We can all agree these are strange and uncertain times. Nobody really knows what the outcome of the current global policy changes will mean on our futures. Nobody really has any clear idea or plan for when these lockdowns will relax. But we can all be certain that our lives will be vastly different moving forward.
We are now in the third quarter of the year, and many of us have a lot more time on our hands due to the lockdown. This makes this an ideal time to either readdress your goals and plans, or take the first steps to implementing some plans for the future.
If you’ve never set goals and plans before, my simple book lays out all the steps you need in plain English and with no jargon. It will show you that you already set goals, but don’t realise it, and will build on what you already know. It’s perfect for the novice, or as a refresher for those that have set goals in the past, but let the habit slip.
Things you might want to think about might be a career change and learning new skills; better financial planning for the future, as that’s one thing that’s a definite: the global economy will take a very long time to rebound from this. Perhaps you want to improve your health and fitness? Maybe you want to finally learn that foreign language and plan a trip abroad once the movement restrictions are lifted. Whatever it is you want to do, this simple-to-use guide will hold your hand along the whole journey.
Firstly, a big thank you to everyone that has bought, read, downloaded, reviewed, used, and commented on my simple, easy-to-read book about changing your life through setting goals and taking manageable steps to achieve them.
Since I’m getting more and more interest in MY FIRST GOAL-SETTING BOOK and my motivational and self-development posts, I’ve decided to create a stand-alone site just for that book and that subject:
This will allow me to keep this blog focused on other things, musings, author interviews, upcoming books I’m working on and thinking of publishing soon, and things that are going on in my life. The other site will focus exclusively on personal development and goal-setting advice.
Thank you once again for all your help, support, and encouragement.
You’ve either got to to deal with it, or it will deal with you. Shit’s gonna happen, accept it. Some of it you’ll have caused, some of it you’ll have attracted, some of it will be beyond your control, learn from it. Life is your biggest teacher, if you’re willing to listen and learn. Things won’t always go your way. Find a new way. Keep moving forward. Time does. Learn from it.
There is no dress rehearsal for Life. This is it. Give it your all. Give it your best. Fill your life with as much and as many experiences as you can. Some will be good and some will be bad. That’s what keeps life exciting: you never truly know. Hopefully you’ll find balance along the way.
Keep your expectations high, but your acceptance higher. Nobody’s perfect, but they are unique. Find and love your uniqueness; those things that make you ‘you’. There is greatness within all of us. Seek it out in everyone you meet, and your own greatness will be reflected back at you. Add love to every situation, good or bad. Love is the energy of Life. Love your friends. Love your family. Love yourself. But love your enemies more, because we are all one. We are all love. We are all Life.
Live your life so you can look forward to the future, if you are lucky enough to have one. Don’t dwell on the past, it’s a ship that’s sailed and is never coming back. Regrets, like grudges, will drown you, let them go, forgive, seek forgiveness, and swim on. Embrace the present, for that is all you ever have and will have. Unwrap it as the gift it is. This is all you have and all you are.
This is your life, live it your way, on your terms. Don’t try and live someone else’s life for them, and don’t let them tell you how to live yours. Be grateful for everything you have. Even if others have more, there are many more with less. Seek them out. Help your fellow Man. In helping and serving others you will gain much, much more than you could ever give.
If you only ever believe in one thing, believe in yourself. Respect your elders, but accept they may not know what’s truly right for you. Pursue your dreams, for that is the rainbow that will bring your happiness to life. You are never given a dream without the ability to achieve it. But know your true happiness always is within you.
Live your life with passion. Laugh as often as you can, but never at anyone else’s expense, unless it’s your own.
I hope when you look back on your life you’ll smile, feel proud, and even if nobody else noticed, at least you knew you were here.
We’ve all thought about it. We’ve all said we’ll take a break. We’ve all contemplated a life without Facebook, but… How many of us actually do it… and more importantly, stick with it?
It’s June 4th, 2017 – I was going to wait until Independence Day, for the significance, but I thought, ‘Why delay?” So, as of a few hours ago, I am now OFFICIALLY Facebook-free… a status more and more people are opening up to. And do you know what…? IT FEELS GREAT…!
It has nothing to do with faces, and nothing to do with books. Food people are eating… Gripes and complaints… Self-promotion… Self-grandulation… gossip… and utter dross… Oh, and Facebook collecting lots of information about you to sell you sh*t you don’t want or need. It really has nothing to do with bringing people closer together. Nothing to do with changing the world for the better. Such an international platform for connectivity hasn’t done a thing for World Peace and Global Unity… in fact, it really looks like it has helped to perpetuate the elitist status quo.
“Facebook is the grazing field for Sheeple!”
What does ‘Mark’ care, he’s made his billions? I hope it’s a short-lived Pandora’s Box… because that will at least leave us with HOPE. Thank goodness Elon Musk was not as shallow and short-sighted. Not all ‘child’ billionaires are created without a soul and a conscience.
