Debut author and life coach Thompson presents a detailed workbook for improving one’s life.
“You are greater than you think you are!” the author writes at the outset of this motivational work, quoting Herbalife founder Mark Hughes, whom he saw speak in 1999. But he wondered how one could “move into this greatness.” The author shares his answers over the course of the book in the form of a basic plan. Put simply, the idea is to organize “your valued principles by placing what you value into groups.” These eight categories include “Physical,” “Financial,” and “Emotional and Mental,” among others. Thompson urges readers to use the groupings as an opportunity to look closely at what they truly believe: “Understanding and redefining our values becomes transformational.” To that end, the book takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery with questions such as “What are my beliefs about money?” and “What am I observing about my emotions?” Suggested tasks include using positive thoughts to change how one appears to other people and choosing the first simple steps that one can take to change one’s life. Along the way, Thompson shares his own story, including what he learned from the Enlightened Millionaire Institute, which “helped people become millionaires through real estate, writing books, marketing, and adopting information from successful millionaires”; a meditation technique that he developed; and how he once suffered from hypertension. Overall, the book provides an easy method for examining one’s goals. The author’s categorization strategy does indeed allow one to dissect and act on problem areas in one’s life, from diet to excessive TV watching. Some points, though, seem elusive. At one point, for instance, Thompson notes that author John Demartini carried in his pocket the amount of money he wanted to make in a day. However, he doesn’t explain how this is an effective strategy to improve one’s finances. Nevertheless, the author’s honesty about his own life and his perpetual enthusiasm keep the book moving at a brisk pace. Even skeptics will likely come away with some insights.
A valuable starting point for personal growth, although some elements feel ambiguous.