Top positive review
on 9 December 1999
In my time as a Life Coach, Business Consultant and Executive Trainer, I have seen so many clients hit personal brick walls, where they stop growing in their professional and personal lives. Many times they lose focus and lose their major definite purpose in life. Without a purpose we are as Zig Ziglar says, "A Wandering Generality rather than a Meaningful Specific". This drift can happen for a variety of reasons, lack of pull goals, self esteem problems, lack of hope or simply a personal confusion over who and what they are in life and in business. A good life coach will look at all aspects of your being and will work out which area needs to be worked upon.
The problem for a lot of people is that they wrongly believe they cannot afford the services of a highly trained coach who can propel them to achieve and be more in life. Also many people are sceptical about the role of personal coaching and whether it is right for them and whether they can benefit from such a service. I truly believe you cannot afford not to work with a trainer, if you want to achieve and be more in life. To take on the objective responsibility to sort out your own problems is difficult, as we often see our own problems through a non objective filter system. These filters have often been created by a socialisation process that has affected the self esteem. A personal development coach can cut through this filter system and look at the client and their problems objectively and prescribe solutions which could take the individual years to figure out. In essence the coach is the most cost effective solution for busy people.
There is of course another approach and that is one based upon self development. Over the years many books have come onto the market that promise an allure of things, from becoming a millionaire to a super success. I have personally read 1000's of books in the last 18 years on personal development. Listened to 100's of audio programmes, attended many training seminars and have worked with over 40 international businesses developing workshops and designing bespoke training solutions for them. Using this experience of what success is in the real world and looking at the millionaires I have worked for, I can say that so many of the books on the market are designed to make the authors rich rather than the reader. There are very few personal development books I can truely recommend. One book that is simple and straightforward and does what it promises is Success is Not An Accident by Tommy Newberry. It is full of practical advice, brilliant worksheets, that bring you to neccessary conclusions, without expecting you to climb mount Everest, in the quest to create mission statements etc. There are certain critical areas that this book does not cover, such as the power of your socialisation process (past mental programming) to stop your success, but as a foundational book that points you in many of the right directions, then this book is good.
If you want a practicable book, on self development, that will give it to you gently, but sneekily bring you to great conclusions about your life, then this is it. It is not a replacement for a good Life Coach, but at least it will get you started down the road to greater success.