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Kip Kreiling engaged in sometimes violent criminal activity until age 17. He was alienated from his family and robbed, became severely addicted to countless drugs, was arrested several times and was connected to organized crime. Then he changed, graduated college, secured an MBA, and obtained lucrative employment, a wife and children. In this book, he tells the eight life principle that helped him change and clarifies and dramatizes each by describing events in his life and in the life of others.
The first principle, after recognizing that we have a problem, is that we should realize that we can change completely. Thus, we know at the very outset that the following steps can work.
Second, we need to make our desire to change a compelling imperative, a necessity, an overwhelming need. For example, when the ancient Greeks left their boats and stormed the shores of another nation, their leaders ordered that the boats be burnt so that their soldiers would be compelled to fight and win, for they had no other way to return home. If we decide to lose weight, we must consider this decision so important that failure is not an option.
Third, we must realize that our lives were driven by wrong ideas and develop new ones. "By changing what you believe," Kreilling writes, "you change who you are."
Fourth, ideas must be followed by actions. Once we act as we should, there are two consequences. We develop proper habits so that when future incidents occur that require a response, our bodies react habitually without thinking in a manner that is good for us and for society. Secondly, scientists have demonstrated that proper ideas and behavior change our bodies; positive attitudes have even killed malignant cancers.
Fifth, change our surroundings. A positive environment - like a warm sun - will aid transformation and growth. "During the Middle Ages, Blackfriars Bridge in London, a gloomy black structure, was noted for its record number of suicides. Later, after the bridge was painted bright green, the reported cases of suicide jumpers all but stopped. Over and over again, we see that our environment can, in effect, control us."
Sixth, seek help from others. We were created in such a way that no matter how smart and capable we are, we accomplish far more when we work with other people.
Seventh: "Learn to focus your energy on creating positives, instead of eliminating negatives, and your life will blossom." For example, do not focus on losing weight, but on a positive goal, such as running or walking or wearing a certain garment.
Eighth, be optimistic. It is possible to change and improve if people make their desire to change a compelling part of their lives, develop new ideas and goals, act according to these ideas, move to a positive environment, accept help from others and always focus on what is positive.

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Insightful yet grounded without being too sanguine and didactic.
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review by . January 16, 2010
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review by . April 27, 2010
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review by . July 02, 2010
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I just received your published book in the mail. Thank you. Your dedication to your mother brought tears to my eyes, which caused me to turn to your acknowledgement section. It affected me so strongly I had to leave my desk and go to a back room to finish reading it; tears were streaming down my cheeks. Your mother's love for you overwhelmed me. And you keeping the erector set that John gave you for all those years so touching.

I thought your story was truly amazing as you shared bits and pieces of it with me when we worked together at Tomax. Then, when I read your transcript, before your book was published, I was flabbergasted, for lack of a better word. Having read your acknowledgements section today it touched me so deeply. It really testifies that God knows every single one of his children and what their needs are and brings people into our lives to help us when we need it most. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing!.

Lastly, I truly hope your books gains the kind of momentum so that someone like Oprah picks it up. Your story needs and deserves a national audience. People need to know that it is possible to triumph over the most hideous of circumstances and how to do that. And, another reason the world needs to know your story is so the John's, Mr. Fosters, and Sims' of the world won't give up and will provide as much help as a hurting boy will allow them to give at that time with the hope that, even though it may seem futile at the moment, a ...
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ISBN-10: 0615320554
ISBN-13: 978-0615320557
Author: Kip Kreiling
Genre: Biography
Publisher: TransformationHelp Press
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