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I am a self help junkie. I’d like to stay it started when I was in mental health treatment last year, but it didn’t.
My self help book obsession goes back twenty years, to my days of getting tattered magazines from the library in Windham, Ohio. I used to pore over the quizzes, gasping at the results. Was I too nice? Too loud? Too smart?
I would read all of the options and consider carefully before recording my answers on a piece of notebook paper and then tabulating the results. Those were the days!
I have given up on personality quizzes in magazines, but I’ve replaced them with self help books. Last year, I listened to Jack Canfield’s velvety voice every time I got in the car.
I’ve been busy lately, and I haven’t made time to read anything motivational or self-focused. (Unless you count my Bible study. I have been doing that. Most of the time.)
As much as I love Mary and Laura, they just don’t get me pumped up to take on the world, you know?
So, anyway, a friend at BlogFrog asked if I was willing to join in their campaign for The Charge by Brendon Burchard, and I jumped. I think I replied something to the effect of
Yes, I’d love to! This is just my kind of book, and I can’t wait to get started!
As I read The Charge, I highlighted and underlined and wrote notes in the margins. This really is a powerful book if you put time and thought into it. This section is just from the introduction:
The Charge talks about the 10 human drives that make you feel alive, and it teaches you how to tap into each one for a fully charged life. In each section, Burchard uses an anecdote to explain and describes the drive, gives 3 ways to activate the drive, and then 3 journal questions to explore the concepts.
I was supposed to have read the book in its entirety prior to writing about it, but I have to admit that I haven’t finished it yet. I’m going slowly, focusing on each and every activation strategy before going to the next.
In the days since I began reading The Charge, I have suffered two unexplainable but sickening incidents: my blog got hacked (yes, this one) and my yard got hacked (in a very different way by some guy with a weed whacker). While it has been incredibly tempting to curl up in a ball under my comforter and cry, I haven’t.
I wouldn’t say that I’ve been charged about the craziness, but I’ve tried to control my outlook and stay positive (that’s one of the activators in the first section on control). It hasn’t been easy.
Reflecting on The Charge
The thing I like best about The Charge is that it will meet you where ever you are, whether you are a stay-at-home mother wanting to enjoy your kids’ madness more or a professional wanting to climb the corporate ladder or a Christian wanting to live more fully in the Lord. You will get something (a lot!) out of this book.
The Charge sells for around $16, but you can order a free copy of The Charge today (through that link only; shipping costs apply)!
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