Nothing Changes Until You Do: A Guide to Self-Compassion and Getting Out of Your Own Way

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     After three years of living his dream as a professional baseball pitcher, Mike Robbins had an arm injury that benched him for good, and when this happened, everything changed. He had to figure out who he was without the identity of “baseball player”—a process fraught with emotional highs and lows—and he quickly realized that the self-criticism and self-doubt he was feeling are in fact epidemic in our culture. Too often we base our value on our external world—our jobs, finances, appearance, or various other factors. Even

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Overview

     After three years of living his dream as a professional baseball pitcher, Mike Robbins had an arm injury that benched him for good, and when this happened, everything changed. He had to figure out who he was without the identity of “baseball player”—a process fraught with emotional highs and lows—and he quickly realized that the self-criticism and self-doubt he was feeling are in fact epidemic in our culture. Too often we base our value on our external world—our jobs, finances, appearance, or various other factors. Even the most successful people struggle with their relationship with themselves. In Nothing Changes Until You Do, Mike looks at this delicate relationship and brings to light a new way to look at life, opening your eyes to your innate value.
     These 40 inspiring essays, which are real tales from Mike’s own life and the lives of his clients, boil down some of the most important lessons Mike has learned on his own personal journey—and as he’s traveled throughout the country for over a decade speaking to groups of all kinds. With themes spanning from the importance of trusting yourself to the benefits of vulnerability to the strength inherent in embracing change, this book shows you how to get out of your own way and make peace with yourself. With humor, authenticity, and ease, Mike illustrates that with a little self-compassion and a healthy dose of self-acceptance, anyone can turn away from the negatives that manifest because of a critical self-perception—things like unkindness, insecurity, addictions, sabotaged relationships, unnecessary drama, and more.
     Making peace with yourself is fundamental to happiness and success. So join Mike and learn to have more compassion, more acceptance, and more love for yourself—thus giving you access to more compassion, more acceptance, and more love for the people (and everything else) in your life.

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“In Nothing Changes Until You Do, Mike Robbins shares ageless wisdom that is far too often overlooked because of its seeming simplicity. Don't be fooled! This book cover should be stamped in gold lettering: ‘Contents 100% authentic.’ Breathe deeply as these compassionate teachings open your heart.”
—Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning


“Nothing Changes Until You Do is a powerful book that will open your mind and touch your heart. Mike Robbins’s inspiring and down-to-earth wisdom can guide you to be more compassionate, kind, and loving toward yourself and everyone else is your life.”
—Marci Shimoff, New York Times best-selling author of Happy for No Reason


“This book is filled with quick, compelling, and actionable ideas. Mike Robbins uses his personal experience to help all of us see how we can take small steps toward a better life. Reading this book will give you a new way to think about how you interact with the world.”
—Tom Rath, New York Times best-selling author of Eat Move Sleep and StrengthsFinder 2.0


“Nothing Changes Until You Do focuses on an important and often overlooked aspect of compassion . . . having compassion for oneself. Mike Robbins’s approach is both heartfelt and practical, which is why he continues to be such a popular speaker at Google.”
—Chade-Meng Tan, New York Times best-selling author of Search Inside Yourself, and Google’s Jolly Good Fellow

“Mike Robbins has a unique ability to open people’s minds, touch their hearts, and teach valuable lessons about life and business. I have personally benefited from his work, as have so many of the people on my team.”
—Jack Calhoun, president of Banana Republic

“I’ve had the great pleasure to witness Mike grow as a family man and as an author. As a mentor years ago, my late husband, Richard Carlson, passed a torch to Mike whom he loved like a younger brother. Mike offers such wisdom and heart in Nothing Changes Until You Do. These pages will thoughtfully show you how to live like he does—authentically happy and grateful for every day.”
—Kristine Carlson, co-author to the #1 New York Times best-selling Don't Sweat the Small Stuff book series

“Mike Robbins rocks . . . he’s definitely one of my ‘spiritual running buddies.’ Nothing Changes Until You Do is a beautiful book filled with wisdom that is both deep and accessible at the same time. By reading this book you’ll experience more kindness, love, and acceptance for yourself and others.”
—Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times best-selling author of May Cause Miracles


“Mike Robbins’s wisdom and insight are so important in both business and life. Self-compassion, as Mike reminds us in Nothing Changes Until You Do, is essential to everything we do.”
—Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and New York Times best-selling author of Peak


“Mike Robbins lives his message. He is truly as kind, wise, generous, and joyful as he teaches us to be in Nothing Changes Until You Do—and that’s why I trust him. This guy is onto something. I don’t want to just read more of him; I want to be more like him.”
—Glennon Doyle Melton, New York Times best-selling of Carry On, Warrior and creator of Momastery.com

“Mike Robbins is a master at teaching us how to become the best version of ourselves. I highly recommend you read this book and let it inspire you to be a better you so you can change the world for the better.”
—Jon Gordon, author of The Energy Bus


“There is no shortage of self-help books on the market. What makes Nothing Changes Until You Dodifferent is Mike Robbins’s one-of-a-kind talent for combining the power of story with a deep understanding of human motivation and a disarming vulnerability that renders his essays at once profoundly wise and yet universally accessible. Mike’s gift is his ability to convey transformative universal truths through authentic stories that connect with readers through shared emotional experiences. Readers who want to benefit from the wisdom of contemporary philosophy along with the joy and fun of personal reflection will love this book.”
—Eric Severson, senior vice president of Global Talent Solutions for Gap Inc.

