Friday, 5 February 2010

The Power of Self-Coaching

I started reading this book a couple of days ago and am just starting Chapter 3. I have to say that, so far, I am very impressed.

Joseph J. Luciani, Ph.D., has brought his message of hope to millions over the years. A clinical psychologst who has been in private practice for over twenty-five years, he is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker. He is also the author of the bestselling 'Self Coaching: How to Heal Anxiety and Depression'.

In the first chapter, you are given a list of True/False questions which are designed to measure your overall quality of life. Out of 50 questions, I marked 35 as true. This is not good my friends. The scoring at the end for a score of 31 or more states, "A score of 31 or more suggests that the quality of your life is substantially compromised..." Not good indeed. The book then goes on to explain some of the reasons why I may be feeling so blue. Thes best part is that even if it's in my genes, I CAN change. There is hope, even for me! LOL

There are several "Self-Coaching Power Drills" which help to change your way of thinking from a negative to a positive. I have an affirmation on my desk that I read several times a day that reads, "Everything I need to have a happy and successful life, I already possess" - so true, right? I mean, I have a brain and that brain is fully capable of thinking positively and seeing the bright side of a situation. The trouble is, my negative thinking has become such a habit, that the positive thinking has just given up!

I have made a conscious effort over the last few days to really notice my thoughts. When I think negatively, I push those thoughts away and try to see the positive. When I catch myself judging someone, I quickly turn my thoughts to something good about that person. As difficult as it is to be mindful of my thoughts all the time, it is really making an impact already. It's really exhausting to be so sad and angry all the time. Smiling actually feels GOOD!!

I am really looking forward to working through this book and finding my happy place again. I'll keep you posted. :o)

Daily Affirmation: Life unfolds perfectly for me. I am happy in the here and now. Pin It


Karen said...

Was this the book you bought on our shopping trip last year?
Sounds interesting.
Have you read The Secret? I found that one really insightful and helpful in adjusting my frame of mind.
Good luck honey xo

Kate said...

Oh sweet mercy! DON'T READ THE SECRET! Crazy new age crap.

I can suggest a few good titles if you want, Dawn.

bonnidette said...

Just being conscious of your thoughts is a big step in the right direction. Good for you. This book sounds like a winner. I'd love to know the title. I'm always looking for a good read. Well, best of luck and here's to hoping you find your happy place.

My Three Sons said...

Bonidette...the book is actually called "The Power of Self-Coaching"...great book. Thanks for your comment!

My Three Sons said...

No Karen...different one, although that one I bought with you is great too! read the Secret or not...LOL...differing opinions!

My Three Sons said...

Thanks Kate...need to get through this one and then I'll be in touch.

Anonymous said...

Good Books... peaceful, full of tools for self reflection.. finding the beauty in life....not overly preachy or religious....Emphasis on the cycles of life and nature.... worth looking into

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