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Now What?: 90 Days to a New Life Direction Paperback – April 7, 2005
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--Jennifer Louden, author of Comfort Secrets for Busy Women
"If this book delivers just ten percent of the power of Laura's coaching, it will be worth thousands of times the price."
--Mark Bryan, co-author of THE ARTIST'S WAY AT WORK
"We all need to plug into an energy source for our lives and once you plug into Laura Berman Fortgang and Now What? you will be electrified and raring to go. Listen to what she has to say and you will move your life to new heights."
"Thinking of makinga big change in how you make a living--or how you live your life? Having trouble getting started? This wise, honest and practical book can help you figure out what may be holding you back, and where to go from here. I'm recommending it to everyone I know. Great stuff!"
--Anne Fisher, FORTUNE
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I gave Now What five stars for easy reading and originality. I must admit I expected to find tired advice and exercises, but Fortgang offers mostly fresh ideas. And I agree with much of what she says.
For example, "Your purpose in life is right under your nose." So true! I've seen versions of these life purpose exercises before but she presents them well.
Overall, true to her coaching background, some of the best exercises relate to identifying what you really want to do. "I want to be someone who..."
I applaud Fortgang's definitions of needs and values. Needs are not optional and non-negotiable, e.g., the need for honesty. Values are "the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow." Needs bring out the worst in us when they're not met; values bring out the best.
But Fortgang goes beyond self-awareness, encouraging readers to check reality. She offers good advice for investigating various career fields: Talk to 3 people in 3 fields. And she's not afraid to ask clients, "What would you have to give up..."
Perhaps the very best exercises involve scenario-writing. Describe how your life will be in a year, then six months from now, then three months from now. These steps clarify the need for actions along the way.
Anyone contemplating a life change can have fun with these exercises. They'll help you change your thinking and uncover ideas. My major reservation comes from a warning in Herminia Ibarra's book, Working Identity.Read more ›
Check out Claire on page 11. She lives in London, wants a second home, is planning a weekend trip to the South of France, has a great job and benefits. Has a nice husband and home. What is her problem? Maybe she needs a shrink to figure out what her unhappiness really stems from but that's another book.
The author should have used cases concerning more ordinary folk. She seemed to be appealing to upper class, globe trotting, burnt out executives who are whining because they feel they are missing out on something. Maybe that cute little pony they didn't get as a child.
Claire...try yoga, buy a pony....get a grip.
I have been so impressed with the body of the author's work that I underwent specialized training with her to become an authorized Life Blueprint® Facilitator, coaching individuals and groups through the step-by-step NOW WHAT?(tm) program of intuitively guided questioning, exploration, and action designed to create the foundation for a more fulfilling life.
With or without a coach, this book will help guide you to finding your own "Life Blueprint" and a life of greater meaning, purpose and joy. This is a tremendous gift not only to you, but to the world!
One of the most provocative exercises involves exploring the differences between needs and values. The point of the exercise is that when we can find a way to have our needs met while at the same time honoring our values, we will feel more fulfilled and enriched. This exercise really helps you to identify a greater purpose in every area of life.
In addition to helping you identify your "IT" and purpose, Laura also helps you to deal with practical issues in making life changes. The chapter on financing your dreams (Chapter 8: The Bottom Line is the Bottom Line) was very useful. It provided some very simple, straightforward tips and helps you to see that money doesn't need to be an obstacle for change.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to make positive, healthy changes in their life.
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A simple to follow and practical to help people uncover their purpose and how to honor it. The book allows you to move at your own pace, even though it is positioned as a 90 day... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shannon Jones
This was a life-changing book for me! I read it cover to cover then went back through and did all the lessons using a journal and really thinking things through. Read morePublished 17 months ago by sharon caldwell
I like this book and Laura's approach. Some of the things I have read before but a refresher is not a bad thing.Published 18 months ago by William S. Scott
I have been reading a lot of self-help books, and this is my favorite. Originally I got it from the local library, but I couldn't bear to give it back, so I bought two copies, one... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cath in CT
Great book for anyone stuck and looking for a new path in their career, personal relationships, or life in general! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Alexandra D. Lange
It was helpful in getting clarity.
There are so many complicating factors.
If you have doubts about where you're going in life - this book will show you the road to travel.Published on April 17, 2014 by C. Martin
This book is so well written. I have been trying to "find myself" and what I should really be doing with my life. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by Bargin Girl