This is the first time I've felt compelled to write an online review for anything, because this book really is that good. I picked it up by chance at Foyles a few months ago, and have slowly been working my way through each chapter since. It's definitely not a book to plough through, but rather something that takes time to digest and work through over some months.
The author introduces key concepts and tasks slowly and in a way that isn't too overwhelming, and writes in an approachable and down-to-earth manner. She mixes scientific research about how the mind works with personal anecdotes, which helps to relate it to my own life. She's also included helpful summaries for each chapter and all the tasks, which makes it easy to go back and review things. I also like that she doesn't promise any miraculous transformations, but gives you the tools to take control of your own thoughts and feelings to incrementally build up an internal resilience that will weather life's storms.
I'm so pleased that I stumbled across this book, and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to make a positive change.
I heard about Hazel Gale’s mind monster theory and then realised she’s also written this book. This book is easy to read, written by someone who appears to “have been in the shoes of fear” and who does not come across as a theorist. It’s easy to follow, the exercises really made me think. Being a procrastinator, I actually found myself doing the exercises and remembering what I’d done, which is a first. I thoroughly recommend this book for anyone who is questioning whether they are good enough. It’s an excellent tool and an easy read.
I first came across Hazel when I interviewed her for a piece I was writing for a national newspaper and found her bright, engaging and funny so I had high hopes for this book. Despite that, it still surpassed my (high) expectations! Using real, relatable examples of problems from her own life and those of her clients, Hazel shows rather than tells the reader how to think differently and to approach everyday issues. Not only is the book very easy to read, whilst also covering a lot of ground (and offering something new on second read, I might add) it also treats the reader like an equal, not a subordinate like so many other self-help books do. Hazel doesn't profess to be a guru, just a really well qualified, articulate person who happens to have been through the immense challenge of boxing world tournaments and chronic fatigue syndrome. It's because she's so upfront about her struggles that we trust her throughout the book and that she's able to inspire with such electric force! This is the most empowering self-help book I've ever read. It well and truly stands up against the self-help giants like Tony Robbins if you ask me.