Incase you hadn’t heard, it’s Blue Monday today. The day when we’re supposed to be feeling utterly miserable due to a killer combination of crap weather, failed resolutions and empty bank accounts.
Even if you didn’t wake up down in the dumps, today’s constant 'Blue Monday' reminders may be enough to send you in that direction.
Where attention goes, energy flows, so if you are feeling blue, instead of wallowing in it (ok, you’re allowed 5 mins of wallowing, says the woman writing this on a beach) how about turning today around by making Blue Monday into a 'new' Monday aka the first day of the rest of your life?
An easy way to change you mood is to look at what you do have (instead of focusing on what you don't).
And then, instead of thinking about all that is negative about your situation how about channeling your energy into looking at why you’re feeling this way (apart from the rain and the credit card bills), deciding to do something about it and then taking some action, like picking up this life-changing book from Paul McKenna?
Change Your Life In 7 Days is the first book in the Detox|Retox Reads series: posts on books, articles and blogs that I have loved/am loving and that have somehow made a positive change to my life.
Spiritual reads, new age, new you, woo woo… the self-improvement sector has lots of labels and since finding this book in an Oxfam book store just over three years ago (or did it find me?!) I’ve become a card-carrying member of the self-help tribe, devouring everything from soothing Louise Hay affirmations to Quantum Theory tomes in my quest for a bit more peace and self-awareness.
There's lot's of wacky pseudo-science out there, but there's also LOTS of amazing info that I a) can't believe I didn't know already and b) now want to share with EVERYONE I meet,
And so, let's begin...
D|R Reads #1 Change Your Life In Seven Days by Paul McKenna aka the one that started everything
"What would it be like if you woke up one morning and a miracle had happened - your life had become exactly what you wanted it to be?"
This is the first of many soul-searching questions posed by McKenna in the book, and it started me on a journey to try and figure out exactly what I do (and don’t) want. I'm still figuring it out (a lot more than seven days later) but learning lots and so far this one question has led me to quit my full-time job, launch this blog and generally do more of what I love.
Things to love about it:
Paul McKenna might not be an obvious lifestyle guru choice but the theories covered and questions posed in the book are a brilliant starting point for anyone looking for something else. Even if you don’t really know what that ‘something else is’. ESPECIALLY if you don’t know what that something else is.
It's simple and uses case studies and real life situations distilled into useful learnings that you can apply to your own life.
You will see a change in your confidence and outlook in as little as one week.
And some not so great things?
For many of us exploring the concepts in this book will mean things get worse before they get better. That’s not McKenna’s fault, it’s all part of the process and will mean a brighter future in the end, but worth pointing out.
It will take longer than seven days to totally transform your life. Again, it's part of a process that doesn't have a quick fix, but it's a great starting point.
The CD. I found reading and making notes on the book much more useful than listening to the 'empowering' CD that comes with it.
Have you read this book? Did you love? Loathe? What other self-help books do you rate? Let me know in the comments below...