The Portable Coach : 28 Surefire Strategies for Business and Personal Success (2 Cassettes)

The Portable Coach : 28 Surefire Strategies for Business and Personal Success (2 Cassettes)

by Thomas J. Leonard, Jesse Boggs
     
 

George Carlin is against positive thinking. It sounds to him like a bad idea, and he's also sure it won't work. (Even if it does, he figures it's probably really hard to do.)

I agree with George. No one should spend their time trying to think positive thoughts. We've all got better things to do.

And yet, by this time, you've probably once or twice taken a

Overview

George Carlin is against positive thinking. It sounds to him like a bad idea, and he's also sure it won't work. (Even if it does, he figures it's probably really hard to do.)

I agree with George. No one should spend their time trying to think positive thoughts. We've all got better things to do.

And yet, by this time, you've probably once or twice taken a long look at your struggles in life, career, or personal relationships and thought, "There's got to be a better way." A better way to have a nice house, a real life, a great relationship, a business of my own, answers to the problems I have now -- but without being fried by overwork and stress.

I've got a positive thought for you right now. There definitely is a better way.

It's not about feeding your brain lovely bouquets of "good thoughts." It's not about being the meanest shark in the corporate sea. Or any other kind of self-pressuring prescription that sounds halfway-convincing but requires huge effort, or else doesn't work at all.

Before saying what it is about, I should probably tell you something of what I'm about: The starting point on my résumé is "certified financial planner." So I began professional life with an emphasis on money skills. But my clients, I soon realized, wanted much more than knowing what stocks to buy. They wanted to acquire much more in life than wealth itself. And I knew I wanted to expand myself to deliver what they needed.

Very recently, the Philadelphia Inquirer called me "the patriarch of the personal-coaching movement." Which sounds very graybeard. But I did begin a personal coaching practice in 1982, as an evolution of the work I was already doing for clients. Coaching was a big step, involving money plus career plus personal growth, all pulled together to help my clients become stronger and better and more successful in a well-rounded, lasting way. As far as I can tell -- and I have wide access to information sources -- I was the first person to start this type of practice.

Within six years, I founded Coach University to teach others how to thrive in -- and contribute to -- the field I'd created. It was the first school of its kind. Now there are at least ten in the United States alone, though CoachU remains by far the largest and best known. And it works. CoachU-trained people share great new success stories with me almost every day. Like the man who, in the space of three months, went from welfare recipient to earner of a projected annual income of $60,000. In this book, you will read a number of success stories, and they are all true.

In 1992, my thinking began to evolve a little further. What if a person could consistently attract the good things in life -- opportunities, strong finances, rewarding relationships, really useful and desirable material things, self-satisfaction -- instead of striving, scuffling, or otherwise struggling for them? What if a person could learn how to become more attractive? (In the sense defined above, not in surface glamor -- unless you want that, too.) What if all the squabbles and annoyances in most people's personal and professional lives could be subtracted, to be replaced by big expanses of free and/or productive time?

That questioning drew me to create, and delineate, the material in this book.

The Portable Coach is about 28 thought-expanding, surprisingly practical, and highly effective principles, linked to each other like facets on a diamond. These principles will help you shape your life, career, and relationships in the most self-satisfying and profitable way possible. Just look into a single facet, any one that catches your eye. Enjoy it. The deeper you look, the more you'll see parts of all the other facets emerge. You'll intuitively know which one you want to look at next. And you'll evolve toward a more attractive life. More and more, the good things in life will be drawn to you.

These 28 principles are gateways, then, to what you want in both the personal and business aspects of your life. And they are nutrients to help you develop and to sustain your continued growth. Some will mean more to you than others, certainly, because we're all different on the surface. Some will also mean more to you tomorrow than they do today, because you will have evolved to subtler and stronger understandings. You can look at them in a straight line, from the front of the book to the back. Or you can choose where to start by intuition or instinct (my favorite way). Every facet connects in some way to a few others -- and those others make available further connections, until you've experienced the whole diamond.

