Thursday, May 5, 2016

I'mPossible by Jeff Griffin {Book Review}

As Lao and Confucius once said, “A journey of one-thousand miles begins with one step.” My story is about inspiring you to take your own journey one step at a time. It's about dreaming and accomplishing the impossible. It's not only about aiming for the sky and reaching for the stars but enjoying the journey along the way. 
Begin your personal journey today, press forward to the top, and don't you ever stop. As you move toward your dreams, there will be obstacles and setbacks along the way; don't be afraid. You can get to the top of your world by following the signs and guide posts within these pages. You can do it with others! You can do it with me! We can do it together, one step at a time! 
I'mpossible! - Jeff Griffin

Wow!  What an opportunity I was given to review this motivational book by Jeff Griffin.  His story begins many years ago when, at the age of 22, he was painting a large barn with a friend.  In one, swift, moment in time, his life was forever changed when he fell over 20 feet from the scaffolding. Landing in what he called "a perfect 10," his L-1 lumbar shattered and T-12 vertebra severely compressed.  After spending several hours receiving x-rays and waiting for the diagnosis, the final blow came when the doctor told him, "You'll neither walk, nor move your legs, again."

Succumbing to self-pity only briefly, Jeff did what many of us would find impossible.  He stopped thinking about only himself, abandoned his self pity-party, and got to work.  "Don't Quit and Stay Positive" became his battle-cry as he worked into a routine of shots, therapy, resting, and doing it all over again.

Fast forward to the present where Jeff is here to share the story of his trials and his subsequent triumph.  Using Mt. Everest has a backdrop Jeff points out that "We all have a handicap or a Mount Everest to climb."  Granted your handicap may be much different than Jeff's or mine.  It could be physical, social or spiritual...a handicap being anything that makes progress or success difficult.    Jeff said,
"Whatever your individual handicap is it can be conquered!  These disabilities can be either debilitating or liberating.  They can hold us back or lift us up.  They can remain our weakness or they can become our strengths.  I hope by sharing my story of big dreams, grave disappointments, and euphoric triumphs it can help in some small way to lift you closer to the light that lifts....Remember, there are no excuses when it comes to success!  You're possible!"

Today Jeff Griffin is a motivational speaker based out of Utah.  While his life didn't turn out perfect, he is perfectly content with how his life turned out.  He turned his trial into his life's work.  His passion is to help people take the steps needed to make change, find success, and live a satisfied and happy life, following 3 fundamental steps:  Desire, Dream and Do.


When asked how his message can help other people, Jeff responded,
"I understand that my message will not resonate with everyone but I do know from experience that when I see or read about someone else who overcomes great odds or challenges It gives me hope. I’m motivated to be better, to do more, and to give more. It shows me that if someone else can do hard things then I too can overcome hard and impossible things. Not only that but that life can be cherished and enjoyed even with hardships and heartache. My message is a raw exposure to my heart and soul."
I really enjoyed reading I'mPossible!  Each chapter is set up with "Mile Markers" at the beginning to help you as you move through your journey and critical thinking challenges at the end that encourage you to DO something before moving into the next mile.  It was hard to put down and I pressed on quickly...anxious to find out what happened to Jeff in the end.  But, toward the end (and I'm not going to spoil it - you should read the book!) I discovered that all happy endings do not look the same and that the end...is only the beginning.


Interested in learning more?  You can download the first chapter of Jeff Griffin's book, hire him to come speak to your group, or receive encouragement on his website at griffinmotivation.com.  The book is currently available on Amazon in both soft and hardback.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to review this book!  I received I'mPossible free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my very own.  

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