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Product Details

  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (December 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767908848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767908849
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

What do you need to change to make your life work better and make you happier? Top-level personal coach Cheryl Richardson, author of the popular Take Time for Your Life, shows you how to make your life over, one week at a time, using her philosophy of "extreme self-care." The result: you'll reevaluate your life and connect to what matters most to you, improving the quality of your life.

Life Makeovers is organized into 52 chapters, one for each week of the year. (Procrastinators: don't wait until January 1 to start--just call this week "week 1" and get going.) Each chapter has a specific theme with a "Take Action Challenge": a practical strategy to put a change into action immediately. For example, week 1 encourages you to reflect on what you've done right by writing down your five greatest accomplishments and three ways you've grown in the past year. Week 5 helps you manage your time by creating an "Absolute Yes" list of your five top priorities for the next 3 to 6 months. Week 20 helps identify behaviors that trigger feelings of irritability or frustration with a "I know I'm headed for trouble when..." list and three things you'll put in place to support your self-care when these happen. Additional topics range widely, such as exploring your internal rules and standards, asking for support, improving your sleep, shaking up your daily routine, and sharing with those in need. Each chapter also includes several well-chosen resources for exploring the topic further.

If you use Life Makeovers as it's designed, you'll have the wisdom and inspiration of one of the best personal coaches in the business for a whole year. You'll have to work with her--no instant magic here--but it will be worth it. --Joan Price --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

Read by Richardson, a professional coach, this audiobook offers many suggestions for finding the space to live a more fulfilling life. The author has assisted many people in breaking out of lives that they consider unsatisfactory. Designed as a program of action, the tape may seem more appropriate for personal ownership rather than library collections. However, it provides good direction for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed and overburdened. Each of the exercises is accompanied by examples of how the plan has worked in the lives of either Richardson or one of her clients. At the end of each section, the listener is encouraged to make one or more specific changes during the week. A lively production; recommended to any library interested in self-help materials. Kathleen A. Sullivan, Phoenix P.L.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Cheryl Richardson is the author of The New York Times bestselling books, Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers, Stand Up for Your Life, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace and her new book The Art of Extreme Self Care. She was the first president of the International Coach Federation and holds one of their first Master Certified Coach credentials. Cheryl is also the recipient of the 2000 Motivational Book Award for Life Makeovers from Books for a Better Life, which honors the year's most outstanding books and magazines in the self-improvement genre. Her book, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace, was chosen as a finalist in the 2005 Spiritual Inspiration category for Books for a Better Life.

As a professional speaker, Cheryl has designed and presented programs to universities, Fortune 500 companies, educational conferences, and professional associations. Her work has been covered widely in the media including The Today Show, CBS This Morning, New York Times, USA Today, Good Housekeeping, and O Magazine. Most recently, Cheryl has been a regular guest on Good Morning America. She was the team leader for the Lifestyle Makeover Series on the Oprah Winfrey Show and she accompanied Ms. Winfrey on the "Live Your Best Life" nationwide tour.

Cheryl served as the co-executive producer and host of "The Life Makeover Project with Cheryl Richardson" on the Oxygen Network and as the co-executive producer and host of two Public Television Specials - "Stand Up for Your Life" and "Create an Abundant Life."

You can check out Cheryl's radio talk show -- Coach on Call -- on the Internet at www.hayhouseradio.com. The show airs live on Mondays at 5pm ET (2pm PT) and is replayed throughout the week. You can also find her Facebook Fan Page facebook.com/cherylrichardson and follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/coachoncall.

