The Perfection Detox: Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely, and Unleash Your Joy

The Perfection Detox: Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely, and Unleash Your Joy

by Petra Kolber


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Award-winning fitness professional and consultant shares a practical, accessible program to help women replace destructive perfectionistic mindsets with concrete strategies and life-changing tips.

Tired. Stressed. Overwhelmed. Just one more email, one more meeting with the kid's teacher, oh and lose that last five pounds. Today, women are striving for perfection more than ever—and feeling like failures for not meeting unattainable goals. Health and wellness expert Petra Kolber knows this intimately; as a dancer and fitness professional, she's experienced the ultimately dissatisfying quest for perfection. Her Perfection Detox program helps women to overcome the unhealthy, unproductive demands we place on ourselves—and others. Based on her popular workshops, Kolber's strategies help women to recognize and constructively root out the perfectionistic impulse to be critical of self or others and to harness the power of our own internal resources, willpower, and habits.

With simple steps and strategies such as adjusting your internal monologue, cleaning up your vocabulary to include more positive language, becoming a passionist rather than a perfectionist, and more, The Perfection Detox is an essential guide to a healthy, full, authentic life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738234854
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 483,661
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Petra Kolber is an internationally renowned fitness expert and wellness leader who is known throughout the industry as a crusader for change and a beacon of authentic happiness. In her 25 years in the fitness world, she has starred in and choreographed sixty award-winning videos and fitness programs, and has spoken live to thousands of motivated followers. As a national workshop leader and keynote speaker, she inspires people around the globe to stand up for their lives and live profoundly from their hearts. She has been a consultant and contributor to many national fitness magazines and has been named Fitness Crusader Of The Year by Health Magazine. She has been the face and voice of leading food and fitness companies such as Reebok, Spry Living, Yes Fitness Music, and California Walnuts.

As a two-time cancer survivor, she is passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time. Her mission is to inspire people to move more and fear less, so that they can stretch their dreams, strengthen their courage muscle and build an inspired life, full of joy and gratitude. In her spare time, Petra is an aspiring DJ, a budding cook, an avid traveler, and podcast maven who feels deeply blessed on the mornings she can wake up early enough to watch the sunrise.

Table of Contents

Introduction xv

Part 1 Tame Your Inner Critic and Explore Your Potential

Step 1 Noticing the Noise 3

Step 2 Starve Your Doubt Demons 13

Step 3 Get the Weight off Your Shoulders 21

Step 4 Decipher FEAR 33

Step 5 Whose Voice Is in Your Head? 43

Step 6 Work with Your Imperfections Instead of Pushing Them Away 51

Step 7 Lifting the Shame Layer 61

Part 2 Shift Your Focus and Live Bravely

Step 8 Welcome a Misstep as an Opportunity to Explore, Learn, and Engage 75

Step 9 Clean Up Your Vocabulary: Replace "No, but…" with "Yes, and …" 85

Step 10 Take Time Out from Social Media 95

Step 11 Write a Paragraph About Your Proudest Moment 105

Step 12 Pull the Trigger 113

Step 13 Try Again 121

Part 3 Liberate Yourself and Unleash Your Joy

Step 14 Become a Benefit Seeker 131

Step 15 Pay Someone a Compliment in Place of a Criticism 139

Step 16 Move from a Perfectionist to a Passionist 149

Step 17 Change Your Relationship with Exercise 159

Step 18 Get Curious 169

Step 19 Find Enchantment in the Flow 179

Step 20 Make Peace with the Mirror 189

Step 21 Let Go of Your Past and Create Your Magnificent Future 199

Notes 207

Acknowledgments 215

Index 219

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