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Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters Paperback – January 19, 2000
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"Life Strategies" is one of those rare finds, a self-help book that does not wallow in big words or esoteric concepts. Mr. McGraw outlines his steps for success in life in simple, direct, yet engagingly written chapters. The organization of the book is excellent throughout and reflects an author who has had extensive experience in dealing with people from all walks of life. He deals with concepts such as self-reliance, individual responsibility and similar notions often downplayed (or ignored outright) by other authors seeking to play into the culture of victimization. You will find none of that in Mr. McGraw's book; his main theme is that we are responsible for our own lives and we do not have to allow ourselves to be knocked about like a punching bag on a windy day.
Once you pick up the book, it is difficult to put down; you will find yourself nodding your head at what you have always known in your heart, but do not always acknowledge in your daily life. This book is well worth the time.
I would call this book 'a blunter 'Life Makeovers''.
For those who are unfamiliar with Dr. Phil's approach (he has appeared on talk shows, especially 'Oprah!') you will at first probably be turned off as I was. A 'client' will go on stage with him and start explaining the problem he or she has. He frequently interrupts and bluntly gets right to the most important underlying question.
The interesting thing is that this is the approach used by the best psychologists/psychiatrists. When you distill the problems you have down to the basic issue it becomes much easier to face and solve.
This book, by putting you in Dr. Phil's 'office', exposes you to this type of 'therapy'.
Is it a substitute for professional help if needed? No.
Is it an excellent way of trying to control your own destiny and see if you can solve your problems yourself? YES.
You might not be able to solve them - but this book will be your best chance to discover if you can.
I give this book a recommendation without reservation.
At least give it a try - it may change your outlook - it may change your life.
This is not a feel good book that produces results as soon as you read it. You must do the exercises and implement the ideas into your life in order to see changes. As soon as I started reading it however, I could see the truth in the life laws in everyone and every circumstance I encountered.
As much as I like the approach of the book, I think that one can get too caught up in finding fault in their lives and themselves. It's useful to outline the simple changes you wish to make before you begin the exercises, because it gets depressing when you start questioning the things in your life that are working. The book can also seem a bit too far-reaching at times. We don't all need to have everything and be everything, and noone is perfect. Simple enhancements to my life and a more positive and productive outlook were all I was looking for.
It's easy to read the book and see where other people are not following the life laws, but more difficult when it comes to yourself. Take the book slowly and re-read each chapter before moving on to the next. I've already seen changes in myself since I started reading the book and I feel that my relationships have been enhanced. Buy the book, and good luck!
Who is the Dr. Phil?? Well, in the Texas trend of the times, what with "Geroge W" being president now and the "Texas Seven" on the lamb (not anymore, of course)... Phil McGraw is a straght talking Texan with a Ph.D. in common sense.
His message: Don't like something about your life? Then change it. Create a strategy. Do what works.
I like this guy. He offers nothing but straight practical advice with a constant reminder that self-reliance is the only way.
Want to keep blaming others for all of your problems in life? Fine. Forget about this book. But if you want to make a change, check this one out. There is much to learn.
Phil McGraw's LIFE STRATEGIES presents a no-nonsense approach to getting your life together and feeling good about yourself. But this is no easy "feel good" book with affirmations empty of action. His 10 Laws of Life remind us that having a good life (and a happy one) means taking responsibility for every aspect of it-including our attitude about our experiences and the wrongs done to us by others. Until we take control of our lives instead of talking about "someday," we stay stuck in our problems. I did not take issue with any of Dr. McGraw's "laws," nor with any of his examples. Well done. I'd like to see this book assigned in schools to fifteen-year-olds. His chapter, "A guided tour of your life," really gets down to the specifics people can use to get their lives on track.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great primer for those who need to "get real" and get on with life.
I've made gifts of this volume to parents and friends of those who are struggling, and it gave... Read more
Great book. Qualtiy item. Seller shipped fast, would def recommend this seller to othersPublished 15 days ago by Will Burr
I have looked at the titles of the chapters, and the information seems to be what I am looking for. I will start reading it soon. Thank you Dr. Phil and Amazon.com.Published 27 days ago by Linda Woodhams
My No. 1 favourite self-help book. Should be taught in schools - especially the '10 Life Laws'. That is all.Published 3 months ago by Elly Klein