Friday, June 21, 2013
Are You Living Your Best Life On Purpose? ... Book Review
Book Review . Sailor. U. S. Navy . Military & Personal Training . Coaching & Mentoring . Prostate Cancer . Sunday School Teacher . Veteran . Europe . Middle East . Israel . Trainer . Life Coach . Engineer . Biz Consultant . Motivational Speaker . Psychology . Ph D Student
This book is Inspiring and Motivation.
I am highly elated that Jon G. Hartman sent me an autographed copy of his book for review. My prayers are with him, all cancer patients, veterans and our troops around the world.
He was diagnosed with stage-two prostate cancer at the age of 48 (just six months prior to completing his book).
No good deed or success goes unnoticed without celebration and giving thanks. Be grateful in advance to God, and all whom took part in your journey thus far.
Celebrate and Reward Yourself.
Get Your Happy Dance On!
King David Danced!
Corporate America has played a big part in persuading our governments and the people into creating and becoming slaves to an economic god, the economy.
Only God knows the amount of time He has graciously gifted to you.
11 Key Areas for Your S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Balanced Life
6. Personal Growth
Your S. M.A.R.T.E.R. Balanced Life
S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals are very: Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely, Engaging, & Righteous.
GPS = God + Purpose + Significance
God has so graciously gifted you with your Life, talents, tools, and time.
Make Good Use of Down Time.
Walking, Driving, Showering, and daydreaming are good times to plan, reflect, and pray.
Regardless of your religious Belief system, your journey through this book will guide you to seek, realize, and live out your true Purpose in Life. You will learn and come to realize hopefully, that time is a gift from God.
This book is considered second to the Bible as a Life handbook to possibly help when parents, the church, and the community may have fallen short in being effective and efficient in raising and educating past and present generations.
A handbook to remind you and encourage you to always love and respect your family, your neighbor, your environment, and you. To show you how to lead by example and utilize your mind, body, and spirit's full potential.
I understand this quite well: Jon G. Hartman, MBA, BSME, CPC shares "Though he is a follower of Jesus Christ, out of sincere love and respect, he must acknowledge many of those who have been part of the journey for what he learned (A Scripture from the Bible be ye wise as serpents & harmless as doves), even if he didn't agree with their personal Emotional Intelligence reasoning that they may believe and/or teach."
He believes his Purpose is to serve God, and then serve you by being a significant human being.
Much of the sharings in his book has been shared by authors (past and present), Biblical apostles, and Jesus.
He encourages the reader to learn more about Jesus, and to truly seek a personal relationship with God.
What do words like "joy" and "happiness" mean to you? What does success mean to you? How do you define what your Purpose is? Yes, our lives are shaped by the results of all experiences that involved Significant Emotional Pain & Significant Emotional Pleasures.
Before you can truly fulfill a Life of Purpose, you must first define exactly what these types of words describing pain and pleasure truly mean to You. At the end of the day, other people's definitions, opinions, and beliefs don't matter.
Your Belief System has been impacted by the family and culture you were born into, and whom you have surrounded yourself by throughout your Life that have either encouraged you to seek self-actualization.
Your Life exists because of God's grace and mercy. What you choose to do with your Life and how you choose to live it, is your gift in return to God.
None of this is possible without you rolling up your sleeves and preparing to take action by utilizing ALL of your mind, body, and spirit in order to seek and live your best Life On Purpose.
To have a Purpose is to have a plan, to have a plan is to have goals, to have goals is a sign of true passion, and passion is the driving force to get you to set and achieve Life goals that matter.
Your Purpose must contain Life goals.
This is where Life separates people who are just content, and those who hunger to learn more, live more, and love more. Truth be known, if you cannot love and respect yourself 100%, you will always hold back from giving 100% to others ... including God.
You joyfully use your gifted talents, wisdom, and love to serve God and mankind.
Don't get caught in the peer pressure trap of lowering your standards because of other people having a lesser expectation of themselves, or their limited Belief System.
Sure, you can't pick your family, but you don't have to surround yourself with them to the extent that you give up your personal power.
Train and workout with people that are more physically fit than you are, or better at any of the sports or activities you are training for.
Study with the people that seem to be subject-matter-experts, or at least very knowledgeable in the subject area that you are learning.
Surround yourself by couples that live a loving and healthy marriage by example, if you are seeking to better your existing relationship.
Surround yourself by as many strong Christian & Spiritual like-minded people as possible and learn from them all.
Ego and God cannot occupy the same place at the same time in your heart.
Things in your Life will happen and you will not be in control, and as a result, you are going to experience fear (fear = pain).
God created you for His Purpose, His love, & His joy. Your career, education, and personal successes are not needed beyond this world. However, they are needed today as part of your wonderful journey that allows you to live and express your Belief System.
