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Be Your Own Life Coach: How to Take Control of Your Life and Achieve Your Wildest Dreams [Paperback]

Fiona Harrold
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6 Dec 2001 A Coronet paperpack

All of us have dreams about what we'd like to do, who we'd like to be and where we'd like to go in life. But most of us are never able to make these dreams a reality. Now, in this highly motivating new book, Fiona Harrold uses her experience as a life coach to show us that we can turn our own lives around.

With encouragement, humour and an emphasis on the practical, Fiona sets out the 10 steps to taking control of our lives. First we must set our goals, however crazy they may seem; then we must start on the path to achieving them. Along the way, Fiona uses case studies, affirmations and motivational techniques to keep us going, coaching her readers in the same way that she would her personal clients. Helping you in all areas - personal and professional - this book will be your most valuable guide to being the most that you can be.

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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: 17.8 x 11.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,208 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.


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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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing-tastic! 21 Jun 2003
By Hannah
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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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 3 May 2002
By A Customer
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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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book which can change your life 21 Nov 2001
By A Customer
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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still feeling the effects 5 years 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A text that will give great insight 26 Mar 2004
By A Customer
I was initially very sceptical when I first picked up the book. I have read many "change your life" type books. This book was very different. It was written in a style were the author acts as if she really is your own personal life coach. The book led to many personal insights. It reveals that one of the most important aspects of personal change is learning to be self-reliant. The book goes through numerous topics with the issue of self-reliance and self-worth being at the forefront throughout the discussions. The book certainly made me consider the effect of my thought on my behaviour and life. Well worth a read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most encouragement I've ever had 22 Mar 2001
By A Customer
This is really a fantastic book, crammed full with life-changing practical advice. All of the excuses you could ever come up with for not 'having a go' or living life to the full are neatly dealt with, giving you an amazing stream of energy to quit procrastinating and just do it! Pick up this book, commit to the contents, and watch yourself transform your dull, unfulfilled life into more than you've ever dreamed of.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
To produce this work, the authour was forced to dig deep within and examine her own attitudes and beliefs in life to find robust system for living a happy, balanced life. The result is a coaching book with a truly holistic perpective.
The author demands commitment from the reader in return for her encouragement and belief and persents a contract of engagement on P15 which leaves the responsiblity for change sqarely on the reader's shoulders.
She takes the reader through a number of logical, practical exercises that examine the building blocks of confidence, self belief and personal power. The premise behind the author's thinking is that if you were not born with inate confidence or developed it through positive childhood experiences, then you have to work hard to acquire it as an adult.
The book's central argument demands faith in the concept that deeply ingrained beliefs and behaviour can be changed by force of will.
The author draws on the principles of NLP, self image pschology and her own home spun wisdom. It is a passionate and inspirational books that unfortunately looses pace when it arrives at the "how to select your work chapter". However, it is well worth the read, and doing the exercises alone will produce positive changes in perception and self awareness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life Coach
Fiona writes so positively, she wants the best for her readers and teaches you how to be positive. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs someone to point them in the... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mrs. Denise J. Harris
2.0 out of 5 stars She talks about herself too much
I got half way through this book and put it down. I found it off-putting the way the author kept promising to do things for the reader... I will do this and that for you.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by WeddingBox Italy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful lifecoach!
I chose this rating because I'm finding the book immensely useful to keep coming back to and doing more work on myself I already recommend this book and author to others and have... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MS Gard
5.0 out of 5 stars good motivational book
This book is great to give you that extra push to make life better yourself. It helps you appreciate that you can help yourself to improve very thing in life.
Published 3 months ago by lukshie
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this woman fit to coach?
I still recall the ire from some time ago when I read this. The bit that most stuck with me was that when her client wouldn't accept some supposed home truth, Fiona got her coat... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elspeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I absolutely love this book! It gave me so much more confidence,like,after just a week of reading and doing the exercise,I haven't finished the book but I will definitely read it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sylvie
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing
I first read this book 10 years ago and stil refer back to it today. I give it as gifts and would recommend it highly to anyone requiring direction.
Published 5 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Coaching book
Recommended via a magazine article. Good reading and good tips. Helpful book. If into self help this is recommended. Good buy.
Published 6 months ago by Rascal
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
really good book. This would help a lot.Would really recommend this if you're feeling a bit low. Once you get into it you're hooked.
Published 7 months ago by saoirse
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
This is quite possibly the best book ever...If you are low in self esteem and stuck in a bit of a rut this is the book for you. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alison
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