author Jim Donovan for several years has been helping dozens
of individuals; companies and organizations achieve their
goals. His presentation tonight is sponsored by the Bucks
County SIDS Alliance, a group whose founder finds Donovan
Donovan would like you to take back your life. Whatever it
is that has you depressed, frustrated, overwhelmed or hopeless,
Donovan, an author, motivational coach and seminar leader,
believed you can overcome your circumstances to live the life
you really want.
before you dismiss the Buckingham resident as just another
self-help guru doling out common sense or recycled sentimentality,
he would like you to reserve judgment.
all, common sense, says Donovan, is really not that common.
the man who has made a career spurring others on to professional
and personal growth believes in the power of what he writes
and speaks about simply because he has lived it.
former alcoholic and drug addict transformed a life of misery
and desperation into a life that has surpassed any dreams
he ever had.
all go through our own pain," he says. "Thats just part
of the lessons of living. But people have to know that no
matter where you are in life, you can take charge, you can
change and you can reclaim your life."
will share some of the principles to "reclaiming your life"
in a presentation at Doylestown Hospital tonight.
by the Bucks County SIDS Alliance, the program will cover
several areas, including how to shift your beliefs to create
the life you want, how to overcome any challenge, how to use
the law of attraction to create your dreams and how to use
your inner guidance to inspire change.
55, for several years has been helping dozens of individuals,
companies and organizations achieve their goals. He runs his
own publishing company and is the author of several books,
including "Handbook to a Happier Life," "Reclaim Your Life"
and "This is Your Life, Not a Dress Rehearsal."
is just one of the most motivating and inspiring people Ive
ever met," says Tammy Daley. "He wrote all these books from
his own personal experience. You can get professional experience,
but when youre with an individual who has suffered like
you and picked themselves up, thats so much more healing
runs the Bucks County SIDS Alliance, an organization that
provides grief support and education to families who have
lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
illness is the No. 1 cause of death for infants 1 week of
age and older, claiming the lives of about 3,000 apparently
healthy babies in the United States annually. It is the cause
of death when all known causes have been ruled out through
autopsy, investigation and a review of medical history.
lost her 5-month-old son to SIDS four years ago. Although
wracked with grief, she decided to channel her pain into something
positive, creating the Bucks County Alliance for families
here and in Montgomery and Philadelphia counties when she
learned there were no support groups in the area. The alliance
provides grief counseling to more than 40 families and also
runs a SIDS hotline.
SIDS is unexplained," says Daley, "The hard part is theres
nobody to blame. I wanted to make sure than no family went
through what we went through, meaning they woke up one day
and had no one to talk to and no one to give them a reason
since founding the group, Daleys vision has grown even
is in the proves of starting a grief center called Peaceful
Solutions to provide support for people dealing with any kind
of loss, whether it be the death of a pet, a family member
of someone involved in the September 11th tragedies.
whom she shared her dream with when it was nothing more than
a vague idea in her head, has been instrumental in encouraging
takes all the complications out of things," says Daley, "and
he makes them simple and gives you a step-by-step way of getting
to your goal. He takes away all the craziness and the fear,
so you can say, Hey, theres nothing holding me
back from doing this."
admits hes never taken a writing class or courses in
dont have any credentials. I dont have any Ph.D.s,"
he says. "But what I do have is life experience."
his own corporate video and broadcast television business
went bankrupt in 1974, he tried his hand at several jobs before
eventually entering a rehab program in 1986 after his life
of drinking and drugs caught up with him.
hated what I had become," he says, "I had no self-respect,
no job, no friends, no money, no home, no spirituality. But
I didnt believe my life was a mess because I drank.
I used to think I drink because my life is a mess. I had to
get out of that illusion. If you can take responsibility for
your life and the conditions in it, then you have the power
left rehab determined to do just that.
immersed himself in the self-help books and tapes of others,
finding strength and perspective and eventually the impetus
to publicly share his own thoughts and experiences.
the man who left rehab with a net worth of a $1.80 and no
place to go but his parents home has a beautiful house
in Buckingham and a job that he loves.
books have been distributed worldwide and translated into
his fans include a diverse audience, from Jack Canfield, co-author
of "Chicken Soup for the Soul," to Carol Roth, a Mary Kay
my message to have any validity," Donovan says, "I have to
have walked the talk. You have to believe you can change and
get rid of your limiting beliefs. So many of us put up these
walls that say, for this to happen, this has to happen
first, and then we just get stuck.
have to come to this place where you believe you are creating
your reality and take action. Get in touch with whats
important and live your life."
February 17, 2002 By Naila Francis, Staff Writer - Staff photo
by Lawrence Kelly