The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose

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In this classic bestseller, acclaimed author and speaker Matthew Kelly offers inspiring, take-charge strategies to help you discover your deepest desires, identify your unique talents, and lead a life filled with passion and purpose.

Do you ever feel that if you weren’t so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled...and maybe even a better person? The Rhythm of Life will help you to bring into focus who you are and why you are here. Through this book ...

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Overview

In this classic bestseller, acclaimed author and speaker Matthew Kelly offers inspiring, take-charge strategies to help you discover your deepest desires, identify your unique talents, and lead a life filled with passion and purpose.

Do you ever feel that if you weren’t so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled...and maybe even a better person? The Rhythm of Life will help you to bring into focus who you are and why you are here. Through this book Matthew Kelly will help you discover your legitimate needs, deepest desires, and unique talents—and become the-best-version-of-yourself. He helps you bring into focus who you are, why you are here, and what possibilities stand before you...

Everything is a choice. This is life’s greatest truth and its hardest lesson. It is a great truth because it reminds us of our power to live the life of our dreams. It is a hard lesson because it causes us to realize that we have chosen the life we are living right now.

The measure of your life will be the measure of your courage. Fear stops more people from doing something with their lives than lack of ability, contacts, resources, or any other single variable. Fear paralyzes the human spirit. Life takes courage.

With this groundbreaking guide, Kelly cuts through the stifling clutter of our everyday lives and delivers a clarity that is both refreshing and liberating.

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In our day-to-day lives, chaos overtakes us daily. Obligations overwhelm us; problems intrude at every intersection. We lose our sense of purpose, our sense of priorities. In The Rhythm of Life, a Catholic minister implores us to attending to our four legitimate needs: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Kelly maintains that that as we follow these simple steps, a miracle will ensue: our sense of purpose will actually rediscover us.
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Hal Urban, author of Life's Greatest Lessons In The Rhythm of Life Matthew Kelly shows us how to find lasting happiness in a changing world...and how to fall in love again...with life. His message is both timely and timeless.

Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager Matthew Kelly's The Rhythm of Life is a treasure for all those who dare to believe that there is a best-version-of-themselves...miss it at your peril!

Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People I loved this book! It provides significant insights into living a happier, healthier, more rewarding life.

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Now 30, Kelly began his Catholic inspirational speaking at the age of 19. In this new edition of his self-published book, Australian-born, Cincinnati-based Kelly exhorts readers to rediscover what he calls the rhythm of life: "the perfect combination of rest, activity, and pace" that will enable each of us to become "the-best-version-of-ourselves." Some will be inspired by these sermonlike essays; others will feel Kelly recycles standard self-help messages, such as "everything is a choice"and "enjoy the journey." Much, for Kelly, rests in self-discipline and control. "If you can teach yourself, condition yourself, to desire those things that are good for you, there is nothing you cannot achieve or become." Like so many self-help authors, Kelly also promotes good sleeping, eating and exercise habits, and suggests a daily hour of prayer and using the "seventh day as a day of rest, reflection, and renewal." More idiosyncratically, he predicts that what he sees as our declining civilization will end in 60 years to be replaced by a vaguely defined superior one. (Nov. 16) Forecast: According to Fireside, Kelly's self-published books have sold 800,000 copies. Perhaps his charisma will help on his post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas 11-city tour. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743265256
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 9/27/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 53,368
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Kelly, the New York Times bestselling author of The Rhythm of Life, has been captivating audiences around the world since his late teens. Over the past decade, more than three million people have attended his talks and seminars in over fifty countries. Kelly is the president of Beresford Consulting.

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Everything Is a Choice

Everything is a choice.

This is life's greatest truth and its hardest lesson. It is a great truth because it reminds us of our power. Not power over others, but the often untapped power to be ourselves and to live the life we have imagined.

It is a hard lesson, because it causes us to realize that we have chosen the life we are living right now. It is perhaps frightening for us to think that we have chosen to live our life exactly as it is today. Frightening because we may not like what we find when we look at our lives today. But it is also liberating, because we can now begin to choose what we will find when we look at our life in the tomorrows that lie unlived before us.

What will you see when you look at your life ten years from now? What will you choose?

Life is choices.

You have chosen to live this day. You have chosen to read this book. You have chosen to live in a certain city. You have chosen to believe certain ideas. You have chosen the people you call friends.

