles Cameron and Suzanne Elusorr. A book with great messages if you find yourself in work you hate. It offers advice to make your job more tolerable whilst you find a job or career that suits you. Plus a book I have recently found helpful in building my current online business “99 Ways to Flood Your Website With Traffic” by Mick Macro.

So whatever your needs are at the moment there a millions of books out there that could help or stimulate you. Maybe you feel you are in a rut and need a new hobby or career, whatever your need I wish you well and hope I have shared some reading that will interest you.

 

Steel Fetters by Tina Fernandez

Miss Afia Rana is a beautiful young lady who has landed her dream job. She’s an airline stewardess flying for India’s Southern Airlines. She makes frequent trips to Bombay, Mumbai, and the famous Juhu Beach area surrounded by the Arabian Sea. Exotic and romantic, Afia also attracts the man of her dreams and he’s the head of a Steel empire. His business takes him across the middle east as a frequent flyer. Afia is flying high and loving her life, until her baby arrives and the years slowly turn to Steel Fetters as she challenges the “false morality of the 1980’s.” Her endless love for her child gives her the strength to rise again and again against a difficult backdrop and an unfair situation that life has handed her.

The author, Tina Fernandez, does a good job with this personal experience story. It describes the plight of countless women during this era. While every country had its own way of chastisement for these brave single mothers there is little wonder why abortion became so popular. There were no easy choices and no easy answers for the women who faced the dilemma, especially in India.

Before the baby, Afia’s father held a different dream for her. It followed traditional. He wanted to choose a husband for his daughter. She would retire from flying, become a loving wife and raise a family. This is the way it was done in India, except Afia hated this dream and wanted no part of it. The situation threatened to tear the family apart. Afia’s mother would also have choices to make and they would not be easy.

Tina Fernandez is a successful author and business woman who keeps the cause of single motherhood close to her heart. She champions associations that support these brave mothers as they choose life for their children. She knows what a high price they are paying in a society that has false values and, “false morality,” when it comes to unwed mothers. Her book will speak to women of all ages, especially single mothers. It may also speak to the children of these single moms; the children who appreciate the sacrifices their moms made to keep them safe. On a deep level, Steel Fetters is a story about society and moral norms that do not serve humanity and how one woman challenged them. She broke through what seemed like steel to build a secure and happy home life for herself and her beloved son.

Personal Experience With Epilepsy

The Author.

“Steven Schachter is Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School; Chief Academic Officer and Director of NeuroTechnology for the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, Boston; and Senior Neurologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

Dr. Schachter is Co-Chair of the ILAE Therapeutics Strategies Commission and serves on the ILAE Global Campaign Task Force. He is Past President of the American Epilepsy Society, past Chair of the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation and a member of the Epilepsy Foundation Board of Directors.

He has directed over 70 research projects involving antiepileptic therapies, and published over 200 articles and chapters. He compiled the 6-volume Brainstorms series, which has been distributed to over 150,000 patients and families worldwide, and edited or written 23 other books on epilepsy and behavior. Dr. Schachter is the founding editor and editor-in- chief of Epilepsy & Behavior. ”

What a Godsend for all people who have, or are involved with epilepsy and seizures, that Schachter, sometimes with co-authors, with this amazing professional reputation and career, has had the insight and afforded the time to publish this Brainstorms Series of 6 books on epilepsy and seizures.

Each book in the Brainstorms Series each begins with the guidance of a brief introduction to epilepsy, written in simple, easily understood layman’s terms, but it is the heartrending personal stories in each book which have such enormous universal appeal – different people’s personal experiences and descriptions of seizures and epilepsy, across the globe – infants, young children, teenagers, parents, women, family, carers, teachers, work colleagues, professionals and so on.

The scope of these stories is enormous, covering innumerable classifications of seizures and epilepsy, written from the heart, bridging all ages, religions and cultures, while revealing the apprehension, heartache, grief and life changes, loss of lifetime dreams and expectations, that people with epilepsy must face and address… grapple with, and admirably, it seems, with so much determination, courage, as well as support and unconditional love from those around them.

As the saying goes, ” A problem shared is a problem halved “, and by absorbing these stories written in the first person, the reader feels much support and comfort, simply from the confirmation and realization that they are NOT alone in the world, and that others share and confront their same difficulty. Readers can identify their symptoms and circumstances with others, absorb support, helping put their own lives into context, often giving some peace of mind, and these factors alone often help resolve stress (a trigger in itself).

Following are brief summaries of each book and it’s relevance to a specific group of people who have epilepsy and seizures or are closely involved with the care of such.

• The Brainstorms Family: Epilepsy on Our Terms. These stories are so engaging. Heartfelt and inspiring, they are written by children, their parents and other family members, describing reactions and emotions from the time of initial diagnosis and how it affects the whole family – coping with the seizures, sharing the information with close family, teachers, school friends etc, adjusting to medications and other new routines resulting from the diagnosis.

