This book will help you design and create the best version of yourself. It will give you the chance to shape the kind of person you want to be, and to articulate the goals you want to achieve in your life, both professionally and personally. It will help you behave in ways that are true to your most honorable and generous self.
It is a practical guide for people who are interested in leading a more meaningful and successful life, or helping others to do so. It teaches you how to author your own life and how to make commitments to yourself and others that will transform your life for the better.
You’ll learn to reflect on your life, think about what really matters to you, and how to create a personal mission statement. You’ll think about your values, articulate your goals, and manage your time effectively. You’ll explore what it means to live an examined life. At the end of each chapter, there are questions to think about and actions to take that reinforce the key messages.
Chris Palmer is an author, speaker, wildlife filmmaker, and retired professor. He serves on the Board of Montgomery Hospice, runs an “aging well” group for the Bethesda Metro Area Village, and is a hospice volunteer. During his filmmaking career, he swam with dolphins and whales, came face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, and waded hip-deep through Everglade swamps. This is his seventh book. All proceeds from his books go to fund scholarships for students at American University.
Part I: Create a Vision for Your Life
Chapter 1: Explore and Define Success
Chapter 2: Search for Meaning
Chapter 3: Create a Personal Mission Statement
Part II: Set Goals Derived from Your Vision
Chapter 4: Establish Goals
Chapter 5: Invest in Personal Development
Chapter 6: Take Your Goals and Commitments Seriously
Part III: Act on Your Goals and Be Productive
Chapter 7: Create an Effective Daily Routine
Chapter 8: Take New Actions Relentlessly
Chapter 9: Learn to Say No
Chapter 10: Be Choosy About Technology and Social Media
Chapter 11: Be a Successful Parent in Challenging Times
Chapter 12: Be Organized and Live Simply
Chapter 13: Network and Find Mentors
Epilogue: Design and Create Your Future
About the Author
In his book Finding Meaning and Success: Living a Fulfilled and Productive Life, Palmer combines years of research, notes from workshops he's conducted, and personal experience into a guide he says is designed for all ages. He emphasizes the value of crafting a mission statement, having a vision, setting goals and taking action.
Productivity and success begin with a mission statement, according to college professor Palmer. Before you start your to-do lists, you need to be clear on what is truly important in your life and where you hope to be heading. Once that’s expressed in writing, it becomes easier to plan goals and create a daily routine that allows for time to pursue what’s really important. Palmer, who teaches a college class on this subject, is organized and direct. His chapters are filled with lists and each segment ends with proposed questions and actions. He emphasizes being accountable and trustworthy, and he brings in quotes from a variety of successful people, including Stephen Covey and Warren Buffett, to support his statements. Time is limited, says Palmer, so making good choices is essential. Saying yes to one action always forces us to say no to another. Readers searching for a way to bring meaning into their lives will find just what they're seeking in this inspiring guidebook.
Full of wisdom and evidence-based advice, this wonderful book addresses how we can each lead productive and fulfilling lives. Palmer calls on readers to define success on their own terms and to prioritize relationships and meaning over fame and wealth. An edifying and inspiring read.
This book contains the keys to living a life of significance. Chris Palmer explores the latest advice and research on relationships, meaning, commitments, and many other topics, to summarize the best guidance to help you transform your life.
Each of us has the opportunity to live a startup life. In Finding Meaning and Success, Chris Palmer shares the wisdom and tools we need to launch and live out a happy and meaningful venture.
December Issue, Bethesda Magazine: The book was included in a roundup of new titles.