Susan Kersley, for many years an inner city NHS doctor, retrained to become a Life Coach. She is now passionate about working with doctors who feel similarly overworked and undervalued and enabling them to change their lives for the better. Her book came out of a series of articles that were published in the British Medical Journal Careers Section. It is attractive and readable with lively quotations, sub-headings and bullet points. As a doctor and a doctor's wife we both found the book to be positive and challenging. The 'prescriptions' presented are applicable to anyone who suffers from stress or distress caused by work/life imbalance or poor relationships with colleagues or family. The book starts with the question'What would make your life better?' and then coaches you to 'find more time for the things you enjoy, to look after yourself better, to stop procrastinating and thus have more energy, to communicate more efficiently and improve your personal relationships.' The book is the next best thing to having your own personal Life Coach. It inspires you to do the things you always wanted to do, but never believed you could. The message is 'You can change your life', and this book shows you how.
Susan is one of the first coaches in this country to identify the very real and draining issues that affect those in the medical profession and act on it through producing this book as foundational support. It seems to me that anyone in this market cannot fail to read this book without finding pieces that speak directly to them. The big question is are you up for making those changes? Susan has plenty of suggestions of where to start making this a valuable manual for making life different and more effective for those who can often feel their position has little flexibility.
Changing the habits of a lifetime is never easy, but Susan gives you a starting point and strategies to carry those changes through. She encourages you to think about where you are in life now, what you would change if you could and where you want to be in future. Sensible questions, strategies and encouraging anecdotes help the reader to carry out the changes they want in their life. This book is not just for doctors, but for anyone serious about changing their lives.