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Sometimes You Have to Hit Bottom For Things to Change

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There I was living in a tiny bedroom in my parent’s not-so-large, five room apartment. I had, as they say, "run out of options." My life was out of control, way out. Had it not been for mom and dad’s willingness to let me stay with them, I would have been homeless living in Central Park or another one of New York City’s fine parks. Years of rampant excess had brought me to my knees.

I would lay awake at night, unable to sleep, pleading with God to help me. I prayed, begged and bargained for my life to change. I just wanted to get my life back on track for it had been years since I lived anything that resembled a "normal" life.-

As they say, "We plan and God laughs." God’s plan for me was quite different from mine. God’s plan brought me to the detox ward of a local hospital, since He knew where the real problem lay. I remember sitting on the beat-up old couch on the second day, the day when one experiences the physical bottom of the detox and, with my arms reaching out, looking upward saying "Okay God, either take me or help me change."

To be quite honest, at that moment, it didn’t much matter to me which, He chose. That fateful day was April 19, 1986, and my life has never been the same from that moment on.-

I began rebuilding my life, one day at a time and, some years later, started writing about the ideas and techniques that were helping me regain what I had lost and more.-

From what began as a simple newsletter in 1991, I have since written several books, which have been published in 22 countries and are read throughout the world. What an awesome feeling and honor it is for me to receive letters from people across the globe whose lives have become better as a result of reading something I wrote and acting on it.-

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Today I have a wonderful life, complete with a loving and supportive wife and beautiful home but, more importantly, today my life has purpose. Today I realize that the hand of God reached into my life so that I could share my message of hope and possibility to help others. Today I have the privilege of touching the lives of people throughout the world with my books and speaking.

My second book, “This is Your Life, Not a Dress Rehearsal” documents the exact steps I took and the process I used to turn my life around from one of desperation and desperation to what I can only describe as “magical.”

On April 19th, in celebration of the day my life turned around, anyone who orders a copy of this book on will receive a bonus bonanza from me and my colleagues. The bonus products, worth hundreds of dollars, include ebooks, audio programs, special reports, online courses and more from some of the top names in the personal development field.-

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Jim Donovan, is the author of several critically acclaimed self-help books, published in more than 20 countries, an inspiring motivational speaker and life coach. For a bonus gift and subscription to his "Jim's Jems" ezine visit his Web site.

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