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Based on the assumption that many people are utterly dissatisfied in their lives, this straightforward volume attempts to help readers find what it is that they truly want and make a plan for getting it. Fortgang (Living Your Best Life) has designed a 90-day plan—with seven weeks (or 49 days) dedicated to discovering what it is they want, while the rest of the days are devoted to making it happen. She opens with a few anecdotes of clients for whom her strategy has worked; then she presents a sequence of chapters outlining week-by-week goals. In week one, for example, the focus is determining what the reader hates about her current situation, because "what you hate gives a name to what you want." In week eight, Fortgang addresses the idea that "fear, doubts, and lack of training are molehills compared to the stopping power of the mountain we call money"; she then offers viable solutions for removing lack of funds as an obstacle, and in week 12, there’s a guide to continuing where the book leaves off. Each chapter contains more anecdotes and specific exercises, which help make the goals practical and tangible and the idea of change seem possible.
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"This is it--a turbocharged, high-energy, stripped-to-the-core distillation of key insights and practices to truly move you forward. After readiong Laura's loving and potent guidance, you can't help creating the life you yearn for."
--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."
--Iyanla Vanzant

"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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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (April 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585424137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585424139
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Fortgang begins with a straightforward premise. In ninety days, you can set goals and begin to move in a new direction. Unlike many books of this genre, Now What does not overpromise. Ninety days won't find you in a new job or a new life -- but you'll have a better sense of where to go and how to get there.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Many of the examples the author used were of people who already had more than most people do (money, education, connections, high paying salaries that they are just tired of).

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.
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I am a professional life coach and my primary focus is on life purpose and career. "Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction" is one the best tools out there for those seeking to find heart and meaning in their lives and work. I have been so impressed with the book that I have recommended it to clients ever since it first came out in hardback. This new paperback edition has even more valuable additions and I continue to recommend it highly.

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!
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Laura has written a great book. It is extremely well-written and interesting. The exercises are great tools for finding "IT," and they are also fun!
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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Living by an inner compass is easier said than done. Laura Berman Fortgang provides sound advice, homework, and a mixture of intellect and intuition in outlining how 90 days of focused intent towards a life direction can unfold. What impressed me most about this book was that Fortgang shared her own story of risk when changing her career from actress to life coach. If you want to read about someone who has done the groundwork she prescribes, this book is a great choice. The content is broken down in week-by-week and offers feedback so the reader can self-manage a transitional program on their own. Fortgang also provides a variety of resources the financial nuts and bolts of a career switch. The tone is very down-to-earth, humorous, and engaging. A fluid and insightful read for people who feel like a caterpillar in their careers and are ready to commit to a 90-day cocoon period. Caution: if you want to emerge a career butterfly with this program, you must have a self-discipline to do with full force and enthusiasm what Fortgang suggest. Her book is not a passive self-actualization process ... but a "get off your ass and go for it with measurable results" career planning workout.
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