Kinard offers advice for jump-starting your life in this slim motivational volume.
Life coach, speaker, and mentor Kinard’s stated goal is to inspire readers to extricate themselves from a RUT (“really unproductive time and place”) and live “ignited” lives. As Kinard explains, “A life ignited is ‘a life of purpose, on purpose, in motion.’ ” Through attestations, personal stories, and motivational facts (example: Walt Disney was once fired from a newspaper for being insufficiently creative), Kinard attempts to help readers get their lives back on track. Advice includes analyzing causes of failure, becoming open and committed to positive change, jettisoning bad habits and relationships, and remembering to love oneself. Throughout, Kinard shares experiences from her own life, including standing up to a fifth-grade bully, embracing technological advances early during her career in real estate, adopting a new diet at the suggestion of a doctor, and overcoming her fear to ask for a raise. In addition to her advice, Kinard encourages the reader to take an active role in the reading experience by physically writing the answers to many of the questions she poses, including (here she borrows some The Wizard of Oz metaphors) “What is your Emerald City (your goal/desired outcome)?” and “Who is the wicked witch in your life who is trying to keep you away from your goals and dreams?” While some of the instructions for self-interrogation seem simple or childish, the approach can, on occasion, reveal dimensions to personal problems that were previously obscure. Kinard frequently professes her belief in God (a lengthy recommended prayer of her own composition is included in the final chapter), and secular readers may be turned off. While Kinard retreads many of the established mantras of self-help culture, the simplicity and brevity of the volume recommend it over lengthier works.
A compact call to action for the improvement-minded.