Don't read the next line. You did it. Well, you didn't do what I asked, you decided to do what you wanted. To see what was going to happen on the next line. We make thousands of decisions every single day. What if had more control over them What if we could put them to better use? To strengthen our decision-making muscle, make bigger choices more easily, and, gulp, even have fun at it? Do you know that feeling? It's... The feeling when it clicks. There's a point in decision making, probably quite a bit like reaching the summit of a mountain on a bicycle, when you feel relief. If the word relief doesn't quite do it for you, let's try: release satisfaction alleviation deliverance happiness Everything from letting go to joy. There are standard lines we hear when you feel relief. Any of these strike a chord? I'm so glad that's over I can't believe that was all there was to it Whew. I never thought I'd get there I did it. I actually did it. These are statements of relief. This is what happens when you decide. This is an excerpt from a chapter of Bradley Charbonneau's book: "People ask all the time, "But how do I know when I've made the right decision?" Usually, my answer is "You'll just know." or maybe "You'll feel it." But the word relief is easier to swallow, to comprehend, to really feel. People know the feeling of relief. You just avoided a car wreck. You finally got that project done by the deadline. Your spouse got the numbers back from the doctor. But relief can be achieved, reached, influenced. It doesn't only have to be something we receive or react to. It can be something we can proactively make happen. Through deciding, through making a decision, we can build it to the point where we feel relief because we made that decision. In fact, that's the trick, that's the rub, that's the big secret: we know we have made the right decision when we feel that relief. It's a gut feeling, a feeling thing. It's not science, but more of an art. I know you don't want to hear it, but you'll just know. Once you get better at building small levels of relief, you'll improve at sensing when you feel that relief, how much of it, the level of importance, and how to then take it even to the next level. When things really, really get interesting."
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Brendan Burchard said, "You need, more than anything else, daily momentum. It's the secret of all life happiness." "Secret of all life happiness?" Whoa. Sounds pretty good to me. Just a little "daily momentum"? No problem, right? But what if you're stuck? Maybe you've been trying to break through but just can't seem to get ahead. Every day seems like Groundhog Day: the same disappointment as yesterday. Or, worse, one step forward and two steps back. Ugh. In his new book, Every Single Day, Bradley Charbonneau offers a simple prescription for building daily momentum that leads to true and, if you really, really want it, lasting and powerful change.
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Before 2012, I had come to the conclusion thatÂ the life I had dreamt of living just wouldnât happen. I was sad about it but I thought,Â âI guess thatâs just the way it isâ. Well,Â sadÂ is a tiny little word. Let me start off this audiobook real. I was depressed, without hope or energy, full of regret, anger, and yes, sadness. I had imagined my life as being something that I was so far from I couldnât see it happening anytime soon and probably not ever. I was doing work I hated in a city I no longer loved and I was empty of desire and full of despair. You know those moments in the movies, usually accompanied by dramatic music, when lightning strikes or the guy hangs on to the cliff by his pinky toe and then miraculously saves himself (and probably the rest of the planet) and goes on to cure cancer and star in the remake of The Shawshank Redemption? Yeah, well, it didnât happen like that for me. For me, it was walking down Larkin Street in San Francisco on the way to a dumpy Burmese place when I âcame out of the closetâ to one of my closest friends and said I wanted to be a writer. But that I wasnât.Â I had given up. The stars arenât aligned! The universe must not really have my back! Itâs a conspiracy! I didnât yet know about the big verbs.Â I didnât know how to ask, I didnât dare decide to create. I wouldnât have known how to meditate if it sparked me in the face. The only thing I surrendered to was my sad fate. Play was for those kids on the swings and the closest I got to elevate was in the elevator.Â I'm still walking the path. I turn my head. I see you. This is me reaching out my hand to you.Â This is Repossible. Here we go.Â Iâm rooting for you.
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We traveled for six months through the warm heart of Africa. Backpacks, pick-up trucks, dusty roads, and more smiles than I knew existed.Â But for the first few months, I was pretty sure the entire continent was out to get me. Â Sure, there were swindlers and cheats, scam artists and robbers. Â But those you have everywhere. Â No, Malawi was truly the warm heart of Africa. Â Their kindness brought my guard down. Their sincerity had me doubting my understanding of the world. Their love taught me new ways to see people. Â This is one story of a single afternoon on a single day where the lives of two strangers meet. Â We do have a choice as to how that encounter transpires. We might slightly alter the trajectory of someoneâs future by what we say, how we react, what we do. Â Sometimes, they alter yours.
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