Changing Your Life in Just Ten Days: Creating the Life You Were Always Meant to









Changing Your Life in Just 10 Days


Marie White






















Copyright © 2016 Marie White

All rights reserved.













Dedicated to my children.

You make me want to model a life well lived.

I love you more than words can express.





















Are you living the life that you’ve always dreamed of living?


I’m willing to bet that your answer to that is a resounding no.


Maybe you have never thought about why your life is the way that it is or maybe you have contemplated it, but have no clue as to how to change it. The following chapters are going to walk you through ten days of simple steps that you can take to create the life that you’ve always wanted.


As a mother, wife, teacher, author, traveler and host, I am living a life beyond what I could have ever dreamed. I am the author of several books including Ten Day Bible Study and God’s Love for LGBQTI. I also host the popular YouTube channel Bible Stories for Adults and am a missionary with Global Media Outreach.

If I can do it, then anyone can do it. It all comes down to defining your goals and going after them.


Your journey to success is just a moment away.


Everything that I’m about to share with you has been tried and shown to be effective. Success does not come overnight. However, if you don’t take the first step, you’ll never go anywhere.


If you commit to doing each day individually and complete the exercises that are outlined in each chapter, then I can promise you that it will change your life.


Prepare to take notes, click links, watch clips and jump into a whole new existence!

















The first step in changing your life quickly is to get better perspective.


Let’s start by making a list. What are the five most important things in your life at the moment?


My list might look like this:

1. My relationship with God

2. My husband and children

3. Making a difference in other people’s lives

4. My health

5. Being productive in my work


Those five things determine everything else that I do in life. If I want to do something and it doesn’t help one of those five things, then it probably isn’t going to happen.


Look at your list.


Do you see how every decision you make hinges upon how it affects those five things?


Zig Ziglar says that people can’t hit a goal that they don’t have. What are the five most important goals that you want to achieve?









Let’s start by looking at number one. Write down three things that are standing in the way of that goal right now.








Move on to your next goal until all five of your goals and the obstacles to achieving them are clearly written out.






















Going through all of that takes a bit of work, but that small act will have a huge impact on your ability to reach your goals.


Today’s assignment is to listen to this recording about goals: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x23kuhw_earl-nightingale-using-time-management_lifestyle


Sleep on the information tonight and allow your mind to begin to formulate ways to break down your goals into manageable pieces. You will start to find paths around the obstacles.


Tomorrow we will look at the next step in changing your life.



Today’s objectives are to:


-Define your goals

-Identify obstacles

-Find solutions

-Sleep on ideas










Prepare for the Best




Yesterday’s exercises made you aware of the obstacles in the way to achieving your goals. If one of those obstacles was money, then let me remind you of the saying “time is money.”


When I first started my writing career, a publisher offered me a contract and told me that if I signed with this company I would have access to the finest marketing team available.

However, I would be required to set-up my own monthly speaking engagements, networking and advertising. I would pay for their expertise with a portion of my book’s sales and still have to do the actual work myself.


I was shocked. Wasn’t the beauty of a book contract that I write the book, they love the book, they do all the work and I sit back and enjoy the money?


That isn’t the way that it works anymore.


Luckily, I had done my research and knew that many people in marketing had already published books on how to market a book. If I was willing to use my time and effort, I could do what they could do—at almost no cost.


My time was actually worth money.


Your time is worth money, too, and you may find that you do a better job than the “professionals” because you really care about the outcome.


Go back to your list from yesterday.


Highlight the obstacles that involve money. Now begin to think about ways to achieve those goals without the financial limitations.


If you goal is to go back to school, do a search online to see about college scholarships for single mothers, men over forty or people who make under $$$. Look for special scholarships or student loans that are particular to your state or county. Call the local community college or university and talk to a counselor.


A friend of mine was enrolling her daughter in one course at community college and the counselor asked why she was only taking a single class. My friend admitted to the counselor that her daughter had missed the scholarship deadline for that year. The woman informed her that there was another scholarship available right away and it turned out that she was able to enroll her daughter in college for free!


This goes back to the old saying, you don’t know if you don’t ask.


