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Over 90,000 women, many of whom felt the same way, have CHANGED THEIR LIVES for the better using the strategies in this book.
Over 90,000 women, many of whom felt the same way, have CHANGED THEIR LIVES for the better using the strategies in this book.
Created by life management expert Brook Noel, The Change Your Life Challenge offers easy but effective step-by-step solutions for implementing lasting change in every major life area:
• Joy and Purpose
• Sanity and Centeredness
• Chaos and Clutter Clearing
• Time Management
The three-part journey begins with a written "before" snapshot to identify what areas are holding you back and to create an action plan tailored to your personal needs. Next, you'll find fifteen steps that can revolutionize virtually any area of your life. Then you'll work through a series of Mini-Makeovers, with each makeover offering five practical strategies for how to apply the idea to your life today.
The Change Your Life Challenge is a perpetual book. Inside you'll find instructions on how you can continue "living the challenge" for lasting benefit.
Before We Begin...
"Look at your past. Your past has determined where you are at this moment. What you do today will determine where you are tomorrow."
- Tom Hopkins
I believe that you and I have a similar goal. I doubt you desire another book with ideas that do not work, which ultimately ends up dusty and requiring storage on an already-packed bookshelf. I do not want any dust on my book.
You want to change your life, or some part of it. Since 2005, this program has helped thousands of women, and it can help you too. But one solution will not work for everyone. I have paid close attention to the many success stories and what these women have in common.
You have likely read books in which the author spends paragraph upon paragraph advising you to put down the book and actually do an exercise or write something down. Yet many of us keep reading anyway. The author then puts big black letters or a stop sign to try and jar us from our habitual, inactive reading. We keep reading anyway. After all, we can always go back to the exercise, right? Certainly the book isn't going to walk away. Besides, maybe it makes more sense to read the whole thing through first-and then go back and do the activities. Right?
Or how about this: when was the last time you enrolled in an interactive program (school included) and completely disregarded instructions, avoided homework, and never took notes?
Simply put: you cannot apply these materials to your life successfully without doing the work. The women who succeed are active participants and apply the Steps thoroughly.
This program is not called the Think Your Life Challenge. You cannot do this all in your head. Success requires implementation, participation, and observation of personal patterns, goals, and desires. If you want to stop the tireless search for a solution and are ready to start living the solution, please proceed to page 3 and let's get started. The future awaits you!
INTRODUCTION: Are You Ready for a Change?
Before We Begin...
How The Change Your Life Challenge Can Help You
PART ONE: Five Steps to a Successful Start
Step 1: Setting Up Shop Step 2: The Snapshot Step 3: Creating Your Action Plan for Change Step 4: The Headquarters Step 5: Rallying Your Resources
PART TWO: The Toolbox
Step 1: Meet the Catch-All Notebook (CAN)
Step 2: The Three-Step Action List Step 3: How Do You Start Your Day?
Step 4: The Catch-It Collectors Step 5: Moments of Magic Step 6: Soul Food: Creating a Personal Power Deck Step 7: The Five-Minute Rule: Stopping the To-Do List Virus Step 8: The Five-Minute Relationship Miracle Step 9: The Five-Minute Motivator Step 10: Self-Sabotage and Self-Belief Step 11: Avoiding Burnout and Overcommitment: "No" and the Personal Quota Step 12: Your Personal Power Hour Step 13: Have an Ugly Day Step 14: Giving Up the Cape Step 15: NIGHTLY REFLECTION: An Evening Routine to Nourish the Soul and Transform Chaos to Centeredness
PART THREE: The Mini-Makeover Collection
MINI-MAKEOVER: Chaos and Clutter Clearing
Step 1: CHAOTIC CONFESSIONS: Confronting the Complication Addiction Step 2: THE TRUE COST OF CLUTTER: How "Stuff" Robs Time, Energy, and Wallets Step 3: Unraveling the Complicated Life Step 4: Create a Space Step 5: Junk Mail, Anyone?
MINI-MAKEOVER: Self, Sanity, and Centeredness
Step 1: Is Your Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?
