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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st edition (December 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060956526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060956523
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucinda Bassett is one of those self-help professionals who deserve admiration. Severely agoraphobic through her mid-20s, she gradually overcame this and other personal hurdles to become the founder and president of the Midwest Center for Stress & Anxiety, as well as a bestselling author (From Panic to Power). Envious? Good! In Life Without Limits, Bassett helps readers take a more objective look at their feelings of envy--and other "success sabotage syndromes" (like fear of failure or success), the goal being to discover the positive, motivational properties of such "negative" feelings and to tap these properties to reach personal and professional goals. Bassett also does a bang-up job of guiding her readers through a dream-clarification process, so as to provide a clear road map for the journey.

While many of her suggestions sound familiar (accept feelings of fear; ask whether the fear is just an excuse for avoiding something else; stop the thought process and use self-talk to feel empowered), steps for creating a life-changing action plan and plenty of sample dialogue for healthy self-talk make this book quite practical. Two final chapters swing the focus from pure psychology to spirituality. Bassett describes how intuition, divine signs, miracles, prayer, and faith can enhance the many other, more proactive steps outlined in the book. Never preachy and often a bit humbled by her life experiences (she feels past business failures were the result of her asking God to save her mother's life after a stroke), Bassett handles these final topics with the same insight and sensitivity that she demonstrates throughout the earlier chapters. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Motivational expert Bassett follows her successful From Panic to Power with a smoothly written if unoriginal self-help book that aims to help readers achieve their dreams. As founder of the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety, Bassett (now in California) claims to have helped more than 100,000 people overcome feelings of stress, depression and anxiety through programs, seminars and a popular infomercial. Now she seeks to bring her fans to a higher level of fulfillment by encouraging them to find and pursue their dreams of satisfaction in many areas of life (e.g., personal development, physical appearance and spirituality). The tone is uplifting and accessible to a mass audience, but on the page lacks the dynamism of a personal performance. While her advice is broad and encouraging, readers of the genre will find her points familiar: defining a personal vision of success; keeping a journal (for which she supplies specific questions); allaying fears of success by finding a "power partner" and composing an "empowerment mantra." Bassett is most engaging and sympathetic when she reveals some of her own history: of conquered childhood fears and deprivations, and instances where she bravely acted on intuition in critical business deals. She concludes with a strong statement of her belief in the power of miracles, prayer and faith and ultimately in God. Agent, Al Lowman. (Jan. 9) Forecast: Bassett's infomercial will most likely kick-start sales, which may be fueled by her author tour and other media appearances, although some readers may be disappointed that her book lacks the fresh ideas of other similar titles, such as Harold Bloomfield's Making Peace with Your Past (Forecasts, June 5).
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Lucinda Bassett is the founder and CEO of one of the most successful self-help companies in the country, the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety, Inc. Her audio program Attacking anxiety and Depression is used worldwide by health care organizations, hospitals, and universities. Author of the national bestseller From Panic to Power, Lucinda Bassett produces and hosts the award-winning infomercial "Attacking Anxiety." She has shared her techniques with such clients as McDonalds, Chrysler, and AT&T. She has appeared on numerous talk shows, including Oprah and The View, and been featured in Family Circle, Reader's Digest, and many more.

Customer Reviews

This book is written very well.
Karen M. Fields
Most self help books tell us what to do, but leave out the part that tells us HOW to do it.
Carolyn
I love her First Book "From Panic to Power" and gave the Review a 5 Star Rating!!!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on February 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I first saw Lucinda Bassett on Oprah about 7 years ago, when I was 18, and my life hasn't been the same since. Lucinda's techniques for dealing with daily life and stress have become second nature to me, so much so that I have difficulty remembering a time when Lucinda's insight wasn't a part of my life.
One would think that after having produced one of the most successful self-awareness and self-help programs of all time (the "Attacking Anxiety and Depression" program), and having seen that program go on to be used by countless individuals, not to mention doctors and mental health organizations, Lucinda would rest on her laurels. But Lucinda hasn't - she never stops! She keeps growing and coming up with wonderful and inspiring ways to view life, difficult situations, and to cultivate self-esteem.
Perhaps the most striking thing about this book is the revelation by Lucinda that she, whose programs, books, and seminars have been effectively utilized by many clinical institutions and major corporations (McDonalds, Chrysler, AT&T), is always guided by her intuition. This stuck me as interesting because so often intuition is thought of as untrustworthy, irrational, and unreliable; yet Lucinda's work is consistent, rational, effective, and well respected by many established and reputable persons and institutions. Lucinda tells the reader that when you become more respectful of your intuition, or "gut feelings," you can often bring into your life a sense of synchronicity that you can then utilize to help gain your heart's desire - whether it be inner peace, a new car, a new job, or a more understanding relationship with family members. Thus, this book adds deeper insight and dimension to a topic that has always been present in Lucinda's work - spirituality.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on May 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What a great book! Most self help books tell us what to do, but leave out the part that tells us HOW to do it.
At first I thought every bad example was me! What an uplifting author, she helped me see there are two sides to me even the not so great traits can lead me to success. I found myself wanting to get rid of the "noise" in my life. What matters? What is my purpose? What makes me happy and fulfilled?
The whole book is a call to WATCH. Watch, look and listen to our own body, mind and spirit.
Chapter 3 is exceptional. Many books have hook chapters in the beginning of the book then kind of disintegrate...not this book. The last chapter is as powerful as the first.
The writing style is concise and easy to understand; the techniques are strightforward and proactive.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book has helped me to gain hope and courage to cope with all my fears and worries. Lucinda writes with such a great understanding and compassion. She herself had problems with panic and worry. Her positive thinking tips are easy to follow, I don't get lost in alot of psycho babble. It's as if she's holding your hand sitting right beside you cheering you on! I believe I can do anything I set my mind to after reading this book. I plan to buy copies for all my friends. God bless Lucinda for writing this book!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cat on February 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ms. Bassett has some great advice for anyone who is really interested in over-coming an anxiety disorder and/or depression. She's a true believer in the idea that these disorders can be cured, or managed even with some good guidance and coaching in facing your fears and achieving your goals. The chapter on listening to your intuition is astounding! Read this book purly for that chapter. I have applied those techniques and they work so fabulously well, I'm truly amazed. Her own intuition is always in overdrive, so be prepared to be wowed by her. I would consider her to be the expert in following your "God" voice, as she describes it. She has saved peoples lives and her own business from total ruination by listening to her intuition, so she's a proven expert on that subject. Also, her real-life stories will bring you to tears and teach you a thing or two about how to handle life situations. I recommend further reading of Rhonda Britten's books to really tackle all the issues of fear and living out your dreams. But, Lucinda's book is a must-read!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I think this book is wonderful. It guided me through an interesting process of looking at my life, now and in the future and asking myself what I wanted. I have made some positive decisions about my relationship and my career as a result of this book. I love her warm, intimate style of writing. I have her other book FROM PANIC TO POWER and I really enjoyed it as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Williams on July 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wow! a book filled with so much new and fresh ideas for making life a much more pleasant experience to live.

I totally agree with what the other reviewer said: "She's just one of those people who has a gift to make you feel like you know her."

Lucinda Bassett is a truly remarkable and very gifted individual.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Lucinda has created a very good book. It offers alot of wonderful, hopeful possibilities. After reading this you'll say to yourself, I need even more ways to get the most for myself...check out Do One Thing Different by Bill O'Hanlon, Using Your Brain For A Change by Richard Bandler (the content is extremely useful and the presentation builds hope in the reader! All time fave!). These books focus on things you can actually do that work well. If good results is what you want.
Be Well and Take Care.
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