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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762756624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762756629
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,819,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“We have stepped, as a race of humans, into an era of change, uncertainty, and promise. Our old ways of coping, often grounded in fear and rigid need for the illusion of control, will no longer suffice. We are being summoned to refocus our perspective, to dive into the initiation of radical change; and we are blessed to have such an able guidebook to help us find our way—may we open our hearts to receive the gift of such grounded wisdom.”
—Malidoma Patrice Somé, PhD, author of The Healing Wisdom of Africa and Of Water and Spirit

“If you’re in need of making the shift towards personal growth, success, health, or happiness, this book is a prerequisite for your journey!”
—Sadie Nardini, author of The Road Trip Guide to the Soul

“In this thoughtful book Dr. Jeffrey Hull leads us through the main byways of the journey of change and transformation. I found myself rooting for him, for his transformation, for his life. And, in doing so, I saw the patterns of growth in my own life, and in all human lives. This is a highly readable and helpful book on what may be the major life issue in which we all find ourselves: how to deal with change.”
—Robert K. C. Forman, PhD; CEO, Forge Institute
 
“Dr. Jeffrey Hull has a rare and powerful gift for showing us the road to fearlessness clearly, and in ways we can immediately apply to our real-life issues. . . .Highly recommended.”
—Sadie Nardini, author of The Road Trip Guide to the Soul

From the Back Cover

Welcome to the crossroads of fear and change.
 
In this riveting book, Dr. Jeffrey Hull presents his unique “Life-Shifting” method for coping with major life transitions—a six-step program that synthesizes Western and Eastern psychologies with the practicality of life coaching. The aim: to learn how to shift out of the fearful thinking that accompanies each stage of change. With diagnostic tools, practices, and exercises throughout, Shift shows us how to move through fear, release our anxieties, and accept change as something that happens for us and not to us. 

More About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Hull is a writer, psychotherapist, and executive/life coach whose clients range from single individuals in private practice to multinational Fortune 500 corporations. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Hull has worked with hundreds of individuals, organizational teams, and community groups, and is widely recognized as a pioneer in the fields of performance coaching for executives and life coaching for individuals.

Dr. Hull's gift is the ability to sense intuitively what aspects of your mental, emotional, or physical well-being may be stuck in place from past trauma or early conditioning. These blocks, some conscious, some not, may be holding you back from realizing your goals in life. Within a context of complete safety, confidentiality, and compassion, he partners with you to move quickly through these barriers and to jumpstart the life you have always desired but may have never thought possible. The Life-Shifting approach to healing and transformation is a deep and comprehensive process that provides equal attention to issues past, present, and future, empowering you to live out your dreams on all fronts--career, finances, relationships, health, and spirituality.

Prior to earning his Ph.D. in depth psychology, Dr. Hull worked for fifteen years as a human resource executive for Sheraton Corporation, EDS, and the international strategy consulting firm, Booz, Allen & Hamilton. In the mid-nineties he co-founded and led the highly successful management consulting firm, TGE Associates, focusing on fostering peak performance in fast-growing organizations. Throughout this time, Dr. Hull worked with senior executives at firms like AT&T, Banque Paribas, Bankers Trust, and Business Objects Corporation.

Today maintains a private "Life-shifting" practice in partnership with Judy Fox and other highly qualified therapist/coaches in New York City and upstate New York.

Dr. Hull received his Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California, and holds an MBA (Phi Kappa Phi) from the University of Maryland and a Magna Cum Laude BA from Bowdoin College. He has written two books and published numerous articles in the New York Jung Institute Journal, Quadrant, and the San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, as well as co-authoring a professional newsletter that explores the soulful sides of leadership and business titled GENESIS: Exploring the World of Business From the Inside Out. He has appeared on NBC news and was featured in a story on "Creativity in Business" for Good Morning America on CBS-TV.