Customer Reviews

If you're looking for a change in your personal life this is a perfect starter point.
Johanna
Such advice is insulting to an intelligent person and spirtually I found the book extremely hollow.
Diane G. Harrison
I think this makes lots of sense as old habits die hard and good new habits take time to set in.
W. Rashed

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179 of 184 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you read _Take Time for Your Life_ and thought, this book is soo great, but I don't know how to organize this, then you want this book. Richardson takes the steps presented in her first book and breaks them down into 52 tasks (neatly designed to take 1 year obviously). The titles to the chapters are catchy, the exercises are useful, helpful, and not designed to take massive chunks out of your life, in fact, they are designed to put more time in your life, I think. Her style is easy and not too preachy -- she makes this fun as changing your life should be. Consider this a personal consultation with Cheryl Richardson (with a much lower price tag) :)
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By W. Rashed on May 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This "book" is excellent if you look to it and use it as a self help "tool" or "mannual" and not as a book for spiritual guidance or merely an enjoyable read. It is simply written but very well written .Precise and to the point and this is why it is so effective.However, to improve your life using this book you must be willing to work with it over a long period of time and not to just read it over a couple of hours or a couple of days.It should be used slowly to affect change and you're supposed to work with one chapter at a time over a period of a year.I think this makes lots of sense as old habits die hard and good new habits take time to set in.For example: the first week you're supposed to write 25 things you are most proud of accomplishing over the past year.It took me about 4 days to find all 25 things , but at the end I really felt good about myself, before that I used to (negatively)think that my time flew without getting anything done.Many books will spend pages and pages telling you about the benefits of positive thinking,and how to achieve it. This book actually fostered positive thinking with one very simple exercise. This is the beauty of this book! Another example:The next week I found one goal that I felt I needed to focus on and then wrote three actions that I will take each week to achieve this goal.Prior to that I used to set so many goals to work on at the same time , with no clear plan of action as to exactly how to achieve these goals.Read more ›
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369 of 392 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The author comes across very direct. She tells you what is wrong and how to correct it. She feels that only truth heals. She offers valuable solutions to some of our common problems. I gained significantly from reading the book. I would also highly recommend the book An Encounter With A Prophet where much healing truth also abides.
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186 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is designed for the work-obsessed, and will be most valuable to women who have both demanding jobs and busy home responsibilities. It is easy to turn the demands of others into a compulsion to work all the time. In that process, you can lose sight of yourself and the purposes you want to serve. The main weakness of this book is that it has you take on a great many new activities without letting most of them continue long enough to become good, new habits. Converted into a book from 52 weekly on-line newsletters, this book would have been greatly improved by editing it into a less demanding regimen with more repetition and fewer new things to do.
Ms. Richardson is a personal coach, and normally meets with her clientele weekly to check on how they are doing and to give them new direction. She has attempted to match that model by encouraging you to find a friend or a group to provide support for you, and to prescribe (blindly) exercises for your weekly pursuit. Although this one-size-fits-all approach may work fine for some, for many it will not be optimal.
I suggest a different approach. Treat this book as a resource guide instead. Start by reading the whole book. Make notes about which sections relate to problems that you are sure you have, and are having trouble dealing with. Then think about how solving these problems with help you have a better life. Next, reorder the sequences to get help for yourself in the areas where you need it first. When doing this, continue with a set of exercises until they become new and improving habits before taking on the next thing. Otherwise, I think you will find your busy schedule simply filled up with new self-oriented activities.
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102 of 110 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I had read Cheryl's other best selling book called "Take Time For Your Life" and enjoyed it so much that I picked up this one. I recommend both these books. I read through this book once already and am now revisiting different chapters where I want to "take (the) action challenges" Cheryl suggests at each chapter ending. I have started writing a daily morning journal outlining my priorities for the day and the week. I have found this "action challenge" to be very helpful in completing tasks at work and at home, keeping me centered and focused on what I want in my life, including more fun and productive work time. I also appreciate the generous resource listings Cheryl provides. It definitely makes "taking action" easier. Such as great web site listings for finances, humor, health, etc..
Another book I enjoyed and recommend highly that has a "no work" approach to personal transformation is called "WORKING ON YOURSELF DOESN'T WORK" by Ariel and Shya Kane. In this book the authors write about a non judgmental way of seeing what is in your life as being a tool for lasting transformation. And it works! Since reading this book my life has become more satisfying, meaningful and rewarding. The Kanes have some great audio tapes too, such as "THE ROOTS OF SATISFACTION."
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