Books

The following are some of the books that I have found helpful, both personally and in working with my clients.

Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way by Rick Carson Taming Your Gremlin

Your gremlin interprets your every experience. He has nothing good to say about you or anything you do, not to mention your dreams and aspirations. Just when you feel you’ve out-argued or overcome him, he changes his disguise and his strategy. Grapple with him and you become more enmeshed. What he hates is simply being noticed. That’s the first step to his taming. This and many other straightforward and powerful techniques await you in Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way.

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Making a Life, Making a Living: Reclaiming Your Purpose and Passion in Business and in Life by Mark Albion Making a Life

Mark Albion’s inspirational stories of real people making a difference are a testament to the power of service to transform our lives and the lives of others. This book will motivate you to reach for your dreams and grab them. He shows that there’s still all the difference in the world between merely making a living and making a life.

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The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Benjamin and Rosamund Stone Zander The Art of Possibility

In a lively, sensible manual for turning life’s obstacles into possibilities, the Zanders introduce various “tools” for transformation, drawing on their extensive experiences with musicians, students and patients in therapy (Rosamund is a psychotherapist and painter; Benjamin is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic). The authors’ emphasis on “practice,” the importance of “flow” and the joy in creation and expression is apt and often truly inspiring. The Zanders’ suggestions constitute sound, practical advice that has much in common with Zen concepts of holism, balance and grace.

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Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don’t 
by Michael Losier
Law of Attraction

This book shows you how to harness the power of positive thinking to get more of what you want and less of what you don’t out of life. You will learn how the Law of Attraction is responsible for attracting people, jobs, situations, and relationships—both good and bad.
And by following its three-step formula, tips, tools, and exercises, you will be able to make the Law of Attraction part of your daily life—improving relationships, increasing wealth, and discovering your true desires.

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Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings by Lynn Grabhorn Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting

This is a great introduction to the Law of Attraction.  The Law of Attraction puts whatever you think about into your life, so you have to be careful what you put in your mind and how you feel about it. The distinction between negative wants (I don’t want to be poor) and positive wants (I want enough money to do what I want in life) is difficult for most people, but the author makes it abundantly clear with great personal examples and a lot of enthusiasm. We can choose how we frame things and thus control the vibrations we send out to the world. A must read for anyone stuck in negativity.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges.

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A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckart Tolle A New Earth

With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now.” In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.

(To watch or listen to the incredible 10-week series of Webcasts with Oprah Winfrey, go to www.oprah.com.)

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Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership by Joseph Jaworski Synchronicity

Synchronicity is an inspirational guide to developing the most essential leadership capacity for our time: how we can collectively shape our future. Joseph Jaworski offers a new definition of leadership that applies to all types of leaders: community, regional, national, international, corporate, political. Written from the heart as well as the head, Synchronicity is the story of one man’s journey toward the place we all must go in the century ahead. Jaworski’s life demonstrates that the immense cultural and institutional change, which a livable future demands, can begin anytime, anywhere, in anyone.

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Co-Active Coaching: New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and Life by Laura Whitworth, Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House and Phillip Sandahl Co-Active Coaching, 2nd Edition

In Co-Active Coaching, Laura Whitworth and her pioneering coauthors set the stage for what has become a cultural and business phenomenon–and helped launch the professional practice of coaching. Co-Active Coaching offers a new model of practice for coaches as well as for all those who want to integrate coaching into their consulting practice. The book describes the principles & components for co-active coaching, a ground-breaking technique founded on interactive participation & collaboration. It captures the essence of what it takes to design and maintain successful, collaborative, and empowering coaching relationships. The authors describe in detail their flexible and adaptive model-placing the client’s agenda at the heart of the coaching partnership, define the skills required for success, provide dozens of sample coaching conversations, and a power-packed Coach’s Toolkit of over 35 exercises, questionnaires, checklists, and forms to make these proven principles and techniques eminently practical and immediately actionable.