LAKE CITY, Jan. 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- To kickstart
2023, bestselling author Kevin Guest
is encouraging others to start something during January's National
Rising Star Month.
Drawing from his bestselling book, All the Right Reasons: 12
Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony, Guest shares
lessons of how taking risks and starting a worthy habit can elevate
a person to success in personal and professional efforts.
"Accepting the challenge to start something – new or old – is
invigorating and a bit scary because it gets us out of our comfort
zone and focused on new discoveries," said Guest, chairman and CEO
of USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA), a billion-dollar nutritional
supplement company in 24 worldwide markets. "Starting a habit
earnestly helps us discover inner strength and brings untold
According to Guest, January is an ideal time to start something
new because it is National Rising Star Month, which encourages all
individuals to step up and share their talents.
"From my experience, everyone has talents to share, even those
who feel hopeless or invisible," said Guest. "When they reveal
those, the benefits are immeasurable."
Beyond energizing one's days with purpose, Guest said starting a
new habit brings five key rewards: increased self-confidence,
beneficial physical changes, positive thought patterns, an improved
ability to handle stress, and a firmer resolve to live according to
one's core values.
"When I'm true to my values, my life is in harmony and an inner
balance strengthens me to face challenges," he said. "When I'm
inconsistent with what I know is right for me, I'm living a life in
dissonance, and nothing good happens."
In one inspiring story in his book, Guest cited Rwandan
Immaculee Ilibagiza in what he calls the "Cardboard Keyboard"
principle. After Rwanda's genocide
in 1994, Hutu fighters hunted Ilibagiza, who fled for protection.
Even with soldiers outside her window taunting and calling her
name, Immaculee stayed positive, was rescued, traveled to
Rwanda's capital, and applied for
a United Nations job for weeks with no luck.
Telling herself she could master English, which would improve
employment opportunities, Immaculee drew a computer keyboard on a
cardboard scrap and spent hours learning how to type. With
determination to learn English, countless attempts to get that job,
and positive self-talk, she was eventually hired.
"That level of persistence and positive self-talk has power to
carry us to higher ground and plow through any obstacle," said
Guest. "Immaculee never told herself she couldn't do it, even
though everything she had to learn was difficult."
To inspire others to start something now, Guest wrote, "Risk can
produce great rewards. The only strategy guaranteed to fail is to
not take risks. Taking a risk, a leap of faith, is an essential
part of progress."
All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a
Life in Harmony is available on Amazon. All proceeds feed
hungry children, with each book purchase providing 40 meals.
For more information, visit www.kevinguest.com.
Tim Brown | Candid Communications |
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