Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life

Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life

by Phillip C. McGraw
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Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life by Phillip C. McGraw

What if you could see around the corners of your life? Wouldn't it help to know what the most challenging days of your life would be like BEFORE they hit?

There are certain days in life that stand out because they are among the toughest that you or someone you love will experience. Your quality of life and your experience on the journey through this world are a function of how you handle these days when they arrive. Will you be ready? Will you be strong? Will you survive and be better for it, or will you cave?

In Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life, bestselling author and talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw is here to help you prepare to confront what he believes are the seven most common critical days that you or a loved one are likely to face. This book helps make it possible for you to be there for yourself or to be the calm in the middle of the storm for someone you love when any of these difficult days arrive.

  • Loss — the day that you or someone you love has their heart shattered by death, divorce, or losing something of great value.
  • Fear — the day that you realize you have lived your life as a sellout and that every choice you have made up until this point was dictated by other people's expectations, not based on your own goals and desires.
  • Adaptability Breakdown — the day that the pressures of balancing your responsibilities and needs, along with life's demands, have become way too overwhelming, and you realize that you are in way over your head.
  • Physical Health — the day that your body or that of someone you love breaks down because of illness,trauma, or disease.
  • Mental Health — the day that the mind breaks down and betrays you or someone you love.
  • Addiction — the day that addiction takes over, and you or your loved one look a powerful destroyer in the face and realize that you are not in control.
  • Existential Crisis — the day that you or someone you love lose the purpose, compass, and connection to meaning in life and have no answer to the question "Why?"

Encountering these days can feel like hitting a brick wall. But while they will change your life, they do not have to ruin it. Dr. Phil's step-by-step plan for getting through the worst days is designed to help you feel prepared when it really matters — in the midst of a crisis. Dr. Phil provides wisdom and resources that will guide you toward a solution that is right for you, showing you how to minimize disruption and maximize the recovery.

This book is not just about giving you a crisis-mode plan. It will also show you how to change your life now, before you get into a crisis, so that you are not behind the power curve when any of the seven days hit. You will be able to be a leader to someone you love during their crisis because you will know what to do. Dr. Phil says there are no exceptions: with the right attitude and the right information, every challenging day can be turned into a valuable life experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743264952
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 09/16/2008
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Dr. Phil Mcgraw is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Ultimate Weight Solution, Self Matters, Life Strategies, and Relationship Rescue. He is the host of the nationally syndicated, daily one-hour series Dr. Phil. One of the world's foremost experts in the field of human functioning, Dr. McGraw is the cofounder of Courtroom Sciences, Inc., the world's leading litigation consulting firm. Dr. McGraw currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and two sons.


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Attended University of Tulsa; B.A., Midwestern State; Ph.D. in psychology, University of North Texas, 1979

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Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent reference book to keep on hand for coping when life's unexpected happens. The chapter on losing a loved one was especially helpful to me and to family member's, that I gave as a gift to help cope with the loss of their great grandfather.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dos any body know dr phil and robins fan mail address Please
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book.
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kahKH More than 1 year ago
This book has marvelous information to help you "no matter what" has occurred in your daily life. There are great resources in the back of the book to use whenever you need a connection to experts in the various fields. Life is not stress free & this helps you to remain calm in the many storms of life.
D-from-Boston More than 1 year ago
Dr. Phil again sets out good concrete advise on a topic that people don't want to think about until it is already too late. Take the time and prepare yourself, as you would by buying life insurance for your family. Use it as a good check-list. Worth the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago