the book that changed my life

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i can count on one hand how many times in my life that i felt something shift inside me. the kind of shift where you literally feel something in your soul move and it changes your life forever. i tend to be a creature of habit. i'm at my best when i am on a schedule and things are going exactly how i planned. in later years i've come to learn that schedules and organization are best for my anxiety however my personality could not be further from that sort of monotony. my personality is bold, loud, and carefree. it tells me to do what i want, when i want, and not to care if someone disapproves. i try to listen but i never get too far before my lifestyle creeps in to tell me we have somewhere to be and we can't be late. the contradiction is so extreme that i often feel at war within myself. i feel like i am constantly trying to compromise with both traits and it just sends me further into a cycle of internal chaos and confusion.

about this time two years ago i was in the trenches of one of the worst internal battles i'd ever experienced when i came across the book The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard. i was shopping for self help books on Amazon and it was one of the top suggestions. i decided to give it a whirl since it had great reviews and as soon as i began reading it, i knew it was nothing like i had ever read before. immediately i knew it wasn't your typical self help or lifestyle book that preaches to you a million cliches and leaves you feeling ashamed and embarrassed about the way you'd been living prior to its rescue. the first few lines read:

There comes a time in the lives of those destined for greatness when we must stand before the mirror of meaning and ask: Why, having been endowed with the courageous heart of a lion, do we live as mice? We must look squarely into our own tired eyes and examine why we waste so much time sniffing at every distraction, why we cower at the thought of revealing our true selves to the world, why we scurry so quickly from conflict, and why we consent to play small.

let that marinate for a second...

are you clutching your pearls as i did the first time reading that? it was then i knew i was about to get the lecture of a lifetime but it was the exact kind of lecture i needed and in the exact WORDS i needed to hear it. face it, the majority of us don't make a move until we are in so much pain or discomfort that we have no other choice but to get up and save ourselves. it's like we hate being in pain, we let ourselves damn near drown in the thoughts of how we got wounded, but we stay there because dying seems like the easier option than fighting to survive. less than 250 pages later, my life had made a complete 180 and i felt like a brand new person.

i had never felt so inspired or motivated to be more. more of a human, more of a woman, a friend, an entrepreneur, and ME. i had this newfound desire to really sit down and figure ME out. what did i want to do with my life? what makes me happy? where do i want to be in 5 years, 10 years? how can i balance or tend to the contradictions i create so that i can avoid the battle within me altogether? WHO do i NEED around me to get there, who will hold me back from my goals, and what kind of new people should i surround myself with to help me achieve them? The Motivation Manifesto has quickly become my modern day bible. i have highlighted and made notes all over the book. i have let other people thumb through it however i have not let anyone borrow it because i fear i'll never get it back and i NEED it close to me at all times. i reference it often and sometimes i just open it and read whatever page i land on just for a quick burst of knowledge or motivation. 

if you are in the place that i was - lost, confused, uninspired, unmotivated, torn between what you feel and what you know, heartbroken, feeling purposeless or worthless - i urge you to purchase this book. while it can be a deeper read which requires you to really sit and focus, i promise you you're whole outlook on life will have changed by your completion of it. 

i've added a button below for you to read more reviews or to purchase it on Amazon. i've also added a few excerpts of my MANY favorite sections from the book so you can see for yourself just how much knowledge is being dropped on these pages! if you never listen to me about anything else, you should listen to me now when i say you NEED this gem in your life! and no worries, you can thank me later ; ) 


now it's my turn to hear from YOU! 

do you have a book that changed your life? leave a comment below including the title and author of the book that changed your life like The Motivation Manifesto did mine. I'm excited and interested to hear what books have had such a great impact on your life! 

also, 

love & light,

e l e v e n