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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402200439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402200434
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Mapes, a motivational speaker who specializes in creativity and innovation, offers a program designed to radically alter people's lives by teaching how to take risks, think more creatively and learn more effectively. The author defines quantum leap thinking (QLT) as "a collection of ideas, concepts, distinctions and skills that, when combined like active chemicals, naturally explode in their own way, catapulting you to a higher level, a level of increased energy, excitement, and options." Most of the book is devoted to an analysis of the 14 principles of quantum leap thinking. Among these tenets are to enlarge goals, be flexible, be committed, love, have fun, turn fear into power, etc. These concepts aren't revolutionary, but when used effectively together, according to Mapes, they will help people dramatically change their lives. The book is most effective when Mapes offers up some of his own experiences or provides specific actions. When discussing dreams, the author tells readers to think about family and relationships, career, spirituality, personal improvement, etc. However, Mapes's references to such QLT Theorems as "Imagery is the language of the subconscious" are less practical and detracts from the otherwise useful advice found here.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Fear is defined here as "false learning appearing real." Well, sometimes fear is a darn good warning signal. The author once walked on a bed of hot coals to help himself master fear, but listeners aren't expected to follow suit. Mapes presents many suggestions for self-improvement. He recommends visualizing one's goals until they become deep, powerful, subconscious guides. He also points out the benefits of identifying one's core values and then making definite plans that mirror those values. Mapes also has many other ideas and provides list after list of positive actions, sometimes with little explanation. All in all, however, this work is above average as a self-help guide, and those interested may find it relevant to their personal and work lives. For self-help collections.?Mark Guyer, Stark Cty. Dist. Lib., Canton, Ohio
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1997
Format: Audio Cassette
Sometimes it seems that every self-help book is 20% content, 80% inspiring stories. Mapes has reversed this ratio, filling his book with a rich and practical array of how-to-do's.

Quantum Leap Thinking concentrates on those areas that most trip us up: fear, lack of motivation, risk-aversion and self-imposed limits. These topics are treated in an easy-to-read style, with easy-to-follow guidelines.

If you're interested in personal change, this is a must read
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a book that can be viewed as two complementary ways:
1) It is a summary of a lot of ideas from a great number of other self-help books. It adds valuable quotes and phrases from other books, and tries to make a unified view from suc different subjects and areas as NLP or (Neuro Linguistic Procesing) to Yoga, self-meditation and even hipnosis.
2) The author creates theorems (valid truths) that can help you realize how you can relax and see your life more transparently, like if you were seeing yourself through the eyes of another person. He creates 14 steps to accomplish this - so that you can gradually become more daring and more self-controlled at the same time.
This is a book that is not a revelation... Far from that.
However is a good reading and can help anyone to get a different view of themselves, guiding you to get a more fullfilling life, and become happier with themselves, by changing somethings or by letting you know how to stop and just relaize how you are doing today.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The principles of quantum physics (and all of its 'relations') has finally made its way into the realm of human behavior and thinking through the easy to read and apply book by Mapes. This book will appeal to those whose center of control is located within themselves. For those with a center of control external to themselves, or those with a locus in reciprocity--as in the form of some 'System', i.e., ...isms of any nature, or formal religions, it would be more of a struggle. Precisely because 'You create a reality that adapts to your point of view', is a fundamental principle on which the universe is based. Challenging to some, breathtaking to others, this is fundamentally one of the finest books to ever spell out the functioning of human behavior based on a taking of personal responsibility. A 21st Century jump-start!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on October 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
Although James J. Mapes's self-help book is stronger than average and includes some colorful stories from the author's life, it offers essentially predictable advice. Mapes uses the physics metaphor of quantum mechanics creatively, to show how you can make major life improvements, freeing yourself from the fear and inertia that may have held you back in the past. An actor, clinical hypnotist and corporate speaker, Mapes also includes a valuable section on how to encourage better teamwork. The material on visualization is strong, and we recommend the volume to both self-help devotees and newcomers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip L. Comella on August 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is written with the reader in mind, which always helps. Using the mind-centered quantum theory as a launching pad, James Mapes offers of a series of clear tips, advice and even theorems to help the reader break through the mental and emotional barriers preventing us from realizing our potential. The book is filled with nuggets of wisdom ("The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between a real and imagined experience."), famous quotes (such as Abraham Lincoln's "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing") and plain and simple advice ("align your goals with your values.") Word for word, this is one of the best "self-help" books out there and well worth a read.
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