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The Life Guide: 10 Things You Need to Know about Everything That Matters

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10 Things You Need to Know About Everything That Matters

Want to make your life better? More successful, more productive, more healthy, more fulfilling? Start right here, with the book that gives you 700 ways to change your life, one small step at a time!

The Life Guide is for anyone who wants to get more out of life...more health, more wealth, a better career, more love...more of what you want (and less of what you don’t). Here are practical, ...

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Overview

10 Things You Need to Know About Everything That Matters

Want to make your life better? More successful, more productive, more healthy, more fulfilling? Start right here, with the book that gives you 700 ways to change your life, one small step at a time!

The Life Guide is for anyone who wants to get more out of life...more health, more wealth, a better career, more love...more of what you want (and less of what you don’t). Here are practical, doable, bite-size tips for having more fun...getting in shape...deepening your relationships and friendships...preparing for retirement...every part of your life. Each section is packed with small steps designed to get you moving in the right direction fast. Start anywhere and dive in...or read this book cover-to-cover for hundreds of great new ideas! Discover what success in life really means to you...set priorities...find time...gain confidence and overcome doubts...and, above all, stop talking about it and take action to live a happier, better life.

  • Self-improvement that’s actually fun -- and free
    Easy, small steps you’ll enjoy taking...in a book you’ll enjoy reading
  • 10 questions to ask yourself
    The fastest way to figure out what really matters to you
  • 50 ways to reduce life stress ...
    ...and use the stress that remains to your advantage
  • Better friendships, better relationships
    Find new friends, improve your marriage, be a better parent (and a better child, too)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137135554
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2008
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 616,360
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Ashton is an author, activist, speaker, and entrepreneur. He works with people who want to make a difference, including entrepreneurs, social activists, charity managers, and individuals working to create their own life plans. Ashton’s books include How to Sell, The Entrepreneur’s Book of Checklists, Copywriting in a Week, Business Alchemy in a Week, and Teach Yourself Life at 50-for Men.

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00_Ashton_FM.qxdIntroduction

Congratulations! By opening this book, you have taken an important step toward changing your life for the better. That's not to say I'm suggesting the life you're leading now is lacking, it's just that I know that every one of us has the potential to be happier and more fulfilled.

We all have things we'd like to change. Things we don't feel are quite under our control or within our reach. Perhaps you've already tried to change some things and it didn't quite work. Don't worry, what really matters is that you're prepared to keep trying until you succeed.

There is no correct definition of success. Success is whatever you decide to make it. Success is a personal thing and what makes one person feel successful will make another person feel they're failing. Much of it is about how you feel. If you're succeeding and can recognize that fact, you will feel happy and content. Lasting success usually results from the cumulative effect of lots of small steps. It's not about making a big push for some really tough goal, more about working on a range of aspects of your life.

Your life plan needs to be tailored to your life, your aspirations, and your needs. The art of making your life better is to make each of the small steps manageable. Taking many short steps can make a journey longer; giant strides however can be very tiring and there is always the risk of tripping up.

So what does The Life Plan give you that is different? Here are ten good reasons why I think you'll enjoy reading this book.

  1. It's simple – This book contains hundreds of small steps you can take to make life better. Each can deliver a small positive change to your life. Add several together, and you'll really see the difference.
  2. You're in charge – The book is clearly indexed, and the tips are presented in lists of ten. It's easy to navigate your own route through the book. No two people will take the same path or set the same pace. You can make the book and the plan your own.
  3. I'd do it so why not you? – I'm not terribly brave, and there's nothing in this book I haven't or wouldn't try myself. Nowhere do I advocate walking on hot coals!
  4. No dictionary needed – This is a book that says it like it is. There are no big words or jargon. Using a dictionary is educational but it does little for your self-confidence. This book uses plain English.
  5. It's realistic – We are all daunted by people who are better at things than we are. Human nature is to spot where we're weak and forget where we're strong. This book shows you how to improve things but does not claim to be able to make you superhuman – sorry.
  6. It's fun – Personal development should not be like a trip to the dentist, something you endure to free yourself of pain. It should be more like a vacation, helping you create the opportunity to try new things. There's nothing here you won't enjoy.
  7. It doesn't cost any more – Changing your life is not about spending money. This book is not a shopping list for things you can't really afford. In fact it shows you how to save money instead!
  8. It reaches the parts – You'll be amazed at some of the aspects of life this book encourages you to change for the better. Remember that this game is all about making lots of small changes, not a few big ones. Big ones hurt and small ones don't.
  9. There's a website, too – After you buy the book, you can visit http://www.TheLifePlan.net and sign up for my e-newsletters. You can also use the promotional code RDR01 to get one month's free access to the subscription only content. The website enables you to swap ideas with other readers and help each other along.
  10. It's yours – We are all unique and different, and this is your personal journey through life. This book is begging you to highlight sections, insert little pieces of paper, and even scribble notes in the margin. It's personal to you and for you alone. Enjoy!

