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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Change What You Can

Recommended book on change

by Contributed - Story: 60798
Mar 16, 2011 / 5:00 am

The book I am recommending is written by Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., the best-selling author of Learned Optimism. This book is titled WHAT YOU CAN CHANGE… AND WHAT YOU CAN’T: The complete Guide to Successful Self-Improvement learning to accept who you are. 

It is promoted on the back cover with these comments: "In this meticulously researched book, …distinguished psychologist…, helps us realize clearly and realistically exactly what we can change and what we can’t. Grounding his conclusions in the most recent and most authoritative scientific studies, Seligman pinpoints the techniques and therapies that work best for each condition, explains why they work, and discusses how you can use them to change your life. Inside you’ll discover: the four natural healing factors for recovering from alcoholism · The vital difference between overeating and being overweight and why dieters always gain back the weight they “lost” · The four therapies that work for depression, and how you can “dispute” your way to optimistic thinking · The pros and cons of anger, and the steps to take to understand it · And much more!" 

Although the book is dated (1993), it has a lot of insightful facts and practical information on all the above-mentioned topics. I am sure many of the readers will appreciate the different questionnaires/inventories, the extensive notes, as well as the Index. The author tells us that he wrote it for two audiences – consumers, and professionals. I concur that both can benefit from its contents. 

In reading the book I was reminded of how important and powerful the mind is, when it is functioning optimally, to dispute thoughts that take us down instead of lifting us up. For those of us seeking to live their lives for God, reminders cannot be too frequent that, as the good Book says (in Ephesians 6:12 from the Life Recovery Bible translation), “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, and against evil powers in the heavenly places.” And, compare 2 Corinthians 10:3 – 5 with 1 John 4:4. 

When you are ready to make positive changes in your life, you can know that you will have the support you need to do so. Some of that will come from within, some form your Creator, some from individuals around you. The fact remains, you can do it! 

Create the change you want to experience in your life and know that it wasn’t in vain – all that strife. You have the power, in part in your mind, to experience freedom and get out of the bind. 

Have difficulty with any of this? Then reach out to someone you believe can help, a trusted friend or a competent counsellor. Some pretty awesome things, even miracles, have been experienced throughout history because individuals have chosen to make constructive life changes. In so doing they create positive energy. As a result, they and others enjoy themselves and life more, the world is a better place, and heaven is the richer. The Creator has given each of us everything we need to consistently be rowing to be everything we have been created to be. Believing is a beginning and key to living a life of freedom and uplifting power on a daily basis – check it out and experience these truths for yourself.

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