I dabble in finding ways to organise my thoughts and motivate myself. I download inspirational podcasts to listen to whilst I am relaxing, I read self-help books and, in more recent times, I have taken opportunities as they have arisen because you're only here once, aren't you? So when presented with the book set "...and then you're dead" along with its complement "...and then you're alive" and saw how they worked in tandem, I was quietly excited.
I'm a lover of lists and notes and jotting down ideas and this is the ethos behind these books, written and created by Jim Rai.
Jim says: "I wrote the book after experiencing a major setback in life - which we all experience from time to time. As I prepared to write my thoughts and feelings, the words came pouring out and it had a therapeutic effect on me, giving me not only a sense of control and determination but also a feeling of hope and desire. I felt compelled to share this feel-good factor with others, which I aim to do through the collection of thoughts in this book. Even if it's only one thought that inspires one reader, it would all have been worthwhile."
Jim has written 47 chapters in his book (one for each year of his life) and each chapter reflects on his life so far and invites you to reflect on yours along with some motivational prompts to plan your future. The introduction suggests that the book would only take 90 minutes to read and to think about what has happened in the past and what lies ahead. Chapters include "Life is life, fight for it", "Your happiness rests with you" and "Same old... day in, day out".
But why the complimentary notebook? The notebook is split into 'chapters' each with the same title as the main book. This is a great opportunity to jot down notes, make plans or just doodle as you read the book. The notebook then becomes the start of your own future plan.
When I first opened this book I thought it should have been a 52-chapter book so that there was an opportunity to sit down once a week and think about a specific subject but now I have had chance to review this concept properly, I haven't read the chapters in order - I have just picked up the book and read for a couple of minutes when I have had time. There are also blank pages at the back of the notebook for you to create your own 'chapters' or write further notes.
I love this book set and I think you will too! You can find out more about it here on the ATYD book website and you can buy direct from the website too (special launch prices are available- £16.97 for the hardback version and £9.97 for the softback version at the time of writing). It is also available on Kindle.
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