Just for a reality check, flip through the book for a while, looking to find a small handful of principles (called steps and numbered 1 through 28) that already sound smart and sensible to you, even if they may seem a little challenging. If you can find, say, five that you generally agree with, chances are that all 28 will open up for you by the time you've looked them over closely. If you don't find that many, just close the book now and trust that you'll find your "better way" someplace else, another time. Because this isn't about joining a cult or embracing dogmatic approaches. There's no guru in the building.

Instead, you'll find several practical ways of gaining more access to the brilliance you already have and of making your life become the product of what's best about you.

By coupling what's in this book with your own considerable inner resources, you can make that kind of real-life miracle happen. Reading this book is the closest thing possible to having a series of sessions with a truly great coach. I can give no absolute guarantees, but I feel certain that The Portable Coach will help you find exactly what you want out of life -- or some even better possibility that you haven't even dared to wish for yet.

Sometimes I call these 28 steps the "Principles of Attraction." Sometimes I call them the "Attraction OS," as in "operating system," because they're like advanced software you can upload to enhance the total performance of your mind/body "computer."

No matter what they're called, these principles have worked well, and consistently, with virtually every type of human personality, situation, or problem. They offer a way out of the cycles and loops of self-improvement campaigns. They open a path to achievement that bypasses burnout, soullessness, and hollow striving. They can deliver what everyone with an entrepreneurial bone in their body most craves: making more money with less effort, while having a life that you thoroughly enjoy.

The principles are combined here with self-assessment tests and exercises, just like the ones a CoachU-trained personal coach would administer to a client, to give you an accurate picture of where you are right now and of the higher levels that you can reach.

That's why there's no need for positive thinking: It will be yours as a no-sweat bonus, along with outstanding spiritual feelings and financial/material reality and a life that's lower in stress, higher in satisfaction.

Attraction is the ultimate in being good to yourself. I hope you're ready now to get started!

Copyright © 1998 by Thomas Leonard

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
We're not talking football here. As a financial adviser, Leonard realized that more than anything else, he was a career counselor, confidant, and therapist to his clients. So he founded a movement to help people attain what they want through special coachingand an institution called Coach University to provide the coaches. Here's a quick course for interested New Agers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671582166
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.57(w) x 7.09(h) x 0.84(d)

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George Carlin is against positive thinking. It sounds to him like a bad idea, and he's also sure it won't work. (Even if it does, he figures it's probably really hard to do.)

I agree with George. No one should spend their time trying to think positive thoughts. We've all got better things to do.

And yet, by this time, you've probably once or twice taken a long look at your struggles in life, career, or personal relationships and thought, "There's got to be a better way." A better way to have a nice house, a real life, a great relationship, a business of my own, answers to the problems I have now — but without being fried by overwork and stress.

I've got a positive thought for you right now. There definitely is a better way.

It's not about feeding your brain lovely bouquets of "good thoughts." It's not about being the meanest shark in the corporate sea. Or any other kind of self-pressuring prescription that sounds halfway-convincing but requires huge effort, or else doesn't work at all.

Before saying what it is about, I should probably tell you something of what I'm about: The starting point on my résumé is "certified financial planner." So I began professional life with an emphasis on money skills. But my clients, I soon realized, wanted much more than knowing what stocks to buy. They wanted to acquire much more in life than wealth itself. And I knew I wanted to expand myself to deliver what they needed.

Very recently, the Philadelphia Inquirer called me "the patriarch of the personal-coaching movement." Which sounds very graybeard. But I did begin a personal coaching practice in 1982, as an evolution of the work I wasalready doing for clients. Coaching was a big step, involving money plus career plus personal growth, all pulled together to help my clients become stronger and better and more successful in a well-rounded, lasting way. As far as I can tell — and I have wide access to information sources — I was the first person to start this type of practice.

