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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (4 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841127337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841127330
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author

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!
Gary Wood

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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.

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No question this book is about empowerment! There's no mystery to where the tools and techniques come from. Dr Gary Wood tells you WHY they work with great clarity and humour. I like the focus on solutions (rather than problems) and on personal strengths (rather than weaknesses)and how we can build on the natural inclinations that we all have and how we can transform even negative traits into something useful.I really love his idea of 'positive worrying' and how we can create positive pictures and self talk that builds us up rather than weighs us down. Don't Wait For Your Ship To Come In. . .Swim Out To Meet It! uses an amazing array of water-based analogies to get the points across. I particularly like 'Waterwings and Concrete Galoshes' to describe how we verbally sabotage ourselves. Overall, it's perfect balance between theory and practice. It certainly does raise the game in terms of what we are used to in self-help books. It'll make you laugh too. And I really like the way the book goes the extra mile. There's a great further reading and resources section and lots of fun extras. Finally, Dr Gary's two-minute stress-buster is so simple, but surprisingly effective. For me, this really is the definitive self-help book!
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I've read a lot of self help books, I've read a lot of "professional" clinical psychology books, but rarely have I come across something as accessible and as beneficial as this book. Gary has laid out clear and positive methods for making improvements to your life, in common sense, and in plain English PLUS the ideas are "workable". Like all self help books, if you don't follow the advice then you won't gain anything, however, this title is a lot easier to follow. Certainly miles ahead of some of the nonsense the consumer has had to endure such as The Law Of Attraction....
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Wow! That's all I'd like to say really but feel I should explain. This generous volume promises to reach the parts that other self-help books fail to reach and so far it's delivered on that promise. It's packed full of quizzes and exercises but where it really stands out from the rest is that psychologist Dr Gary Wood actually takes the time to explain why the tools and techniques work. So, at the turn of every page I feel as though I've learned something and feel better empowered to put things into practice. There's great warmth to this book and quite a few laugh-out-loud moments and you really get the sense that this is someone who really loves what he does. However as entertaining as it is Don't Wait For Your Ship To Come In. . .Swim Out To Meet It, is really a call to action and it provides ample opportunity to do just that. The book offers the essential ingredients for personal development as Gary Wood pinpoints what really works. So far the book is really working for me. I have to admit that I'm a bit of a self-help book junkie but this book pushes the boat out and offers something new. I, for one, am hooked. You will be, too.
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Working through this book I have already gained insights into what I need to do to make a bigger splash in life. Discovering my values and strengths has been a revelation as I now know how to link these to my goals. It seems so obvious now it's been pointed out. I'm wondering why other self help books haven't made this connection. There's a real sense with this book that all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. There are loads of exercises, balanced with just enough theory clearly explained. It's well laid-out, as thought-provoking as the author's previous book Sex, Lies and Stereotypes and just as much fun. It definitely does what it says on the tin and it may sound shallow but I like the cover too!
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