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Success Is Not an Accident: Change Your Choices; Change Your Life Paperback – September 1, 2007
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From the Back Cover
The Choice Is Yours!
Success is "not" an accident!
This is without a doubt the single most important lesson you must learn, and really understand, if you want to develop your full potential and achieve all the success you were designed to enjoy!
Whether you want to strengthen your family life, improve your career, deepen your faith, or take your physical energy to a whole new level, you can do it!
With the help of America's Success Coach Tommy Newberry, you'll learn how to develop a life-changing mission statement; create, set, and achieve exciting and attainable goals; manage your time and stress levels to achieve peak effectiveness; unleash the amazing power of visualization and self-talk; and quickly boost your natural energy levels.
There's no magic. The process of living your dreams is not complex or even sophisticated. It's simple. It's straightforward. It works. And the moment you fully accept it, your life and the lives of those you love will never again be the same.
About the Author
An avid goal setter, Tommy has earned certification as an emergency medical technician and PADI rescue diver. He has also earned a black belt in the Korean martial art of choi kwang do. Tommy lives in Atlanta with his wife, Kristin, and their three boys.
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Hardly anyone wants to live a mediocre life. If you want to live an extraordinary life then this book might be for you. The author spends some time explaining that if you are a Christian, God wants you to be successful. This goes against a poverty/scarcity mentality but it is not quite prosperity gospel. Tommy Newberry basically says that thinking small does not serve the world. He wants you to be an unstoppable force for good.
The book has an encouraging tone and most of the time the author speaks the truth with love. In order to be happy and successful the author believes you must write down goals and have a mission statement. He effectively helps you write both. Visualization, goal maps (vision boards) and subconscious programming are also discussed.
To be honest this book makes the best case for writing down goals that I've ever read. After reading this book you will realize that you have to read your goals once a day at least. Some of the ideas in this book will make you leave your comfort zone. But if you are ready to create your life the seven lessons in this book will help you tremendously. The time management strategies alone are worth the price of the book.
~The Rebecca Review
Newberry breaks up his book in seven lessons about success, choosing what you become, writing down compelling goals, investing your time wisely, stop interfering with yourself, visualize success, and making the right choices to have boundless energy. Tommy provides you with actions steps, questions to think about and principles to get you going, because life is not fair and "insisting on a level playing field disrupts your attention and distracts you from your ultimate objective."
This is a great book to motivate the small business owner and entrepreneur, and to help keep them focused on what is really important in success. Life is about choices and making bad ones can affect where you are. Tommy tells you to make good choices and trust in the Lord, who is the "infinite source and ultimate provider of all good things." This book was first reviewed on Inteljim.com.
Have you thought about how your goals might affect others? Are your goals in line with your natural gifts and talents? What does "success" even mean? Do you think you deserve success? Is success only financial? Do you have written goals for things other than financial and professional success? These are just some of the questions in this book that I found thought-provoking. The way that I think has changed as a result of reading this book. The only thing about the book that I didn't really care for were all of the sports metaphors (yawn).
What I liked about this book was just about everything. I liked the way it was so, clearly written. Also, it was my timing to read this book. It was if it was written just for me. It gave me clarity and understanding myself and knowing what I really wanted in my life and how to achieve it.
I am going to read the book again, and again and get these steps written in this book internalized. That I know what I want and how to achieve it and that I can help someone else that was struggling like I was.
i STARTED this book and could not put it down until I finished it. I so, enjoyed and learned from this book.
I recommend this book to anyone that does not know and understand the word, "Success", for them.
The one that is so, struggling like I was to know what I wanted in life and not know how to even start to know how to achieve it. Like this book so, very well brakes down in steps and description (s) to understand exactly.
I haven't found anything I did not like.
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The problem for a lot of people is that they wrongly believe they cannot afford the services of a highly trained coach who can propel them to achieve and be more in life. Also many people are sceptical about the role of personal coaching and whether it is right for them and whether they can benefit from such a service. I truly believe you cannot afford not to work with a trainer, if you want to achieve and be more in life. To take on the objective responsibility to sort out your own problems is difficult, as we often see our own problems through a non objective filter system. These filters have often been created by a socialisation process that has affected the self esteem. A personal development coach can cut through this filter system and look at the client and their problems objectively and prescribe solutions which could take the individual years to figure out. In essence the coach is the most cost effective solution for busy people.
There is of course another approach and that is one based upon self development. Over the years many books have come onto the market that promise an allure of things, from becoming a millionaire to a super success. I have personally read 1000's of books in the last 18 years on personal development. Listened to 100's of audio programmes, attended many training seminars and have worked with over 40 international businesses developing workshops and designing bespoke training solutions for them. Using this experience of what success is in the real world and looking at the millionaires I have worked for, I can say that so many of the books on the market are designed to make the authors rich rather than the reader. There are very few personal development books I can truely recommend. One book that is simple and straightforward and does what it promises is Success is Not An Accident by Tommy Newberry. It is full of practical advice, brilliant worksheets, that bring you to neccessary conclusions, without expecting you to climb mount Everest, in the quest to create mission statements etc. There are certain critical areas that this book does not cover, such as the power of your socialisation process (past mental programming) to stop your success, but as a foundational book that points you in many of the right directions, then this book is good.
If you want a practicable book, on self development, that will give it to you gently, but sneekily bring you to great conclusions about your life, then this is it. It is not a replacement for a good Life Coach, but at least it will get you started down the road to greater success.