Oola: Find Balance in an unbalanced World: David Braun. Troy Amdahl with Janet Switzer
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to live in a perfect world with no financial woes, friends, faith, fitness, focus, family, field and fun? Wouldn’t it be nice never to have to worry about weight gain or even where the money for your next charge card payment or mortgage payment is coming from? Within the pages of this resource the authors share many different ways for you the reader to learn about the Oola Life and Oola celebrations but first you need to put Oola in Action, starting living the Oola Life today. Take a step back and decide where you are today in your life. There are three simple questions that these authors ask in the 7 key areas of life, which will be our starting point as we all take the journey together. The simple test will decide where you life is out of balance and stressed.
Where do you want to go or I want to go? A single goal can hold the power to change your life. The Oola Plan will walk us all through the simple process of identifying your #Oola One. The first goal on the way to the life of your dreams. Next, your path, how are you going to get there? You need to take action every day to become a success. This sounds easy but in reality many of us cannot stay focused on our dreams in a busy and unbalanced world. The seven keys are listed below and for my review I will explain and give examples of how the authors define each of the seven keys and several simple ways to implement them.
When your life is balanced and growing in the seven key areas mentioned above you will finally have a state of as the authors relate: Awesomeness. But, ladies this book is just for you. As there are seven keys the authors also share the blockers and accelerators listed below and each one will be discussed.
• Lack of Focus
THE 7 ACCELERATORS
The introduction defines Oola as a state of awesomeness or a life that is balanced and growing in the seven key areas health, finances, career, relationships and well being. Oola is what the author’s states are the place we all shoot for. Chapter One explains in detail what Oola is starting with Why in the World We Took this on and beginning with a story about a woman on the beach. OOla travels have lost the connection to their goals and dreams. We are all so busy worrying about our day-to-day life that we have lost ourselves in the process. Seeking Oola or How Did I get Here begins with a short story by Dave Braun explaining how someone got there, married with five kids and a net worth of over two million dollars so how did this person wind up poor and alone in a motel? Who is the Oola Guru and how this person became debt free using the seven keys. Start with Oola Fitness The chapter focuses on the story of an obese mom and her struggle to lose weight. Another story focuses on providing clues and ways for all of us to stay fit by defining Keep it Simple, Work Harder and Eat smarter. The chapter I found most helpful is the one with the second F: Finance and how to budget better, lower your debt and deal with having more in your bank account. The chapter on finance is titled going tiny to live big followed by another, which I found interesting From Bread Baker to Breadwinner. Losing her husband changed a life and baking was her passion but when her husband dies and her world changed she had to figure out a way to pay her bills, the husband’s debts and much more. Loving natural products she decided to open her own home business, which was fine at first. Her journey and her struggles are the focus on this chapter, as she believed in what she was doing and herself at the end. Life may throw you a curve balls he says something unexpected, something terrible. If it does she states: lean in. You are stronger and more capable that you know! The steps shared focus on how to crush debt, increase your income and giving joyfully. Oola family focuses on the different dynamics of our families: The Inner circle, in laws and outliers and your outer circle. Of course there are some that we would all like to avoid and they call them Toxic and Abusive family members. Then if you are not working on your marriage you are probably working on your divorce followed by never let outer-circle family members affect your healthy inner-circle relationships. OOLA field is next and followed dealing with your dream job as oppose to your day job. Faith is a powerful chapter and is deals with believing in yourself and where you want you life to go. The talking points or discussion points are don’t’ wait fine your path that resonates your life, plug in an live your faith daily, serve others. F for friends is next and the authors talk about and define your inner circle, your crew, and your acquaintances and define each one and their roles. There are several stories that follow but I will focus on only one. Don’t Give Up the Girls’ Weekend talks about a perfect weekend with six friends in New York City. Hanging out, laughing and talking about the past and how they met by chance really draws this story close to home. Manhattan is the setting for their time together as Angie Frederickson flashes back and relives the weekend with her friends and you the reader. In New York for 2 days and everything she says was right with the world. Laughing through road trips, sharing their innermost thoughts adding to that special dimension to your Oola Life. Advice added stay connected, Unfriend, unfollow, and delete toxic friends and those that are not true friends to you. Reverse engineer the friendships you want as we move to Oola Fun. Section three focuses on OOLA Blockers such as Fear, which is number one and all of us or most of us, have made wrong choices or fear-based ones in our lives. The authors ask the question, which only you the reader can answer: Where does Fear Exist for you followed by different stories. As always at the end of each chapter the authors chare some hints to help you deal with each of the blockers: Indentify where your fears exist and how they limit you is first, make plans to fix your fears and take action to overcome your fears. Guilt Trip is next as I am sure everyone has managed to lay one on someone at one time or another. Guilt over something you did or failed to do is not the same as when someone imposes one on your as they state their opinion or assumptions about something you did. Read the many different ones shared on page 135 for example: Honey, my shirts are still at the dry cleaners. Or my favorite one as a teen: Mom, all the other kids’ parents are letting them sleep over! Read the stories on your own and the tips Forgiveness is the Key and Choose gratitude over guilt. The next chapters deal with Anger, Self-Sabotage, Laziness, Envy and Focus. OOLA Accelerators is next as the seven chapters to follow are where they say the fun begins. Gratitude, Love, Discipline, Integrity, Passion, Humility and Wisdom each one defined, stories that have been shared by real people and at the end tips and advice to help you deal with your own accelerators. Wisdom comes from many places: your own experiences, people you know, and successful people would you like to follow. Listening to all three will help you grow in OOLA as stated on page 292. The tips at the end focus on gaining wisdom from life experiences, seek wisdom from people who’ve achieved what you want and finally spend time in proportion to the decision being made. The final fifth section is titled: 3 simple steps to the OOLA LIFE! Step One is the OOLA WHEEL : Where are you today? It’s impossible to get where you’re going without knowing where you are now. Each part of the wheel is described. There are seven spokes: The Hub, The Valve each contain a part using the OOLA Fitness Wheel I even took the test followed by the OOLA Finance questions and rated myself. Then the OOLA Family, Field, Faith, Friends and Fun and the complete OOLA Wheel on page 317. Then I learned where to begin and what I need to work on first. The next chapter is titled The OOLA PlAN and Where do you want to go? Part Three The OOLA PATH and the Conclusion: Once you start there’s not going back to Ordinary. So read this book, take the journey and you too will become OOLA AWESOME!
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine