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The Best Year of Your Life: Dream It, Plan It, Live It

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No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Ford's The Best Year of Your Life is a call to action to stop pretending that the future will bring you the life of your dreams and to instead start living your dreams in this moment and for the rest of your life.

Many of us spend our days thinking, talking and dreaming about what our lives could be like 'if only ...'. We make resolutions, we follow a new diet, we start exercise routines – we begin working on our lifelong goals and ...

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Overview

No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Ford's The Best Year of Your Life is a call to action to stop pretending that the future will bring you the life of your dreams and to instead start living your dreams in this moment and for the rest of your life.

Many of us spend our days thinking, talking and dreaming about what our lives could be like 'if only ...'. We make resolutions, we follow a new diet, we start exercise routines – we begin working on our lifelong goals and then we give up, get too busy and forget about what's truly important to us. Another year passes by and our dreams remain out of reach. But what if today you discovered that the life you've always wanted is right in front of you, well within your grasp? Are you ready to live it?

Debbie Ford not only answers these questions but offers a proven, practical blueprint for making today – this moment – the beginning of the best year of your life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060832940
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/13/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 445,472
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.37 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Ford is the national bestselling author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, The Secret of the Shadow, Spiritual Divorce, The Right Questions, The Best Year of Your Life, Why Good People Do Bad Things, and The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse, and a coauthor of The Shadow Effect. Ford conducts workshops and trainings around the world supporting lifelong personal, emotional, and spiritual education and transformation. She lives with her son in San Diego, California.

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First Chapter

The Best Year of Your Life
Dream It, Plan It, Live It

Chapter One

Creating a Powerful Intent

Imagine waking up each morning with an excitement and passion that you haven't felt in years.

Imagine going through each day, enjoying every moment, feeling purposeful and fulfilled. This is what you can expect if you live each day, week, and month of this year to its fullest -- if you show up at each moment with the commitment to use all of your gifts, talents, and brilliance. This is exactly what you will experience if you bring forth the intent to have the best year of your life.

Like all great accomplishments, this life-changing journey must begin with a single step: You must create a conscious intent for this to be the best year of your life. An intent is a commitment to yourself to bring into existence a particular result. It is the driving force, the hidden compass, that directs your daily behaviors. A conscious intent acts as an organizing principle, guiding you to make empowering choices. It ensures that you are indeed the captain of your own ship, and it gives you the power to choose your destination. Intent precedes manifestation. With a powerful, conscious intent, you can chart your journey through life with clarity and focus, and choose the particular reality you want to create.

Intent is to humans what software is to a computer. When installed into your psyche, intent gives you access to new capabilities, which opens up new realities. Suddenly you are able to see your life through new eyes. When you powerfully choose to insert into your consciousness the intent to have the best year of your life -- to load it into your hard drive, so to speak -- you will see your life as you never have before. You will instantly have access to making changes instead of just talking about them. When you load the intent to have the best year of your life, you are choosing to bring into existence a life filled with love, laughter, success, and fulfillment. Following is an example that beautifully illustrates the power of intent.

Julia is a talented, vivacious woman who worked for my coaching organization for over two years. She liked her job and was good at what she did. She was happy and healthy, and had wonderful friends. By anyone's standards Julia was living a great life. Then, a year and a half ago, I offered to lead my staff through a "Best Year of Your Life" training. In the course of the training, Julia, along with the others, created the intent to have the best year of her life. Looking through the lens of having the coming year be her best year yet, Julia saw that she would have to make some immediate changes. Her first realization, which came as a surprise to both of us, was that she would have to quit her job and create a new career doing exactly what she loves to do: coaching others and playing golf. She also saw that if she was going to live her best year she would have to move to a place that inspired and uplifted her. Just by taking an hour to explore what her finest year would look like, Julia saw that she would have to make some major changes in two key areas of her life. Her new intent had allowed her to see what she couldn't see before. With great enthusiasm Julia explained, "I feel like I've been living in a little box and somebody just took the lid off and said, 'Hey, there is a whole big world out there and there are a thousand other options that you've never even considered.' "

Six months later, almost every aspect of Julia's life was completely unrecognizable. Her intent to have her finest year yet inspired her to move to a quaint little coastal town that she adores and to follow her passion for golf. She is now the founder and president of Championship Inner Golf, where she uses her coaching skills to support people in bringing forth their full potential in their golf game and in their lives as a whole. She works every day at some of the most beautiful golf courses and driving ranges in Southern California, doing what she loves to do. Both of these changes unfolded as the result of her inserting the intent to create the best year of her life. She looks back on the changes that have taken place so quickly and effortlessly with a combination of disbelief and immense gratitude. This is the inexplicable power of living inside a conscious intent.

If you take only this one step and do nothing else, you will unleash the power to change your life. The intent to live your best year yet will generate an energetic force that will pull you toward the results you desire. This intent holds the power to change the fallow soil of undirected energy into potent, fertile ground where you can plant the seeds of your desires and watch them blossom into reality.

