Christmas is a time for giving, a time for loving, and a time for sharing, but it can also be very stressful with all of the holiday shopping crowds vying to find that ‘perfect’ gift for somebody. Books make great gifts because they just keep giving, especially if they are as packed full of useful information as MY FIRST GOAL-SETTING BOOK by development coach and mentor, Anthony James Donnelly.
Many people start to think about New Year’s Resolutions at this time of year, but the reason most people fail in their endeavors is they don’t have a workable plan of action.
“Just making a New Year’s Resolution won’t make it happen!”
He uses clear, simple language with no ‘fluff’, just the information you need to succeed.
If you’ve never set goals before, or set them but not hit them, or are shopping for somebody you know that needs help setting goals to get their life back on track, this is the book for you. It’s available in three convenient formats: Kindle, Paperback, and Audio Book, narrated by the author.
The chances are, even if YOU are a magician, you haven’t ever heard of him!
You’ve heard of the Magic Circle though, right? Ever dreamed of being the President of the Magic Circle? Jack’s had that honour many times over – six times, in fact, if memory serves me right!
He’s also been performing magic (and devising magic tricks) since before many reading this were even born! He’s performed with more publicly known magicians like Paul Daniels and Ali Bongo, on TV and up and down the UK. So, why have you never heard of him?
Perhaps that’s magic! Or, it might just be that he really IS the most humble magician – EVER! I was fortunate to have first worked with him when I was just a teenager (many, many years ago!) and he is a very close family friend for many decades.
In this book THE REAL SECRETS OF MAGIC he very generously shares his wealth of knowledge, experience, and hundreds of tricks and how to perform them successfully. Those that know Jack will attest that he is one of the unsung greats of the magic world.
“GREAT magicians NEVER die…
…they simply vanish…!”
Don’t take my word for it – I might be tricking you! Just click on the links and have a look at the table of contents… I dare you to find a book on magic that has so much for such a small price tag! If you do, please comment below.
Anthony James Donnelly is an author, motivational and business coach, and life guide. He has spent over 20 years working directly with individuals and corporations to adjust their perspectives on life. In his last book, “My First Goal-Setting Book: How To Effectively Set & Achieve Your Life Goals”, he concisely explains how to get whatever you want out of life. A great accompaniment to “WHY DO i CARE?”
In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a striking resemblance between the famous Christmas song crooner, Tone Def Tony, and myself. A little like the similarity between Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus! This is purely coincidental. However, I would like to pledge my support for his contribution to seasonal song-man-ship, and help promote his latest fundraising efforts:
If you can support in any way, even if it’s just like I’m doing here and sharing his project, that would be great! Thank you for supporting starving artists!
The Christmas madness has already begun: promotions in shops… bookings at restaurants… the commercials on TV… that arduous search for the ‘perfect’ gift for a friend or loved one…
If you are having trouble deciding what to buy as a gift for someone at work, or that friend that seems to be impossible to please, or perhaps you know someone that always sets New Year’s Resolutions, but never manages to keep focused and keep them, this might just be the perfect gift for them.
I wrote it specifically for that person just starting out on the process of taking more control of their lives and wanting to know the basics and the ‘how to’ of setting goals that CAN be achieved easily.
It’s a short book, easy to read, and written in plain English, because unlike many other books on the same topic of goal-setting, I specifically wrote this book to be USED, not just read and discarded without action. Although I cannot make any guarantees that you WILL hit your goals, I can guarantee that if you apply the simple principles in this book and stick to your plan, you will eventually succeed at whatever you have set out to achieve.
In this book you will learn…
…that you already set goals, you just don’t do it consciously!
…why it’s important to set clear, written goals.
…how to construct a goal you’ll stick to.
…a step by step formula to build plans that work to hit your goals.
…and much, much more!
So, if you’re stuck for Christmas present ideas this year… why not consider buying a copy of this book.
Happy Holidays to you all, thanks for reading, and please feel free to share this far and wide.
I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas. I hope many of you managed to take advantage of my free books over the holiday season. My best presents this year are these two early reviews that have come in for my latest publication When The Rainbow Smiled.
A big thank you to both of these reviewers, what lovely words! Thank you both for taking the time to rate and write a review.
A perfect accompanyment to ‘When the Trees Held Thier Breath’. This thought provoking story seems to have the ability to speak to you on many levels when considering what is happening around the world today and the society we live in. It’s a book that you can read and read again and reflect on the message of kindness, sharing and freedom of choice and what can happen when we do none of those things. If you are wanting something a little different to share with your children then buy this book!
A beautiful book, with the charm, delight and unexpected discovery of childhood innocence. The way Anthony Donnelly has unfolded the parable, we are taken on a journey that makes not only the rainbow smile, but our hearts too. A book to read to be inspired, to be lifted and to share.
