More Personal Empowerment and Relational Enhancement Books at www.lifefocus,orgChapter OnePAST MISTAKES ARE JUST THAT—PASTLearning from past behavior is important to personal growth and development, but experiencing guilt about what was done is not learning from the past. Learning from the past means recognizing mistakes and developing the resolve to not repeat them. Mentally whipping ourselves over past transgressions is wasting valuable time and energy on feeling guilty, shameful, or unworthy—this is not a valid part of the lesson.Chapter TwoAPPROVAL ADDICTION: Be What You Want to be Not What Others’ Want to SeeAre you a victim or simply a volunteer?
What you allow is what will continue. Saying ‘yes’ to happiness means learning to say ‘no’ to the people and things that hurt you. It’s better to be lonely than allow negative people and their opinions derail you from your destiny. Be wise enough to walk away from the negativity. Giving up and moving on are two very different things.
One of the most rewarding moments in life is when you finally find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.Chapter ThreeCURE FOR SHATTERED DREAMS: Dream Again DeeperThat dream that you forgot—or that you shelved—it’s still inside you and it is time to reinvest in your dream. There is nothing out there that is trying to keep you from your dreams, but there is something out there that wants to give you everything your heart desires.Chapter FourFORGIVENESS: One of Life’s Vital ChoicesForgiveness is a growth process that will release past emotional enslavement and free us to be genuine and authentic with self and others.
Nothing should hinder the interpersonal flow of love in our hearts. The problem is that it isn’t easy to forget the past. No matter how relentlessly we try, lack of forgiveness stubbornly resists our attempt to displace it or flush it out.Chapter FiveFORGIVENESS: Warms the Heart and Cools the StingScientific research is focusing on the health benefits of forgiveness and current findings support the serious mental, emotional, and physical consequences of a non-forgiving heart.
Medical literature classifies non-forgiveness as a disease and defines it as “some process that overwhelms normal functioning.” As doctors learn more about these effects, many are beginning to integrate “forgiveness therapy” into treatment modalities.Chapter SixCLOSED SPIRIT: What is It? What causes It?What’s difficult in life is to stay centered when somebody does or says something that tempts us to close our hearts because their heart was closed. That is hard.
But that is also how we grow. We go through those circumstances in order to evolve into people who can hold to our loving center no matter what the world throws us.Chapter SevenHEALING FROM INSIDE-OUT: Inner HealingLive out the abundance that is within you. Live life inside-out ... instead of outside-in. The world is turned upside down by those who are changed from the inside-out.