To create the best year of your life, it is essential that you understand that you are being guided either by a conscious intent that you create on a daily basis or by an unconscious intent from your past. There is always an intent operating behind the scenes, whether you are aware of it or not. If you're like most people, you are probably unaware of the intent that is currently guiding your choices, actions, and behaviors ...

The Best Year of Your Life
Dream It, Plan It, Live It
. Copyright © by Debbie Ford. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2006

    Goal setting and achievement

    I enjoyed reading this book because it gives a logical sequence from dreams to planning to manifestation. You can achieve goals with this formula. To make it your best year ever, then you must use Optimal Thinking. I recommend this book and Optimal Thinking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Finally Living My Best Year Ever

    WOW ! Finally a book that has the structure and plan for creating a plan for living and creating the best year of my life... I started reading the book and found an easy way to create a plan for 2006 and have in the 1st week set a structure in place and have already seen results... I know that 2006 will be my best year ever.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2005

    Practical guide for goal setting

    As new year resolutions fail more often than they are achieved, this book is valuable. Here, in the context of a new beginning, you go through the process of dreaming, goal setting and getting into action. I bought this book last year and it helped me to change my life. I very much recommend Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self to overcome suboptimal thinking and feelings and make the most of any circumstance as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    This really, really works!

    I read this book last January when it first came out. It's a fun, easy read and I followed the advice. Now, nearly one year later, as I look back on 2005, this really WAS the best year of my life. Miraculous things happened in all areas of my life. If I can do it , you can do it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    Basic goal setting advice

    Debbie Ford has written a good book where she explains how to turn dreams into goals and then manifest them in your life. The information wasn't new for me, but it was nicely presented.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    This book is one of the best I have read...

    I've been a long time follower of Debbie Ford and this book is by far one her best works. Debbie gracefully shows you how to take action and make your best life, right now. With so much to-do, stress, and fear in todays busy world... this book is one that will truly help you transform your life for more happiness, success, and purpose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    '...wise guidance and teachings...'

    I find that Debbie Ford and I always seem to be writing or speaking about the same current vibrational energy. For instance, a few years ago, when clients were carefully delving into their individual shadow sides in a solid attempt to own and integrate them, it was reassuring to be able to recommend her very accessible books The Secret of the Shadow and The Dark Side of the Light Chasers. And, when counselling couples were open to exploring the silver lining in their dissolving union, it was a great comfort to be able to refer them to Debbie Ford¿s Spiritual Divorce. These days, I often find myself working with clients who haven¿t yet stepped into a whole life but are instead waiting, hoping and watching. They may have dreams but they have a difficult time manifesting them into reality. I often tell them that the opposite of waiting is creating and Debbie Ford¿s latest book carries the same philosophy. The Best Year of Your Life: Dream it, Plan it, Live it provides the reader with a proven and practical plan of action for creating that life here and now. It does so with wise guidance and teachings, positive stories and an abundance of questions and exercises ¿ which really help to get the ball rolling! I¿ll be recommending The Best Year of Your Life for a while now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    Yes, it is possible to create your best life ever!

    Thank you, Debbie, for your wisdom and clarity. I used to think it was difficult to have a great life when things aren't going the way you planned. But I see that I have a choice about how to view my life and all that's really missing is a plan! I can see where consulting my feelings on a daily basis might not get me where I want to go. But in consulting my plan, I know exactly what I need to do! I've had the dreams for many years and now I know I can live them! I highly recommend using this book as your guide this year. Try it - if it doesn't work, you can always go back to the old way of doing things. I'm sold on this new way and plan to keep it going! Thanks for making it so simple!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    Do You Want To Change Your Life

    This is a great book for the beginner or master. It gives all the steps necessary to actually change your life.The Best Year of Your Life takes the wisdom that is readily available to all of us but somehow gets lost in day to day life, and delivers it in bite size digestible pieces. You are taken step by step through building the best year of your life and warned and given solutions about what will get in the way. There is no reason not to have the bext year of your life other than not owning this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2005

    More than just good advice

    This book has given me a clear formula to follow in order to become the person I aspire to be - in my marriage, with my kids, at work and in my community. It is an easy read, not weighted down with a lot of the standard self-help explanations for why people don't thrive. This book is all about taking action, creating measurable results and loving your life. I'm on fire!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2005

    Outstanding!

    Debbie Ford's Book, The Best Year of Your Life is possibly the best book I have ever had a chance to read and learn from. The book is very straight forward with what you need to do, steps you need to take, with the responsiblilties you need to claim. The possibilities are boundless and you really 'feel' the permission some of us needed to take this great journey! Personally I savor each word. It's a 'must have.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2004

    My Life Has Changed Forever by reading this book !

    I am so amazed at how my life and the way I see myself has changed since I've read this book. I Now have Meaning and Purpose to my life and a strong foundation to make my life the Best !! This book has guided me and provided me with all the ways that I can have and create the best year Ever!. I'm taken on my life like I've never taken it on before. What A Gift this book is !!

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