It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been: A Guide to Getting the Life You Love

It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been: A Guide to Getting the Life You Love

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by BJ Gallagher
     
 

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Never-Too-Late Tips for Making Your Dream Come True:

1. Create a mental picture of what your life would look like if you were living your dream. The mind thinks in pictures, so make a "mental movie" of your dream come true. Play and replay this movie often.

2. Manage your motivation. Read books; watch DVDs; listen to CDs that help keep your enthusiasm,

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Never-Too-Late Tips for Making Your Dream Come True:

1. Create a mental picture of what your life would look like if you were living your dream. The mind thinks in pictures, so make a "mental movie" of your dream come true. Play and replay this movie often.

2. Manage your motivation. Read books; watch DVDs; listen to CDs that help keep your enthusiasm, energy, and commitment high.

3. Keep your eyes and ears open. Opportunity is everywhere, if you're alert enough to recognize it.

4. Practice active gratitude. Take a few minutes each day to notice the things in your life that you're grateful for—the place you live, your car, your pets, treasured possessions, friends, your job, etc. Appreciation of what you have brings more good things into your life.

5. Ask for what you want. You might be surprised how often you get it.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Replete with illustrative true life stories, step-by-step 'user friendly' guidelines, and inspiring anecdotes for helping the reader craft and then achieve for themselves their own definitions of 'the good life'."
Midwest Book Review

"Storytelling. What a lovely thing that is.... All of us are walking stories. ... Sometimes others tell our story for us – as BJ does in this book, unfolding each person's story in a lovely way. We learn from others' stories. They manifest courage, to inspire us. They cry: "Don't give up!" They cry: "See how crooked was the path by which I reached my dreams? Don't despair if yours is not the straight path to your destination ...You will get there. See! I did. Because it's never too late.
–Richard Bolles, author of the bestselling What Color is Your Parachute?

"I've always loved inspiring quotes. In fact, I have a refrigerator magnet with George Eliot's famous quote, "It's never too late to be what you might have been." My own life is a testament to its truth ... thus far I've been an entrepreneur, a mom, a wife, an author and keynote speaker, and a merchandising maven. Who knows how many more challenging roles I'll take on in the second half of my life?
–Lisa Hammond, aka the Barefoot CEO, founder of Femail Creations catalog, author of Dream Big

As I read It's Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been, I found myself smiling and nodding in agreement as I read, because I identify with so many of the great stories of people reinventing themselves. I know from my own personal experience that we can all make powerful, positive changes in our lives – at any age!
~ Mac Anderson, founder of Successories and Simple Truths, author of over two dozen books

"This book shows you how to be the ultimate friend to yourself — by following your dreams and helping them to come true."
—Dr. Kristin Neff, Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at University of Texas at Austin

"There are so many reasons we give up on our dreams, and allow our heartsongs to be silenced, but BJ Gallagher reminds us in It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might have Been, that time is on our side. This book is filled with inspiring stories and tried and true tips to put us on the path of living our dreams today. Allow this book to inspire you to say a resounding, YES, to your dreams."
–Susyn Reeve, Author, The Inspired Life: Unleashing Your Mind's Capacity for Joy

"Life can not only have "second acts" but they can be the most exciting time of your life. BJ Gallagher shares many courageous and inspired stories in It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Beenshowing how life can better, bolder, and brighter as we go."
–June Cotner, bestselling author of Gracesand Garden Blessings

"A call to action. A delightful read that may just reset the course of your life onto the right track."
— Barb Webb, Country Bookshelf

"Gallagher gives readers the motivation they need to start a new chapter in their lives. It's never too late to find true love, go back to school, start a new career, become athletic, live your dream."
— Megan K. Scott, Associated Press

"Reading BJ Gallagher's book is like getting a pep talk from a friend who wholeheartedly believes in you."
–Judy Ford, author of Every Day Love: The Delicate Art of Caring for Each Other

"We all know people that believe that their dreams are out of reach or that time is no longer on their side to achieve them. To that I say, “nonsense!” It’s Never Too Late by BJ Gallagher is the perfect guide for any person on this planet to believe and achieve whatever is in their heart. It’s refreshing to know that someone has finally written this book which is a must read for all."
–David Mezzapelle, author of bestselling Contagious Optimism

