Jolt!, by Phil Cooke, is the perfect book for person needing a swift kick-start on the road to change. It’s a book for everyone who wants to get a positive grip on change once and for all. The book offers 25 “jolts” that anyone can use to start a new path, overcome an obstacle, or readjust their thinking to change their life.
In the book, Phil Cooke talks about his own experience of “hitting a wall” and being forced into pursuing his big dream. Had sudden and abrupt change not entered the equation (in the form of losing his steady job), Phil never would have stepped out in faith and chased the bigger goal God had for him.
Jolt! is broken down into short, easy read to chapters; and at 205 pages is a quick book to read. However, I would recommend sitting down and reading one chapter at a time; taking detailed notes as to where you need to change in each area of you life.
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So, where are you spending most of your time on the Wheel of Life?
“The Wheel of Life is a way of showing us how we need to distribute our time, our focus, and where we need to set goals. Most of us can focus heavily in one or a few areas. The issue with that is we leave the others unattended. When we do that, we miss out on important areas of life. If we spend too much time in a certain area, our wheel is out of round. If we don’t spend anytime in some areas, our wheel is flat.”
Additional Resource from Fullife Coach: Wheel of Life
by Dan Miller
In the movie Collateral, there is an interesting scene in the first few moments. The taxi-cab driver, played by Jaime Foxx, is making conversation and tells Tom Cruise’s character: “I’m not in this for the long haul. This is just filling in – I’m putting some things together – I’m going to open my own limo service.” Cruise asks him, “How long you been doing this?” To which the taxi driver replies, “Twelve years.”
This is a classic example of how “life happens.” I once saw a client who had taken a temporary job at a bank. He knew that wasn’t where he wanted to be; it was just a fill-in job for a month or two while he did his real job search. That was 14 years ago. Life just happened; he got used to where he was and didn’t take enough initiative to move on to a higher level of success.
Here is a step-by-step process for change:
1. Clarify your current situation.
- I have been in the same job for 12 years with no change in sight.
- I detest the sameness and monotony of my current job.
2. Seek the advice and opinion of other people.
- Ask 4-5 trusted friends or professionals what they would do if in your situation.
3. Identify the alternatives.
- I could go back to school and get a degree in education
- I could create a clear focus and do a job search with a company with some advancement potential
- I could start my own chauffeuring service
- I could request a manager’s position with this company
4. Choose the best one.
- I will start my own chauffeuring service
- I will create my business plan in the next 30 days, give my two-week notice 15 days after that, aggressively plan to purchase my own vehicle by that time and be open for business 60 days from now.
Whether it’s choosing a new school, a new place to live, a new car, or a retirement center for a parent, you must keep a clear deadline in view – or procrastination will lead to indecision.
Dan Miller is President of The Business Source, founder of “48 Days” and author of 48 Days To The Work You Love and 48 Days To Creative Income. For more information, visit http://www.48days.com/.
“If you want something you have never had, be prepared to do something you have never done” ~ Author unknown
Game Plans for Winning at Life
By Rudy Ruettiger
Be the person you want to be. “Make the decision to take action and move closer to your Dream. Create daily success habits and surround yourself with information that will empower and inspire you.”
Use anger in a positive way to get results. “Anger is a normal reaction. It’s what you do with anger that makes a difference in your life … direct your anger towards a goal … use anger in a positive way to get results … from anger comes determination … comes triumph.”
It starts with a Dream. “Visualize your Dream and make a commitment. Having a Dream is what makes life exciting. Never underestimate the power of a Dream. It will change your life. A Dream gives you the ability to determine your future.”
Eliminate the confusion. “Find mentors who encourage you. The right information will eliminate confusion. Visualize exactly what you want to be … and focus on that … believe in yourself and don’t let anything stop you. Reinforce your Dream every day with positive information from tapes, books, and mentors. Each day you will get closer to your Dream. Eliminate the confusion and fears, and make it happen.”
The greater the struggle, the greater the victory. “Most people allow struggles and fear of failure to stop them. The key is to learn from your struggles and move on. Failures will make you stronger and give you the information you need to reach your Dream. Struggle will prepare you for success. Without struggle there is no success.”
Follow your passion instead of the dollar. “There’s nothing wrong with making money … but, it’s important to focus on your passion instead of the dollar. For me, decisions based on my passion brought me closer to my Dream, while decisions based only on money took me further away. If you focus on what really fulfills you, you will have success. The dollar alone does not bring happiness.”
Excuses will kill your Dream. “What we’re really talking about here is commitment. Until you make a commitment to your Dream, it’s not really a Dream … it’s just another fantasy full of excuses. Fantasies don’t come true because they’re not real, we’re not committed to them. When we make commitments, we eliminate excuses and they become Dreams … and Dreams are definitely real.”
Prepare for your Dream. “Preparation is what comes from struggle. Knowledge comes from preparation. These are the elements that pave the road to your Dream. If we do not prepare we will not succeed. Set your goals and pursue your Dreams with all your heart. If you miss a goal, don’t quit, reset it! You just need to learn more … step by step you will win!”
Focus on your Dream and Never Quit. It is always too soon to quit. If you quit, you can’t succeed. By achieving your Dream you will be an inspiration to others. You will set the example and make an enormous impact on the world. Make it happen!”
Always have a Dream. “Dreams give us energy to go to new levels. Dreams change lives … the power of life is in your Dreams!”
Rudy Ruettiger, from the TRISTAR hit movie RUDY, is an author and inspirational speaker. He was featured in the December 15, 2010, Zig Ziglar webcast. Find out more (it’s FREE!). Learn more about Rudy by visiting his website.
As we wrap up January, I hope you spent some time looking back at 2010 and looking ahead to 2011. Goals have been set and resolutions have been made. Now it is time to act on them. Our final Thursday is for Thinking question may be the most challenging of all. I am curious to hear your responses.
Today’s question: What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
This was another no-brainer for me. The biggest time-waster in my life is without a doubt TV. Most nights after dinner, I will sit and watch TV for several hours before going to bed. And then the TV is on as I go to sleep. So, what am I going to do about it. First, I’m going to limit myself to a one-hour block of TV each night. This will either be a one one-hour show or two half-hour shows during primetime. If there is something else on during that time that I want to watch, I will DVR it and watch it over the weekend.
The next big step is to get out all of those books I’ve bought and never read. I could spend several months catching up on those books if I would just turn off the TV.
So, what about you? What is your biggest time-waster and what are you going to do about it?