Getting this this book is a life time investment. I like the premise. We want a big change – all at once. We get going then crash and burn. The authors suggest small steps are the answer. These are manageable steps taking 5-10 minutes a day.
There is a great deal of information this this book on a variety of personal issues. One of my favorites was preventing end of life regret. A practical suggestion is to connect with what is important to us on a daily basis, even if it is only for a few moments. (Loc 1526/3137) Something else I like is the emphasis on writing, such as daily journaling.
And you'll need a journal. This is not only a book to read. It is a book to work through with tons of questions to answer and practical strategies to consider. A variety of suggestions are presented to help work through personal issues. They might be small shifts in perspectives or habits. They might be questions to work through to help take small steps toward a better self
I am glad the authors are realistic as well as practical. They note that some of these strategic practices might make us feel worse before we feel better. They point out that if all this growth felt good, there would be no need for counselors and self-help books. (Loc 2113/3137)
I highly recommend this book. Grab a notebook and get to work. This is not a book about why small steps work. It is rather a book to help you identify the small steps you need to take to be the best you. I think you will be impressed with the suggested practical steps to take from clarifying your values to changing your thinking.
You can read an excerpt here.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Aisling Leonard-Curtin is a chartered psychologist, international speaker, trainer and author. She is a peer-reviewed acceptance and commitment therapy trainer and a functional analytical psychotherapy trainer.
Dr. Trish Leonard-Curtin is a psychologist, speaker, trainer, and author. She has trained in dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and functional analytical therapy. She serves as co-director of ACT Now Purposeful Living.
St Martin's Essentials, 384 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)