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What: “Twenty-Something Ideas,” by Randy Large

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Where: The book can be purchased for $16 at Amazon.com and other online book sellers and at Hastings, 3020 E. 20th St., Farmington. A signed copy can be purchased at Sherrie's Studio, 101 W. Main Street, Farmington.

FARMINGTON — The goal of Randy Large's new book is to help people identify what prevents them from reaching their full potential.

In February, the Farmington man self-published "Twenty-Something Ideas: The Thoughts, Beliefs & Behaviors of True Success." He hopes the concepts and strategies in the book will help people recognize how their behaviors and negative thought patterns can entrap them.

Large, who co-owns Farmington photography business Sherrie's Studio, has been a leadership development consultant and speaker since 1992. For the past six years, he has also helped substance abuse addicts in treatment centers, such as Four Winds Recovery and AXIS, a jail-based treatment program that helps women overcome methamphetamine and other addictions.

Using a program he developed called True Success Skills, Large helps addicts make a new start by figuring out the triggers and negative belief patterns that control their destructive and limiting behaviors.

"Twenty-Something Ideas" consists of 29 concepts broken down by chapter, such as confronting behavior, creative thought and walking wounded. Large says the strategies help not only addicts. Because almost everyone is addicted to something that holds them back, anyone can apply the ideas to find more success, he said.

"You can say addicts are in a rut, but the truth is we're all in a rut, and if we can figure out how to pull ourselves out of that rut, the possibilities are endless," he said. "My objective is to help people understand who they are and how they got there, then to help them identify where they want to be and the steps they can take to get to that goal."

Large's training program, which now consists of six, two and a half hour classes, began evolving into its current form in 1993, when San Juan College asked Large to develop a work ethics curriculum. The request came as retail businesses were suffering from large employees turnover and noticing that many workers were unable to get or keep a job. The U.S. Department of Labor's Welfare-to-Work initiative funded Large's program, expanding it to counties beyond San Juan County.

"I found out that it's possible to teach people a work ethic, and the students really wanted to learn," Large said. "I began to teach people what they already know, and I keep asking them questions until they realize they have already have the answer."

Kelly Eaves, an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance in Farmington, picked up Large's book and read it in two days. She said the principles are simple but have powerful results.

"It's a matter of applying it to life," she said. "It's really helped me in various areas of my life, and I've re-read several sections over again. The chapter on forgiveness is especially good, because sometimes we tend to not let things go. Randy's description of forgiveness is not about releasing others, it's about releasing yourself so you can move forward."

Nancy Shepherd, San Juan College's presidential adviser for community relations, has seen Large's program evolve from its earliest stages. She said the book will be used in the next Leadership San Juan program.

"I've already had people say that (the book) influences them to get out of their victim mentality and will also help change their children's attitudes toward life," Shepherd said. "It's about causing attitudinal changes in people, instead of just educating them on the surface."

And that, Large says, is what's different about his program: it focuses on getting to the root of what limits success.

"A lot of programs deal with the symptoms, rather than the disease," he said. "I want to help people understand what the deeper issues are that are preventing them from being successful, and to help them find ways to get to that success.

Leigh Black Irvin covers health for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4610 and lirvin@daily-times.com Follow her @irvindailytimes on Twitter.