Step 2: Defining Decisions Step 3: Reconciling Your Emotional Energy Account Step 4: Operation Handbag Step 5: Girls' Night Out
MINI-MAKEOVER: Money Matters
Step 1: Discovering Your Value Number Step 2: WHY WE BUY: Silly Ways We Lose Money and How to Stop Step 3: Create a Spending Station Step 4: Managing Day-to-Day Spending Step 5: The Impulse Spending Solution
MINI-MAKEOVER: Family Matters
Step 1: Operating the Errand Express Step 2: Do unto Others...
Step 3: Host a Happy Half Hour Step 4: Who is That Person across the Table?
Step 5: Chore and Reward Systems That Work
MINI-MAKEOVER: YOU'VE GOTTA HAVE FRIENDS: Fostering a Positive Support Network
Step 1: Organizing the People in Your Life Step 2: THE PEOPLE PRINCIPLE: How Are You Affected by the People in Your Life?
Step 3: Making a List, Checking it Twice Step 4: Connecting
MINI-MAKEOVER: Joy and Purpose-Filled Living
Step 1: Values - Our Lens to View the World Step 2: Giving Back Step 3: WHERE ARE YOU GOING? Discover and Write Your Life Story Step 4: Create a Vision Statement Step 5: The Art of the Invisible Blessing
MINI-MAKEOVER: The Worn-Out Woman
Step 1: Ask for Help Step 2: The Invisible Coach Step 3: Self-Coaching Strategies Step 4: FIGHTING BACK FATIGUE: A One-Step Plan to Begin Reclaiming Lost Energy Step 5: Creating Personal Power Scripts
MINI-MAKEOVER: Here's to Your Health!
Step 1: The Simplest Diet in the World Step 2: That Meal in the Morning Step 3: S.O.S. for Stress Step 4: Let's Get Moving!
Step 5: Wading into Water
MINI-MAKEOVER: Housework Helpers
Step 1: Master Maintenance Schedule Step 2: Sprint Your Way to Success Step 3: MERGE AND PURGE: The Six-Box System Step 4: Create Your Master Task List Step 5: Mastering Meal Planning
CONCLUSION: The Challenge Continued
APPENDIX 1: Worksheet Quick Reference Guide
APPENDIX 2: Additional Resources
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brook Noel is a CEO, author, speaker and mom. She has been featured on hundreds of shows and in magazines, including ABC World News, CNN Headline News and Fox and Friends. She is the author of I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye and several other books.
Posted January 13, 2009
The Change Your Life Challenge is a simple and easy process to use. I began to feel more organized from the first week (thanks to the CAN). I use the book, the online program and the free printables from the website. The material is not only pleasing to the eye, but also pleasing to the soul. What I like best is each step doesn't require an hour out of my day. The chapters are concise and motivating. A well rounded program that has ironically stopped me from spinning in circles.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2008
Posted December 1, 2008
I do not have the internet at home. I wanted something to keep me motivated when I don't have access to the program on line. I just love it. It is very detailed and simple. The steps are simple, straight forward and doable. The reading is easy without talking down to me. Her style is very straight forward and she offers lots of encouragement. It was everything I expected and more. She does give you a list of supplies you will need but none were expensive and I had most of them in my home office already. If you want to change your life and finely stay organized I'd recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2008
I have been very impressed with Brook's new book. I found it when I was searching for some guidance to deal with housework (which was unmanageable at the time). I found that not only does she have great ideas on how to manage keeping you house clean, but also addresses all areas in a woman's life to create a more balanced and mentally healthy "you". So not only does she have ideas to apply to the physical clutter in your life...but also the mental and emotional clutter. I have found that her book is a great tool to get your life back on track. When you begin the book, you have to have faith and trust that if you just try her ideas, they will make a difference. It might be hard for some people to "buy into" her system, but it is sooooo worth trying! Then if something isn't working for you exactly the way she suggests...don't be afraid to "tweek" it to fit your life. Brook provides the backbone and framework for a very successful life organization and management system and I am proud to say that my life has been positively impacted by her book!.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2008
I think I have almost every book writting on getting organized. I kept searching for something to help make me feel like life was worth it. I am handicapped and in a great deal of pain each day. And my house and my life were in disarray. I had tried other methods of getting things done and keeping things organized, but yet still felt that I wasn't hitting the mark with my life. I found the Change Your Life Challenge in 2005 and bought Brook Noel's first book. It helped me to make some changes that made me feel better about living. I couldn't wait for her new book to come out since she based it on the Make Today Matter system that she came up with... I like that "Make Today Matter" ... I think that's what I was missing in my life. Brook takes you thru 15 basic steps in this book going from looking and rating how your life is at this point in time and where you would like it to be. She introduces the CAN which is the best thing for keeping life straight! She ends up the 15 days with her Nightly Reflection which helps wrap up your day and prepare you for the next day. In the second part of the book ahe has unique ways of talking about chaos and clutter, taking care of yourself, money matters, family matters, friend, living with a purpose, health issues and housekeeping. Each are broken down into steps making her whole Change Your Life Challenge much easier than trying to do it all at once. She has worksheet that can help you and she has a website that she lists in the book. On the website she has a sprint room which is a great motivator in getting things done! I would highly recommend this book to anyone... anyone that wants to make their day matter and is ready for the challenge of changing their life to do so!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 16, 2008
