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Strange, remarkable . . . do try his methods,
By A Customer
This review is from: How to Make Your Dreams Come True (Paperback)
When I became self-employed, I read most of the leading self-help books. All of them had something interesting to say and helped me orientate myself. However, I felt there was something missing in all of them. I didn't feel I really needed to know how to plan out the tasks that I needed to achieve my goals, I didn't want to assess the messages I had unconsciously absorbed from my primary school teacher, I wanted to know how to 'want' to do the things I needed to do, instead of feeling guilty, procrastinating or feeling overwhelmed.
I picked Forster's book because I read his first time management work. I implemented his daily 'what's better' list, I began a self-coaching dialogue, wrote out my future vision and began the goal achievement method with a short term goal that was seriously behind schedule. The results were astounding.
Within the first three days, through his methods, I realised that my stasis was caused by three main mental 'glitches', that I did an extraordinary number of tasks a day and then forgot how much I had done, that my confusion was caused by my mind not being able to cope with the amount of data I threw at it without a proper 'mental filing' protocol.
During the weeks that followed, I discovered more about myself than I had in the previous six years. I finished a major project in half the allotted time, I finally organised a holiday for the first time in 5 years, I wrote over 10K words a day, I began to go swimming everyday and I didn't feel like all this was any effort at all. I felt exhilarated, my energy levels were bionic. The speed at which I progressed was so fast, I could feel the wind in my hair. My partner started calling me 'Supergirl'.
I think Mark's key idea is the notion of narrative as a focusing tool for your mind. He asks you to live through 'story' techniques, constantly creating and revising towards your future vision, your grand narrative. This worked brilliantly for me. For the first time in my life, I wanted to do things, I lived through doing what I felt like doing and everything got done, even the ironing.
I heartily recomend his book. It has changed my life and I can't wait to see how it changes my future.