Your attitude is everything. Attitude can turn a defeat into a victory if you learn something from the experience.


There are many things that you can do today to achieve your goals. The first thing you can do is dress for the job that you want. If you are want a management position then start to present yourself as management. Care about the way that you look. Comb your hair, use deodorant, iron your clothing, show up early, stay a little late and show your employer that you are worthy of a promotion.


If you want to be something else, surround yourself with it.


Not only will you instantly become a more interesting person, but you will begin to know your craft. If you interest is in trading stocks then you should have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal or get copies of it from your local library. If your interest is in botany then you should have botany magazines and books littering your home. Saying that you want to build a business, yet not educating yourself on entrepreneurship demonstrates a lack of commitment. You need to eat, sleep and breathe what you desire to be.


Network with the people around you.


If your goal is to be a reporter then find out if anyone you know has a friend at the local newspaper or news station. Then ask them how they got started and any tips they might have for entering the business.


If your goal is to be a writer then there are some great classes by literary agent, Sally Apokedak. She offers them through an online skills website called Udemy. She is extending an offer to readers of this book to get 75% off of her writing courses by using the coupon code: marie75. Here is the link:


Follow this link to the article, 52 Tips for Happiness, Heath and a Better Life:



Here is a recap of the tips to help you achieve the goals that you wrote down yesterday:


1. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

2. If you want it, surround yourself with it.

3. Find the resources around you.

4. Network to build relationships.


Today’s assignment is to watch this clip and do what it says to do, https://youtu.be/cRMogDrHnMQ











Chase After Failure




Most of us are afraid of making fools of ourselves.


In his book, Failing Forward, John Maxwell says to embrace failure as a learning experience. His book describes many successful people and the massive failures that launched them into success.


Listen to this quote from the book:



As it turns out you don’t have to completely revamp your life overnight. All you really need to do is identify your bad habits—work to eliminate them, and develop good habits that will help you reach your goals.


I found that if I spent a few minutes each day writing, in a short amount of time I had a book. I found that if I spent a few minutes reading each day, I had read an entire book. And if I spent a few minutes exercising each day, I got in-shape. It was all about developing new habits and none of them were radical.


The best place to get your reading done is in the bathroom. Place a book, magazine or article in the bathroom and inevitably the time will come when you have nothing better to do than read. In a few days or months you will have read the entire thing. Maybe twice.


In the book Cheaper by the Dozen, the family painted the Morse Code on their bathroom wall and in no time they had memorized it. The same can be done with maps, the sign-language alphabet or Bible verses.


Turn off the TV, internet and video game apps.


Nothing will waste your time faster and cause you more harm than using these devices to devour the only productive years you have. If these items are addictions for you then tell yourself that you can watch and play them forever—when you’re in a nursing home.


Until then, delete them from your phone, cancel your subscription and put time limits on your computer (it’s under “settings.”)


The book, The Power of Habit, really helps you understand the power of the things that we do on a daily basis and how they can take over all of the time in our lives.


Today’s assignment is to watch:



Today’s objectives are to:


-Identify bad habits

-Choose good habits

-Initiate bathroom learning

-Remove time-suckers












Build Your Spiritual Life




Each person has been made for a purpose.


Knowing what your purpose is will allow you to focus your energy and accomplish a myriad of projects.


John Maxwell said, “There are two great days in a person’s life: the day you were born and the day you discover why.”


It’s a true statement. Once I knew that my purpose in life was to share the love of God with others, I could not contain my passion for the subject.


What is your purpose?


Why do you think that God created you?


Are you living your life with purpose?


Have you ever wanted to find out what God designed you for?


Today your task is to find out what special traits you’ve been given in order to pursue your purpose in life.


Here is a free spiritual gifts assessment that will help you to see some of the ways that God has gifted you. http://www.spiritualgiftstest.com/test/adult


Getting to know God by yourself is not the ultimate goal. Knowing Him and sharing this relationship with others is the goal.


Is there a way that you can help others?


Call a local food bank, homeless shelter or refugee program. If you go to church, find out about volunteering somewhere within your church.