I have bought both books and find there are parts of each book I like more than the other. I am finding that I stay more focused on what is important to get done and what is not so important as I previously thought. The 3 step action plan is the foundation of getting my life back. I also enjoy taking Brook's online classes and participating with the Make Today Matter online group. If you're looking for a instant "cure" to what's missing in your life, this is not the book for you. Brook makes you use your head to try to figure out the why's and how's of all aspects of your life. It is sometimes hard but it's well worth the effort. Thanks Brook!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2008
Since the Change Your Life Challenge, I'm organized enough to remember to go back and write reviews :) Seriously, this book was the boost I needed to stay organized during a home-remodel-from-hell, and I'm looking forward to a stress-free holiday season thanks to the overall life changes engendered. I highly recommend for list-makers and wannabes of all sorts. You can take what you need and leave the rest for longer-term.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 11, 2008
I bought this book when I was really down and had just moved a semi truck and 1/2 of another. We moved in a short time and just took everything. We had little to no storage and all the kids went off to collage and my family and friends were left behind. It is a very positive book that helps you challenge some some negative aspects of life not only organize. This book got me started and got me organized. The more I did, the better I felt. It was very practical and easy to use. Actually, I liked the book so well I went on to take some of the classes on line the author offered. Good choice for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 12, 2008
This is an inspiring book, written by a gal who has tried it all. We are all scurrying about these days trying to live our lives to the fullest and missing out on what's most important--balance in our work life, home life, spiritual life. Brook had tried all the "self fix-it" programs and has written a program that covers all the bases and keeps you on task to make the changes necessary to actually change a behavior in a way that it can stay changed. She says "You can have is all, just not at the same time." This is the key. We really don't want it all at the same time, what we do with it all?? If you read her book and make the changes, you can change your life for the better. Make time for the things that are important, stop an annoying habit, be less stressful. Take the Challenge! See how joy can re-enter your life, energy re-appears, life takes on new meaning because you are enjoyng every minute.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 11, 2008
Brook Noel's change your life challenge really does what it says...changes your life. Brook has done a brilliant job combining information she's learned from personal experiences and various self help titles and merging them into one easy effective system. The change your life challenge is more than another book, it's an introduction to a new way of being. Any and every area of your life is simplified: finances, housework, relationships, self esteem, personal happiness...you name it, brook probably has a great step by step solution for it-- all in one place. My only suggestion is that maybe next time she should add all of the worksheets into the book as tear out pages or something of that nature. It would really have made my experience even more enjoyable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 11, 2008
I chose this book because I was in dire need of getting my life and home back on track. Being a working wife, mother, sister, daughter is difficult and sometimes it takes hearing (reading) what you already know to be able to make a difference. Brook Noel is a wonderful author that makes all aspects of organization personal. My favorite tool is the CAN Catch All Notebook. It has made a significant difference in accomplishing the everyday tasks. This book is one that I will refer back to my entire life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2008
I have read and applied both books Brook Noel has written. She has lived it and has thought about all the steps to provide the reader with the steps to improve their life. I have enjoyed each challenge she has in the book as well as the online format. The interactive steps to balance ones life is very helpful. It has helped me focus when I have been so busy with my life and had many things to get done. I work full time and it has helped me continue on each day and set goals for my day to day activities and apply the challenges. There are no deadlines, you work at your own pace. There are products to use along with her wonderful library of printables which motivate as well as help you to achieve what you want to have happen in your life. Whatever products you are use to using, if you will make the commitment with her you will find a change. Toni MerkleyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 19, 2006
