Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life
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From America’s favorite football player turned New York Times bestselling author and morning talk show host here are 18 rules of motivational advice that will inspire you to turn up the heat and go from good to great in pursuit of your personal ambitions.
Pulling from his own life experiences, Michael Strahan details the mix of mental discipline, positive thinking, and sense of play that lead him to a Super Bowl XLII victory as a member of the New York Giants, and later to star alongside Kelly Ripa in the hit daytime talk show Live! with Kelly and Michael. Each of these “Strahan Rules” will guide you step-by-step through developing a work ethic and mental durability that will prime you to achieve your goals and transform your life.
Delivered with his signature wit and wisdom, Strahan’s Rules combine a range of advice, from values he picked up from his father who served in the military to professors who teach on the science of happiness and include:
-Rule #5: Too many of us count ourselves out before we even give ourselves a chance...Do the work. Be excellent. You’ll find your place.
-Rule #11: You can’t change other people, but you can change how you are around them, and sometimes, a lot of times, that’s more than enough.
-Rule #12: Listen to other people, but don’t take their opinions for fact. Have your own experiences. Draw your own conclusions.
Whether you are attempting to achieve your career goals, seeking to better your relationships or simply up your optimism quotient, Wake Up Happy will inspire you.
look like your typical German exchange student. But from my first day, I felt more like a foreign student than an American. The entire student body of Mannheim Christian Academy was smaller than a single grade at Westbury High School in Houston. I’d thought that the kids I knew in Germany were the usual mix of studious and reserved and loud and rowdy. But the loudest, rowdiest kid at our school couldn’t compare to the kids in my new school. At Westbury, the kids drove cars, went out all night,
its rhythm. When we were in the womb, we luxuriated in the safe comfort of our mother’s heartbeat. These beats are ingrained in you from the first cells that made you, you. By mindfully placing your attention on your own heartbeat, you can feel some of the safety and comfort of this primal musical memory and use it to help relax. “Finally, extend your awareness outward beyond your body. Move it through all material things in your environment, outward toward the stars, through the stars, all the
thousand people cheer you on and millions more watch you on television. Heck, the City of New York even threw a ticker tape parade for the Giants! There were “Michael Strahan for President” signs, and bales of confetti were streaming through the air! That’s tough to walk away from. Even just a regular game—any given Sunday, so to speak—can be addictive. You stand in the tunnel and you’re all suited up for battle. It’s quiet in there. You can hear the sound of your breath, and if you whisper, it
we push ourselves, sometimes it hurts. But when we realize we’ve got more to give, we put ourselves in the position of getting more. Rule #7 Ask yourself, “Am I the man or the woman that I hoped to be?” If you want to be more, then you’ve got to do more. Rule #8 Play is the business of adults. Plato said, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Rule #9 Not if but when. The secret to success lies not in luck but in the things you do every
including a little-known sitcom I did called Brothers. It was canceled after just one season. Some people might consider that a failure. But in my mind, it was a line in the water. And if nothing else, I had something to strive for—and the happiness experts will tell you that that alone breeds its own kind of joy. 3 GRIT, DESIRE, AND DISCIPLINE Rule #3 Grit, desire, and discipline are free and the only equipment you need to start just about any endeavor you’ll set out to do. WHEN I WAS in