Saturday, August 12, 2006

Change your life in seven seconds

I told a friend of mine about the book by Paul McKenna called How To Change Your Life In 7 Days. Her response was that this wasn't possible. It was just too quick.

I make no claims about Paul Mckenna's book other than it is worth getting hold of if you're new to the self-help field as it's a really good synthesis of material that you'd have to trawl through a lot of other books to find. In other words, it's not that original but a good, accessible introduction.

What I said to my friend, however, is that you can change your life even more rapidly than in 7 days. In seven seconds to be precise. The change is simply having the realisation that happiness is a choice you make regardless of circumstances. Victor Frankl, the Nazi concentration camp survivor, called this "the last of the human freedoms" which is about deciding "to choose one's way."

I came to this insight one evening while I was having a bath (very Zen). In the moment of stepping out of the bath and drying myself off, it felt like stepping into a positive, new life - a rebirth. All I had done was decide to be happy. I went on from then to discover more about positive thinking and to develop the happiness habit.


Kim Ayres said...

Hi Mark, thanks fortaking the time to comment on my blog. Thought I'd better come over here and return the favour :)

her indoors said...

will give that a try thanks

Jokemail said...

Thanks for commenting and linking to my site - I've linked back!

Mark Williams said...

Kim and Jokemail: thanks for linking up.

Her indoors: thanks for your comment. I really hope it works. It worked for me!