Surprisingly, and even worse sometimes you win when you don't follow the rules or laws.
Rick Warren boldy wrote, "Without a clear purpose you have no foundation on which your basic decisions, allocate your time, and use your resources.
In the Book of Habakkuk it says "Write the Vision & Make It Plain."
Remember the meaning of success is very different from person to person and culture to culture.
You learn this is not a game you can play by yourself, there are other people involved in this game, and you best have a good understanding of what their rules are.
That is why people, who give up on themselves, never thrive because they never get to feel and live Life with ultimate joy, happiness and fulfillment.
KISS. Keep It Simple Silly!
Most, if not all people have the same desires and needs, of ultimately seeking and experiencing joy and happiness, regardless if it is in a personal or professional relationship. We seek to have pleasure in all situations and avoid pain when possible.
Jon was inspired to write this chapter based on the principles taught by Robbins (2000), in his audio book, Getting the Edge. He identifies humans having six specific needs that are driving forces in their life: certainty, uncertainty, significance, connection, growth, and contribution.
It does not matter who you are, what your educations or experiences have been so far in your Life. We have all been there and experienced many levels of motivational passion and drive at some point in our lives. What is the secret of putting yourself in a state of passion about everything you do in Life? The passion of doing what it takes to become significant and serve God and humanity.
All people need diversity, uncertainty, and a little vanity in their Life. In my eyes this will teach you not to place your trust in man, but in God, for storms will come, things will just happen.
You are never too old to know something new. To earn a higher degree, new language, play a musical instrument, foster a child, or paint a monet.
Jon's Mother turned a young 70, and unfortunately, she had to bury three of his siblings over the past twelve years.
Had each of his siblings known exactly how long they had to live, he is certain, the quantity and experiences of their Life would have been much different, and perhaps their relationships with God as well.
As parents or guardians, it is our responsibility to get every child educated and on track as soon as possible. Your children are gifts from God.
Time, as you know it, will never be replaced!
The world was not created in one day, and neither was your attitude or Belief System.
Become Fit For Life!
Before you run out of time, make the best of it in what ever you do to be effective and efficient in your daily Life.
Setting goals drive you to serve with a purpose.
A good coach or teacher can train you to use all of the latest and greatest techniques and methodologies for reaching your goals.
Define and lay your goals out in every part of your Life.
In May 1980, Jon had turned seventeen when he barely finished his tenth year as a C-ish student. He dropped out of high school so he could join the military. He studied that summer and earned his GED.
He went from an E1 to being frocked to E5 in less than three years.
He decided to go to college after he got out of the Navy, and he had many academic adversities awaiting him along the way.
After he got out of the Nay, he took a decent job working in a chemical plant as a mechanic in North Haven, Connecticut and soon began taking night classes.
It took him three years studying part time to do it.
After three years of passion, pain, and joy, in the fall of 1992 he was awarded his Mechanical Engineer degree.
Only two people attended his graduation ceremony. He received few congratulations from family members, his mother, but very few from extended family members and friends. Not because they did not care, because for some, if they were to acknowledge his achievements, it meant they were staring in the face of their own failures.
He received his AA in 1989, and then his engineering degree in 1992, and his MBA in 2003.
Know when to excuse yourself from a conversation going nowhere.
Small talk can be very important and powerful when it is used Purposefully in an effective and efficient and manner involving relationships, networking, consoling, being cordial, and in business.
Look for subject-matter-experts in your church or community programs. Find a Life Coach, Big Brothers/Big Sister Program, Counselors, Your local non-profits, Support Groups, or Colleges.
You can choose to be a main character, by seeking to be santicified by God, or you can simply stand back and watch His story unfold without you being written into His last chapter, Jon titled it, "Eternity, The Last Beginning."
He suggests you could write a letter to yourself each year at a minimum. He recommend that you do this on your birthday.
This may be very personal information and you may not want to share it with just anyone. Teach your children and neighbor so that you can pass on a new tradition that will bring love, growth, and value to the present day, as well for your family's future, long after you are gone.
Jon G. Hartman is a Ph D. Student studying Industrial & Organizational Psychology. He holds a Master in Business & a Bachelor in Engineering Compounding 30 years of Real Life 101, he is a prominent author, motivational speaker, life coach, and business consultant working in the fields of self-development & training for individuals & business professionals, who are seeking to become successfully & spiritually grounded while living their Best Life.
He is a proud Veteran, who has served his country in the U.S. Navy with two tours in Europe and the Middle East. He had the opportunity to be in Israel (my dream vacation) and walk the streets and paths that were believed to be the very journey of Jesus Christ, where the true spiritual journey began for Jon.
He also has been a Sunday School Teacher and Elder within the Lutheran Church Community.