You choose the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and the thoughts you think. You choose to be calm or restless, you choose to feel appreciative or ungrateful.

Love is a choice. Anger is a choice. Fear is a choice. Courage is a choice.

You choose.

Sometimes we choose the-best-version-of-ourselves, and sometimes we choose a-second-rate-version-of-ourselves.

Everything is a choice, and our choices echo throughout our lives...and into history...and on and on into eternity.

Most people never fully accept this truth. They spend their lives arguing for their weaknesses, complaining about their lot in life, or blaming other people for their weaknesses and their lot in life.

You may argue that you are forced to live in a certain city or drive a certain car, but it is not true. And if it is, it is true only temporarily and because of a choice you have made in the past.

We choose, and in doing so, we design our lives.

Some may say that we do not choose our circumstances. You'd be surprised. We have much more power over the circumstances of our lives than most men and women would ever admit. And even if circumstances are thrust upon us, we choose how we respond to those circumstances.

Others may argue that they did not choose the country they were born in or the parents they were born to. How do we know we didn't choose these things? We are all endowed with free will. Did we not have this free will before we were born? Perhaps one day we will realize that we have chosen much more than we have even imagined.

I hope that day is today.

For the day we accept that we have chosen to choose our choices is the day we cast off the shackles of victimhood and are set free to pursue the lives we were born to live.

Learn to master the moment of decision and you will live a life uncommon.

Copyright © 1999 by Matthew Kelly

Revised copyright © 2004 by Beacon Publishing

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Table of Contents

Contents

Part One

What Do You Want from Life?

Everything Is a Choice

Do You Really Know What You Want?

The Happiness Paradox

Too Busy Doing What?

Quiet Desperation

The Five Questions

The Meaning of Life

Seven Dreams

A New Perspective

Live Passionately

Part Two

Finding Your Genius

The Gentle Voice Within

Understanding Our Legitimate Needs

Beyond Our Wants

Harnessing the Power of Our Needs and Desires

Everybody Is a Genius

Part Three

The-Best-Version-of-Yourself

Overwhelmed by Experts

Choosing Happiness

The Enemy of Excellence: Minimalism

Are You Free?

Follow Your Star

Celebrating Your Unique Self

Part Four

Discovering the Rhythm of Life

Why Are We All So Busy?

What Can Creation Teach Us About Ourselves?

Priorities

Timing

Part Five

It's All About Energy

Our Most Valuable Resource

Creating the Rhythm

The Three Instruments

Sleep: The Foundation of Energy

The First Instrument

The Sacred Hour

The Second Instrument

The Seventh Day

The Third Instrument

The Art of Slowing Down

Part Six

The Way of Excellence

A Childhood Lesson

What Is Success to You?

Why Are They Successful at Everything?

1. The Knowledge Principle

2. The Dream Principle

3. The Vision Principle

4. The Life Principle

5. The Thought Principle

6. The Dedication Principle

7. The Belief Principle

8. The People Principle

9. The Communication Principle

10. The Final Principle

The Ten Principles of Excellence

Part Seven

Living the Life You Were Born to Live

Enjoy the Journey

Be the Difference That Makes the Difference

Leaders, Critics, Dreamers, and the Future

How Do You Perceive the World?

Can You Hear the Music?

The Measure of Your Life Will Be the Measure of Your Courage

Let Your Light Shine!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2004

    LIVE A LIFE UNCOMMON!

    To not read this book is to rob yourself of a life lived more meaningfully and more passionately. Matthew Kelly is more than a genius. A man with unmatched intelligence and a heart and spirit to match. At the age of 31, he has the clarity, wisdom, and insight to break through directly to the heart of the matter and enlighten us with the truth. Life is not about doing and having. Life is about being. 'Who you become is infinitely more important than what you do or what you have.' I have read the book four times and appreciate everything in my life more because of it. Every person, every relationship, every day, every breath! When you know what life is all about, you know the right answer to every question asked. When you know what life is about, you know what you should dedicate your time to. When you know what life is about, focusing comes naturally. 'Dedicate yourself to the things that deserve your dedication.' Matthew Kelly explains that the purpose of life is for us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves. The world doesn't need another Mother Theresa, the world doesn't need another Tiger Woods, the world needs you! Each of us can do one thing better than any other person alive at this moment in history. Matthew Kelly encourages us to discover our genius. My review doesn't even scrape the surface of the marvels of this book. READ THIS BOOK! There is not a person on this earth who wouldn't benefit from Matthew's incomparable message.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Paulina Nunez

