By Chris McNamara
RISMEDIA, August 2, 2008-(MCT)-Dave Pelzer, an acclaimed author of life-guidance books, demands that readers accept themselves as they are and-as the very bland title reads-move forward.
The past should remain there, in the past, if the future is to be enjoyed. Here are five of Pelzer’s suggestions on taking the lead in your life and career:
1. Let it go. Too many of us cling to negative events that happened 5, 10, 20 years ago. We paralyze ourselves when we can’t simply let it go, and begin living life now.
2. How we feel about ourselves-our esteem-affects every aspect of our lives. Crucial is trusting ourselves to create our own, best outcomes in any situation.
3. When facing great challenges, the immediate goal is to merely get through them. To do this: (1) Don’t become overwhelmed. (2) Do what you can, as much as you can. (3) Keep your focus on the now.
4. Optimism-the belief that things can get better-is the first step toward redemption when we are wallowing in misery.
5. “I believe that no matter how many mistakes we’ve made; how badly we’ve really, really screwed up; how old, worn out, or dejected we’ve become; as long as there is true, steadfast ambition, all of us have an opportunity for greatness.”
For further information, read “Moving Forward: Taking the Lead in Your Life,” by Dave Pelzer (Center Street, $22.99)
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