Time and time again we are told that we live in a society that is drifting and lacking in direction. But the growth in mind, body and spirit media shows that 21st-century man/woman desires mental, spiritual and physical harmony. Henriette Anne Klauser's Write It Down, Make It Happen shows you how to "write your own lifescript"; it is a "taking control of your life" kind of book. It doesn't guarantee that by writing down your goals you will necessarily attain them, but it does show you how to put your house in order.
Using case studies and writing exercises, Dr Klauser illustrates how people's lives can change just by being able to identify what they want, and where they want to be in the future. In one of her early examples she cites Jim "The Grinch" Carrey, who as an impoverished actor wrote a cheque to himself for 10 million dollars and carried it around with him for years. Now an A-list Hollywood movie star, Carrey commands circa 20 million dollars per film: his dream has come true.
Not all of Klauser's case studies are in the fairy-tale realm. She also cites day-to-day stories--men and women whose lives improved after they started to write down/identify what their goals were--to move house, change career or go travelling. This is the crux of Dr Klauser's book; it is about working out what you want and structuring your life to make those goals attainable or as close to attainable as possible.
Write It Down, Make It Happen is a very American book, and if you can work past some of the Oprah-type case studies, Klauser's message is clear: be proactive--take control of your life, and dreams can come true. --Aruna Vasudevan [via]