Have you ever experienced an inspiring book, CD, seminar or movie with a message so profound or stirring that you vowed to make a sweeping or significant change in your life?

Try mentally returning to that period now… bringing to mind the feelings of hope, excitement and possibilities. Can you hear the music climaxing in ‘Rocky’ as Stallone sprints to the top of those endless stairs, leaping into the air with his fist... or perhaps it happened while listening to Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People or during a Chicken Soup for the Soul story.

For me, it happened in 1974 when I realized the enormous power I had over my own life and destiny while reading Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, where a concentration camp survivor states "Everything can be taken from a man but the last of the human freedoms: to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."

Also as I read the immortal book As a Man Thinketh... by James Allan where he explains, "A man is literally what he thinks about, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. [...] He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass: Environment is but his looking-glass." If you can recall a time like this when you experienced a new purpose or level of awareness...