MOTIVATE ME is a new, and sporadic, feature here in Talk Supe, and something I've been wanting to do for the longest time.
So what is this about? MOTIVATE ME is inspired by my life's journey. I don't want to get all sappy and personal, the short of it is I started this change in my life a few years back and it's been a long, arduous, and sometimes rewarding journey so far. I'm not at the finish line yet and just like when you run for a marathon, it's all about endurance and perseverance. I have to admit, I've been tempted so many times to just throw in the towel and give up, but looking back I've come a long way and now's not the time to quit.
So aside from my faith, I turn once in a while to self-help books. Just to give me a little boost of inspiration and at times a dash of courage to continue and maintain my eye on the prize. MOTIVATE ME is really a personal post, something that's more for me, a sort of catharsis if you must and I know YOU, my beloved Supies, aren't the target audience for this so I'd totally understand if you ignore me, that's okay. At the same time, thanks for giving me a hall pass, you have no idea how much this is needed!
Narrated by: James James
Length: 4 hours, 50 mins
Release Date: March 8, 2012
Publisher: Audible Studios
Remember The Secret by Rhonda Byrne? Well I'm one of those people who lapped it up and did my best to imbibe its teachings. See I'm a pessimist by nature, I'm the type who always hope for the best but braces for the worst and though this attitude has its merits, more often than not I come across as a downer. And that sucks when you're around joyful and hopeful people. Now for some changing this might be easy but for me, it was a hard habit to break because thinking the worst case scenario is almost like second nature to me so I decided to seek help and change this part of my life.
Bob Doyle was one of the featured speakers in The Secret and one of my favorite motivational speaker. You might say that some of the things he's "preaching" is common sense, and I couldn't agree with you more! However when you're down on your luck and swimming in a cesspool of disappointment, common sense stops becoming so common and sometimes one needs a reminder to get things in perspective.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT: The Law of Attraction is the main focus in Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power and though we've heard a lot of things about this [not so] new age idea, BDoyle took it further and deeper. I especially liked how he addressed the naysayers and shared his two cents regarding attracting negative things. My favorite part are the release exercises, he shared techniques on how to let go of negative thoughts and feelings followed by steps how to stay positive. My favorite and the one I've been doing since is the Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT routine (you may find tutorials on youtube).
NARRATION: I do prefer non-fiction over fiction audio books. The way I process motivational books is the same way I'd listen to a lecture or a sermon, I find myself paying attention more and absorbing what's being said. I guess it's the conviction of the speaker that does it for me. It took me a bit to get into James James' narration, it felt like he was reading off a textbook at first but eventually warmed up. Personally I hope it was Mr. Doyle himself who read the book to us.
MOTIVATING?: Absolutely! Again I know some of the things he said are common sense but for a pessimist and overthinker like myself, this is a much needed lecture. I've relistened to a few chapters since finishing Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power and I'm sure it won't be the last.