Your Life Only a Gazillion Times Better: A Practical Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams

Your Life Only a Gazillion Times Better: A Practical Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams

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by Cathy Breslin, Judy May Murphy
     
 

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Your Life Only A Gazillion Times Better is not your mother's ten-step program filled with philosophical patter and long-winded explanations. Contagiously enthusiastic and dedicated to techniques specifically related to taking action and making changes, this book challenges you to think in a new way and to believe in yourself.

With a hip approach to

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Your Life Only A Gazillion Times Better is not your mother's ten-step program filled with philosophical patter and long-winded explanations. Contagiously enthusiastic and dedicated to techniques specifically related to taking action and making changes, this book challenges you to think in a new way and to believe in yourself.

With a hip approach to self-improvement, Cathy Breslin and Judy May Murphy tackle all of the basic elements that make up quality of life: self-discovery, goals, creativity, career, health, finances, and romance without bogging you or creating the extra anxiety that comes from the finger-wagging gurus so popular today.

This book is the perfect read for the busy schedule, a great jump-start for those stuck in a rut, and wa wise friend's voice when we all need it most.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Believe it! Act it! Feel it! So say Breslin, a life coach and former anorexic, and Murphy, a counselor who was severely depressed while growing up, to women in their 20s who want to change their lives. Each chapter deals in this simplistic manner with a particular area of life: career, relationships, health and finances. In relentlessly chipper language, readers are exhorted to first get to know themselves through a plethora of lists and exercises. The next step is to imagine a better future, set goals and take appropriate action. For example, after understanding one's ingrained feelings toward money, it's necessary to shed self-defeating attitudes (e.g., that you can't manage your budget) and initiate a proactive financial plan that provides for spending and saving. This not very substantive text contains no new self-help ideas or techniques. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Based on the premise that one needs to improve one's outlook on life rather than one's situation, counselor Breslin and life coach Murphy enthusiastically ask women what they want to be and tell them how to get there. Writing in a hip, breezy style, the authors provide practical exercises and narratives that help readers replace destructive patterns with new behaviors in the areas of career, health, finances, romance, goals, and self-discovery. What's particularly appealing about this book is that the authors refrain from inducing guilt and instead model positive, can-do thinking-it's contagious. Recommended for all public libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780757302466
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,167,451
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.58(d)

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Dreaming

Dreaming is not necessarily about catnapping and discovering the wonders of your unconscious mind. For this stage in your self-exploration, "dreaming" is a form of directing, writing, starring in and watching your own movie.

This movie you are about to dream is only about your own future—the most amazing life you could have, the way you would want it if everything in the universe was conspiring to make it true. Make your movie the absolute ultimate. This is not an exercise in dogged realism. If you find yourself dreaming that you're on a yacht, stop that little voice that tells you you'll get seasick. For now we leave all petty concerns and negativity firmly outside in the cinema foyer.

"But," you may say, "I have to think about those family members and employees that I'm responsible for. How can I just run off and star in my own blockbuster, kick-ass movie?"

The answer is to dream and desire for yourself first, then you can create ways in which your dream involves everybody else. The fact is, if you're not setting things up so you can be at your absolute best in this world, if you don't connect with your bigger dream, then you won't be doing anyone the highest good.

Or you might be asking "Why don't I dream something more realistic?" The fact is that the more "realistic" your dream, the more it ties in to your old beliefs and behaviors and the more it sentences you to live in the same old territory. However, if you dream outlandishly, you take yourself outside your comfort zone, and the ultimate results are more likely to be dramatic and dynamic. You wouldn't be working with this book unless you believed that you could achieve much, much more with your life.

Small change is only for the bus.

In his famous speech of 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. didn't have a dream about one day being able to work for a powerful white man, or one day being able to find witty retorts for the racist insults he got on the streets. His dream was that all people would be free and equal, and his life and others were transformed by the power of this dream.

Rather than tacking on ad hoc improvements to your life, we want you to understand that it is possible to design a completely new life without leaving behind people, activities, possessions and whatever else you decide has a special place in the new. It can't be said enough: powerful change needs powerful, big dreams. What makes the members of U2 different from their peers is that, at one time, they dared to dream massive dreams. They dreamed against the current of their times. Bob Geldof saw in his mind how all the famous musicians of the world could come together to compose and perform a song which would feed millions. If perhaps a little voice crept into his ear saying, "But we'd never be able to coordinate everyone's schedules," he pushed that voice firmly aside.

What will you dream today? How firmly will you push aside any destructive little voices?

Remember that everything in life started as a dream. Somebody dreamt of the chair you sit on, the book you're reading, the clothes you wear; someone even once had to dream of you.

¬2005. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Your Life Only a Gazillion Times Better: A Practical Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams Cathy Breslin and Judy May Murphy. No part of this publication may be reproduced,
stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.,
3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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