How lovely to have one of my books referred to as, ‘warmth on a page’. Here’s hoping your year ends well and the New Year begins well and continues to bring you love, success and happiness.
It’s Christmas. A time for love, generousity, and for giving, or ‘forgiving’. For this reason, ALL my kindle books will be free both today (Christmas Day) and tomorrow (Boxing Day) as a way of saying thank you to all my friends old and new, and spreading more of the spirit of the season.
All I ask in return is, if you download a copy of my book, please take a few minutes to honestly rate and review the book on amazon 🙂
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS:
I’m not really one for making resolutions for New Year, but at this time I do like to reflect back on the past few months and take stock. Like many of you, I’m sure, this has been a great year, but also a bummer of a year. I lost two very great and dear friends: Dr. Wayne Dyer, a motivational force in my life, and Richard Anthony Eyre, an old school friend.
They will both be missed.
On the upside, I’ve met and made numerous new friends, mostly in the film and TV industry. Another positive to the year: I’m very excited at the great progress I’ve made since April of breaking back into the acting world again. A short film I starred in landed at Cannes, thanks to the wonderful director Miho Sugita. I finally got an agent! And I have two new film scripts doing the rounds. It’s almost as if my life has come full circle and I’ve arrived back where I was before I left sixteen years ago!
On the writing front, my books continue to sell – Thank you all for that! Although I feel a little lazy at not having completed ALL the new books I had planned to publish this year, they are still in the works and WILL BE published in 2016. How about that for positive thinking?!
Talking of positive thinking, it’s been wonderful to connect with some old friends (Tony Wilson, and Trevor Oakland, to name just two!) from the distant past and indulge my other passion for self-development and motivation. When there’s something you just can’t help yourself from doing, then that’s a good sign you should be doing it (if it’s positive in nature!)
Did I Give Enough, Live Enough, Laugh Enough, and Love Enough…?
When I reflect back on this year, there’s one question I ask myself, and that’s written above. I have certainly laughed a lot this year, thanks to new friends, Stephen, Jo, Louise, Helen, Ness, Rachael, and Darryl. Did I give enough…? I’m sure I could have given more, but within my financial constraints I think I gave as much as I could monetarily, on a personal level, definitely! As far as living enough, I don’t think there’s much more this little chap could have crammed into the last 12 months. I always consider myself as lazy, but then look at what I’ve managed to do and wonder why I keep thinking that! And then there’s love… ah, that sweet, alusive thing… As far as giving my love away, that has been joyously done over the year. More on a platonic level than romantic, but there is always hope…! I’m sure, somewhere out there, there is a young lady that has the patience to put up with my ‘insanity’.
Well, if you’ve read this far, I commend you. What a ramble! Here are the links to my free books. Enjoy! Share! And for all of you I have not yet wished a very Merry Christmas and a superb New Year, that was it.
Click on the book cover to take you to the amazon link for the book (sorry, these are US links. You’ll have to transfer to the country link you need!)
WHEN THE RAINBOW SMILED
A delighful, powerful short read accompanied by 19 exceptional watercolour paintings. Peace, love, harmony and balance.
A new age parable about connecting and listening to your heart. Let the Shepherd guide you to where you should be in life.
THE COCKROACH CHRONICLES
Can we learn about ourselves from probably one of the most detested creatures on the planet? Find out through a series of ten letters this brave, little thing writes back to those at home fighting the Eternal War…
49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES
Not an easy read this one, I’ll give you that. This is an experimental novel, part of a trilogy, a film, and a musical album that never quite made it off the ground. Read at your peril, is all I say… It almost drove me mad writing it, but it’s full of philosophy, ridiculousness, and mischief. It’ll make sense once you’ve read it!
Remember, if you download a copy, please leave a rating and review, thank you very much!
Originally written back in 2000 as the sequel to my first publication, When The Trees Held Their Breath, this short, illustrated work tells the story of how colour first came to the world as a ‘smiling’ rainbow. At a much deeper level, the resounding message is one of peace, love, acceptance, and harmony.
This work is especially dear to my heart, as I thought it was lost forever. At the turn of the millennium, certain members of the UK education system were showing an interest in this work as an education tool for primary school children. Since I was living in the US at that time promoting “Trees”, I handed the project and all of my artwork over to an old Secondary School friend of mine, Richard Eyre. He had many contacts, and worked diligently with them to compile a teaching resource to accompany my short, powerful story.
Sadly, the project failed to reach fruition at the last minute, and was shelved. When you are an industry outsider, it’s very hard to break into a market that is controlled by the larger organisations! Even sadder is the fact that Richard passed away this year in a tragic motorbike accident in Thailand, where he had been living for the past seven years working on humanitarian projects.
