The Life Strategies Workbook: Exercises and Self-Tests to Help You Change Your Life

The Life Strategies Workbook: Exercises and Self-Tests to Help You Change Your Life

by Phillip C. McGraw


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786885145
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 01/19/2000
Edition description: Workbook
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 406,160
Product dimensions: 7.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dr. Phil McGraw is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters; Relationship Rescue: A Seven-Step Strategy for Reconnecting with Your Partner; Self Matters: Creating Your Life From the Inside Out; The Ultimate Weight Solution: The Seven Keys to Weight Loss Freedom, and his most recent book, Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Ultimate Weight Solution Coookbook: Recipes For Weight Loss Freedom as well as The Ultimate Weight Solution Food Guide. His books have been published in 37 languages with over 22 million copies in print. Dr. Phil has a B.S, M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from North Texas State University with a dual area of emphasis in clinical and behavioral medicine. He has been a board-certified and licensed clinical psychologist since 1978, and appears on his nationally syndicated daily one-hour series, Dr. Phil. He lives in Los Angeles with Robin, his wife of 28 years, and their two sons, Jay and Jordan.


Los Angeles, California

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

Table of Contents

About This Workbookxi
Part IGet Real--Facing the Truth about Yourself
A Quick Self-Check3
The Story of My Life4
"What the Hell Was I Thinking?"6
My Family Legacy7
Emotions that Trap Me11
Behaviors and Consequences13
What Do I Want to Change?16
What Do I Want?17
What's Working?19
Excuses I'll Tell Myself22
Part IIGet Smart-Learning the Ten Life Laws
Life Law #1You Either Get It, or You Don't25
Blind-Faith Patterns26
Doing Something Different32
Hunting for the "Gray Dogs"34
Learning to Know Others35
Observation Practice39
The Turtle Self-Test40
Life Law #2You Create Your Own Experience42
Owning My Feelings43
What Did I Do?45
Where Was I When That Happened?46
Erasing the Negative "Tapes"47
Evaluating My Style49
Am I Ready?51
Life Law #3People Do What Works53
Broken Resolutions54
The "Currency" of Life55
What Needs to Change?56
My Success Stories59
The "Currency" Exchange60
Assessing My Risk Aversion61
Life Law #4You Can't Change What You Don't
The Fib Habit63
Twenty Things I Hate to Admit64
No Excuses67
Rating My Realism69
Getting What I Don't Want70
The Happiest Time in My Life71
Life Law #5Life Rewards Action73
The Rut Test74
Lost Intentions76
Catching Up with the Ones I Love78
This Calls for Action!81
Thirty Times I Failed to Follow Through82
My Top Twenty Achievements88
Talking to Myself91
Life Law #6There Is No Reality; Only Perception93
The Perception Self-Test94
Shaking Loose My Fixed Beliefs96
Rooting Out My Limiting Beliefs99
Freshening My Perceptions100
Life Law #7Life Is Managed; It Is Not Cured103
Life Manager Performance Appraisal104
Care and Feeding of My Life Manager105
Putting My Life on Project Status107
Playing the "What If?" Game109
An Inventory of My Life Decisions113
Climbing Out of the Comfort Zone114
Life Law #8We Teach People How to Treat Us116
Relationship Questionnaire117
Evaluating My Relationship119
Why I Chose You122
Let's Talk about It123
My Life Nucleus125
A Self-Inventory126
Life Law #9There Is Power in Forgiveness129
Admitting the Wounds130
Payoffs for the Negative Emotions131
Breaking the Negative Bonds131
Forgiving Myself132
Proud to Be Me133
Life Law #10You Have to Name It to Claim It135
What I Can Eliminate136
What Is My "Brass Ring"?140
Overcoming the Obstacles142
What My Success Will Look Like143
Part IIIGet Ready--Diagnosing Your Current Situation
A Guided Tour of My Life147
Step 1My Ideal Life150
Step 2My Actual Life150
Step 3Limiting Beliefs and Self-Judgments152
Step 4Obstacles I Must Overcome152
Step 5Resources I Can Put to Work153
Step 6My SUDS (Discomfort) Rating154
Step 7My Motivation for Change154
Life Dimension Assessment Forms157
Summary of Priorities163
Life Dimension Summary Profile Charts164
Judgments and Limiting Beliefs168
What I Care About Most169
How I Use My Time170
The Themes in My Life171
"Me in the Future"173
Part IVGet Going--Creating Your Strategy for the Life You Want
The Seven Steps177
Step 1Express your goal in terms of specific events or behaviors177
Step 2Express your goal in terms that can be measured180
Step 3Assign a time line to your goal182
Step 4Choose a goal you can control184
Step 5Plan and program a strategy that will get you to your goal184
Step 6Define your goal in terms of steps185
Step 7Create accountability for your progress toward your goal187
Creating the Momentum of Success188
Finding My Formula195
Learning from My Mistakes197
Learning from My Successes198
Success Study: The Ten Key Elements200

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