A Life to Inspire: Igniting the Will to Prevail

A Life to Inspire: Igniting the Will to Prevail

by Cheldon Chriestenson


Publisher Independently published

Published in Self-Help/Motivational, Self-Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nonfiction

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Book Description

I believe in humanity enough to wager that you already know how to accomplish your goals, but it may be a lack of motivation and, more importantly, inspiration, that prevents you from doing so. This short read will cover a number of topics including music, the ideas of faith and fear, and deciphering the everyday common wisdoms we often hear. It is my highest hope that both my story and the stories of those who inspired me may inspire you to move forward into the next chapter, not just in this book, but in your life.

Sample Chapter

The Fight of Your Life: Conquering the Spirit of “Being Realistic”

If you’ve ever tried to shoot for the moon with any goal, you may have heard a naysayer tell you that “you need to be realistic,” implying that your stated goal cannot be reached. But even though you’ll naturally disagree with the person, the truth is we are all realists with our own doubts, but we are also realists in the sense that we live in a place where limitations restrict certain possibilities or personal aspirations. Fortunately, it is our mind that shows how independent we truly are from this world.

While the brain is as physical as the rest of the body and thus bound to what’s real, the mind transcends the physical and can be in communion with a multitude of ideals, some that are pure fantasy (like breaking the laws of physics to go back in time and stop yourself from buying that crappy infomercial ab machine,) or some that concern your highest aspirations for what you want your life to have in the future, an “ideal situation” constructed as a way of giving you a reason to wake up each morning and move towards the future.

In that same mind we also know that even though the ideals may never come to fruition in full, they still have the potential of becoming real with variations that don’t compromise its overall integrity (example: your ideal future of getting married and having children can end up happening; it just doesn’t happen with the man or woman you’re currently attracted to.)

Of course, if your goal is to lose 100 lbs. in two months and be an Olympic-level athlete you probably won’t reach that. But so what? Even if there’s a strong likelihood you won’t specifically succeed in that regard why not just push yourself anyway and see? With proper guidance and support there’s nothing to stop you from seeing just how far you can travel towards a goal. Knowing that you gave it your very best can bring a peace worth more than anything, but looking back fifty years and realizing you settled for something will probably eat at you more than you’d like.

The spirit of “realistic” correlates strongly with another familiar phrase: “it’s a process.” Again, there is truth in this statement, but I believe accepting this truth wholeheartedly can delay you from what you really crave. Excusing setbacks (which are inevitable) with thoughts of ‘I need to be realistic. It is a process, after all’, can be a seductive inducement to complacency and mediocrity. If you’re obese, an alcoholic, or have any other sort of addiction, the belief in the “process” can lead to both a procrastination from taking steps to eliminate the problem and a justification for when you stray from the path (“I worked hard all day. I need to relax. I’m stressed. I’ll bounce back tomorrow.”)

As everyone knows by experiencing the loss of a loved one, this life doesn’t guarantee you a tomorrow. So whether you stumble along the way or change your behavior cold turkey, try to act in a way that assumes today is the only reality in which you can become greater, wiser, and stronger. Confine the process into your present and do what you already know is required to be where you are destined to be (and trust me, I bet my life that you are called to be free from addiction in all of its forms rather than be enslaved by its oppressive hand.)"


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