What are the Four Fits of Holistic Growth?
Close to a year ago, I finished my first of several planned projects by launching my first published book, The Four Fits of Holistic Growth. Since its release, I am pleased to hear the positive feedback and stories of how this book helped their personal development, self-motivation, and overall self-worth. As I continue to market the book through various methods, I felt that it was appropriate to provide a brief overview of the book. Hopefully, after reading this blog, you are inclined to purchase the book for yourself, or a loved one who is going through difficult times.
I developed the concepts of The Four Fits while I was working on my doctorate. I, like many of you, have numerous responsibilities and obligations that seem to pull me away from my goals constantly. At times, I would find myself experiencing a swirl of negative emotions, including doubts as to whether or not I will finish school. I realized during the past two years of my journey and points prior I had to develop a stronger mental profile in order to get over the proverbial hump. Often, I found myself giving advice to those who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships, job situations, emotional distress, financial woes, and physical challenges. After some of the advice given, someone said, “You should put all of your advice in a book!” From there, came additional framework for my book.
The Four Fits is a philosophy and a mindset I developed to expand one’s thinking to be more outside the box. As stated before, we have numerous responsibilities and obligations, and without us knowing any better, we find ourselves in a box where there seems to be no way out. From that frame of thinking comes complacency and a willingness to accept whatever fate that we see in front of us, without challenging ourselves to do more, see more, and be more. Therefore, I believe that it is our priority and obligation to learn how to free ourselves from the mental box that surrounds us Sunday – Saturday. I am not advocating being so carefree that things spiral worse out of control, as this behavior is known as avoidance. Instead, learn how to maneuver from within and control your world in a method that is liberating and important to you.
I am sure many of us can relate that we do not like feeling restricted and confined. The model I created for The Four Fits is a sphere. The sphere eliminates the matrix, box-style frame of mentality and provides you the opportunity to move freely within one Fit to another. Each of the Fits designed within The Four Fits model can be in motion simultaneously. This model also throws away some of the conventional thinking of you are this type of thinker or feel a particular type of way. The Fits addresses four key areas: Spiritual/Mental, Emotional, Financial, and Physical. Within each Fit comes axioms, or foundations, that provide common-sense guidance with real-life situations. Rather than providing the appearance of me speaking down in an intellectual fashion, I wrote this book as a conversation with you. In my opinion, it is difficult to write a book on personal motivation and self-development when you cannot provide relatability to your readers.
Throughout the book, I provide personal accounts of some of the struggles that I have or still currently experience to this day. I would say that I am not truthful if I said that every day I am in control of every situation; however, just utilizing some of the foundations I used throughout my journey in regular everyday situations help me become more focused, and realize that my destiny, future, and visions are mine to control. No more blaming others or making excuses, it is a simple how-to book on attempting to overcome the challenges in your life. After reading each of the foundations, a worksheet is available for completion at your own pace. Each worksheet does not require a college-level thinking. Instead, each worksheet prompts you to look at yourself and determine how to grow from within. Such featured worksheets include how to work on your New Year’s resolution in 12 steps, acknowledging and managing your emotions, a love resume, and tackling your debt in a practical way.
As always, I thank you for taking the time to read my blog. As stated before, if you have not bought a copy of my book, please do so, and I am confident that you will enjoy not only the contents of the book, but completing the worksheets as well. The Four Fits of Holistic Growth is available on Amazon, Kindle, and Createspace. If you would like a personalized autographed copy, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin.
Dr. Terrence D. Duncan