Picture this. The New Year begins with a horrible reality check. A couple of cold hard facts (or more accurately, cold hard numbers – see previous post) prove irrefutably that a lot of Musing and not much Manifesting had been going on throughout 2008.
Not a good start and I must admit, I was feeling small and useless, a sad shrivelled up version of my usual Abundant self. But, experience has taught me that the best balm for a miserable soul is a cup of fabulous coffee, sipped while leisurely wandering the aisles of a fabulous bookstore.
So I found myself last week in the Self Help section of Barnes and Noble, which while not quite as fabulous as my local independent bookstore, does provide one a vast array of possible remedies to whatever ails you.
I was so engrossed in the first luscious sips of said coffee, cup up to my nose, eyes closed, that I almost fell over the floor display for Larry Winget’s new book.
Ok, this counts as more than just a nudge from the Universe. This is a “well-if-you-can’t-take-a-hint-I’ll-shove-your-face-in-it” type of move.
I stood there and looked at the title, and just smiled.
In my head I heard a small, resigned little voice say :
Hi, I’m Jacqui Gates and I have been an idiot.
What else can you call someone who knows what they should be doing to make themselves healthier and wealthier (or at least has a damn good idea!), and yet doesn’t actually do it?
Or someone who whines about regaining 10lb but still buys bags of jelly beans “for the kids”? (Those kids ain’t gonna see none of them jellybeans!)
Or who owns a library of self help and finance books and yet still wastes money at the mall buying stuff she could/should do without?
That person would be called an idiot – and that would be me.
If you ever catch yourself doing stuff you know will make you unhealthy, unwealthy (I just made that word up!), or is just plain unwise, then this is a great book to read. Larry is not called the Pitbull of Personal Development for nothing, believe me.
Without pulling any punches, he lays out in no uncertain terms just how we are sabotaging our own lives, and why there is no-one else to blame for our dismal situations but ourselves.
Personal accountability is somewhat out of fashion at the moment, what with government bailouts and people being “forgiven” for defaulting on home loans they couldn’t afford in the first place, but in truth, we all create our own realities and I have to own up and take full responsibility for mine.
I feel like I’ve had an intervention! And some very exciting things have been happening since I stopped whining and started doing.
Former Idiots Unite! There’s still time to create that life of Abundance! We don’t have to wait for anyone’s permission – in fact, we don’t have to wait for anything.
The time for action is Now. Ready?