There is no better way to change your life than to invite God into your life and to impact the lives of others.


My YouTube channel, Bible Stories for Adults and the book, Ten Day Bible Study are both designed to draw Christians in to a deeper level of intimacy with God.


Bible Stories for Adults goes through the entire Bible in short videos from two to five minutes in length. How would your life change if you had a thorough understanding of the Bible?



Today’s objectives are to:


-Find your purpose

-Research ways to help others

-Develop your relationship with God

-Think of ways to impact others













Changing Your “Stinkin’ Thinkin’”




What differentiates successful people from unsuccessful people?


Is it money?












Could it be their thinking patterns?


Zig Ziglar said that during The Great Depression, some people were crushed by the economic climate. But he also saw something remarkable, some people did extremely well…during The Great Depression. How is that possible? Mr. Ziglar uses that illustration to show that it’s not what’s going on around a person that determines how they do financially, but what’s inside a person. A hard-working, disciplined person- with a great attitude is always in demand.


John Stossel did a special about what traits cause people to succeed. Here is the 5 minute clip, https://youtu.be/6aEx-ArJw_k


Some of the biggest success stories in our country come from legal immigrants who came to the US with less than ten dollars in their pockets. They carried nothing with them except a desire to succeed and the ability to work hard. Many of them did not even speak English.


If you live in a country where you speak the language and have more than ten dollars, you are way ahead of where they started. They are rich and successful now. What’s your excuse?


If you are reading this and following the steps I’m outlining, then you are already being pro-active in developing the skills necessary to change your life. A completely new life is only months away from you! You are already headed there.


Let’s take a few minutes to put your dreams on paper.


In five years:


Where will you live?



What will it look like?



Where will you work?



What will you look like?



What will the people around you look like?



Hold on to that mental picture. Start to plan for it when you daydream. Pick out the couch for the new house. Cut out picture from magazines and create a collage of the life you want. Figure out where you’ll sit to look out at the ocean. Plan the toast you’ll give at a big event. Start to live your life as if the dream is in view. Because it is.


Here is your homework for today’s ten-day assignment:













Unlocking Your Potential




Maybe you are reading all of this and thinking, “This sounds great, but I’m not talented enough to make a change in my life.”


Today’s videos include one of my favorite Ted Talks.


Sir Ken Robinson will inspire you to take a good look at your life and see if there is a talent in you that has been hidden. It’s your job to uncover the talents that are under the surface.


Many of the most talented people on earth suffer from debilitating illnesses. Some are too sick or crippled to get out of bed. Others are blind, deaf, paralyzed or deformed. They dictate books into their computer from bed. They write inspirational songs. They pray without ceasing for missionaries in other countries. They raise money for the poor, start new business ventures and innovate, all with their debilitating handicap. It doesn’t stop them.


Their suffering has produced in them the ability to focus solely on the one thing that they believe they are on earth to accomplish and they go at it with every ounce of energy they can muster.


You can do the same.


Here are two talks, the first by Sir Ken Robinson and the second by the inspirational speaker, Nic Vujicic:








Today’s objectives are to:


-See ways you can overcome your hindrances

-Gain a positive mindset about struggles

-Be inspired

-Pass this on to someone who needs it










Buying Confidence




What if you could buy confidence?


Who wouldn’t jump on the opportunity to stride into a room and be completely sure of themselves?


Confidence is defined by Google as “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.”


If you aren’t walking around with confidence it’s probably because you have not realized what your “abilities or qualities” are.


If that is the case then here are two quizzes to help you identify your abilities and qualities. If you already know your skills and interests, feel free to skip these two quizzes and move on to the video at the end.


Take this quiz to see what your interests are: [+ https://www.qut.edu.au/study/undergraduate-study/match-my-skills+]


And this quiz to help identify career paths for your skills: [+ http://www.whatcareerisrightforme.com/career-aptitude-test.php+]


Today’s video will teach you how to give yourself the gift of confidence. It’s easier than you think.




