This is a truly helpfulbook not just for people who suffer from horrible debilitating thoughts and feelings, but for absolutely everyone who is a human being! In fact I would describe it as the selfhelpbook for the person who thought they would never, ever buy a selfhelpbook. With Hazel, you feel you're in safe hands. She recognises our struggles great and small and shows such wit, common sense and lightness of touch, that her wise words comfort like those from a much loved friend. Look, she says, stop beating yourself up, we can deal with this, together. I defy anyone to read this book without feeling wiser, stronger and ready to move forward in a healthier, happier way.
This is a well written and easy to follow selfhelpbook with lots of useful exercises. The best time to use it is when you have a few quiet moments, with a pencil and paper to hand rather than binge reading it before bed. Hazel uses her own experiences to good effect in order to talk the reader through the exercises, and to illustrate the benefits.
I generally find it hard to get into self-helpbooks. I always find myself scoffing at every line, smug in the belief that a book will never be the solution. Not so with FIGHT. I read it in three days, and have found myself recommending to friends, colleagues and family. This book has finally given me that “aha” moment... I hope it does the same for others.
Great self-helpbook giving advice on controlling thoughts so as not to self-sabotage and attain good health and wellbeing. Has a number of tasks to help with this process. I am pleased with my purchase and would buy again.
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 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-helpbooks 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-helpbook I've ever read. It well and truly stands up against the self-help giants like Tony Robbins if you ask me.
Fight is an inspiring read that promotes positive change. This book is for anyone who feels held back or stuck in their current situation. Hazel's use of examples in her own life make the book easy to understand and relatable. Unlike other selfhelpbooks, she acknowledges the time and practice it takes to make change but is (along with so many of her clients), an example of how it can be done and how great it can be to live authentically.The book is filled with practical ways for us to fight our monsters, rather than just focussing on the theory alone which is incredibly empowering.This book is filled with humour, inspiring imagery and vulnerability. A fantastic read!
This is a really useful, practical, and personable book. Hazel's writing style is lovely, and supportive, and it's an enjoyable read. The exercises are clear, and really help develop a better understanding and compassion for those things we do, repeatedly, where we get in our our way. And then we get to work that new insight into action, improved self-confidence, and better ways of working with ourselves. And it's this creation of lasting change that really solidified the 5 stars for this book for me.
I have read many selfhelpbooks in the past that explore the power of the mind - but none have explained it as well as Hazel has in this book. She uses science and studies to back up her explanations but has written the whole book in such a beautiful way that it makes it SO hard to put down! It has seriously changed the way I think and has helped me use my mind as a beneficial tool on a daily basis. Highly recommend !!