Today is the launch of Eldon Taylor's latest book, I Believe. It is a book launch that I was again asked to take part in and was happy to oblige as I've found with Eldon's books, they might be non-fiction but they're entertaining as well as thought provoking. Better yet, Eldon Taylor writes one inspirational book after another. So first off Eldon's provided some answers to often asked questions and we'll follow it all up with my review.
What was the motivation and inspiration behind your latest book, I Believe?
I have spent over thirty years investigating why people self-sabotage or limit themselves, thus experiencing so much less then their highest best! What I have found is the reason rests solely in their beliefs--not their religious beliefs so much as their life beliefs. I found this to be true when I was conducting lie detection tests and discovering criminality, and equally true when I worked with elite athletes, business executives, professionals and lay people alike. The bottom line is this: What you believe always matters! It's like a web that fastens itself to belief-anchors, causing disheartening mediocrity in place of the glorious success we all seek.
I Believe spells out the power of belief and how it influences everything from our health and longevity to our success with out relationships and life. Astounding as it may seem, belief can (and has) defied our so-called laws of science and it has done so over and over again. As ordinary and trite as it may seem, belief nevertheless makes all the difference in success in all walks of life. Knowing how we acquire our beliefs, and which beliefs serve us while others sabotage us, is critical to maximizing our individual potential. I Believe: When What You Believe Matters! was written to empower you with the roadmap to decipher and re-write the programming governing your life.
If you don't mind sharing, as the author, how has the belief in positive thinking impacted your life?
Years ago I had the proverbial chip on my shoulder. I began paying my own way at age 12, paying my parents room and board and buying my own clothes and school books. I left home at an early age filled with anger directed at my parents. I could go on, but the point can be summarized this way as well. You could fairly say that back then, the bumper sticker stating "Life sucks and then you die," accurately reflected my beliefs. As time went on, both my education and avocation, revealed something truly important: I could not blame anyone else for the problems with my life and I was the only one who could change it! I basically learned how to examine all of my beliefs, and how to change those that were not working for me. As a result, I have been happily married for over 30 years, am successful in my career and feel that I am on the spiritual path for me. Also my business is focused on teaching others the techniques I have learned and today it helps people all around the world uncover their highest potential. The thank you notes I receive daily truly do brighten my life.
What is the first and foremost message you want your readers to receive from I Believe?
That they were born with all the gifts they need to fully maximize this life experience. If things are not going as well as they had once hoped, then it is time to reassess their beliefs and to choose once again. The fact is, there is a truly remarkable and near unlimited power that resides within all, that is the very essence of our individual uniqueness. All we need to do is tap into the source of our ability and express the gift that is who we really are.
Are there any final words of wisdom you'd like to share with your readers?
I would leave this thought with everyone. Most of us believe what we believe without ever truly examining it. In that sense, we live out counterfeit lives. As children we pretend to be many things and out make belief often becomes how we walk and talk. We change our clothes and we change our personality. Our behavior and our language can be totally different when we are in Levis and boots versus a three-piece suit.
Many of us have learned to be effective chameleons, just so we can feel as though we fit in, but in the process we have neglected the discovery of our selves. We have learned to avoid rejection and thereby limited what we might try. We are full of what I have called the "no-don't syndrome"--all those negatives that inform us we might fail, we're no good, we're not old enough, we're stupid or skinny or fat and so on. This too has become part of our belief network, as we have the various defense mechanisms that protect us from pain and rejection. We think in sound bytes taken from our culture and race to consume the latest whatever in a never ending need for more. In the end, it is our self-doubt that prohibits our higher realization of who we are and perhaps why we're here. The subtitle of I Believe is "When What You Believe Matters," and that about sums up the answer for creating the person you were meant to be, for what you believe--the tiniest of beliefs, always matters!
Eldon Taylor has spent over 25 years researching the power of the mind and developing scientifically proven methods to use this power to enhance the quality of your life. I Believe is a book that will not only inspire you, but will highlight the kinds of beliefs you hold that may be causing you to fail. In the process, it will provide you with the opportunity to choose, once again, the beliefs that drive your life. Eldon is having a wonderful launch party so you really should check it out: http://www.progressiveawarenesspromotions.com/it/13e/index/J.php
My review of I Believe:I Believe begins with a tantalizing forward that alludes to the fact that we don't have to lead an ant-colony like existence, that there can be more. I Believe is a testament to the power of the human mind and how it can influence out lives. As usual, Taylor's effortless writing style had me immediately hooked as I read how what you believe can affect everything in your life from your character and your success or lack there of, to potentially - your health. Remember Maslow's hierarchy? Are you self-actualized and if not what level are you at?
"The power of belief, the absolutely awesome
incredible power of belief, is the genie in your life.
Let me say that again: The absolutely awesome and
incredible power of your belief is the genie in your life."
What I didn't expect were some of the religious references and I found that they didn't weave as smoothly as some of the more scientific facts. However, Taylor skillfully brings forward more proof of the power of belief by weaving science with other stories, many from his own experience, that combine in this non-fiction read to make you forget at times that you're not just reading for sheer enjoyment.
All in all, I Believe was a thought provoking read that I'd recommend for anyone interested in exploring the power of the human mind.
So if any of this has you as intrigued as I was, I'd suggest you check out the book launch site. There's a lot of things going on for this launch and some big name sponsors too. Check it all out here to take part in what looks to be an exciting book launch - click here to go to "I Believe".