Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide

Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide

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by Caroline Adams Miller, Michael B. Frisch
     
 

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The passion for life lists has spawned an industry that includes thoughtful experts such as Caroline Miller, a life coach and motivational book author, and Dr. Michael Frisch, a positive psychology coach and clinical psychologist at Baylor University. Working together, they have fashioned the most useful, science-based, and up-to-date book on the topic of goal

Overview

The passion for life lists has spawned an industry that includes thoughtful experts such as Caroline Miller, a life coach and motivational book author, and Dr. Michael Frisch, a positive psychology coach and clinical psychologist at Baylor University. Working together, they have fashioned the most useful, science-based, and up-to-date book on the topic of goal setting and accomplishment.
Creating Your Best Life supplies dozens of interactive exercises and quizzes readers can use to identify their most cherished needs, ambitions, and wishes. The exercises are fun, making the process of self-discovery enjoyable and productive. The authors’ unique “life list coaching” program organizes life lists into 16 key areas that are universally known to make people happy—to help you actually achieve your aspirations. No other life list book offers research-validated information on why certain steps matter in goal accomplishment, or even how goals are connected with any type of life satisfaction.
Readers will feel both educated and inspired to start writing goal-setting lists in order to live their lives more consciously, productively, and happily.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Life coach Miller collaborates with Frisch, a researcher and clinical psychologist, to create a fascinating book that connects the research on goal-setting with the new science of positive psychology. Turns out these two have a symbiotic relationship, for as Miller says, "[H]appiness requires having clear-cut goals in life that give us a sense of purpose and direction.... when we make progress toward attaining goals in one area of life, we raise our overall life satisfaction in other areas because of the 'spillover' effect." Each chapter focuses on ways to increase happiness and self-efficacy, and directs readers to a particular "life list" at the back of the book. These range from "100 Things to Do Before I Die" to a list of mood-boosters that bring "Jolts of Joy" or a "Web of Influence Map," where readers can chart how the closest people in their lives reflect their values; research indicates that rates of obesity and smoking are determined by who we socialize with. The authors share ingenious tips on reminders (cellphone ring tones, screen savers) that will help readers achieve long-term goals by suggestion. An excellent resource list rounds out the book. (Jan.)

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Library Journal

Instead of making New Year's resolutions, it may be more beneficial to assemble a goal-setting list. So believe positive psychologist/life coach Miller and clinical psychologist Frisch (Baylor Univ.), who have put together dozens of interactive exercises and assessments to guide readers in self-discovery and life-list creation. Whether or not readers follow through with every assignment, they will undoubtedly be inspired to think about goals and live more consciously and productively. Recommended for all libraries.


—Deborah Bigelow

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402776816
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
296,332
File size:
1 MB

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Caroline Adams Miller is an internationally-known coach, author and speaker on the topic of goal accomplishment and its connection with happiness, and is recognized as one of the world's leaders on this research and how it can be applied to one's life for maximum transformation and growth. Caroline has been a pioneer for over two decades with her ground-breaking work in the areas of change and goal accomplishment, and has appeared on dozens of television and radio programs around the world, and been featured in United States and international magazines and newspapers.

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Creating Your Best Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
fishJD More than 1 year ago
This book has taught me more about goal setting than I could have imagined. No wonder I didn't get to my goal in the past! I enjoyed each chapter and will refer to them often. This should be required reading for everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caroline Miller proves that we CAN make a difference in our own lives. In a clearly written, step-by-step fashion, Miller leads us from where we are (most of us not as happy with our lives as we want to be, if we're really being honest) to where we want to be for having a happier and more fulfilling life. Yet, she does it without sounding preachy or goody-goody. This is a book meant as a guide, with plenty of space provided for completing the exercises. Here's to the bucket lists!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caroline writes a book that provides research based evidence to support what has often been considered words of wisdom.
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Coach4MS More than 1 year ago
I loved interactive content and principle of this book: marrying the science of positive psychology with the science of goal setting. I actively engaged in the life list exercises and worksheets as I read, and to my benefit, completed the book with not only a growing 'bucket list,' and ‘Jolts of Joy,’ but also a firm mission statement for my coaching practice. This book is definitely a keeper for life. As a coach, I see myself referencing it often with clients and returning to it for annual check-ups on my own goal progress. Respectfully, Michelle Clos, LPC, CEAP, ACC Executive, Health & Wellness Coach
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
“Creating Your Best Life” by Caroline Miller is a heartfelt book that is akin to having a portable mentor. This is because “Creating Your Best Life” contains some novel ideas on combining personal dreams with practicality. I have been fortunate in being able to live on my own since the age of 19. However, I admit that I have learned various lessons through a combination of trial and error, logic, and intuition. From my humble perspective, “Creating Your Life” includes information that I am thankful to be aware of now, but that I only wish I knew much sooner. The following is a microcosmic sampler of what is discussed from an expansive range of helpful data: Pages eight to twenty-seven: Michael Phelps and Lou Holtz are two men that are listed as case studies on how they achieve their goals. Miller and Frisch also share tips on building efficacy. Pages thirty-six to eighty-five: The mood-boosting effects of “Best Self” journaling are discussed. In a happy way, the “Best Self” exercise reminds me of the “Journal of the Future” exercise listed in “The Vision Board” by Joyce Schwarz. There is a feature story regarding what inspired the singer of the Plain White T’s to sing “Hey There Delilah.” ”Goal scrapbooks”, “Happiness Houses”, and willpower boosters are only a few of the exciting concepts covered in this section. Pages two hundred and seven to two-hundred and fifty-four: Miller and Frisch share their advice on how to savor life. The suggestion on page 208 to discontinue making upward social comparisons resonated strongly with me. Techniques on personal reinvention on pages 213-220 are also exciting to me. Last, but not least, doing the “Three Blessings” exercise on page 254 boosted my mood. “Creating Your Best Life” by Caroline Adams Miller and Dr. Michael Frisch is best for those who enjoy having a “portable mentor” and/or reading unique ideas on increasing personal quality of life.
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Nancy_Collamer More than 1 year ago
One of the things I love about my job as a career coach is that as part of my "continuing education" I can indulge my passion for reading books about career reinvention. I'll admit that having read so many books over the years, I now tend to scan more than read. But every once in a while, I read something so fresh, so compelling and so on target -- that I actually slow down, take notes and savor every word. If you want a life-changing book that will really make a difference in your resolve to create a more fulfilling life, get a copy of Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide by Caroline Miller. It is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. Unlike so many of the "rah-rah" self help books on the market that are heavy on cheerleading but light on substance, this book is rooted in scientific research that validates the importance of meaningful goal setting in creating successful outcomes. Highly recommended!
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