How much do I want to read more? 7/10

“We are here to teach what it is that we need to learn ourselves.”
This is a powerful reminder in our age of massive information's consumption.
Do we keep our ratio in balance: how much we produce versus how much we consume?

This book is filled up with, what I would call "wisdom", rather than "habits".
It's the author's personal philosophy of life. What mattered as he reflects on it.
And what he would teach someone else to reach his full potential.


Praise

[quote, Sean Covey]
“I am happy to endorse G. Brian Benson and his excellent book, Habits for Success. My father, the late Stephen R. Covey, often said that most people innately know how they should be living their lives, but unfortunately ‘common sense is not always common practice.’ This superb book by G. Brian Benson reveals many common sense habits that may not be so commonly practiced today. These habits are wise, proactive principles that if practiced, will greatly enhance the lives of the readers. An excellent work!”


Introduction

Offering and receiving authenticity creates joy.


CHAPTER 1 - My Journey

We had a driving range, a nine-hole golf course. But I was really unhappy.

I felt like I had this giant gift inside of me that wanted to come out, but I didn’t know what it was; I just knew that it needed to be released.

The familiar model is to head to college, get a job, get married and have kids. Unfortunately, that expectation sometimes clashes with information we are receiving from our heart and intuition.

I consider myself lucky that I had the courage to walk away from a secure yet unauthentic situation.

It wasn’t until I left my job that I really began to see how alive I could feel, simply by being myself and following my heart.

[quote, Ram Dass]
We are all just walking each other home.

We all have so much in common.
Why do we make it so hard for ourselves?
Why can’t the process of “walking each other home” be easier, if we all basically want the same thing?

I am “doing life” in hopes that you can gain more personal awareness so that you can “do your life” in as fulfilling and as enjoyable a way as possible.

There comes a time in all of our lives when it becomes more painful for us to stay mired in our old habits than to step outside our comfort zone and risk the unknown as we journey toward finding our true voice.
I truly want everyone to find his or her true voice.

It took me over forty years to begin to find and speak my true voice. I had to overcome my own internal beast.
The beast that tells us that we are not enough. It is the ultimate internal battle of overcoming feelings of unworthiness.

I did the work to find out who I really was and to become what I have always wanted to be: a more authentic version of myself.

“Fear is a good thing. Fear is an indicator of what we have to do. The more certain we can be of the importance of the enterprise, the stronger degree of fear or strength of resistance you will have.”

You truly will be the butterfly coming out of its cocoon. Unload your baggage and find true self-acceptance. It is the greatest gift you can give yourself and others.


CHAPTER 2 - Your Foundation

If we want to live authentically and be the best versions of ourselves and accomplish our goals and live out our dreams, the first thing we need to do is build a strong foundation.

If we don’t properly build our foundation, we open ourselves up to all types of forces boldly wreaking havoc on us. Forces like judgment, low self-esteem, fear, untruths, inaction, jealousy, resistance, apathy, and imbalance, just to name a few.
it determines how strong and firm our “house” will stand.


CHAPTER 3 - Strive for Balance

“We are here to teach what it is that we need to learn ourselves.”

I wanted to figure out why I was feeling out of balance. The answer was pretty simple. I was in a job that no longer fulfilled me and I felt that I wasn’t growing anymore.

  1. One— Make sure I was drinking enough water daily.
  2. Two— Make sure that I was getting some daily exercise.
  3. Three— Make sure that I was getting enough sleep each night.
  4. Four— Allow myself some daily alone time so that I could re-energize my system.
  5. Five— Allow some time each day to be creative. At that time in my life, it was from playing the guitar.

This helped me out so much that I intuitively thought, “Hey, why don’t I expand the list and make it into a book to help others in the same way that I helped myself?”

How do I know when I am out of balance? Usually when I start to feel overwhelmed and have difficulty making progress on goals. This is definitely my cue and a huge reminder to take a step back and begin to implement some tried-and-true methods to get me back in balance.

Without balance it can also be a struggle to listen to our intuition and guidance, which is crucial as we learn how to follow our hearts and move forward on our path.

[quote, Sonia Choquette]
“When we disconnect from our heart, we disconnect from our life source.”

Just like the juggler with too many balls in the air, the more things we have going on in our life, the more difficult it is to keep everything going without dropping the ball.

Balance acts as a moving target.

[quote, Miguel Ruiz]
“awareness is the first step toward personal freedom.”

Get to know yourself better; pay attention to your feelings—Paying attention to your feelings is the best way to get to know yourself. As you become more self-aware you can learn about what keeps you in balance and throws you out of balance

Simplifying life is the easiest way to find and maintain balance.


CHAPTER 4 - Trust Your Intuitive Nature

Intuition is the language of the Soul.

When we listen to our intuition we are fed information from our higher self. Its communication is most clear when our mind is quiet. This information is Divine. It can lead you to your true purpose as well as fulfillment and peace of mind.

Remember your mind is being run by your ego and the ego always has a way of stepping into our business.

it’s important to pay attention even if your feelings don’t make logical sense.
Your soul knows when it’s the right time to move forward and will help guide you to do so.

You May Become Ill—When you ignore your intuition and its repeated attempts of communication it is absolutely possible that you may create stress or bring illness into your life.

You know your intuition is speaking to you when you feel excited and inspired!

Honoring your feelings isn’t always the easiest route to take…or the most popular. But I can tell you that it is the right route. Being honest with yourself is the most important thing you can do.

And learning how to trust your intuition and allowing it to guide you in life is priceless. Trusting my intuition has been the single most important thing that I’ve learned on my journey, second only to learning how to truly love and accept myself.

I have found that when I am out of balance, it makes it harder for me to “hear” my intuition coming through.

[quote, Thomas Condon]
“Intuition is a lot like dreaming. We don’t know how we do it, but we do it. Intuition is knowing something—but not knowing how we know it.”

Lead a healthy lifestyle.

Eat better and eat less. Exercise. Proper hydration. Getting enough sleep. These are all great places to start.

Daydream, doodle, brainstorm, and write down words or phrases that come to you when problem-solving.