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Better than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love Paperback – September 23, 2014
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Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason, Love For No Reason, and Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul
At The Oprah Winfrey Show, I met many transformational speakers and authors, and I can say with assurance that Dr. Lombardo's path to change is a phenomenal one. Let her show you how to get out of your own way, and get the most out of life!"
Candi Carter, CEO of New Chapter Entertainment and former Senior Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show
"With the goal of helping people before they need the couch,” clinical psychologist Lombardo explains how to combat perfectionism and stop striving for unattainable goals. She instructs using the acronym PERFECT: Postmortem your past; Evaluate your expectations; Reinforce new roads; Fail forward; Eliminate extremes; Create, don’t compare; and Transcend. In each category she provides insights, case studies, and worksheets to help readers draw up and practice realistic expectations in order to achieve fulfilled and empowered lives. Verdict: A solid starting point for those who suffer from perfectionist tendencies."Library Journal
About the Author
In her quest to help people actualize their dreams, Lombardo went back to school to get her PhD in clinical psychology. Wanting to help people before they need a couch,” she now coaches, consults, and speaks to groups about how to achieve their desired results.
Lombardo is a highly sought-after speaker and media consultant who has been honored by giving a prestigious TEDx talk. She is frequently interviewed by today’s top media outlets, including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Money magazine, Health, USA Today, MSNBC, CNN, and National Public Radio. She has made multiple appearances on The Today Show, has a monthly column in Better Homes & Gardens, and is a contributor to The Huffington Post.
Lombardo is also the author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two children.
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Top Customer Reviews
Live fully. Many times the only one holding us back is ourselves. This gives ways to change that. There's no re-ride on life - make it count.
A perfectionist herself, Dr Lombardo knows well how perfectionism prevents not only positivity and happiness, but also our productivity. After explaining what perfectionism is, she shares 7 techniques to help you silence your inner critic and create a more fulfilling, happier life. Her exercises and suggestions for behavioural changes are practical and helpful. They include choosing passion rather than fear (perfectionists are usually motivated by fear of failure rather than passion for whatever it is they are doing) and stopping comparing yourself to others in an attempt to feel better about yourself. It just has the opposite effect. Although the tips are simple, putting them in practice is not easy, especially for perfectionists, who feel frustrated if they can't do something perfectly well on their very first try. Just stick with it, or recruit a friend to hold you accountable if you must. The tips work, they just take time.
The book is a fast, easy, and accessible read. Lombardo shares many stories from her personal life as well as case studies of her clients, highlighting how much their lives changed for the better when they put these techniques into practice.Read more ›
Great work Dr. Lombardo!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Misleading title. It is all about people that are perfectionists and how to curb that. I was looking for some normal advicePublished 26 days ago by G. Curcio
This book is changing my life for the better. I would recommend it to anyone. Who knew that "perfectionism" has so many facets? Read morePublished 8 months ago by Patricia Harrison Taylor
I found this book is really great, it is help me to release the stress and this book can give me an advice and idea as how to deal with difficult and hard people when they are give... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Katherine Hwang
Even though I have let go, there are still traits I didn't realize were part of perfectionism. This book is a fun read and helps you see where you might be more of a perfectionist... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jon F. Paul
Wonderfully written - Dr. Lombardo is clear and concise in describing the perfectionists traits and characteristics. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Brian Munoz