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Stand Up for Your Life: A Practical Step-by-Step Plan to Build Inner Confidence and Personal Power Hardcover – March 26, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1ST edition (March 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074322650X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743226509
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Oprah life makeover maven Cheryl Richardson wants you to start rocking the boat. Stand Up for Your Life urges readers to stop playing it safe by putting their needs and priorities aside. Her premise: by spending less time listening to others and more time strengthening your relationship with yourself, you can learn to govern your own life and influence others.

A personal coach and the bestselling author of Take Time for Your Life, Richardson promises readers "self-honoring strategies to transform your fear and doubt into self-trust and power." Drawing on self-quizzes, examples from her coaching clients, and her own experiences, she explores key issues for developing this inner authority. The book focuses on creating boundaries, developing "courage muscles," resolving conflict phobia, clarifying purpose, honing self-discipline, stating intentions, and graceful truth-telling.

At times, her clarity is compromised by pop-psych speak and references to her earlier books. Richardson is at her best when she is specific--for example, the well-targeted exercises and self-assessments or an insightful list of behaviors that prevent people from leading their own lives. Readers who follow her lead can expect an attitude adjustment and increased ability to leverage self-knowledge into a purposeful life. --Barbara Mackoff

About the Author

Cheryl Richardson is the author of the New York Times bestselling books Take Time for Your Life and Life Makeovers. She was the first president of the International Coach Federation and holds one of its first Master Certified Coach credentials. She is also the recipient of the 2000 Motivational Book Award for Life Makeovers from Books for a Better Life. Her work has been covered widely in the media, including numerous appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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.

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As you do, I can assure you that you will begin to understand and fulfill you unique purpose here on Earth.
Blaine Greenfield
Well, while this may be true in some cases, that way of thinking has also prevented us from showing just how much we really can do, the kind of person we really are.
Pamela Garlick
It gives a lot of information that you can relate to and then gives you the tips, exercises, and tools you will need to live a more positive life.
PM Blue

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Cheryl Richardson's new book "Stand Up For Your Life" is great and offers very practical advice to support you in becoming aware of who you are and what you need to function as a satisfied human being. I find her suggestions infinitely helpful and practical. She invites the reader on a journey of self discovery and transformation, a life-long process that will not stop after you close the book but hopefully send you on an on-going path of satisfaction, awareness, self expression, joy and will allow you to contribute to the world around you.
If you are interested in transformation I also recommend that you read "Working On Yourself Doesn't Work" by Ariel and Shya Kane. This is an extraordinary book which presents the possibility of transformation without endlessly working on yourself to improve yourself. Awareness and the seeing of what is, is enough to create a quantum shift and transformation. This is a novel idea and I started experiencing the shift simply out of reading the book. A must read if you've had enough of working on yourself!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on September 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Read another excellent book by Cheryl Richardson, author
of TAKE TIME FOR YOUR LIFE and LIFE MAKEOVERS--both
of which I enjoyed immensely . . . her latest is STAND UP
FOR YOUR LIFE, and the subtitle says it all: DEVELOP THE COURAGE, CONFIDENCE, AND CHARACTER TO FULFILL YOUR GREATEST POTENTIAL.
Richardson, a master certified coach, takes you through an
interactive training program that will help you transform
internal obstacles such as self-doubt, conflict phobia and a
feat of what others think into a new foundation of courage,
confidence and self-esteem.
I particularly liked her use of real life stories and examples
(including her own) . . . also, the accompanying exercises
were very insightful.
There were many memorable passages; among them:
We are all here for a very short, indeterminate amount of time. It's imperative that we use this time well by making our spiritual development a top priority. As you do, I can assure you that you will begin to understand and fulfill you unique purpose here on Earth. This commitment takes time, energy, and a willingness to open your heart and your mind to change. The first step is to realize that you are the force for change in your life. No one else can set your destiny, settle your grievances, heal you wounds, or tell you what to do. You must take full responsibility for an amazing gift that was bestowed upon you at birth--the power to create you life as a work of art.
With this perspective in mind, you naturally begin to view each
life experience through the lens of the question "How can I use this situation to serve my personal growth?
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've been reading self help books for 30 years but this one is the one that changed my life. the questions she asked helped me to find my answers. I had always tried to be what you (ALL of you!) wanted me to be. That is a lot of work, and it is dishonest. I've lost 50 pounds, reconnected with my husband and I have done the thing I wrote down in answer to the pivotal question (for me) in this book: "If you knew you were going to die tomorrow what is the one thing you'd regret never doing?" My answer, which shocked me, was "to sing". so, at the magic age of 50, I got up and belted out the blues, and I am having the time of my life! After 2 or 3 months of open mics, I have my 1st paying gig (together with a friend and my husband on guitars) in a couple of weeks! Why would a person hide a gift her whole life? Why are we so afraid? What are we so afraid of? This book taught me how to be fearless. Or at least to "act as if." Thank you, Cheryl!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
For those looking for a hands-on guide to self-development and understanding, read "Stand Up For Your Life" by Cheryl Richardson. You'll experience a great improvement in your character and confidence. This is 5 star, highly recommended. It is important, if you're serious, to expand your potential and the benefits to you of this book by reading a book to truly understand the principles of character behind what Cheryl Richardson is telling you. I recommend Norman Thomas Remick's "West Point: Character, Leadership,...".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jon Burrows on April 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A friend of mine gave me "Take Time for Your Life," and I thought it was one of the best books I had ever read on finding and sustaining a real passion for life. When I heard about "Stand Up for Your Life," I immediately got a copy, and it is as incredible as her first book. So many books like these tend to be simplistic, but Cheryl's works are much deeper and she offers many specific examples of what one needs to do to live a more meaningful and happier life. Cheryl is obviously extremely intelligent, but she also seems very compassionate. I cannot recommend this book more highly.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is PHENOMENAL! I have read Cheryl's first two books - Take Time for Your Life and Life Makeovers. Really enjoyed them both. But this one is by far my favorite. It really helps you take ownership of what is not working in your life and gets you on the road to clearing things up. No victim mentality allowed here! I love it!!
Cheryl, if you read this, THANK YOU for the work you do. I have seen you speak, and you are an AMAZING woman who has not only found her passion, but her gift and her purpose. Thank you for following your path and bringing your wisdom to us.
YOU ROCK!!!
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