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A book to read and re-read.
Xavier Roux
Personally, I have found this book extremely beneficial in helping me focus on fears of my own and developing a strategy for a shift in my outlook on life.
Renton Huff
Shift is a very powerful exploration into the fear that all of us experience in our lives that prevents us from reaching our dreams.
Greg Rills

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Kapp on June 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
I found this book moving, inspirational, direct, and ultimately very helpful in shifting myself away from some long-held fears. As with any book, of course, some things resonated personally more than others. And timing is everything. I read it during vacation, so I had plenty of time to do the exercises and reflect on the material. Dr. Hull's writing is so user-friendly, though, that I would have benefited from reading the book at any time. I'm grateful to have happened upon it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maryjane Fahey on March 24, 2013
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Shift is a beautifully written, motivating book that certainly effected my life. I moved from THINKING about making a major shift in my life, to DOING it. I have recommended this book to many friends. It's a life changer!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg Rills on March 5, 2012
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Shift is a very powerful exploration into the fear that all of us experience in our lives that prevents us from reaching our dreams. Dr Hull has brilliantly dissected and provided a clear path through fear, that if followed as prescribed will unleash our infinite potential.

As a future life coach and healer Shift has helped me find the courage to transform my life and move forward towards my higher purpose. Shift will be required reading for anyone working with me as a life coach or in any other aspect of my healing practice. I highly recommend this powerful book, filled with wisdom to anyone who is afraid to move forward and wants to transform their lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By susigraf on December 13, 2010
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Another self help book! Uplifting and entertaining, promising and educational, well illustrated and filled with inspiring examples the attractive volumes have only one small drawback. More often than not, nothing changes. `Shift' got me interested because of the title and I was surprised to find a book filled with tools for actual change - it is actually working!

`Shift' is about a direct, conscious experience of true change.
Change has always fascinated me. When I was a child I often heard: Nothing is certain but change. And yet, change is such a challenge for humans. Real change in the psyche is not an easy thing to achieve. I have observed many an example where despite intense long term therapy and/or medications, self help books, all sorts of collective efforts in seminars, groups and workshops nothing much at all changed due to ambivalence and avoidance patterns that keep the underpinnings of the undesirable behaviors alive and well and sabotage surface efforts to change. Self discipline and willpower are not always successful.

Yes, we do know the reasons why we have trouble changing. It is seductive to avoid change, to fool ourselves and others that things are different when in fact we do everything we can to hold on to what has served us in the past.

If ambivalence can be made aware and integrated change is indeed a possibility.
Dr. Hull tells us

"that our full physical, emotional and mental powers must be aligned and called forth in order to tackle your fears and dance with change. Nothing can be left out. Body, mind, heart have to be involved."

So how do we do that?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caroline@SixFigureStart.com on June 15, 2010
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You have to love a book that manages to use the word asymptote in a non-mathematical context. "Shfit" by Jeff Hull, an executive coach and Jungian psychotherapist, pulls that off deftly in his description of the Asymptote of Joy (essentially, there is always more joy to be experienced).

There are many gems in this book. I personally loved the exercise where you hold an uncooked egg (helps you feel grounded and pay attention). There are substantive tests to take (are you a thinker, feeler or doer?), breezy stories to read of other people's life shifts (many examples so you'll see yourself somewhere), meaty psychological text (for those who like their research), and an overall poetic writing style (which keeps the book accessible to leisure readers like myself).

The subtitle of "Shfit" by Jeff Hull is Let Go of Fear and Get Your Life in Gear. Hull talks about the stages of change and gives inspiration but also practical suggestions of how to deal with the different stages. Mixing life and career examples makes the book relevant for different challenges. The exercises at the end of each chapter are a good reference and handy as you hit a new stage or challenge and need to refer back.

I highly recommend the book. Early in my career, I worked at a company that used Dr. Hull for executive coaching, so I had met him briefly over 10 years ago before reading the book. I was intrigued at the possibility that high quality executive coaching might be available to the masses. This book does not disappoint. It's engaging but substantive and with enough strategies that you want it for your personal and professional development reference shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alison Poulsen on June 14, 2010
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I picked up this book and couldn't put it down. It reads like a novel, yet it is also deep, inspiring, and very well-written. It is such a pleasure to read a book written with such authenticity as well as style about the meaningful questions and dilemmas in life. Dr. Jeff Hull articulately shows us why people who are successful in many ways in their lives can get stuck or challenged in specific areas, and how they can move forward to live life even more fully and with more depth and choice. I highly recommend this book to anyone who either likes to read or to improve his or her life.
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