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Have a New You by Friday: How to Accept Yourself, Boost Your Confidence & Change Your Life in 5 Days Hardcover – September 1, 2010

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If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

"Well, Dr. Leman," you're saying, "I could think of a bunch of things. How on earth could I pick just one?"

Congratulations! You're the very person I wrote this book for. You see, there's a reason you picked up this book. You'd like to see a few things--or many--change in your life. You may have tried other ways of helping this change along--asking a friend to hold you accountable, going to see a shrink, writing in a journal, counting to ten before you do the thing that gets you in trouble every time, etc. But have they worked? Nope. Or you would have "fixed yourself" and you wouldn't need this book.

But don't give up. You really can change yourself--and your life--in less than a week. Sound too good to be true? It isn't. My proven method has worked for kids and for spouses, and it will work for you.

It's the miracle turnaround you're looking for. I guarantee it.

From the Back Cover

You can change your life--in just 5 days!

How many times have you tried to change your own habits, only to find that changing yourself is even harder than trying to change someone else?

Now, what the bestselling Have a New Kid by Friday has done for families and Have a New Husband by Friday has done for couples, Have a New You by Friday will do for you. With his signature wit and commonsense psychology, Dr. Kevin Leman walks you through your own personal five-day action plan. You will come to

Accept the truth about yourself
Boost your confidence by identifying the lies you're telling yourself . . . and putting them to rest for good
Change your life by concentrating on becoming who you really want to be
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Reprinted edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800719336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719333
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While listening to Dr Leman being interviewed on radio, I heard him make a comment to a call-in that struck a chord with me. I couldn't wait to get the book, and as Dr Leman promised, I saved a bundle on counseling and became my own shrink. It only took 2 days! Monday and Tuesday, the chapters on personality and birth order, really increased my understanding of who I am and why I react as I do. By Wednesday I was feeling...well, new! Two years ago four major life crisis changes left me kinda stuck in a depressed mood. This book helped me get out of that, and, as a bonus, it was truly fun to read.
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lthough I had read and enjoyed books by Dr. Kevin Leman before, this one made the top of my list of titles to recommend by this well know psychologist, humorist, and worldwide known speaker.
I also have read lots of "makeover" books but this one hit the nail on the head for a short, concise look at oneself. Being over 70, I thought, maybe I didn't have issues to address but I was wrong, this book has something to say to everyone, no matter the age, martial status or health condition. He started the book with a short survey and that if one of the topics resonates it is for you, and then promises that this book will scratch where you itch.

Dr. Leman promises that you will be able to Accept yourself, Boost your confidence & Change your life in 5 days. On Monday, he had you discover your personality type, in a very humorous way. All of us match the personality of a breed of dog, a Yorkie, Great Dane, Standard Poodle and Irish Setter. The examples were fun and you could quickly pick yourself out. Then on Tuesday he continued the conversation by your Birth Order in your family. You may have recognized Dr. Leman as the author of many books on this subject alone. The pages have little post a note saying and important points at excellent locations to spur you on. He has tons of stories and examples that are interesting and illustrate his points right on. He follows this with an ! Chapter of Classics examples of famous people like Oprah, Jim Carrey, David Letterman and others to illustrate his points in a fun way.

Wednesday, Dr. Leman has us check out the Lies who have told ourselves with our memories, correct or not. There are some general memories each birth order person will have. I am a first born and sure enough I have a memory of depth, movement and height.
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Having read quite a bit of Leman's books, I was a bit disappointed with this one.
His latest certainly isn't his best.

Much of the book's content we've heard before: "Determine that you can do it."
"Avoid self-defeating talk." "Be gentle with yourself when you fail."

These are all good suggestions, but it's nothing we haven't heard before in countless other books.

The chapter on birth order is excellent though and has several keen observations.
One being that Middleborns make excellent marriage partners. (71)

Another great section of the book deals with the four main types of parenting, and Leman expertly points out the difference between authoritarian parenting and authoritative parenting. I found this to be one of the best parts of the book.

The book's thesis is simply to identify your personality type, recognize your birth order, learn your love language (this chapter is virtually a recap of Gary Chapman's book THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES) and stop telling yourself lies.

Leman has a great sense of humor and is a best selling author. But the whole book is a bit too simplistic.. still worth reading though.
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This book caught my eye at my local Border's because I enjoy books that challenge one to reassess their self-perceived worth.I find that as with most of Dr. Leman's books it is written with a hint of humor sprinkled within the timeless truths that he always so gingerly imparts on us. Even though there are portions of the book that we have all heard before, that in no way stops the information from being any less poignant or impacting. A previous reviewer stated that this book does not live up to its description in offering an accessible method for rapid change, I disagree given that this book is about life changes and those allow us to indeed create a "new you" by Friday. New outlook comes with winning the little battles every day and i look forward to finding the same truths in his other literature.
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I've been trying to find a book to help boost my confidence. With this book, and titles names " Shrink Thyself" and " Oh, The lies we tell....ourselves", I learned to "give myself a break" and really figure out who I am and what I have to contribute to my family, myself, and the world. This is my third Dr. Leman book, and frankly, Im addicted. I highly recommend this one, even if you feel like you've got your life together, because there is something in here for everyone.
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My wife is a wonderful school teacher and has used "Have a New Child by Friday" from the same author. This book is very similar in content and writing style as it is in layman's terms, language, and flow. As a counselor, I recommend this book for anyone needing simple attitude adjustments or ways to think about themselves, etc. At times, I do recommend the book to those I work with as a part of bibliotherapy. I wish I had personally read this book during the years of my former career. Would have saved a lot of headaches. It is easy to read, well laid out, and very realistic per layman's terms. I have the Kindle version and will refer to it when in session from time to time. You will not have a total new you by Friday, change takes time and often repeated effort and guidance. However, one can have a plan and much better outlook on this journey called life from reading this book and putting the principles into practice over time. A good read and recommended from a professional standpoint for a good start or addition to dealing with issues in general.
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