Taking Charge book coverRod Martin, Jr.
Published 2018:09
15,000 words

Also known as: Instant Happiness

Turning on any emotion can be effortless, if you know how. The skills taught in this book can be used by anyone, anywhere and at any time. Step-by-step techniques give you everything you need to strengthen your “happiness muscle.”

In addition, you are shown how to overcome the pitfalls in controlling your emotions. And we humans have become very well practiced in scuttling our own success. This book shows you how to stay on track.

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Happiness Starts with a Decision

This may sound overly simplistic, but it’s not. Rod Martin gives his own real-life experience in discovering what it takes to go from severe depression to lighthearted bliss in an instant. All it took was deciding to be happy and then acting on it.

But we humans come with a bag full of barriers. We can find all manner of reasons not to decide to be happy. A large part of this book explores the nature of those barriers, how to recognize them and how to overcome them.

Practice Makes Perfect

No self-help or how-to book would ever work without at least a few exercises. This book has nearly two dozen step-by-step exercises that help you strengthen your awareness of barriers and your ability to blow right through them.

Understanding is the Foundation to Correct Action

If you have a destination—a goal—you have a much better chance of getting there. Setting out without a goal is understandably haphazard. But imagine having a goal, but not understanding anything about your barriers or your abilities and resources. Taking Charge helps you understand not only the barriers in your way, but also the tools you have at your disposal—things like awareness, responsibility, love, humility, compassion and the ability to turn your attention outward, rather than inward. These empower you to conquer all barriers to taking charge of your own emotions.

Once you’re done with this book, the many steps you’ve taken will give you the strength to turn on happiness in an instant, on demand.

Taking Charge—Outline

PART 1—Mastering Your Own Emotions

Introduction—The secret to creating your own feelings
Chapter 1—5 Steps to Taking Charge
Chapter 2—How it All Works

PART 2—Barriers to Overcome

Chapter 3—Barrier to Taking Charge: Negative Attitude
Chapter 4—Barrier to Taking Charge: Laziness
Chapter 5—Barrier to Taking Charge: Blindness
Chapter 6—Barrier to Taking Charge: Reasonableness
Chapter 7—Barrier to Taking Charge: Shyness
Chapter 8—Barrier to Taking Charge: Weak-willed
Chapter 9—Barrier to Taking Charge: Resentment, Annoyance and Blame
Chapter 10—Barrier to Taking Charge: Irresponsibility

PART 3—What to Expect

Chapter 11—Walk the Walk
Chapter 12—Responsibility vs. Blame
Chapter 13—Love vs. Importance
Chapter 14—Humility vs. Failure
Chapter 15—Compassion vs. Sympathy
Chapter 16—Humble Confidence vs. Arrogance
Chapter 17—Ultimate Happiness—Giving Up Self-Concern

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