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Love Your Life: Cultivating Your Vision and Tending Your Dreams Paperback – April 25, 2017
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A debut author dispenses advice on how to design the life of your dreams.
Your life is a garden that requires careful, deliberate tending, according to profession>al coach Young. Yet too many people let their gardens go to seed, finding themselves frustrated and unfulfilled even if they enjoy the outward trappings of success. In this pithy guide, Young walks readers through the process of creating a "lifescape that feeds your soul and gives you a reason to be excited when you get up in the morning." Just as a gardener must select the right plants for the climate and the soil, so must we all identify the "required ingredients of our dream life," she argues. Fortunately, Young has devised a process to help people do exactly that. She begins by encouraging readers to "discover what makes your heart sing," then discusses topics such as clarifying needs and wants, tracking progress, making use of available resources, creating an action plan, and enhancing one's professional image. Each chapter ends with a series of pointed questions for readers to answer, which will help them apply that section's lesson to their own lives. The goal is to move through the book sequentially, ending with a clear vision for the road in mind as well specific criteria for success and a sense of possible obstacles ahead. Though the title suggests a more general self-help tome, the book is primarily focused on helping people find their perfect career paths. The tone throughout is perky and positive, with the implication that once readers have decided what they want out of life, they're halfway to making it a reality. This rosy "if you can dream it, you can do it" outlook is encouraging, but there's less discussion about what to do when readers hit a bump or how to cope when their dreams and talents don't align. But for those who have a nagging sense that there's something missing from their lives, Young's work is a valuable starting point.
A practical plan for getting out of the weeds and following the ideal path.
- Kirkus Review
In Love Your Life, Cheryl Marks Young asks readers to begin by "getting clear on what makes our hearts sing" and asking ourselves questions: 1) Where do we find joy? 2) When are we most satisfied? 3) What would an ideal day be in our life? 4) Are we a creator or a maintainer of that already created? 5) What are we good at? 6) What talent do we lend friends, family and co-workers looking for help? 7) What is our natural affinity, or do we have knowledge of something learned over our years in school and work? Once we have established our unique strengths, do we have all we need to accomplish this or could we augment our affinity by taking a class, getting a mentor, or shadowing someone who has those skills? We should not be afraid to try, even if we might not be perfect in the beginning. Young tells us to "try anyway, trust your instincts and work through your fear." Most of all: "Don't let others protect you from failure or disappointment. Know that you won't know until you try." Young reminds us to always keep in mind that we should leave room for surprises and look for that specific factor to make our life joyous.
Most helpful for this reader was the exercise to Create Your Survival List by writing down ten parameters you absolutely must have in your ideal life. These can include job-related requirements, such as salary, outside contact with others, autonomy and commute time, or personal requirements, such as location, routine, hobbies and relationships. Chapters also include how to communicate in writing, physically, and verbally, and not to be afraid of who we are. This jewel of a book is a must-read for all of us because, no matter how old we are, we cannot be afraid to know what we would like to be when we grow up.
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About the Author
Cheryl Marks Young has ventured from the Caribbean to Antarctica, hitting all seven continents during her travels. Although trained in finance, Young explored several other job fields, including hiking guide, travel writer, matchmaker, jewelry designer, professional coach and author. Through her own discovery process, she developed the Love Your Life process and used it to find her husband, the perfect home and a high-paying job with a successful nonprofit. Young now lives with her family in New Jersey and coaches others who want to create a life they love.
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She asks a lot of questions and leaves room on the pages to write down our replies the point being we need to re-read and reflect on those specific answers to understand where we are heading e.g "Are there any areas of your thinking that may need to be a bit more flexible? I particularly liked her quote;- "Productive time is not found. It is made" so further lends my question "how much of my time exactly is productive?"
Cheryl ends by reminding us 'gratitude' is the key to a deeper contentment which deflects the "I want and I need" sensations into something deeper and more meaningful.
'Love your life' is an easy to follow book offering sensible guidance and objectivity on a topic often too emotionally entangled to tackle.
I also love how the author included work sheets so you are motivated to do something vs just wishing and dreaming, Been there done that.
It breaks things down into a literal step-by-step. It starts in the head, and works it's way to the physical world. It breaks things down further with easy-to-understand analogies and real life "testimonies." I put the word in quotations because it doesn't offer quotes from the client. It's the author's retelling of the story that we get.
The end of every chapter comes with a little section to fill out. A visual and engagement aid that allows the reader to get involved.
My only real issue is that it takes the same pitfall most self-help books take. Now, this doesn't apply to the entire book. There's lots of content that doesn't assume this. But, it assumes the reader has money. Without offering alternatives, certain key points get emphasized with "my client hired." That is not a reality nor an option for lots of people. I know it's difficult to target all audiences. It's not realistic. Which is why I'm thankful it happened very little. It still allowed for a broad target audience.
Think I'm gonna try it. What could go wrong?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book while taking copious notes. The author has presented an easy-to-follow, logical process for readers to discover the path in their lives that will give them the greatest satisfaction, and isn’t that what life is about!