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

So What Does Success Look Like to You? 1

Ways to Set Priorities and Find the Time 19

Making Changes 35

Health and Fitness 53

Stress 67

Your World of Work 79

Making More of Leisure Time 93

Relationships 107

Children 121

Parents 131

Money 143

Home 155

Retirement 167

Making It Happen 177

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Preface

Introduction

Congratulations! By opening this book, you have taken an important step toward changing your life for the better. That's not to say I'm suggesting the life you're leading now is lacking, it's just that I know that every one of us has the potential to be happier and more fulfilled.

We all have things we'd like to change. Things we don't feel are quite under our control or within our reach. Perhaps you've already tried to change some things and it didn't quite work. Don't worry, what really matters is that you're prepared to keep trying until you succeed.

There is no correct definition of success. Success is whatever you decide to make it. Success is a personal thing and what makes one person feel successful will make another person feel they're failing. Much of it is about how you feel. If you're succeeding and can recognize that fact, you will feel happy and content. Lasting success usually results from the cumulative effect of lots of small steps. It's not about making a big push for some really tough goal, more about working on a range of aspects of your life.

Your life plan needs to be tailored to your life, your aspirations, and your needs. The art of making your life better is to make each of the small steps manageable. Taking many short steps can make a journey longer; giant strides however can be very tiring and there is always the risk of tripping up.

So what does The Life Plan give you that is different? Here are ten good reasons why I think you'll enjoy reading this book.

  1. It's simple – This book contains hundreds of small steps you can take to make life better. Each can deliver a small positive change to your life. Add several together, and you'll really see the difference.
  2. You're in charge – The book is clearly indexed, and the tips are presented in lists of ten. It's easy to navigate your own route through the book. No two people will take the same path or set the same pace. You can make the book and the plan your own.
  3. I'd do it so why not you? – I'm not terribly brave, and there's nothing in this book I haven't or wouldn't try myself. Nowhere do I advocate walking on hot coals!
  4. No dictionary needed – This is a book that says it like it is. There are no big words or jargon. Using a dictionary is educational but it does little for your self-confidence. This book uses plain English.
  5. It's realistic – We are all daunted by people who are better at things than we are. Human nature is to spot where we're weak and forget where we're strong. This book shows you how to improve things but does not claim to be able to make you superhuman – sorry.
  6. It's fun – Personal development should not be like a trip to the dentist, something you endure to free yourself of pain. It should be more like a vacation, helping you create the opportunity to try new things. There's nothing here you won't enjoy.
  7. It doesn't cost any more – Changing your life is not about spending money. This book is not a shopping list for things you can't really afford. In fact it shows you how to save money instead!
  8. It reaches the parts – You'll be amazed at some of the aspects of life this book encourages you to change for the better. Remember that this game is all about making lots of small changes, not a few big ones. Big ones hurt and small ones don't.
  9. There's a website, too – After you buy the book, you can visit http://www.TheLifePlan.net and sign up for my e-newsletters. You can also use the promotional code RDR01 to get one month's free access to the subscription only content. The website enables you to swap ideas with other readers and help each other along.
  10. It's yours – We are all unique and different, and this is your personal journey through life. This book is begging you to highlight sections, insert little pieces of paper, and even scribble notes in the margin. It's personal to you and for you alone. Enjoy!

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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