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Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation Hardcover – August 24, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0787988791 ISBN-10: 0787988790 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (August 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787988790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787988791
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Motivational speaker and professional coach Robbins sets out for well-worn territory, turning out a useful but unsurprising exploration of the power of positive thinking and the art of appreciation. Like self-help titles such as The Secret, Robbins insists that like attracts like, and to get what we want in life we must focus on what we want (rather than what we don't). In this never preachy three-part primer, Robbins explains how the simple act of appreciation can change our lives, making up in empathy, anecdote and readability what he lacks in fresh ideas. In part one, Robbins analyzes the effects of living in a culture of negativity and fear, which keeps individuals from connecting with others, and from seeing the good in both people and life. Part two elucidates his Five Principles of Appreciation ("be grateful," "use positive words," etc.) and part three is about putting the principles into action ("it's not what we know, but what we do that matters"); exercises and "positive practices" throughout give readers further steps to put appreciation's power to work in daily life.
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Motivational speaker and professional coach Robbins sets out for well-worn territory, turning out a useful but unsurprising exploration of the power of positive thinking and the art of appreciation. Like self-help titles such as "The Secret," Robbins insists that like attracts like, and to get what we want in life we must focus on what we want (rather than what we don't). In this never preachy three-part primer, Robbins explains how the simple act of appreciation can change our lives, making up in empathy, anecdote and readability what he lacks in fresh ideas. In part one, Robbins analyzes the effects of living in a culture of negativity and fear, which keeps individuals from connecting with others, and from seeing the good in both people and life. Part two elucidates his Five Principles of Appreciation ("be grateful," "use positive words," etc.) and part three is about putting the principles into action ("it's not what we know, but what we do that matters"); exercises and "positive practices" throughout give readers further steps to put appreciation's power to work in daily life. "(Aug.)" ("Publishers Weekly," September 3, 2007)

More About the Author

Mike Robbins is the author of three books: Nothing Changes Until You Do, Focus on the Good Stuff, and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken. He's a sought-after keynote speaker who speaks to groups of all kinds throughout the world.

Some of his clients include Google, Wells Fargo, Twitter, Gap, eBay, Charles Schwab, Adobe, Chevron, Citibank, the US Department of Labor, Stanford University, the San Francisco Giants, and many others.

Mike and his work have been featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on ABC News and the Oprah radio network. Since 2008 he's been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and his books have been translated into fourteen different languages.

Mike lives in Novato, CA with his wife Michelle and their two daughters. For more information, visit www.Mike-Robbins.com or follow him on Twitter @MikeDRobbins or Facebook, www.facebook.com/mikerobbinspage

Customer Reviews

This book is both beautifully written, and easy to read.
John E. Welshons
By giving appreciation to others and ourselves we can begin to create the positive state of being that we really want in our lives.
Michael Irvine
It feels so good to slow down and think about the Good Stuff in our lives.
Molly Van Wagenen

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Bart-Williams on August 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book - perhaps better identified as a work book - is a simple journey, using several practices in appreciation and acknowledgement that become a portal out of a cynical and resigned way of life into a world worth living in. Ask yourself, "if there was nothing wrong with me, and nothing to fix or change, who would I be and what would I do with my life?" By the end of this book, you will be that person, living that life.

Mike Robbins has written this book with a genuine approach. Instead of browbeating the reader with his expertise (which he could very well have done), he joins with the reader on this journey, sharing delicate and intimate moments of his life along the way. In so doing, he creates the space for taking this simple and elegant process very seriously.

Before reading "Focus on the Good Stuff", I considered myself highly trained in positive thinking, transformational process, etc. However, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that I never thought I could impact how I thought. I knew I could sound good, I knew I could do good things, and I knew I could turn situations around on a dime; but I never thought those knee-jerk negative thoughts would ever go away. And if they didn't go away, I would always be compensating for them somehow. Those days are gone. Inside the space created by Robbins' process, I was able to retrain my thinking. Now, by simply shifting my attention outside myself, my experience of life has expanded. I'm regaining the passion in my life by focusing on what's out there and what's available to me, rather than what's wrong. I highly recommend this book.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John E. Welshons on August 28, 2007
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In today's world where civility, kindness, and generosity have often been replaced by rudeness, cynicism, conflict, and self-absorption, Mike Robbins offers us a delicious and refreshing reminder of the power of appreciation. This book is both beautifully written, and easy to read. It reminds us that happiness is difficult to come by in a "culture of complaint." But the simple act of consciously focusing on what is good, noticing what we have to be grateful for, and offering appreciation to others can magically transform our lives and our hearts. The Power of Appreciation offers a much-needed reminder of the spiritually uplifting experience gained by simply cultivating an enduring sense of gratitude. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Benoit on August 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Do self-help books really help? The best answer to this question is probably that some hit their mark with a select few, while others hit home with practically everyone who reads it. I believe that Focus on the Good Stuff is the latter - it will be of value to all who read it.

There have been a lot of books written about positive thinking, but author Mike Robbins' book takes the reader into a unique look at the power of appreciation.

Mike shows how negativity will influence our lives unless we consciously undertake actions to move toward a more positive life. Negativity - about things around us and of our own selves - can be replaced by appreciation. And it is a set of simple acts that reaps a world of good for all.

It's actually both a book and a workbook, allowing the reader to take action.

I come away from the experience finding it easier to appreciate those around me as well as a deeper appreciation of myself.

Wouldn't the world be a better place if everyone could find a little more happiness this way?

I give the book a five star rating.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jo Ana Starr VINE VOICE on August 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mike Robbins' book is the real deal.....all about what really matters in life..........being grateful for what is, and not worried about what is not.

Many of us like Mike, experienced grave disappointments early in life, in which we had difficulty separating who we are from what we do, and growing to understand, that we are who we are, regardless of what we do. Easier said than done, when other look longingly at who we used to be, or more correctly, what we used to do.

This is a book about gratitude, which is one of the true 7th wonders of the world. Accepting and appreciating who we are and being grateful for that, as well as for all the small kindnesses that come our way, is the first step to true happiness, or so it seems to me.

Mike has nailed it perfectly. If your life seems to be less than you want it to be, please consider reading this book. You will find truths here, and you will be reminded of all the wonderful aspects of life that are already yours, and inspired to reach for the other accomplishments soon to be yours.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Androus on August 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mike Robbins is a breath of fresh air in a crowded marketplace of self-help gurus and people who want to change the world. The difference is, Mike is changing the world. He lives his message and truly practices what he preaches. I love the examples in his book and the specific how-to strategies that have already helped me to change the focus in my own life. There is so much for which we can all be grateful, yet we spend most of our time focused on what's not working in our lives. Mike reminds us that by changing our focus we can manifest real change in our lives and the lives of those around us. A simple shift to the good stuff will result in great stuff! I appreciate Mike. I appreciate this book. And as a result of reading this book I have a renewed appreciation for all of the good stuff in my life. And you will too. Buy it. Read it. Pass it on.
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