Today’s objectives are to:


-Identify your interests

-Practice the confidence poses from the video

-Use the poses tomorrow

-See if your career matches your mental image of yourself










Laughter is the Answer




Depression is no laughing matter, but it should be. Why? Because laughter is the best medicine. Each time you laugh, you release endorphins (feel good hormones) into your body.


Getting serious about changing your life can only come when you have the right emotional health. While you need perspective, purpose and focus, you also need the warm glow of laughter in your soul.


Laughing gives you the same feeling as having a hot cup of coca on a cold day. It warms you from the inside out. Why else do you think funny cat videos are all the rage online? They give people an endorphin rush to start the day and help to transform their attitude.


If your life is not where you want it to be, make sure that you make a daily dose of laughter part of your prescription. It even helps to alleviate pain and stress.


Today’s assignment has several parts. The first part is Getting Unstuck from Depression and the second part is your daily dose of laughter.


Getting Unstuck from Depression-



Here is your daily dose of laughter:


Brian Regan-



Kevin James-



Jim Gaffigan-



Tim Hawkins-













Connecting With the People Around You




No one wants to go through life alone.


We weren’t designed for a life of solitude. Study after study has been conducted to show that being alone is harmful to your mental state and to your physical health.


Here is an article about what being alone does to you: http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/loneliness-can-really-hurt-you/


The movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, did a great job illustrating how loneliness can be self-imposed and that a bright new future is often waiting around the corner.


Watch the trailer here and prepared to be inspired!



Additionally, how you see yourself and how your body feels can have a lot to do with how you connect with other people. If you want to get to know others, develop a skill. All cities have free or inexpensive community classes in pottery, art, computer skills, reading groups, music lessons, etc. Find something that interests you and jump in!


Through acquiring a new skill you will become a more interesting person and you will meet new people. Expanding your circle of acquaintances will allow you access to people who may end up becoming close friends.


Here is John Maxwell’s talk, How to Connect with People,



Here is a free movie to inspire you:

[+ http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/watch-fat-sick-and-nearly-dead/+]












Running the Race Ahead




Running the Sahara is one of my favorite movies. Besides being a story of endurance, it also illustrates the power of persistence and cultural conditioning. The part that stands out the most to me is when one of the three runners, the one from Taiwan, decides to give up. He seems so conditioned to the government being in-charge of his life, that culturally he is unable to see a way of getting into a country- that doesn’t want to let him in.


Meanwhile his American teammate faces the news with an attitude of “we’ll run right up to the border and do everything in our power to get into the country,” so that they could run through it.


Watching this scene in the movie is really a study in people’s reaction to the situations that they are put in. I won’t tell you what happens because it really is worth watching, but I will tell you that persistence makes all the difference in life.


Here is the trailer that explains the movie:



Hellen Keller said, “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”


Samuel Johnson said, “Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.”


I hope that you have enjoyed this book and that in the ten days that we’ve spent together you have seen many ways to improve your life.


Watching the following two videos once a week will dramatically change your life. Buying Zig Ziglar’s audiobooks and listening to them on the way to work daily will change your life FOREVER. Your life can and will change if you are willing to put in the work to change it.

Zig Ziglar said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.”





Changing Your Thoughts:



Today’s objectives are to:


-Share this book with someone who needs it

-Begin a brand new outlook on life

-Find a way to listen to motivational talks daily

-Go to Ted.com and bookmark the “Life Hacks” section



Recommended Reading


The Survivor’s Club by Ben Sherwood

Ten Day Bible Study by Marie White

Over the Top by Zig Ziglar

Failing Forward by John Maxwell

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

The Knack by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham



Audiobook Recommendations


The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Over the Top by Zig Ziglar

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Goals by Zig Ziglar

The Knack by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham




Share the love of God with someone you know!



And, share this book.



Changing Your Life in Just Ten Days: Creating the Life You Were Always Meant to

  • ISBN: 9781311667762
  • Author: Marie White
  • Published: 2016-01-31 15:50:19
  • Words: 3727
Changing Your Life in Just Ten Days: Creating the Life You Were Always Meant to Changing Your Life in Just Ten Days: Creating the Life You Were Always Meant to