I use and recommend
the following books to my coaching clients. Each one has helped me overcome
obstacles and improve certain areas of my life. If you have any suggestions,
please let me know! (Note, clicking
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Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters
by Phillip C. McGraw Ph. D.
Phil" became famous on Oprah Winfrey's daily talk show after
helping her deal with and win a lawsuit by Texas cattlemen about
a comment on her show. He is now a regular guest on Oprah's show
and just completed a serial segment named "Get Real Challenge."
Dr. Phil is known for being very direct and rather than focus on
causes of past experiences or problems, he focuses on real solutions.
This book is a must for anyone who wants to "take charge"
of their life.
Through: a Revolutionary New Model For Finishing Whatever You Start
by Steve Levinson, Pete C. Greider
is amazing! I read it from cover to cover over the holidays and
will be using it daily to help me combat a problem I've had since
childhood - finishing whatever I start! Levinson and Greider begin
the book by explaining why good intentions simply don't work. In
reality, they explain, "we fail to follow through...not because
we as individuals lack willower, self-discipline, or chacter. It's
because we as a species have a design flaw that prevents our good
intentions - despite their obvious qualifications - from having
enough influence to consistently get the job done."
on to develop a model to overcome our design flaws and tackle some
big problems, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, eating healthy,
etc. If follow through has ever been an issue for you (think New
Years Resolutions!), then you need to read this book!
Time for Your Life : A Personal Coach's Seven-Step Program for Creating
the Life You Want
by Cheryl Richardson
Richardson is one of the best known personal coaches around. This
book is a condensation of some of the areas coaches focus on with
clients to create balance, eliminate tolerations or blocks and get
clear about the life you want to design. This book was one of my
inspirations for starting BetterMe.
by Cheryl Richardson
is a new format for "Take Time for Your Life" above, but
it's constructed to work on one section or area weekly for every
week during the year. I have started a Life Makeover group that
meets weekly to help facilitate progress. I highly recommend working
with a partner or group with this book.
Less, Make More : Stop Working So Hard and Create the Life You Really
by Jennifer White
I love the title
of this book. And it really resonates with what I do as a coach.
Nearly everyone is overworked, overstimulated and overstressed in
today's world. This book provides some simple advice and tools to
help simplify your life.
The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fullfillment
I read this
book to help me overcome my aversion to the gym. I admit it - I
didn't like working out very much. I, like so many others, wanted
to see results more quickly than is possible, and I could find a
myriad of excuses for not working out. Mastery helped change my
ways, by learning to enjoy the process and journey to mastery.
more to come...