It was at his funeral recently that I was surprised to be reunited with my text and some of my original watercolour artwork once more. Although a handful of my original art was missing, they had been replaced by the fantastic work of Mani Navasothy (an artist Richard had hired to ‘upgrage’ some of my images) which add even more depth and colour to my words.
With the advancement of online publishing and print-on-demand technology, I decided to edit and format this into a full colour publication in honour of my late friend, Richard.
Although I have no doubt that this short book alone will not bring about world peace, this is part of my continuing contribution to that effort. Perhaps some younger readers and their parents will take the themes and messages of my text and open a dialogue about how we, as a combined human race, can work towards that end. A good start would be to bring peace into our personal lives, more understanding in our daily encounters with friends and strangers, a daily focus on love rather than war… We can only hope that by a collective effort and focus on love and acceptance, our children may get the opportunity to live in a war-free world.
When The Rainbow Smiled is available in print format and Kindle via the Amazon website. I love to hear feedback from my readers, so please help spread the word by sharing, posting reviews, and leaving me comments. May this year end well for you, and may 2016 bring you closer to your dreams.
ANTHONY DONNELLYblogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His latest book, a short, inspirational parable THE SHEPHERD is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance. Most recently you can see him back on the sets of films and in front of the modelling camera again.
A strange tradition, I know, but it is customary in our family (after a certain age) to gift things to other people on our birthdays. So, here is my gift to my friends in Cyber-land, on my 45th birthday… free Kindle downloads of my two books, THE SHEPHERD, and 49q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES.
Here are easy links to the two titles for the UK and the US:
Whether you’re new to London or have lived here for centuries, Bullshit London Tours are sure to entertain and surprise you! I managed to piggy-back off a group of six Australian tourists that had booked an off-peak tour (main season is April – October) with our host, guide, and comic entertainer, Reuben Williams (if that name is to be believed!)
Learn who stole the clock from St Pauls… where God lives… the world’s smallest children’s prison… and much, much more…!
My favorite part had to be the guided tour of the famous Swedish soap opera film set…
As said, if you thought you knew London, think again!!!
It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m sure many are making preparations for parties and fun with expectations of a better and brighter 2015. A chance to put to bed the old and usher in new hope. As I put the finishing touches to my self-help workbook to accompany The Shepherd parable I published earlier this year, I thought I’d share something to help start the new year with a clean slate.
You’ll need a pen and paper and about 20 – 30 minutes (obviously take as long as you like) On one side of the paper at the top write ‘Amends’ and on the other side write ‘Forgiveness’.
Starting with the ‘Amends’ side, cast your mind back over the year, either starting back in January and working forwards, or start now and work backwards. Think of all the people that you got upset with this year. It might be a totally unknown stranger that cut you up or jumped ahead of you in a queue, it might be an organization, your boss, a co-worker, your partner. Write down as many things that got you riled up. It doesn’t matter how trivial the incidents were, they are all important to cleaning house and well-being.
Take a deep breath, and now go down your list and write a one-word identifier next to each thing, such as ‘anger’, ‘sadness’, ‘money’, etc.
Now go down the list again and think about whether you are still holding a grudge or ill-feelings towards them. Do you gain anything or benefit from holding onto this emotion? Probably not.
Take a deep breath in through your nose, and as you exhale, out loud, make a statement of forgiveness for each and every one on your list, e.g., “Mr Smith, I forgive you for making me angry.”
Connect with the emotional release as you go one by one down your list.
Now you have made your amends, it’s time to ask forgiveness from those you may have upset during the year. Turn the page over, it’s time to let go of those negative feelings of guilt.
Again, casting your mind back over the year, who did you anger or upset? Did you wrong anybody this year, even if it was accidental? Make a list of all the people that you need to ask forgiveness from.
Take a deep breath, and go down your list and write a one-word identifier that explains how you hurt or upset them.
Think about how much lighter you’ll be once you have jettisoned this unwanted baggage of guilt and embarrassment.
Go down your list, taking a breath in through your nose and as you exhale state out loud your wish for forgiveness, e.g., “Mr Smith, I’m sorry I dented your car and drove away without telling you, please forgive me!”
Picture them answering you, smiling, and saying, “It okay, I forgive you.”
Connect with how good this feels.
It’s a very simple exercise, but very powerful if done sincerely and honestly. To some readers it may seem ‘silly’, but it works. You’ll feel so much better off for giving it a try, and of all the things we should be thinking about doing in 2015, surely being happier, healthier, and sharing the love should be very high up on our agendas, no?
Wishing you all a safe and happy celebration tonight, and the very best year ahead – make it count…!