By Charelle Evelyn on September 22 2014
Changing your life doesn’t have to be a painful process. According to life coach, spiritual teacher, author and motivational speaker David Wahlund’s, there are 10 key elements to making that change.
Wahlund’s latest book, The 10 Keys, is a pocket-sized guide that was released in mid-July outlining the 10 decisions he recommends for achieving personal success and fulfillment.
Q: What started you down this path? David Wahlund: I remember when I was about 18 I read Think and Grow Rich [a selfhelp book published in 1937] for the very first time and it was like reading a whole new language. And there was one thing that’s written in there about having specialized knowledge and I remember I didn’t have any knowledge to offer. At that age, I had no idea what I wanted to do, where I wanted to go, but I remember I was little bit bummed out, I guess you could say, about not having that knowledge yet. So I didn’t know where to go or what to do so I just started to study, started to go on my own path and spent a lot of years bumping along life knowing that nothing was clicking, wasn’t finding my calling, if you will.
Q: What changed? DW: I’d always fallen back on personal growth. And I’m very fortunate to have some amazing mentors who saw something in me and really helped me and encouraged me and believed in me. When you bump around long enough, all of a sudden it just clicks. In 2007, I was watching a random movie playing on TV – it was called Finding Neverland. What [Johnny Depp’s character, J.M. Barrie] would do, he would carry around a leather journal and he was capturing his ideas… Everything became clear after watching him and watching that character, how he would capture his ideas it was just like a floodgate opened and I just knew right then when everything was going to start.
Q: Did you start your own journal? DW: I did, yeah. And then the journal upgraded to a laptop. I still carry a journal. I haven’t stopped writing since. Now 11 books in, I’m just working on getting them out there now. It’s just been such an exciting ride for ideas and projects.
Q: Is there anyone you’ve coached that you think back on and think, ‘This is why I do this’? DW: There’s been a few actually. If you can share an idea with somebody, you can just watch them take that idea and start to apply it in their lives in some way. And all of a sudden they start to think a little bit differently, they start to act a little bit differently, they start to believe a little bit differently... There’s a brightness in their eyes, their face is smiling without even having a smile. It’s a whole different type of a person now that you see. They’re no longer bogged down with all the stuff that keeps us trapped. It’s like there’s a freedom about them and a confidence they exude. That makes it worth it every time. The 10 Keys is available at Books and Company and InJoy Studio and Boutique.
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