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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc. (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402212402
  • ASIN: B004J8HWPK
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,452,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brook Noel is a CEO, author, speaker and mom. She has been featured on hundreds of shows and in magazines, including ABC World News, CNN Headline News and Fox and Friends. She is the author of I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye and several other books.

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Excerpt from The Change Your Life Challenge

Before We Begin...

"Look at your past. Your past has determined where you are at this moment. What you do today will determine where you are tomorrow."
- Tom Hopkins

I believe that you and I have a similar goal. I doubt you desire another book with ideas that do not work, which ultimately ends up dusty and requiring storage on an already-packed bookshelf. I do not want any dust on my book.

You want to change your life, or some part of it. Since 2005, this program has helped thousands of women, and it can help you too. But one solution will not work for everyone. I have paid close attention to the many success stories and what these women have in common.

You have likely read books in which the author spends paragraph upon paragraph advising you to put down the book and actually do an exercise or write something down. Yet many of us keep reading anyway. The author then puts big black letters or a stop sign to try and jar us from our habitual, inactive reading. We keep reading anyway. After all, we can always go back to the exercise, right? Certainly the book isn't going to walk away. Besides, maybe it makes more sense to read the whole thing through first-and then go back and do the activities. Right?

Or how about this: when was the last time you enrolled in an interactive program (school included) and completely disregarded instructions, avoided homework, and never took notes?

Simply put: you cannot apply these materials to your life successfully without doing the work. The women who succeed are active participants and apply the Steps thoroughly.

This program is not called the Think Your Life Challenge. You cannot do this all in your head. Success requires implementation, participation, and observation of personal patterns, goals, and desires. If you want to stop the tireless search for a solution and are ready to start living the solution, please proceed to page 3 and let's get started. The future awaits you!

More About the Author

I am the author of many books on the topic of grief, parenting, cooking and self-improvement. My goal is to transform problems into possibilities through creative and practical ideas. I believe that we can find balance in an unbalanced world if we work at it diligently and with an open mind.

I maintain three free e-newsletters, Good Morning (a daily service), The Daily Rush (a recipe Monday-Friday) and The Challenge Weekly (a weekly personal challenge to improve your life.)

I have appeared on CNN, Fox Friends, ABC World News, and hundreds of other shows and stations as well as being named one of the 40 Most Influential Business People under age 40 by the Business Journal.


Customer Reviews

It is very detailed and simple.
Kimberly A. Russell
You will never need another self help book again as you will find something new every time you flip back and re-read!
Lyn
If you need to make positive change in your life, this is the book for you!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Brook Noel knows how to make things happen. She sets impossible goals and meets them by being very well organized.

I found her 70 day life makeover challenge for women to be more than a little daunting. Perhaps I had that reaction because I'm a mere man . . . and not very neat and tidy around home.

Unless you embrace her vision of being a super woman (and there's nothing wrong with that), I suggest that you selectively employ this book to help you get organized where improving will make a big difference in your life.

Improving your life probably means that you've got to become better at using your time . . . or you won't have time to improve your life. Ms. Noel digs right into that area with the first 12 days of her program (including your "before" snapshot, keeping track, planning and avoiding procrastination). Everyone should read and apply that part.

Each chapter includes an explanation of that day's concept, directions for improvement, questions to help you assess yourself, an assignment and references to other materials that can help you. You can download a free workbook from her publisher's site to put your answers in.

The book's next section gets your house in order (yes, even the back of those closets you haven't visited since the Middle Ages). If you aren't as obsessed with cleanliness and neatness as this paragon of an author, you can probably take a limited dip into this part of the book.

If you cannot find any papers you need when you need them, the third part will be a gift from God. The system Ms. Noel espouses reminds me of what my very capable wife does for our family. I endorse this approach. It works!

If you want to have family dinners that everyone enjoys, part four is your section.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By ReadNReVu on October 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I had a chance to look this book over, and don't understand what all the fuss is about. There is nothing new here, from cleaning to menu planning, to relationships that hasn't been said better in other books, or even free online, and this book is double-spaced type throughout, so you go through more pages than you should have to finding this out. I hate it when book publishers waste paper like this.

The most annoying part of the book is the constant (every other day's entry) exhortation to go buy the companion workbook to get all the worksheets. If she had printed it in an 8 1/2 by 11" format, AND included the worksheets as templates, it

would be worth the price new, as it is, in a smaller size, hold off and buy it used.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Luciani on September 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I hate to give a well intentioned book three stars, but I have to agree with the previous reviewer, this book is just too much! Now it may be the book for you, and I did gain some useful tools, but frankly a 70 day program is a bit too much for me. You are supposed to read only one very brief 1-2 pages section, that is broken up over 70 days. You are not supposed to cut ahead. The requirements are to purchase a lot of supplies, which I frankly didn't have the money for, and just plain didn't want to follow the system that required those purchases. Most people that seek out reading books on organization want to start tackling. This book is painfully slow, and some of the suggestions didn't apply to me. If you are a Mom, that is frantic and works full time, you may find the slow pace of the read perfect. If you are one of the types that likes to do it all, this may be the book for you. But I am not a parent, I am a procrastinator, and not seeking to do less, but get more done.I just couldn't relate to juggling 12 hour work days, taking the daughter to doctors appointments, being on every club under the sun all while trying to manage a home. This just isn't me. I do enjoy Brooke Noel's website tremendously, and do highly recommend that.

If you are a procrastinator like I am and looking to get your life into order,I would highly recommend Marla Ciley's Sink Reflections. I found that more helpful.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Shawn K. Koca on January 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Challenge has been wonderful for me. I was definitely ready for more than what other books and systems had to offer. I love how Brook's program is a life changing program. It made me take a long, hard look at my life and what needed to "streamlined". It's awesome that I'm not just getting my house in order but every aspect of my life. I find the exercises and worksheets to be very helpful in finding exactly where I need to be focusing my efforts at any given time.

Well worth your time and energy if you are serious about gaining control of your life!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By lovelyrita006 on June 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
The program is simple to follow, initially. However, the whole process becomes saturated with very corporate-type lists, to-dos, phone logs, reflections, Happy Half Hours, reference lists, etc. It can be a great system with well-intentioned guidelines for those wanting very rudimentary basics of how to be a fully alive human being vs. a workoholic robot or stressed out mom of three. Fine for some people. If you're into someone else's idea of how to control YOUR life and those precious hours in it because you are stumped for ideas yourself, this book will rate 5 stars for you. Upon completing the 70th day, the suggested amount of time for CYLC tasks amounts to over 2 hours of Brook Noel's preferred way of handling things per day. This won't rate high for those who have independent, creative spirits and just want a little coaching and nudging in a more streamlined direction. Plus, this book will cost way more than the initial price with the supplies you have to buy in the beginning. You could always just buy a DayTimer and go from there, because that's pretty much the set-up the author borrows. Also, the book had a few pages missing, some typos and mistakes. A complete oversight noone had 'copyediting' as a to-do on their list?
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