“Nothing Changes Until You Do is a sweet and wise book written by a sweet and wise man. Full of refreshing insight and gentle wisdom, this book reveals its secrets as Mike reveals his compassionate humanity. Easy to read,easy to relate to, and easy to inspire.”
—Frederic Luskin, Ph.D., author of Forgive for Good and director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project

“Mike Robbins is a coach of the first order. If you’re looking for an honest, down-to-earth, and practical approach to bring out what is best inside yourself, read Nothing Changes Until You Do—you won't be disappointed!”
—Tim Ryan, U.S. Congressman from Ohio and author of A Mindful Nation


“Mike Robbins is amazing! The stories and ideas contained in the pages of this beautiful book are infused with authenticity and awareness. Reading this book is a gift for your soul.”
—Lynne Twist, co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance and author ofThe Soul of Money


“Mike Robbins is the real deal. He’s honest and vulnerable, courageous and wise. He writes about real life, his personal highs and lows. By sharing himself so openly, he brings us back to ourselves, to our own life, and to what really matters most.”
—Robert Holden, author of Shift Happens! and Loveability


“Mike Robbins is a gifted storyteller. The stories, ideas, and insights he shares in Nothing Changes Until You Do are important and impactful. Like when he has come in to speak to my team at Google, Mike’s wisdom is beneficial in both business and in life.”
—Alan Moss, vice president of U.S. sales for Google

“With stirring prose and focus, Mike Robbins will empower you with the latest wisdom on self-compassion and kindness. Read Nothing Changes Until You Do. It will change your life and the lives of the people around you.”
—Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and author of Born to Be Good


“Mike Robbins is a great author, speaker, and friend. We have known each other for more than 20 years and I’ve seen firsthand the ways he has inspired me and others. Whether it is motivating my staff and players or being a living example of positivism, he continues to be an influence in my life. Nothing Changes Until You Do is a wonderful book that will inspire you to live a life full of perspective!”
—AJ Hinch, vice president, assistant general manager of the San Diego Padres

“Mike Robbins has taken a unique and enlightening approach to self-compassion in Nothing Changes Until You Do. Through vulnerable and inspiring stories he not only teaches us the importance of being kind to ourselves, but exemplifies it in the process.”
Kristin Neff, Ph.D., author of Self-Compassion


“Nothing Changes Until You Do is a brilliant guide to the value of changing and exquisitely loving yourself through what life brings us. Mike Robbins’s book is filled with fresh truths, shared vulnerabilities, and uncommon insights to open your heart and support you in the beauty of change and self-love.”—SARK, author, artist, succulent wild woman, PlanetSARK.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401944551
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 109,241
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins is the author of three books: Nothing Changes Until You Do, Focus on the Good Stuff, and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken. He's a sought-after keynote speaker who speaks to groups of all kinds throughout the world.

Some of his clients include Google, Wells Fargo, Twitter, Gap, eBay, Charles Schwab, Adobe, Chevron, Citibank, the US Department of Labor, Stanford University, the San Francisco Giants, and many others.

Mike and his work have been featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on ABC News and the Oprah radio network. He's a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and his books have been translated into fourteen different languages.

Mike lives in Novato, CA with his wife Michelle and their two daughters. For more information, visit www.Mike-Robbins.com or follow him on Twitter @MikeDRobbins or Facebook, www.facebook.com/mikerobbinspage

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Mike Robbins warmly and engagingly takes us on a journey to one

    Mike Robbins warmly and engagingly takes us on a journey to one of the greatest truths out there - nothing changes until we do!  His mix of personal stories, client examples and applicable tools gives readers the inspiration and practicality needed to start looking inward in order to change our lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    In alignment with his other two books, Mike once again has writt

    In alignment with his other two books, Mike once again has written another transformational book that will change the way you see the world. I love how there are so many reflections that will help me go deeper into my personal growth journey. Each one has many nuggets that will help me grow as a person and let my let shine to those around me too. He is totally authentic and is reflected in his writing. I highly recommend this book (and his other ones too)!

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    I received "Nothing Changes Until You Do" as a gift an

    I received "Nothing Changes Until You Do" as a gift and found it to be an enjoyable and impactful read.  The author helps us gain awareness on how to engage our sense of self-compassion through sharing very personal stories of his own life that embody the lessons to be learned.  Because the book is a series of shorter writings, the reader is able to skip around if she desires, but the prime benefit IMO is that one can spend 10-15 minutes here and there and still draw wisdom from the stories.  




    There is something about being able to see ourselves in others that allows us to then internalize certain lessons.  The author--by being vulnerable and bravely sharing some of his own struggles--made it possible for me to shift some unhelpful internal beliefs that I was carrying by allowing me to see myself outside of myself.  Once I was able to realize that I felt compassion for the author in certain sections, I was then able to pivot, realize that I am (or had been) in some of those same situations myself, and thus experience self-compassion for myself, which is not a muscle that I easily engage.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Full Disclosure: I worked with Mike Robbins as he wrote this boo

    Full Disclosure: I worked with Mike Robbins as he wrote this book, but that doesn't change the fact that I found this work to be beautifully touching, uplifting and vulnerable. As I read through the essays I found myself experiencing every gamut of emotion along with laughter, tears and a number of aHa moments. I just can't recommend this book enough. This is a book you'll want to gift to all the important people in your life.

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  • Posted April 26, 2014

    ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL BOOKS, FULL OF COMPASSION, INSPIRING, M

    ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL BOOKS, FULL OF COMPASSION, INSPIRING, MIND BLOWING WISDOM.
    THE BOOK INSPIRES YOU TO CHANGE YOUR WAY OF THINKING AND YOUR BEHAVIOR, TOGETHER, IT MOTIVATES
    YOU. i LOVE THESE SELF HELP BOOKS, VERY EMPOWERING, SELF LOVE, CHALLENGES OUR WAY OF THINKING AND HELPS
    WITH TRANSFORMATION/.

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    Posted May 26, 2014

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