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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (6 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340770643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340770641
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fiona Harrold believes, with articulate passion, that anyone can do anything. The only stumbling block is lack of self-belief. "When you believe in yourself anything is possible", she says unequivocally. She wants you to discard any beliefs which hold you back. Her practical, accessibly written book--based on her seminars with TV presenters, music stars, business executives and top politicians as well as with those in less prominent or glamorous positions--aims to show you how.

Once described in the Daily Express as "the Queen Bee of British life coaching", Harrold wants you to be ambitious. And physical health is part of success and confidence. She has interesting views on eating disorders and regards overeating, smoking and drinking to excess as low self-esteem factors. Her systematic exercises--and the attitudes and affirmations she recommends--take you step by step through a radical rethink of who you are, what you want and where you are going at every level.

Although she advises that acceptance of the existence of a cosmic force outside yourself will enhance your sense of personal worth, she has controversial thoughts about the central tenets of some religions. You should, she suggests, rethink your relationship with any teaching which requires you to regard yourself as a worthless miserable sinner. She blames such deeply conditioned cultural attitudes for much of the low self-esteem in Western Europe.

Some of her ideas are intensely liberating and encouraging. "You are as attractive as you think you are", she says and she teaches you how to change your view of yourself. Or consider how actors insinuate themselves into roles then "Act, talk and behave like the person you want to be and you will become that person". --Susan Elkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Coaching can help you strengthen your sense of self-worth, focus on your goals - and get there, fast (Daily Telegraph)

Fiona Harrold is one of the most influential women in Britain (Scotland on Sunday)

the Queen Bee of British life coaching (Daily Express)

immensely persuasive and practical (Andrew Shields, Time Out)

if you truly want to take charge of your life and be happier as a result - read this book (Hazel Courteney)

Leading life coach Fiona Harrold has lots of simple but powerful tips and exercises to motivate and inspire you. (Independent on Sunday)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 21 Jun 2003
Format: Paperback
I got this book as a Christmas present as I was (and still am) suffering from depression. I started the book and immediately felt better, something my therapy sessions seriously lacked! I have since read this book on the train on the way to interviews and the confidence in me shone through. The chapter entitled: "How Attractive Are You?" was especially inspirational. Fiona Harrold's words totally changed the perception of how I thought of myself, and with her words in mind, I went to a party and met a really lovely guy who I am now dating.
This book is a must for anybody feeling low or just wnats to achieve what they have always wanted. The encouragement in her words propells you to change your life, and it does! An excellent book which you can pick up and read at anytime.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug 2001
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I first heard about this book whilst having a drink with a friend of mine. We were talking about life in general and I commented on how much happier he seemed lately and how I wished I could be happier as I wasn't enjoying my work at the time. My friend leant me a copy of this book, which I read and started to put in to practice some of its suggestions. I can only tell you that my life has completely changed for the better. I became much happier and I am now on my way to a career I'd previously only dreament about. I bought my own copy of this book as it's the type of book you can go back to again and again. If you buy this book make sure you do what Fiona suggests and TAKE ACTION.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2002
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Buy this book if you are in a rut and want some encouragemant to change your life. Unlike other books of its type it's straight to the point and not in cheesy american sytle. I have just handed in my notice at work and about to change direction completely... and i'm not that scared!! Read it, and do it. Thoroughly recommended.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By "insearchofinspiration" on 29 Mar 2005
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I read this books nearly 5 years ago and it changed my life forever. I was not satisfied with my life or relationship and this book asked me all the questions I had been putting off asking myself. I left my partner, set up a new life for myself in London and have since had all sorts of incredible adventures. Whenever I get stuck in life I always ask myself those life changing questions; If I was living my dream life what would I be doing? How far away is my life from that now? What do I need to do now to move towards it? A life changer for definite!
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov 2001
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This book is fantastic for anyone who needs encouragement to realise their potential. The book is written as if someone is talking you through your beliefs. Through series of exercises and narrative text you develop an improved sense of self worth and fulfillment.
The style is similar to having a life coach talk to you one on one, the effect is different to most other self help books, and is far more personal. The author makes a contract with you and promises to deliver the same effects as if you had a personal life coach. The amazing thing is she does deliver. A truely brillient book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carpe diem on 6 Oct 2010
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This book was my first introduction to the world of Life Coaching and when I first read it I found it truly inspirational. The book is well written, well structured, practical and easy to follow. My only slight criticism would be that most of the case studies seem to be based on highflying people who I didn't feel I could easily identify with. However, if you want a book with similar teachings but with an inspiring case study to demonstrate the coaching tools in action, I would recommend reading the heartwarming Serendipity's Secret: A novel way to achieve your dreams and find the path to happiness.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Aug 2004
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I would like to thank Fiona Harrold for writing this truly inspirational book. It doesn't matter what stage your life is at, improvements can always be made. After all, no one's perfect, but if there were more of us out there striving to better ourselves, the world would be a much nicer place. If you feel you don't have the time for Fiona's exercises throughout the book, then you're probably not ready to take control of your life but are letting your circumstances control you instead. Make time! You won't regret it. Fiona's style is direct, assertive and non-conformist. Don't expect to agree with everything she says in this book, or for everything to relate to you. If you find some of the things she says grating, perhaps it's because it's touched a chord of truth in you, and you're as yet unwilling to face up to it?
Search deep within yourself and you will find the answers are already there, just waiting to be plucked. The book merely serves as a guide to finding the answers you're looking for. Along the way, you will experience self-healing and self-discovery; you will shake off the Old You and work towards the New You - a more confident, self-assured, determined person with a "can do" attitude. You really ARE what you believe yourself to be, and you CAN do anything if you put your mind to it!
On a personal note, Fiona's book has helped me tremendously in rising out of the ashes of an abusive relationship. Whereas before I was a repressed, downtrodden, submissive partner and occasional punchbag, I am now a happy single mother with a happy toddler, moving on and taking control of my own life again, in a strange, foreign country to boot! The book helped greatly in channeling my thoughts and led to me regaining my self-confidence and respect, and gave and still gives me the courage to "carry on regardless".
Buy the book! It does exactly what it says on the cover.
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