Michael Jackson... Amy Winehouse... Robin Williams... ALL gone way too early! Is it possible they didn't have the "I Factor"?
Believe it or not...
It is possible to always downsize who you are, thinking horrible of yourself, and always put others first. I am guilty of this sometimes. And when I have done that, it has done nothing but make me unhappy. I am almost half way through normal age of life and this needs to change. For everyone sake's. So I chose this book. Wow... This book.... Has got to really be the one book that everyone needs to read... Even if you don't agree with all he says or how he says it.
He does well to correlate popular culture and movies such as Titanic to the I factor. Which is not something you would orginally think of!
Two best points: To either realise that they are worth more or that they need to humble themselves a bit. It is powerful. Because it is point on. Even short way into the book, you are hooked and you realise every point he makes is completely correct. Van Moody does an incredible job of make these dense ideas seem less so and backs them up with real life situations. As I make it to page 10, I realise my I Factor game is weak my friends... It is weak as something... and because I try to not curse on this blog... oh you know what? I am just gonna come right out and say it... No shame. My "I Factor" game is weak as sh*t! On page 10, he has a chart of what you do to hurt yourself or help yourself with I Factor. I have a hard time accepting help when I need it. This is one example of being weak in I factor. Fear failure is another one of mine. Well... I might have to re read this book just a couple times... I am not a person that calls myself a Christian because of the experiences and stigmas that I have experienced or that are out there in the world. It is a tainted piece of faith that has shattered my reasons for wanting to believe sometimes. But this book... oh my... I wish he was my pastor if he leads his church as half as well as he writes. I mean it! That being said, doesn't mean that some of the stuff he writes about didn't go over my head. So I honestly skipped it because more of it can be gotten from the less biblical stuff in my opinion (but its because how I read). At the end of the chapter, what I appreciate is the building blocks, aka, bullet points of things he has been trying to say are displayed and they are real. They are real as Turkey to the Thanksgiving Holiday. The thing I would say though as I read further into the book is that I wish that there were more personal stories and accounts in it. He does a great job about weaving in biblical stories and I read them as such but sometimes to me it felt disjointed a little. Some of it assuming you know the biblical stories from heart or explaining more than needed. I love when he said the point of the story and then said to check 'this and that' verse. It made it easier to understand the point he was making. Overall, though, I thought this was a pretty good read and something that I will work better to have a better relationship with myself so I can be more present in the world and do more of what I know I am meant to do while I am here!
" The key to the life you want is inside you.
One question lies behind every struggle we face: How do I deal with myself? Behind all our stumbles, behind each of our missteps, behind every one of our failings lies an inability to handle what Van Moody calls the “I-Factor.” More than self-worth or self-respect, beyond even character and perception of purpose, the I-Factor is about managing yourself—your whole life—well. In his inspiring new book, Moody reveals how to get hold of your I-Factor.
Moody identifies three dynamics essential to winning the battle of the I-Factor: identity, significance, and perspective. When you understand your identity you know who you are, setting your foundation for everything. When you understand your significance, you see the purpose and the greatness you were created for. And when you understand perspective, you can view the problems you face as stepping-stones to greatness rather than stumbling blocks. Properly understand these three dynamics, and you will be able to master your I-Factor. Weaving together personal stories, practical principles, and profound biblical truth, The I-Factor provides the key to achieving the life of greatness that you are destined for."
* I received this book in exchange for my honest review*