Facebook-free, The Future
So, day one of Facebook detox… I look up at a lovely, blue sky. The birds are chirping. The world hasn’t ended. I’m still going to give us much, love as much, and be the best me I can be… I’m going to be forcced to ACTUALLY meet and call people IN PERSON…! ‘Old School’ seems to be taking a bit of a rivival…! No more hiding behind aliases. No more reclusive behaviour… Go out and experience the world…!
I’m going to chronicle my Facebook ‘detox’ here… who knows who’ll read it, I don’t care. This is NOT Facebook.
I’m Good Enough, And So Are You!
I forgive you, if you are addicted to Facebook. Free yourself! I haven’t even published this yet, and I’m already being ‘attacked’ by the nay-sayers! Bah Humbug, to you all…! You are as individual as a sunset, why not watch one for a change, actually experience it, feel it, rather than snap it and post it on Facebook to see how popular you might be? I don’t know who you are, I don’t care WHO you are, BUT I care about you. You are unique, you are special, you have something to give and contribute to the world around you.
I’m not saying what I’m doing should be a social media wipe-epidemic, but at least consider scaling back. How much of YOUR life do you lose in ‘Mark’s World’? Have you been ‘Zuckered-in’? You only have one life. YOUR life is precious. Your experience of YOUR life is precious!
The Matrix. It was a metaphor. You’re not a battery, but what do you produce, and for whom…? Why…?
Ask yourself some questions. IF you ARE a battery…
What does the world look like, that you want to live in?
What role do you play in that world?
Why do you deserve that role?
What are you prepared to GIVE to have that role in that world?
Do you really have any ‘friends’?
When was the last time you read a book?
Why not ‘unplug’ from the Matrix…?
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 latest 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. Dumping Facebook is just the first step to freedom…!
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!
Imagine being at the top of your game in the prime of your life: a single parent, working Mother, a director and leader in your chosen profession, a published accademic… life is ‘sailing’ along perfectly, then suddenly your world is ‘capsized’ through no fault of your own… What you think is just a migraine turns out to be a potentially fatal brain aneurism…! You wake up in hospital confused, paralysed, partially blind, and wondering what on Earth has happened…
This is exactly what happened to Dr. Krista Breithaupt almost three years ago.
Now, in an emotional and courageous account of what happened before and after, she pours out her soul, her inspiration, her encouragement, and her hope to help educate and assist those who have suffered the same (or similar) condition, and to help those family members often left on the sidelines.
I’m always happy and proud when friends and collegues complete writing projects. Putting pen to paper and writing a complete novel or book is no easy feat. Many begin with high hopes, but often never reach the end. It’s humbling when I’m asked for advice and support, and I’m always keen to help.
In Krista’s case, when I first met her, whilst on vacation in Costa Rica last year as part of her healing team, I was so inspired by her story, her energy, her ability to be so gracious and giving after such an ordeal, that I told her she HAD TO write her story down and share it with the world. I felt like a bit of a bully at the time, because she was still coping with so much, but I knew her story had such power in it – such a message of hope – that it simply MUST be shared to a wider audience. I also felt it would be a very useful exercise for her to personally come to terms with what had happened – a form of catharsis, if you like – and stimulate greater healing within herself.
“This book is an amazing survival story.”
To give you an idea of her mindset when I first met her, she was still under the impression that she would return to work, picking up where she had left off almost two years earlier, and it would be ‘business as usual’. It was quite obvious even to a layman like myself, that this was a complete impossibility. She could barely cope with mundane daily tasks, let alone head up a division of over 200 doctors and research professionals!!! But it is exactly this stubbornness, her ability to face impossible challenges head-on, and yet remain happy, upbeat, and bubbly that I believe played a large part in the early stages of her recovery.
“Krista is an inspiration to us all!”
Throughout her book, you will see patterns emerge where she has overcome challenges in the past – seemingly with ease – be it relocating to a foreign land and adapting to a different culture, dealing with being a young, single Mother, studying and working full time, or a host of other things (I don’t want to spoil the story!) which I believe all prepared her for this life-changing event.
Even if you are fortunate enough not to have had a brain injury, this is an amazing survival story of persistence, strength, and hope. Krista’s easy-to-read writing style, accompanied by the humourous illustrations by her ‘baby’ brother, Andrew, makes this work even more appealing. Personally, I believe a TV network will pick up this story and make it into a film, as this subject gains far too little media coverage. Brain injury is much more common than we realize, and has such far-reaching consequences for so many, it is about time more people got the message.
Krista is part of the 20% of people that survive a brain aneurism, and I consider myself honoured and fortunate not only to have met her, but to consider myself part of her circle of friends. I truly hope her message reaches those in need. Please help in any way you can, even if it’s simply by sharing this blog post on social media.
Thank you Krista for having the courage to write down your journey, for being brave enough to share such personal details with the world at large, but mostly thank you for being ‘you’.
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.