"One of the biggest crimes people commit is when they don’t make use of their God-given talents or follow their dreams. That’s why this book is so great and so needed. It will remind you that, among other things, it is never too late to love, create, prosper, or even regain your childhood. In other words, take heed of these encouraging words, follow your passion and share yourself with the world. If you do, you will not only live, laugh and love more but guess what…you will have much more fun."
–Allen Klein, professional speaker and author of Always Look on the Bright Side

"Keep Moving Forward! That's the timely theme of BJ Gallagher's wonderful book, It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been. BJ writes story after story in such a positive, uplifting way you can't help but keep reading. I highly recommend this book for anyone who ever thought about giving up. There's no way you can give up after reading this!"
–Tony Burroughs
Author, Get What You Want: The Art of Making and Manifesting Your Intentions

BJ Gallagher is a writer I gratefully turn to when I need a fresh perspective. In It's Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been offers exactly that aging and how the second part of life can be the far better half. So true!"
–Nina Lesowitz, author of Living Life as a Thank You

BJ's unquenchable and witty optimism convinces a reader that not only can they CHASE and CATCH their dreams but they can get in shape while doing the chasing."
–Mary Anne Radmacher, author of She and Lean Forward Into Your Life

"A...guidebook for figuring out how to engineer the life you've always wanted, an instruction manual to become the ultimate you."
— Lisa Daily, The Lipstick Chronicles

"Filled with stories and lots of details...I enjoyed this book immensely and practically read it in one sitting. I could barely put it down."
— Sandy Dempsey, The Dreaming Cafe

"I am thrilled that my friend BJ Gallagher has written this book; it will inspire you to dust off those dreams and go for it!I'm a raving fan of her work, and I'm sure that when you read this book, you will be, too!"
— Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager

“...Gallagher offers a collection of inspirational anecdotes that touch on a variety of arenas where we might dream of starting over: careers, education, health, finances and love.”
— Feminist Review

“Gallagher delivers a strong motivational punch for you to discover, or rediscover your passions and to live a happier life.”
— Marta Freundlich, New Consciousness Review

“Gallagher gives readers the motivation they need to start a new chapter in their lives.”
Chicago Sun times

“You will enjoy this witty, informative guide to getting what you want out of life.”
— Bizzia

“B.J. Gallagher gives insightful and proactive advice about how to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start yourself down a path towards fulfilling hopes and dreams you may have given up on.”
— Inspired Personal Development

“Readers will undoubtedly find themselves quoting from this book and passing along the messages in their own words to loved ones and strangers alike.
New Thought

“Whether you need some hand holding or a kick in the pants, this inspiring guidebook by best selling author BJ Gallagher helps move you along with great advice and real life stories of those who have successfully been there and done that.”
— Femail Creations

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936740697
Publisher:
Cleis Press
Publication date:
02/11/2014
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
572,686
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Read an Excerpt


It’s never too late to become what you might have been.
• George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes. It’s powerful because it is absolutely true – and it’s even more powerful because its author, Mary Ann Evans, really lived the words she wrote. Living in Victorian England in the mid-1800s, she wrote under a male pen name, George Eliot, because she wanted her work to be taken seriously. At the time, women could publish freely under their own names, but they were seen merely as writers of silly romances. Mary Ann wanted her skill and talent to be recognized, so she did what she needed to do to fulfill her ambition as a serious novelist. It wasn’t too late for her, and it’s not too late for you, either. • What are your passions and talents? • Do you have gifts to share with the world? • Have you ever given up a dream in order to be more “practical” in making a living? • Do you long to pick up that dream again? • Do you worry that perhaps it’s too late to become who you might have been? This book is your answer to that question. You only go around once in this life, so why not live a life you love? It would be very sad if, when you reach the end of your years, you died with your potential still intact. Start now. Live now. Love now. Laugh now. Give full expression to who you really are. Go for that deferred dream. You were put on this earth to be the best “you” that you can be. If you don’t do it, nobody else can.

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