Within six years, I founded Coach University to teach others how to thrive in — and contribute to — the field I'd created. It was the first school of its kind. Now there are at least ten in the United States alone, though CoachU remains by far the largest and best known. And it works. CoachU-trained people share great new success stories with me almost every day. Like the man who, in the space of three months, went from welfare recipient to earner of a projected annual income of $60,000. In this book, you will read a number of success stories, and they are all true.

In 1992, my thinking began to evolve a little further. What if a person could consistently attract the good things in life — opportunities, strong finances, rewarding relationships, really useful and desirable material things, self-satisfaction — instead of striving, scuffling, or otherwise struggling for them? What if a person could learn how to become more attractive? (In the sense defined above, not in surface glamor — unless you want that, too.) What if all the squabbles and annoyances in most people's personal and professional lives could be subtracted, to be replaced by big expanses of free and/or productive time?

That questioning drew me to create, and delineate, the material in this book.

The Portable Coach is about 28 thought-expanding, surprisingly practical, and highly effective principles, linked to each other like facets on a diamond. These principles will help you shape your life, career, and relationships in the most self-satisfying and profitable way possible. Just look into a single facet, any one that catches your eye. Enjoy it. The deeper you look, the more you'll see parts of all the other facets emerge. You'll intuitively know which one you want to look at next. And you'll evolve toward a more attractive life. More and more, the good things in life will be drawn to you.

These 28 principles are gateways, then, to what you want in both the personal and business aspects of your life. And they are nutrients to help you develop and to sustain your continued growth. Some will mean more to you than others, certainly, because we're all different on the surface. Some will also mean more to you tomorrow than they do today, because you will have evolved to subtler and stronger understandings. You can look at them in a straight line, from the front of the book to the back. Or you can choose where to start by intuition or instinct (my favorite way). Every facet connects in some way to a few others — and those others make available further connections, until you've experienced the whole diamond.

Just for a reality check, flip through the book for a while, looking to find a small handful of principles (called steps and numbered 1 through 28) that already sound smart and sensible to you, even if they may seem a little challenging. If you can find, say, five that you generally agree with, chances are that all 28 will open up for you by the time you've looked them over closely. If you don't find that many, just close the book now and trust that you'll find your "better way" someplace else, another time. Because this isn't about joining a cult or embracing dogmatic approaches. There's no guru in the building.

Instead, you'll find several practical ways of gaining more access to the brilliance you already have and of making your life become the product of what's best about you.

By coupling what's in this book with your own considerable inner resources, you can make that kind of real-life miracle happen. Reading this book is the closest thing possible to having a series of sessions with a truly great coach. I can give no absolute guarantees, but I feel certain that The Portable Coach will help you find exactly what you want out of life — or some even better possibility that you haven't even dared to wish for yet.

Sometimes I call these 28 steps the "Principles of Attraction." Sometimes I call them the "Attraction OS," as in "operating system," because they're like advanced software you can upload to enhance the total performance of your mind/body "computer."

No matter what they're called, these principles have worked well, and consistently, with virtually every type of human personality, situation, or problem. They offer a way out of the cycles and loops of self-improvement campaigns. They open a path to achievement that bypasses burnout, soullessness, and hollow striving. They can deliver what everyone with an entrepreneurial bone in their body most craves: making more money with less effort, while having a life that you thoroughly enjoy.

The principles are combined here with self-assessment tests and exercises, just like the ones a CoachU-trained personal coach would administer to a client, to give you an accurate picture of where you are right now and of the higher levels that you can reach.

That's why there's no need for positive thinking: It will be yours as a no-sweat bonus, along with outstanding spiritual feelings and financial/material reality and a life that's lower in stress, higher in satisfaction.

Attraction is the ultimate in being good to yourself. I hope you're ready now to get started!

Copyright © 1998 by Thomas Leonard

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Thomas Leonard is the Vince Lombardi of personal coaching. When you read The Portable Coach, you won't simply be awestruck by the sheer quantity of practical, immediately usable coaching advice -- you'll want to share it with everybody you work with, live with, play with.

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