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Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide Paperback – January 4, 2011
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Outstanding chapter on "prime," i.e, environmental influences on behavior. For instance, people made different choices when a briefcase was on a table than when a backpack was in the same place.
Good discussion goals and the inadequacy of the "SMART" goal acronym.
Excellent chapter on "grit" and determination.
Based on solid research, not just a series of anecdotes.
Nice worksheets and exercises.
As in most self-help books, the authors give examples of people who were rewarded by doing the "right" thing. For instance, they show people who benefited from taking risks. By definition, risks can have negative consequences, too. I would like to see some examples of people who took risks that did not work out, but turned the situation around or were glad they took the risk. Colette Dowling's book, The Cinderella Complex, includes a cautionary tale of the wrong kind of risk-taking.
The chapter on relationships is geared toward the "married with children" set. Considerable research shows that making friends has become increasingly difficult. Adding friends on Facebook or connections on LinkedIn rarely leads to meaningful relationships; they're more helpful for business and career.
The discussion of retirement follows the stereotype that older people want to trade off money for "doing good."
Many action suggestions are impractical. For instance, The section on neighborhood makes suggestions that will be difficult for many people especially those living in a city.
Definitely recommended with a caveat that some strategies will be challenging to apply to your own life.
I suspect people are skeptical of a book titled "Creating your best life" and they should be. The authors seem to beckon skepticism and in response, do an excellent job of providing the scientific basis for the main points and exercises in every chapter. The reason that this book is compelling is that it has great forward momentum. If you ever read a book written by scientists, you know that smooth prose is the exception not the rule. This book is an easy read (and I mean this as a profound compliment). Guided by ample scientific research, this book provides the necessary tools for someone to immediately improve their quality of life.
In a world filled with self-help platitudes, "Creating Your Best Life" is the rare book that marries evidence-based research with its practical application. In doing so, it provides the enigmatic "how" that is invariably missing from other self-improvement books.
I highly recommend that you read this book with a pen and notebook in hand for it will ignite latent dreams and spark many good ideas!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A book for someone interested in growing and changing ... full of inspiration, insights and science. Highly recommended.Published 1 month ago by Yasmin Abadian
Borrowed this from the library first, so many lists etc. and will take some time to get through so I decided to purchase it. It makes you think!Published 3 months ago by Burkeshopper
This book has changed my life! Very easy to read, organized well, with simple concepts discussed in lamen terms. All needed exercises and worksheets are provided in the index. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Susan C. Turner
A life changing book. Just read and do the exercises. It's more fun and cheaper than therapy. Best done with a friend.Published 11 months ago by Donna Costello
provides a great insite as how to create the life you deserve.
I will definitely apply all I have learned from this book to my personal journey. Read more
This book was recommended to me by the author of "Change Your Questions, Change Your Life" Marilee Adams to help you identify and set goals and establish desired outcomes... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Reader Boy
This is one of my favorite all-time books and I am only a third of the way through it. WARNING it is a simple book that's easy to read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Reginald