Possibilities by Kiersten Lortz
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Self Help/ Inspirational
Book Description: Do you feel stuck? Do you wish for a more joyful life than the one you’re leading? If the routine and pressures of life have you running on autopilot, it may be time to reevaluate your current course and remember that change begins within yourself—and it takes work! With refreshing insights, author Kiersten Lortz encourages you to stop waiting for things to get better and to expect the best out of life—not for yourself, but of yourself. Through inspired gospel teachings and personal experiences shared by women who have also felt stuck, you will be empowered to make the changes necessary to claim a more fulfilling and abundant life. Now is the time to transform yourself into a woman of industry and faith. By learning to eliminate negative influences, seek positivity, and create a life of productivity, you can find the strength to take action today.
My thoughts: I have to admit that I have felt "stuck" with my life for a long time. I make goals and then do not follow through. I want my life to be better, but I have not taken the steps necessary to make it better. I don't think that I am alone in this cycle.
Kiersten Lortz felt inspired to write a book about making her life better. She had been praying about becoming happy. As usual, her answer wasn't given to her. Instead she was prompted to search it out and write a book. I am grateful for her promptings because she has shared her research with all of us, I definitely need the inspiration!
I was struck by her words in the first chapter. It is under the header of the "List".
"Get started by writing down your desires. Divide your paper into four sections, and label them Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, and Emotional. Under each section list your desires for that area of your life. See if you can include at least one to-be and one to-do in each category. This will enable you to become your best self by aligning what you are doing with the person you want to become."She then goes on to show a sample list and explain the importance of each category. After this she made a statement that for me was one of those "light bulb" moments. It brought it together. The thing is that I know the principle, sometimes it take someone to word it one way, or share their insight that makes it finally sink in to my brain.
"Once your list is compiled, you are ready for the final step --- making it happen. This is the place where most of us stay stuck, which is why the rest of this book is dedicated to taking action. Why do so many of us hesitate to move forward or allow defeat to come so easily? The reasons are endless--- guilt, laziness, low self-esteem, obligations, and on and on. Guilt, in particular, is always telling us we should be taking care of everyone else and leaving ourselves in the dust, there to wallow until all the children are grown, the house and cars are paid off, and our husband's career is winding down. Only then, we say, it is 'our turn,'"
She also talks about the adversary putting up road blocks. He doesn't want us to be happy. He wants us to be miserable. This is a book that I needed at this time in my life.
The book is written with LDS terms, but the message is universal. I believe that it can be enjoyed by anyone. The terms are defined, in case it may be confusing.
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