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Stepping Into More- Lessons From A Recovering Perfectionist [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Karu
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Book Description

Life is meant to be lived with purpose. Before Rachel Karu could speak, she longed to be a singer and performer. But like all of us, Rachel was born with Gremlins- inner voices that hate change and demand the staus quo. These perpetual tapes clung to her mind like shackles threatening to derail her at every turning point. At the lead of Rachel's gang was the toughest of them all: Perfectionism.

In STEPPING INTO MORE: Lessons from a Recovering Perfectionist, Rachel details her personal journey of wrangling and ultimately co-existing with her Gremilins. We are born with strengths and development areas. Our goal is to create a fulfilling life and we all need some guidance along the way.

Intended as a tool, this guide offers support as you grapple with your own Gremlins and higher self, so that you learn how to make clear, conscious choices that lead to a wonderful, expansive life. Rachel's story and the reflective questions at the end of each chapter are designed to serve as a stepping stone for you to reconnect to and honor your passions, values, and dreams.

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About the Author

Rachel Karu's quest for an authentic, inspirational life led her to create RAE Development, a professional and personal development firm committed to helping organizations and individuals achieve success, productivity and fulfillment. Described by her clients as "a gifted coach and facilitator who is both intuitive and pragmatic," Rachel brings more than 19 years of Human Resources, training, coaching, facilitating, speaking, and singing experience to support her clients to achieve their goals. Rachel's clients include Raytheon, Citibank, Mattel, US Navy, Warner Brothers, Nestle, Braille Institute, Disney/ABC, and more. She holds an MS in Counseling for Business and achieved her Coaching Credential through the International Coach Federation. Rachel is happily married and the proud mother of two amazing children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Winsome Entertainment Group (January 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3KLBYA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts of a Fellow Perfectionist March 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I will begin my review with giving kudos to Ms. Karu for sharing with her own personal "gremlins" It definitely makes the reader see that they aren't the only one who suffers with them, and lets them see that perhaps theirs aren't as bad as they'd initially thought.
I am a memoir lover to begin with, I particularly liked Stepping Into More because not only was it a memoir about someone who has attributes similiar to my own, but because this person also learned how to deal with it and has opened herself to help the many that suffer from the same.
I was almost shocked to read how similar our childhoods were. Though the biggest difference was Ms. Karu's constant moving. I smiled a bit when she became a "punker" since it reminded my of my own life back at that age.
The summaries at the end of each are vital to the reader and should not be overlooked as mere summaries of the chapter. While they are summaries of the chapter, I feel Ms. Karu placed there as sort of study guides. A way for the reader to see how to deal with certain situations and when to let that perfectionist come out and when to hold it at bay. Using herself as the example in each "lesson" was an ingenious tool. It alleviates the lecture sense most texts on how to improve yourself impose, therefore lightening the mood on the reader so they can still enjoy the memoir without feeling the pressures of the semi hidden lessons.
The questions at the end of each chapter re amazing! They really make the reader sit down and really think to answer them. I think I'm still trying to figure out the answers to these questions myself. I DO think the questions are very important since they make the reader really sit down and evaluate their own experiences. I, myself never thought of myself as suffering from Perfectionism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars open, honest, inspiring September 7, 2013
By palermo
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Karu's book might be called part memoir and part self-help workbook. and both elements were helpful to me as a reader. her personal story is raw as she reveals a lot of intimate details of her life, her family, her career and her dreams. each chapter ends with a worksheet to help the reader glean lessons from their own lives that parallel the anecdotes of Karu's.
very helpful and insightful!
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Great read for those that want to learn more about their potential and reach their goals! Rachel shares her experiences with us in a fun and easy to read style. I applaud her courage to share her story with us so we can better ourselves.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Perfectionism is Tough March 17, 2013
Format:Paperback
Stepping into More from Rachel Karu tells of her journey to come to terms with her inner Perfectionist. In doing so, she juggles three aspects of her personality: the Perfectionist, the Performer, and the Professional (though the Rebel makes a few appearances during her younger years).

