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The Authentic Driven Life by Crystal Davis is an empowering tool that anyone can use to carve out their dream life. This book helps you to look deep into yourself and discover who you are as an individual. It then guides you to use that powerful knowledge of self to design and create the life of your dreams.
It is true that there are many hiccups and obstacles to reaching our dreams. We are held back by negative thoughts, fears, the shame we carry from our past, and a lack of self-discipline. Crystal Davis has put together this book and its companion workbook which contain twelve processes that helped her to build her dream life. These processes help readers to discover what they value as individuals. Readers are taught to visualise clearly what they want for themselves in different aspects of their lives. They are helped, step by step, to map out ways to reach those goals. Their inner conflicts and self-sabotaging habits are addressed and replaced with good practices. These practices are aimed at developing self-awareness, self-love, self-discipline, and gratitude.
Crystal Davis is an inspiration in her own right. I will not go into details about her life story, but I will mention that she has forged past a difficult past and built a beautiful life for herself. As you read the book you can sense her warmth, strong positivity, and zest for life. She is an author who understands and has lived through the struggle. This gave me confidence in the book. If that doesn't convince you then perhaps her numerous certifications will.
The advice given in the book itself is helpful, realistic, and implementable. For example, I initially found it difficult to visualize what I wanted simply because I did not know what that was. However, the book helped me by pinpointing what was holding me back. In my case, it was trying to find a dream which would satisfy other's expectations of me and fit in with my current circumstances. It then helped me to break free from those self-imposed shackles and define a clear dream which aligned with my values.
I must warn you that you will require a strong desire for change if you are to benefit fully from this book and its companion workbook. Some of the exercises will require you to dig deep. This was difficult, and somewhat painful for me. Yet, it was necessary. I did not realise how deeply engrained my limiting beliefs were. I had to unearth painful memories and let go of them. Thankfully, the author outlines exactly how to let go and replace harmful thinking with positive, constructive thoughts and affirmations. I plan to revisit many of the exercises as I continue to build my own dream, a dream that is authentic to who I am.
I have to rate The Authentic Driven Life 4 out of 4 stars. The chapters and exercises are well organised and structured. The contents are refreshing and written with infectious enthusiasm. I recommend it to all those you yearn to discover what their own picture of success looks like. I recommend it those who are willing to put in the work to create a life of their own making!
The Authentic Driven Life
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