When I started the Challenge, I was overstressed with every aspect of my life. Within the first few days, I knew that this was going to change my life. I am a full time working mom with lots of other activities. I was losing control, missing appointments, and forgetting important things. The Challenge has taught me simply how to get things in control. Brook offers amazing advice and explanations on why we do the things we do. It forces you to look at yourself and see why you life is cluttered. Although I have not completed the challenge yet, my life is smooth and organized. Most of the backlog is caught, and everyday is much less stressful. I have suggested this program to many of my friends. I think it is a steal for the changes I have seen in my life!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2006
I, too, have a bookcase full of self-help books on goal setting, home organization, budgeting, weight loss, overcoming procrastination, etc... All I can say is that THIS book got me moving! Some reviewers thought this author requires too much contemplation and writing. For me, that has been the key to actually turning my reading into action. Those of us who struggle in the above-named areas tend to have in common that we all want to change everything NOW. We want to get started right away and in no time, our goals are accomplished... but hey, news flash: we didn't get into the mess we are in overnight, and we aren't going to fix it overnight either. There are reasons why we have struggled chronically, and until we get to the root of that problem, we won't bring about permanent change. This book addresses both the mechanics of solving our problems and the source of the bad habits that created the problem in the first place. It is practical and even spiritual. I wish I had written it... but I'm sure glad somebody did!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2006
I am the Queen of trying to get organized... I have tried every system on the planet and nothing worked... until now. CYLC is the perfect blend and balance women need to get organized, stay organized and find balance in their lives. Best of all, you don't have to go into hiding for a month in order to implement CYLC... it works with your daily demands. It's not complicated and perhaps that is why it is successful. It was created by a woman, for women--although men would benefit from it too! If you're looking to be more organized, Brook will show you how.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 16, 2005
This book has really opened my eyes to what's important in life--organizing what's need to be done first. I got rid of so much paper work since I've been reading this book. I now have two extra free file cabinets and drawer space that I was using to keep papers. I am taking more time for self. I greet myself everymorning with a wonderful quote and Good morning. I've learned that if I expect something good to happen and that my day will be great, then it will. It you say you're going to have a great day, then you are going to go out your way to make it come true.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2005
I discovered Brooke's 70-Day-Challenge when she was 'testing' it with a lot of us online. That test allowed her to get the feedback and tweak the program to be the wonderful thing it is now. I did fall off the program when it was online, but did recently buy the e-book and e-workbook from her site online. Since restarting just a few weeks ago, I can already see and feel the changes and I know that this time it'll work. As you make progress, you'll find you can hardly wait to make more. The way it's broken down into days is a major help. Plus you can do it at your own rate, it might take 3 days to complete 'a day' if you're busy with other things, but that's okay. Just go on to the next day when you're ready. Plus the online support is fabulous. Brooke herself joins in almost daily with her input and the others in the program have fantastic idea's to share and support to offer. In ways, it's sort of like having another family who cares and supports you. I believe anyone going in with an open mind to following her guidance (don't push ahead and burn out), will be pleased with the results. It's great!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2005
I have met many people like myself who buy a book on house cleaning just to see if there is an easier way, and then a book on simplifying life just to feel a sense of calmness in the rate race, and then a few days later buy a book on organizing. THIS BOOK DOES IT ALL! I thought when I started the challenge that out of 10 parts I have about 7 down pat and I will breeze through them. I was wrong!! When I went through the different parts of the journey I have learnt that they all relate, your house isn't a mess just because you are a bad housekeeper, maybe you need to re-look at other systems you are trying to make-work in other aspects in your life, it is the snowball effect at work. This book tailors to you and focuses on all aspects of your life that are important. You will never need another self help book again as you will find something new every time you flip back and re-read! I am on day 65 of the challenge and I am LIVING my Life thanks to the tremendous support of the newsletter and online forum, which is always there for me! This book is never ending and people all around me are noticing!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2005
This challenge is an opportunity to work on the areas of your life that you are not satisfied with. Some of the topics are family, clutter, and nutrition. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to see significant change in their life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2005
This book has changed my life already and I've only been following it for a week! I know that may sound dramatic,but along with the support from others via the message board I can already feel the benefits. A very intesting plan. Extremely well written. A must have for any busy womanWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.