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Find Your Power: Boost Your Inner Strengths, Break Through Blocks and Achieve Inspired Action [Paperback]

Chris Johnstone
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11 May 2006
To make positive changes in our lives, we need to find and unleash our inner power. Often viewed as an external force that is wielded over others, "Find Your Power" offers a different perspective on power as an internal force that supports our values, helps us overcome obstacles, improves our relationships and moves us toward our goals, allowing us to take control of our own destinies. Find Your Power is for people who want to improve their lives, their relationships, their work or our world. Using accessible language and diagrams, the book helps to: define and focus goals; recognise and tackle inner resistance and obstacles; and unleash the inner power needed to succeed. With the "call to adventure" as a starting point, "Find Your Power" draws on new motivational psychology developed within the addictions treatment field. Successful medical doctor, professional consultant and well-known specialist in addictions therapy, Chris Johnstone shows how he has helped thousands deepen their motivation to achieve their goals. His proven methods give us the inspiration to start on a path, the courage to recover from setbacks, and the power to design a life of joy.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (11 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857883594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857883596
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a background in medicine, psychology and groupwork, Chris Johnstone is a specialist in the psychology of positive change. After working for many years as an addictions specialist in the UK health service, he now focuses on teaching, training and writing. He is in demand as a speaker and trainer on the psychology of change, especially in relation to health-related behaviour, mood improvement and global issues. His book, Find Your Power - a toolkit for resilience and positive change (2nd edition, Permanent Publications, May 2010) is one of the few self-help books to address both personal and planetary concerns. His self-help audiobook, The Happiness Training Plan, co-produced with Miriam Akhtar, introduces practical mood improvement strategies. Chris has been active in the Transition movement, contributing to a chapter on the psychology of change in The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins. He has pioneered the application of the positive psychology approach in health-care, within organisations and in adult education. He edits the free email newsletter The Great Turning Times. He is also a fine musician, known for his hammered dulcimer and harmonica playing. For more information, see his website at www.chrisjohnstone.info

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"Simple to use, but powerful in effect, this is a remarkable book that will change your life" -- Dr Kathleen Sullivan, Consultant to the United Nations, New York.

From the Author

Whether you want to change your waistline or the world, your
workplace or your state of mind, the process of altering anything requires
a similar set of strengths. Find Your Power offers a toolkit of insights
and strategies to help you develop them. It's in three parts.

Part 1: The Power to Begin describes how to get clearer about what you want
and motivate inspired action towards this.

Part 2: The Power to Move Through Blocks looks at ways of dealing with
fear, how to change stuck patterns, creative problem-solving strategies and
methods for transforming crisis and failure into turning points.

Part 3: The Power to Keep Yourself Going explores ways of maintaining the
energy, enthusiasm and determination needed for any long-term project.

Here are some comments people have made about the book:

"Find Your Power is a different kind of self-help book. It describes, in
detail, how we can move into our potential, helping ourselves and the world
at the same time."
Mary-Jayne Rust, psychotherapist, London

"I have worked with Chris Johnstone for nearly two decades and have
benefited greatly from his brilliant teachings. This book will help
countless people live more effective and joyous lives"
Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self.

"Chris Johnstone is inspiring. With this book, he has made a great
contribution to our culture and society."
Malcolm Stern, co-presenter of Channel 4's Made for Each Other

"I have read many, many books relating to the concepts of personal
power/change, and I think this is by far the most helpful and useful."
Patricia Gaya Wicks, lecturer in leadership studies, University of Exeter

"This book is amazing value. Packed with effective exercises that work! I
shall use it when I coach high-flying professionals because we all need
more personal power to discover and lead the fulfilling life we're all
looking for."
John Nixon, business coach, Countdown UK

"I couldn't put it down. The way Chris Johnstone builds and develops ideas
throughout the book is just excellent. He offers a very helpful
distillation of many years' experience working with the psychology of
change. I can immediately see how I can use this in my own life and in the
groups I run."
Nick Wilding, The Centre for Human Ecology, Scotland

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent introductory book to the world of self-help literature. Author Chris Johnstone quotes from all the greats: Anthony Robbins, Susan Jeffers, Stephen Covey, Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi and - most extensively - Martin Seligman. So if you've already read widely in the field of self improvement then you are going to get some feelings of déjà vu. Johnstone also outlines many neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) techniques, though they are not described as such. There is something to be said for 'repetition being the mother of retention' (as Tony Robbins might say) though - and there's enough new material to keep interest levels high.