Ms. Karu touches on something I believe many people can relate to: struggling to integrate different aspects of her personality, using each one's strengths at the appropriate times and quieting their dissenting voices when they're keeping her from realizing her dreams. Singing, and using her voice to express herself and fill the spaces between her and the people she knows, is a continuous thread through Ms. Karu's life, and her book uses that to ground her story.

I received a copy of Stepping into More for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stepping Into More - An Inspiring Journey March 14, 2013
Format:Paperback
"There is no room for perfectionism in my current situation. I am being forced to surrender to what is, to accept, and move on. I am learning how to live and love myself despite apparent failures all around me. Could this be the lesson I was supposed to learn?"

Excerpt From: Karu, Rachel. "Stepping Into More." iBooks.
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This is the truth that is Stepping
into More.

Rachel's words, her voice, her tone and her message, have taken me on a journey of my own - into my world as a perfectionist, and as my own worst critic when it comes owning what makes me happy.
Rachel's struggle with creativity is so similar to mine. Her outlet is singing and mine is writing, but otherwise, I feel like I'm listening to my own voice as I read much of this book. She tells her story and guides the reader in how to embrace your creativity and the vulnerability that comes with putting yourself `out there.' Actually if I really want to be honest, and I do, aside from being a writer, being a singer has always been my secret passion. The fact that my daughter has such a strong, beautiful voice that she's shy about sharing only makes me prompt her more to not let opportunity pass her by, and fight that perfectionist gremlin within her too!!
I encourage everyone who has ever fought the perfectionist and the rebel within to read this book. Rachel finds the good in every seemingly bad situation and is truly inspirational. Tune in tomorrow for more, but if you're curious just grab it now and travel with Rachel through fear of failure and commitment and learn how you can truly make yourself happy, and by doing so, create joy for others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memoir as Example February 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Follow Rachel Karu's love of singing through her life as she learns how to live her dream. This is a nice afternoon's read, and in addition to her road of discovery, each section has half a dozen questions to help readers do some inner soul searching. It's not really a self-help book as much as a memoir as example of how one person came to understand how her Gremlins (perfectionist, performer, and professional) get in her way until she learns how to work with them. she draws a clear picture of how transparency and vulnerability become the basis of strength in her life and in her business.

The formatting of the ebook got on my nerves, as each spoken quotation was in both quotes and italics--my Grammar Gremlin raising its ugly head.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ertainly a book that provides insight and some interesting food for...
In a self-help book that is far less traditional than most, Karu shares snippets of her life with the reader, and then offers "questions to ponder", allowing readers to discover... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gaele
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Authentic
Rachel takes you through her own journey of life, heartfelt and real. It spans over decades, with vivid storytelling on international, cultural, family and business dynamics. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Shirkani
5.0 out of 5 stars Stepping Into Perfection Imperfectly
This will not exactly be a review, but then - it never 'really' is. I'll be posting another review about Stepping into More later in the week that will go into more detail than... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!
Rachel's book is a fantastic read for anyone who is struggling from being a perfectionist. As a business coach I often see this personality type and people struggle to satisfy... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tammy-Turning Passion Into Profits
5.0 out of 5 stars Her story helps you ponder yours!
"Rachel writes this books as only a recovering perfectionist can! In an unabashed, tell-it-like-it-is style she draws you into her story and reveals the peaks and valleys of her... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sharon Jordan-Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and honest memoir of a recovering perfectionist
This book is really wonderful! Rachel Karu is so honest and vulnerable and accessible - and a great storyteller. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Chellie Campbell
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Author bio: Rachel Karu's quest for an authentic, inspirational life led her to create RAE Development, a professional and personal development firm committed to helping organizations and individuals achieve success, productivity and fulfillment. Described by her clients as "a gifted coach and facilitator who is both intuitive and pragmatic," Rachel brings more than 19 years of Human Resources, training, coaching, facilitating, speaking, and singing experience to support her clients to achieve their goals. Rachel's clients include Raytheon, Citibank, Mattel, US Navy, Warner Brothers, Nestle, Braille Institute, Disney/ABC, and more. She holds an MS in Counseling for Business and achieved her Coaching Credential through the International Coach Federation. Rachel is happily married and the proud mother of two amazing children.

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