Two inclusions in this series are:

. the glossary of terms – invaluable for those on the steep learning curve after diagnosis, and
. a straight forward, easily understood comprehensive guide for those in the lives of the children

• Brainstorms: Epilepsy in Our Words: Personal Accounts of Living With Seizures.

In 68 stories from across the globe, people describe a wide range of different seizures, their individual experiences of seizures and epilepsy – their fear and confusion at the first diagnosis, the before and after of seizures, how epilepsy affects their lives, their work, their families and their confidence as well as the constant apprehension of not being able to predict their seizures.

• The Brainstorms Woman: Epilepsy in Our Lives.

Women of all ages and nationalities share their personal real-life accounts of how epilepsy affects their lives, their menstrual cycle, their roles as wife, mother or work colleague, their sexuality and life in general. Interestingly, they repeatedly speak of the “peace of mind” experiences having shared these stories which have helped put their own personal situations into context.

• The Brainstorms Healer: Epilepsy in Our Experience.

These are stories written by Health Care Professionals around the world – doctors, nurses, technicians, social workers, etc as Care Providers of people of all ages who have seizures and epilepsy. Their recollections describe the challenges and rewards experienced in their various roles.

• The Brainstorms Companion: Epilepsy in Our View.

This small book is compiled of stories from friends and families of people w ho have seizures. Dr Schachter highlights the importance of the observations of witnesses to seizures from both a medical and personal point of view. Medically, accurate and detailed observations greatly support accurate diagnosis, and treatment. Schachter encourages friends and family to record their emotions, observations, feelings and worries so that patients themselves have a clearer understanding of the condition, and more readily come to accept their circumstances.

• The Brainstorms Village: Epilepsy in Our World.

The causes of epilepsy over past centuries was often subject to the traditions and beliefs of a particular culture and was for example cited as being a type of witchcraft, a punishment for sin, a disease of the brain, and contagious. Current data from anthropological and biomedical studies can indicate just how much the understanding of epilepsy has progressed… symptoms, diagnosis, classifications, treatments. In the letters and personal stories received from 21 countries around the world, common responses the condition of epilepsy abound. They cross the boundaries of ethnicity, religion, sex or age. They refer to the same loss of expectations in life, social, educational and occupational limitations, emotional impact on friends and family, the fear of unpredictable seizures, the lack of community understanding, yet above all and through adversity, there is the persistent characteristic of inner strength, hope and determination to maximize their own goals.

 

Awaken the Giant Within

Every age has its own self- improvement book. First it was Dale Carnegie. His books ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ and ‘How to Stop worrying and Start Living’ paved way for many thousands to lead s successful life. Then came Napoleon Hill. His books ‘Success’ and ‘Think and Grow Rich’ sold out thousands of copies around the world and people showed interest in reading them.

Now it is Anthony Robbins. His book, “Awaken the Giant Within’ suits to the modern needs. Based on the latest scientific findings on Brain and psychological aspects the new theory called NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming shows the way to lead a successful life in the modern competitive world.

The book has divided in to four parts, ‘Unleash Your Power, ‘Taking Control – ‘The Master System’, ‘The Seven Days to Shape Your Life’ and ‘A Lesson in Destiny’.

Can anyone change his destiny?

There are three decisions that control your destiny, points out Anthony Robbins.

1) Your decisions about what to focus on.

2) Your decisions about what things mean to you.

3) Your decisions about what to do to create the results you desire.

To achieve your goal either you have to find the way or make one.

There are techniques to make the way. First change your belief and personal breakthroughs will begin. Start with the basic belief and reinforce your belief by adding new and more powerful references.

By NAC you can change yourself for good. What is NAC. Neuro Associative Conditioning is a step-by-step process that can condition your nervous system to associate pleasure to those things you want to continuously move toward and pain to those things you need to avoid in order to succeed consistently in your life without constant effort or willpower.

There are ten emotions of power. Love and warmth, Appreciation and gratitude, Curiosity, Excitement and passion, Determination, Flexibility, Confidence, Cheerfulness, Vitality and Contribution are to be planted daily.

After elaborating these vital points the author gives a Seven Days Programme to shape our life. Take control of your conscience emotions, After learning to condition your nervous system you have to condition your metabolism. Then comes relationships. Success is meaningful if only you could share it with someone you love. Then comes Finance. Take control of your financial future. Then comes Code of conduct. Create your code and do not compromise it. Then learn to use your time to your advantage. Have some rest and play. Even God took one day off!

This seven day programme, if carried out successfully, we can repeat it to ensure success.

One woman who was suffering from the fear about snakes took treatment for seven years and yet not cured. Anthony Robbins took it as a challenge and in fifteen minutes time he cured her! Such is the power of NLP.

Beautiful quotations are splashed out throughout the book. A number of anecdotes and real life incidents have been given in every chapter to inspire the reader.

An investment should yield. Yield for good. The investment on this book will surely yield. Not necessarily proportionately but multitimes. Change your life through your own brain and your own programming. This book will show you how! Good Luck.