Changing Your Course: The 5-Step Guide to Getting the Life You Want

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Sometimes, stepping off the expected path is the right thing to do, even if it feels emotionally and financially scary. That’s how Bob and Melinda Blanchard got to live the life they love—and why they, and others who knew it was time for a change, are here to reveal how they found their happiness. In this invaluable, life-altering manual, real people tell their stories: how they transformed their lives to get more time with the people they love, more opportunities to do the things that really matter, and, more ...
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Overview

Sometimes, stepping off the expected path is the right thing to do, even if it feels emotionally and financially scary. That’s how Bob and Melinda Blanchard got to live the life they love—and why they, and others who knew it was time for a change, are here to reveal how they found their happiness. In this invaluable, life-altering manual, real people tell their stories: how they transformed their lives to get more time with the people they love, more opportunities to do the things that really matter, and, more from their jobs than just a paycheck. In addition to the enticing accounts of success and renewed joy, the Blanchards provide practical advice so everyone can make their move.
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Having gone out on a limb and started a business in Anguilla, motivational speakers Bob and Melinda Blanchard (At Blanchard's Table) believe they are qualified to help others realize their dreams. They use the word dream as an acronym for Deciding, Researching, Evaluating, Acting, and Maintaining to chart a path for change and offer exercises and quizzes for self-assessment. While the general information here adds nothing to the self-help genre, this book does offer inspiration to those who are stuck in a rut. Recommended for larger libraries.
—Deborah Bigelow

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402745874
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Live What You Love Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob & Melinda Blanchard
Bob & Melinda Blanchard
Bestselling authors, successful entrepreneurs, and dynamic change experts, Bob and Melinda Blanchard are passionately committed to the simple but profound belief that we are all entitled to live a life we love. The life-shifting tools that they impart in their books, in the media, and in person allow their audiences to open up to countless new options for creative transformation.

Biography

Mainly because they've worked hard to achieve their good fortune, Bob and Melinda Blanchard are that rare couple that is easy to envy but impossible to resent. Proprietors of Blanchard's Restaurant (est. 1994), the most popular dining establishment in the Caribbean hideaway of Anguilla, these transplanted Vermonters first came to international attention with their nonfiction bestseller A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean (2000) -- a humorous, highly personal account of their adventures as struggling restaurateurs. With its freewheeling blend of personal anecdotes and savory recipes, the book struck a chord with legions of readers, and the Blanchards found themselves much in demand as lecturers, television guests, and life coaches.

In 2003, the couple released At Blanchard's Table, a cookbook filled with stories and recipes from their New England roots and their life in the Caribbean. Two years later, they scored a double hit with the self-explanatory manifesto Live What You Love and a culinary companion (Cook What You Love); and in the face of the 2008 recession, they released the practical how-to, Changing Your Course: The 5-Step Guide to Getting the Life You Want.

These days, the Blanchards juggle two lives. They continue to run their successful restaurant business in Anguilla, and they manage a booming cottage industry of linked services and products, specializing in practical change agency and dedicated to the proposition that we all deserve to live our dreams.

Good To Know

The Blanchards adoptive home of Anguilla is a haven for celebrities anxious to escape the spotlight. They have served stars like Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, and Liam Neeson at Blanchard's Restaurant.

Some fun facts from our interview with the Blanchards:

"We can each easily eat an entire pint of Häagen-Dazs ice cream in one sitting."

"Some of Bob's favorite moments are spent on his John Deere tractor, mowing the field at our house in Vermont. Anyone who visits us and shows even the teeniest amount of interest gets an automatic ride on the John Deere."

"As ironic as it may sound, we unwind by going to New York. Living in Anguilla and Vermont is wonderful, but it's always fun to enjoy the contrast of the hustle and bustle of a great city."

"More than anything else, we love to design things. Could be a restaurant, a house, a store, or something as simple as a greeting card. Sounds like work to some, but it's fun to us."

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Table of Contents

A Note from Bob and Melinda     vii
Introduction     2
Decide what You Want to Change
You Know You want More, But What Exactly is More?     9
Look ahead     13
Do You want More Passion in Your Day-to-Day Life?     19
Do You Surround Yourself with the Right People?     30
Does Your Current Environment Need Adjustment?     43
Do You Want to Live what You Love?     54
Summary     60
Research the Course You want to Take
There are no Right or Wrong Answers. Finding the Scenario That's Best for You is All that Matters     65
Define Your Goals     68
Research Your Options     80
Estimate the Costs Involved     97
Organize Your Priorities     102
Summary     108
Evaluate: How Feasible are Your Goals?
How Exactly do You Tie Your Dreams to Reality?     113
Evaluate Your Options     116
Deal with Risk and Fear     133
Ask Yourself if You're Ready to Make a Change     143
Summary     149
Act to Make your Plan Real
It's Time to Move Forward     151
Believe in the Possibilities     154
Create Your Personal Action Plan     159
Act Now-the Time is Right     166
Deal with Obstacles, Mistakes, Failures, and other Setbacks     173
Take Charge of Your Life     183
Summary     189
Maintain Your Dream
Living what You Love is a Way of Life, so how do You Preserve it Forever?     191
Adopt a Live what You Love Attitude     195
Make Memories that Matter     203
Stick to Your Guns     208
Put Down this Book     214
Summary     223
Afterword     224
Acknowledgments     226
We'd Love to Hear from You!     229
Do You have a Story to Share?     229
Invite Bob and Melinda to Speak to Your Group or Organization     230
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    Posted April 10, 2010

    Great!

    If you want to change your life, this book is for you!!

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