This week we are reading the book by Joel Osteen, “Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential.” If you don’t own the book, you can download this great PDF which summarizes some of the content. This is Osteen’s first book, which rose to number one on the New York Times “Best Sellers” list in December 2004. The book’s stated purpose is to give seven principles for improving your life. Osteen writes, “By following the principles I’m going to share with you…you can be happy and fulfilled, starting today.”
Osteen organizes this book around these core principles:
- Principle One.Enlarge Your Vision
- Principle Two. Developing a Healthy Self-image
- Principle Three. Discover the Power of Your Thoughts and Words
- Principle Four. Let Go of the Past
- Principle Five. Find Strength through Adversity
- Principle Six. Live to Give
- Principle Seven. Choose to be Happy.
These are relatively straightforward and seemingly simple. But if we all just took the time to follow these principles, we all truly could live our best life! The last one is something I work on every single day. Because you CAN choose to be happy. You can wake up and do things that make you happy and decide that today, just for this day, I am going to be happy. And then you do it again the next day.
Do you often dream of living a more rewarding life? Do you aspire to a better job, a stronger marriage, a happier home? Do you wish for more gratifying relationships with your family and friends? Perhaps you simply want to accomplish more and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. If so, you have to be dedicated to seeing it through. You have to put time into committing to these principles. If you do, you will see rewards.
This book was very important in my life years ago. Regardless of what you believe or your religious affiliation, the principles in the book will open up your mind to many possible ways to react, understand, and create. We all have something in our life that when “STUFF HITS THE FAN” we need to be able to grab onto and think about to shift us from the adversity of what’s happening to the possibility of what could be. I have many things that I use and this book is one that brings me to a peaceful mind so that I can enjoy My Best Life Now.
What is your touchstone? Is it a book or a person, a rock or a special place? I’d love to hear from you!