The most interesting sections of this book are when Johnstone describes his own experience of using the techniques he describes. He made international headlines when he successfully challenged doctors' long working hours, which might have seemed an impossible task at the outset. His current work in addictions gives him an unusual outlook and it's interesting to see how this perspective is relevant. Johnstone also has a strong ecological interest which informs the climax of this book. The lack of power people feel in the light of modern ecological concerns is a useful metaphor for those without interest in 'green' politics, but acts as a blueprint for action for those who want to save the planet.

Johnstone is at his most interesting when taking inspiration from Joseph Campbell. The idea of looking at life as an adventure is an inspiring one. This acts as a metaphor for what Johnstone calls 'process thinking.' If we try and do everything at once then we will not achieve our goals, but if we see each step as part of the process (or adventure) then things seem more manageable and exciting.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that will change your life 27 May 2006
Chris Johnstone has the remarkable talent of drawing out the best in all of us. If you feel stuck or in a rut the simple steps and exercises the book outlinses gives you inner strengths to move through blocks and undertake positive changes in your life - whether they are in your peronal or professional life. You can also become an active agent in averting looming environmental chrisis. Following the insipring guidance in the book has given me a clear sight of where I want to go - and made me happier. I recommend "Find Your Power" very strongly to people of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to make things better 15 May 2006
This is a fantastic book, well set out, and completely practical and inspiring at the same time! Chris firmly believes we can all make our lives much more the way we want, and clearly and simply shows ways of doing this. He even anticipates the potential obstacles and suggests how these can be overcome. This is a book clearly based on a lot of experience helping people find how to fulfil their potential and realise their dreams. If you are serious about improving your life, this is an excellent guide, and a lot cheaper than therapy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful and practical at the same time 17 Oct 2006
Based on extensive personal and professional research, this book is a good analysis of what happiness is and how to reach fulfilment in life. It also contains a lot of practical exercises and real life stories to help us look into our inner potential. The author skilfully guides us through the process of self-discovery, or in his own words "call to adventure". He helps us to discover what makes us tick in life and shares with us a very methodical and down to earth approach on how to realise our dreams.

If we can find what drives us in life and where our heart is, the whole world is going to support us in the effort to achieve our goals. This is the key to reach our inner power and to unlock the hidden energy reserves, which ultimately lead us to fulfilment and success.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has only just begun to look for their destiny or is on the way to discover it and needs encouragement and support to keep going on their path.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is powerful stuff! 18 Sep 2006
This is an optimistic text that sets out a very clear programme for getting and holding onto personal power in a respectful and ethical way. The metaphors and methods here are transparent and suggest a writer who has worked with these ideas for years. The book works with and through resistances rather than adopting an unrealistic approach. Highly recommended guide to practice change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The adventure of our lives. 26 Sep 2007
This is my third time of reading Chris Johnstone's book and every time I pick it up I come away with something different from it. I'm still discovering new insights and perspectives and I'm particularly appreciating his encouragement to view life as a dynamic process rather than as a static situation. In this way I can acknowledge not only my blocks but my power to move through them, for example as I recognise that each small step in the right direction enables a larger process of change.

I also find his view of life as an adventure story to be particularly relevant to the crisis faced by society. The picture of climate change and oil depletion certainly looks very gloomy and it is difficult to see a way through if we feel limited by what we can contribute as individuals. Chris suggests that when we start to tackle the problem together, when we allow a deeper purpose to act through us, then a whole new set of capabilities can emerge. As we choose to step into the great adventure of global transformation, the Great Turning, then we truly discover where our power lies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring and very practical book
I found this book extremely easy to read and more importantly easy to apply both on a personal level and as a therapist. Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2008 by Ms. J. L. Horsfall
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring read
Through my work as a GP I am often looking for easy to use, but effective and professional self help books to recommend patients, and despite the plethora of literature available I... Read more
Published on 15 May 2008 by Dr. J. Buchan
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As a health professional, I am always looking for books to recommend to both patients and students and Chris Johnstone's book is definitely one I would recommend. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2008 by C. M. Ward
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This is a brilliant book. Dr Johnstone combines a wide vision of what is possible with practical nitty gritty exercises and insights. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2007 by Mrs. M. Lyth
5.0 out of 5 stars straight talking to the point
I have read a lot of self help books, but this one is very different. It gives you background information like they all do, but then he gives you lots of skills and strategies. Read more
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Chris Johnstone's book `Find Your Power' is unique in that it presents both the theory of and the practical application of developing personal power. Read more
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