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Product Details

  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Jeremy F. Tarcher / Putnam; 1st edition (May 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158542157X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585421572
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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com, believes that an intuitive approach is the best way to get to one's "happy place" in work as in life. She advocates a "Reckoning, Doing, and Being" process, where "Reckoning" is learning cognitive tricks to decrease negative thoughts; "Doing" is coming up with and carrying out action plans; and "Being" is identifying and working with intuitive processes. Also like Whyte, Fortgang's approach is a variation on the "Do what you love and the money will follow" philosophy. Unlike Whyte, however, Fortgang doesn't weave a prose poem for readers to meander through; instead, she offers practical exercises and checklists, dos and don'ts, and, despite her sometimes New-Agey ideals, very concrete methods that readers can use to change their lives. She points out that people don't often know what will make them happy (a fact that a lot of self-help books ignore), and she gives suggestions on how to identify exactly what that certain something might be. For all public libraries.
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"Laura Berman Fortgang will help you reach the success and fulfillment you are destined for."
--Ken Blanchard

"A brilliantly written, indispensable guide that touches and expands the very best of our hearts, minds, and spirits."
--Harold Bloomfield, M.D., author of Making Peace with Your Past and How to Survive the Loss of a Love

"Beware-this thought-provoking book will put you on a one-way path to a more creative and fulfilling life."
--Kyle MacLachlan

"Fortgang generously offers glorious, refreshing guidance to help us each find our unique path in life."
--Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman's Comfort Book

"Fortgang's Wisdom Access Questions have the makings of brilliance-simple, easy to use, hugely effective, and humblingly obvious."
--Judy George, founder and CEO, Domain

"Laura helps you organize information... so you can move your life forward in positive ways. I can't recommend this enough!"
--Julia Sweeney

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"This is it--a turbocharged, high-energy, stripped-to-the-core distillation of key insights and practices to truly move you forward. After readiong Laura's loving and potent guidance, you can't help creating the life you yearn for."
--Jennifer Louden, author of Comfort Secrets for Busy Women

"If this book delivers just ten percent of the power of Laura's coaching, it will be worth thousands of times the price."
--Mark Bryan, co-author of THE ARTIST'S WAY AT WORK

"We all need to plug into an energy source for our lives and once you plug into Laura Berman Fortgang and Now What? you will be electrified and raring to go. Listen to what she has to say and you will move your life to new heights."
--Iyanla Vanzant

"Thinking of making a big change in how you make a living--or how you live your life? Having trouble getting started? This wise, honest and practical book can help you figure out what may be holding you back, and where to go from here. I'm recommending it to everyone I know. Great stuff!"
--Anne Fisher, FORTUNE

 

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Laura is truly a guru in the world of coaching, and she shares her considerable wisdom and coaching experience in this wonderful book.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Robert on November 30, 2002
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"Living Your Best Life" is a practical guide on discovering what you want while presenting the skills it will take to get it. The foundation of the book is the belief that each person has their own innate wisdom that can be used as a resource. Once you have tapped into that resource, a change in attitute and perspective can help you create the life your wise self desires.
I purchased this book as an informational companion to my role as a coaching client. As someone in the midst of many personal and professional decisions, I found the client success examples illustrating each idea to be energizing and inspiring. Fortgang's perspective is a breath of fresh air in a world that tells you to push for your goals. Fortgang supports allowing your innate wisdom to pull you toward your passion and purpose.
"Living Your Best Life" is not about making lists, or even making plans. It is about knowing what you really want in life, instead of what you think you can have. It is about being who you are so you can do what you are meant to do in order to live your best life.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Taylor Huff on May 7, 2001
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"Living Your Best Life" is the key to tapping into your personal inner wisdom. As a personal coach, I often partner with my clients as they learn to create balance, connect with their intuition and inner voice, and design lives that are truly expressions of who they are and what they really want, and I am always on the look-out for tools to guide my clients through their own personal development process. Laura's book is a wonderful resource for doing just that! Through a 10-step process, complete with client success stories and exercises, she will guide you to uncover your personal Life Blueprint, which you can then use to create the extraordinary life you were meant to live! I will be using this as a coaching tool with many of my clients! ([...]
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carlton Soohoo on December 2, 2001
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This is the second book that Laura has written based on her years of experience coaching hundreds of clients. I'm a firm believer that real life experience is the best teacher and in this book, Laura has shared great wisdom with us. Often when we are faced with problems or difficult situations, we feel isolated and think we are the only ones in the whole world who are suffering this badly! The more accurate reality is that there are many others who have gone through what we feel. As a life coach, Laura has guided hundreds of people towards uncovering their inner wisdom. In this recent book, she shows you her 10-step process of using your inner wisdom to manage your most difficult life situations. For example, instead of saying "woe is me", isn't it more powerful to ask "what can I do to get myself out of this situation?" In the back of the book, Laura's includes a whole list of empowering questions to ask yourself. If you're facing tough times or want a better life for yourself, go to the bookstore, and look in the back of this book for those questions that will get you results.
If you are a personal, business, executive, or corporate coach, you will benefit from this book because it takes all your classroom learning, and puts all the theory into practical real life coaching experiences. Specific examples of situations that clients are facing are detailed, along with the approach that worked to get them unstuck. You'll be able to appreciate how Laura constantly uses the right tools for each client situation. You'll find yourself saying, as I did, "ahhh, so that's what my teleclass instructor meant when she said ...".
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 12, 2003
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The chapter on "defining" and "expanding" beliefs is worth the price of admission. So many people I work with as a coach have such definite beliefs about who they are, how they need to do things, and whether they can or can't accomplish something. Fortgang shows us how to move through those limiting mindsets and create new, more expansive thinking that is filled with hope and possibility. The simple act of changing one entrenched belief about something can, and will, create incredible break-through results.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lynette O'Meara on July 19, 2002
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This book is definitely one of the best self-help books I've ever read. Unlike a lot of the other titles on the market that have very little of substance to say, this book is packed with genuine wisdom that you can apply to your own life. Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Live life from the inside out on October 28, 2004
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This book walked me through the process of completely transforming my life. It is full of useful exercises that really really work. If you're unhappy with your life, don't run blindly to the next thing. Take the time, do the work, and figure out what it is your really desire, in order to find true happiness. I went from a point in my life where I was unhappy with my career, relationship, home, location, and general quality of life. Over the process of a year and a half, I now have my dream job in an incredibly beautiful location along with wonderful home, relationship, and lifestyle. If you believe you can do it and that you deserve nothing but the best, you CAN make it happen. So do it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric Marks on October 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Living Your Best Life is a "what-to" manual for building a life that not only feels right but is supported by a solid foundation.
Laura Berman Fortgang has provided all the required tools to escavate the raw materials, that are within all of us, to create a meaningful and productive life. Her book is the perfect guide to finding your own personal wisdom and is full of self-directed exercises to design your best life (worth buying just for the appendix). Laura Berman Fortgang is the real deal. She knows from where she speaks. Her book has had a profound and lasting impact on my life and the people who I care about. What is your dream?
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