The Power Based Life by Mike Flynt

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March 23, 2011 by Chris French

     I got this book free from the program from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Flynt is a personal trainer of sorts for athletes. He’s developed some principles that will help you better tone your body. In The Power Based Life he turns that idea spiritual. He says that you need to:

(1) Play to Your Strengths. Figure out what you’re good at and do it, don’t spend time on things you’re average at. Find your talent and figure out a way to make money at it.

(2) Mindscape: Cultivate a Winning Attitude. Your circumstances don’t have to dictate your attitude. You do this by practicing positive self talk and by memorizing and quoting attitude Scriptures out loud.

(3) Visualization: See What Can Be. This is the idea of, “If you can dream it you can achieve it.” He says to picture yourself accomplishing an action and you’re more likely to actually accomplish it. Visualize it in detail and regularly.

(4) Belief: Defy the Skeptics. Negative attitudes spread. Don’t let it get to you. Also you need to have a healthy self-esteem and he says that you can know if your self-esteem is healthy or not by whether you have a good sense of humor, you’re open to new ideas and experiences, you project an attitude of flexibility and inventiveness, you preserve harmony and dignity under stress, you speak with ease and spontaneity, you are comfortable giving and receiving compliments and affection, you can speak honestly about accomplishments and shortcomings. This was probably the section I found most interesting. I’ve never heard someone give specific things like this to identify your self-esteem level.

(5) Committment: Move Forward Relentlessly.  You have to want your goal more than anyone else, you have to want it longer than anyone else and you have to want it exclusively. You’ll have to give up things to get to your goal.

(6) Team: Know Who You Play For. The church is members of one another. How is that so? Flynt’s got a whole list of ways that we are members of one another.

(7) Identification: Fly Your Flag. Flynt decides that he’s going to carry his Bible around with him everywhere to see if people will treat him differently. They don’t, but he realizes that he treats them differently because everyone who sees him knows he’s a Christian. Note: Be transparent! This builds friendships.

(8) Adversity: Turn Your Difficulties to Your Advantage. Use your mistakes to give other people hope. Be positive even in struggles and you’ll turn them into success.

(9) Compassion: Practice Radical Mercy. We don’t know people’s whole story. There’s a reason they act like they do. We should cut them some slack.

(10) Time: Maximize Your Moments. Make the most out of your life. You don’t know how long you’ll have.

I wasn’t a big fan of this book. I wouldn’t recommend it. Pretty much everything you need to know you just read. Part of why I didn’t like it was because Flynt’s taken principles my mother taught me when I was 10 and put them in a book. I already know that stuff. Give me something I don’t know. He also uses Scripture out of context. I thought I was going to be able to say that he didn’t use a single Scripture in the entire book in context, but he finally made his way around to it toward the middle of the book.


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