I guess it's fair to say that I achieved more than other people expected of me. When I returned to education to study psychology I had the idea that surely the subject must have something to say about how we can learn more effectively. At school we were never really taught how to learn. So, I scoured the psychology books for any psychological treasure that would help me to learn better. Perhaps most importantly, from these small insights I found myself exceeding the expectations I had for myself.
Eventually I found myself at the front of the classroom teaching psychology and the significant milestone in my career was teaching a course in psychology for mature students. They didn't always have up-to-date learning skills but their enthusiasm more than made up for it. They were all in my classroom not because they thought they had to be there, but because they really wanted to be! That attitude made all the difference. However, what I found myself doing more and more was giving out confidence building and motivation tips. Even though it was a departure from the syllabus, I found I really enjoyed this aspect of the job. In fact I joked on occasions that sometimes the syllabus got in the way! Basically, I was passing on the tricks of the trade that had made such a difference for me.
I was also able to show that learning could be fun, and yes we did have fun! For the overwhelming majority of these students their return to learning was a life changing experience. Throughout I witnessed dramatic changes in their confidence and self-belief. It's an amazing thing to witness, that by pointing people in the right direction, with their effort and commitment, they are able to achieve much more than they expect of themselves!
It's true to say that academic psychology often falls short of offering practical help and pop psychology is often found lacking in the theory department. Increasingly I was also asked to offer practical tips in media stories and so I trained as a life coach to supplement my psychology and teaching qualifications. In turn, I developed the tools and techniques from the classroom into personal development courses and workshops. And this is how Don't Wait For Your Ship To Come In... Swim Out To Meet It! came about. I wrote this book so that many more people will benefit from my insights and experience. Put into practice: it works! The overall message is that you can achieve much more than you expect of yourself! Nothing would make me happier than for you to put into practice the principles of this book and prove me right!
Do you spend time so fixated on life′s obstacles that you cannot see the way ahead? Is your life governed by mere chance or by empowered choice? Can changing the way you view the world actually affect your experience?
Don′t Wait for Your Ship to come in... provides the practical tools that will allow you to achieve positive lasting change in your life.
Researched and written by a qualified social psychologist and life coach, Don′t Wait for Your Ship to come in... offers an antidote to endless ′yo–yo self–helping′. It draws together the essential ingredients from the field of personal development backed by evidence–based psychology, learning theory and coaching practice in an engaging and accessible book.
This complete step–by–step programme for personal development uses tried and tested learning principles and is presented in the form of exercises, quizzes, anecdotes and advice for developing and enhancing anyone′s creative capacity for positive personal development. It provides simple techniques for relaxation, composing effective positive life affirmations, working out personal values, motivation, doing a life–view to target areas for change and goal setting, avoiding self–sabotage and increasing confidence and happiness.See all Product Description
I do not subscribe to this work being miles ahead of The Law of Attraction, as the themes of insight and ownership have been well covered by other books already out there. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2008 by Marshmallow
Really enjoyed this book. Packed with lots of practical tools and exercises and psychological insights. Left me with a real buzz as I face the future. Highly recommendedPublished on 7 Aug. 2008 by Gez Johnson