    Amazing book..totally recommend "Rediscover Catholicism" as well!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2009

    Amazing

    An incredible book that everyone must read. I have read it several times and have it on cd loaded on my ipod listening to it weekly. He is an amazing human being and very inspirational.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    Inspirational, but somewhat repetitive

    In Matthew Kelly¿s The Rhythm of Life, the author utilizes several of his own experiences, as well as those of famous athletes, musicians and humanitarians to emphasize the importance of finding a balance, or rhythm, in one¿s life. Through an examination of four aspects of the human being: the physical, spiritual, intellection and emotional realms, Kelly discusses the importance of energy and discernment between needs and desires in achieving such a balance. In addition, the author emphasizes several more specific aspects of ones life which require strict attention and management to achieve ¿rhythm¿. Simple tasks such as prioritizing ones life and getting enough sleep and relaxation play a large role in Kelly¿s quest towards happiness and ultimate fulfillment. Though the work does include the importance God has been in Matthew¿s own life, the text is by no means centered around God, but rather focuses on morality and assessing one¿s inner self to determine a path to excellence, and ultimately, fulfillment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    This book is an excellent read for all ages. It is never too soon or too late to learn. Everyone wants to find their purpose in life and to be happy, enjoy everyday.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2011

    Excellent. Thought provoking.

    This is the kind of book you want to keep handy through out your life. Re read at different stages of you life and it will give you new insight. Anything Matthew Kelly will be highly motivating and life altering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    There are better books out there

    As a senior in high school, I live a very hectic life. Between juggling schoolwork, my job, and my family life, I am exhausted at the end of the day. I chose this book for a school project, hoping it would help me find the ¿rhythm of life¿. Matthew Kelly, the author of the book had spoken at my school two years before and gave each student a copy of the book. For two years it has sat on a shelf in my room, gathering dust. When I picked it up to read, I was going into it expecting good things. Unfortunately, Matthew Kelly¿s advice failed to get me on the right track. One big problem with the book is that one of the things that is supposed to help you become the ¿best-version-of-yourself¿ is to pray. As an atheist, this does not really help me. Of course for religious people, this could possibly be of therapeutic value to you. But if you are not religious, it just doesn¿t help at all. Another problem is the advice in the book is pretty much common knowledge. I already know I need to pace myself in whatever activities I do or make sure to get enough sleep or to rest on occasion. It¿s not brilliant or filled with wisdom. Motivational posters could give out the same advice. One particularly good part of the book, though, was the clarification of what makes a successful person in life. Too many people think it¿s about fame and fortune, but as Kelly explains, it¿s just about being a good person and doing the right thing. If you are a religious person and find you are out of step with the ¿rhythm¿ of life, this book may be of use to you. Otherwise, there are better self-help books out there for you to read.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2005

    Excellent Read

    This book has a lot of good things you can incorporate into your life every day. Among other things this book teaches of the balancing act of many aspects of our lives to make us better people. Although this book is Christian in nature, I read it as a non-christian and found much of the information useful and applicable to my life, as well as my sense of spirituality.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    Wonderful

    One of the best books I have ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2002

    Truely Inspirational

    The Rhythm of Life is a book that will inspire you to pursue the true meaning of life and will make you want to aim to be the 'better person you know you can be'. Matthew Kelly has a special way of conveying these simple concepts and it leaves you pondering many of the things he mentions for days to come. Every person who reads this book will leave with an insight, an idea, or a new way of thinking...This book is not only for christian believers...it for ANYONE who wants to pursue the meaning of their existence. I would reccomend this book to anyone who has a desire to learn about him/herself and how we can truely be at peace with ourselves, and happy in our lives. You will enjoy this book and be inspired. Enjoy :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    An Awakening

    This book has truly been an essential tool in my journey towards knowing myself better. This is the perfect gift for someone looking to start their own journey. It is has been an unexpected catalyst in ways that will be unique to each person who reads it. The author is also on the lecture circuit too, but I have not had the opportunity to see him yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2005

    Excellent

    This is a book you will want to keep forever. Once I read this book I wanted to buy many copies for friends and family.

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