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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; UK ed. edition (18 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340786299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340786291
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.2 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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This is the only self-help book I've read that has been as unputdownable as a thriller. Watching the process unfold, as Mark Forster makes his dream come true, convinced me that I could do the same. It's the book I want
everyone to read - an extraordinary combination of the magical and the practical.
Sarah Litvinoff

About the Author

Mark Forster is full-time life coach. He frequently runs workshops and seminars specialising in time management.

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This book is written in admittedly a quite different style from Mark Forster's others, and I can see why some reviewers disliked this, but I personally very much enjoyed it.

I read it in a single sitting, fascinated both by the advice contained within in and by the insight into Mark's own life -- I really like the fact he was willing to experiment on himself with his techniques, and it was an interesting look into the writing process, also.

I have to admit that I was initially rather sceptical about the self-dialoguing ideas, but I did give it a go the day before one of my University finals (an exam I had prepared hard for but was anxious about) and was surprised how much it helped me to relax and be confident that I'd done enough revision and preparation.

My one niggle might be that there is rather less concrete excellent advice in this book, compared to Mark's others, due to the style -- however, I think it's very much worth the price and the time spent reading.
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I have read a plethora of self help books, mainly for research purposes and would agree with some of the reviews that this book won't suit everybody. However,you have to give the author credit for doing something different and giving people the tools to be pulled towards their goal rather than just pushing all the time. His style of writing is sometimes difficult to read and if you want to speed read this book you will struggle. If you are a motivated person who wants some good ideas on visualisation and questioning your motives in life then this book is for you,. If you want a step by step guide that will will push you towards your goals in a concious and well guided way then this won't suit.

I enjoyed the book and have been employing some of his techniques with some success, I am not drifting but actively pulling myself towards my goal. My only fear is that if you are a bit of a drifter you could mis-use his techniques and never get anywhere.

Overall a good read with ideas that do make you think about what you are doing and why you are doing it.
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I was very sceptical indeed. I have read many self-help books that promised to change my life. But this book was very different, in style and in method. And it sounded like fun.
So I tried it. And it worked!
I created a vision that I guessed would take five or six years to achieve and began a dialog with my future successful self.
Just six months later I had to re-write my future vision - because most of my previous goals were already achieved! Since then I have continued to achieve major life goals with this method.
The approach seemed to provide me with a gentle but powerful incentive to keep focused and motivated to attain my dream - even taking setbacks and upsets in my stride. In the past I had been great at planning, dreaming and scheming - but found it hard to keep up momentum and motivation and almost impossible to take action. These dialogs with my future self seemed to effortlessly overcome those tendencies.
In a way it was the opposite of getting in touch with my inner child - I got in touch instead with my inner wiser older loving guru! One that knew my strengths and weaknesses. One that was loving but firm and tolerant of my defects. One that encouraged me to see the progress rather than the failures. Mark has hit on a lovely magical way to let me coach myself to success.
Now I'm back to buy more copies to give as gifts to my friends.
This may not be for everyone - NLP 'experts' will cringe at some of the steps since it does not follow their specific methodology for visualisation and one can find many shortcomings with the format and content of the work as pointed out by previous reviewers - but it worked for me despite my strong scepticism.
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I read this book in about 2 days! A really well written piece of work! I'm at a time in my life right now where the traditional approach to goal setting just has not been working for me (2 kids & v.busy home life!)- I havent yet had the apportunity to fully apply all of the methods detailed in this book but see how truly effective they are. I firmly believe that reading a book is like going shopping - you take what you need at the time and leave the rest for when you need more or different things.
I think that some of the insights in this book are for me going to be the difference which makes the difference - specifically the 'pull' (allowing your goal to pull you toward it - you WORK effortlessly towards achievement) way of goal getting as opposed to the 'push' way (forced march approach of goal getting). Having read some of the other reviews this book got I can only agree - well worth it. A great book, refreshingly well written and easy to absorb. The book details simple and effective techniques which only add to the elegance of the system.
Go for it!
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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.
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