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Stage Climbing: The Shortest Path to Your Highest Potential [Paperback]

Ph.D. Michael S. Broder

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May 15 2012 1889577391 978-1889577395

Stage Climbing is a groundbreaking book that recognizes that changing your life is not a “one size fits all” process. Instead, it is based on the principle that there is no one else on earth like you. Stage Climbing then proceeds to walk you through a process to help you identify and embrace your own unique and passion-driven mission. It is possibly the first self-help book ever that shows readers exactly how to understand and overcome any obstacle within themselves that is keeping them stuck and off the natural and organic path to their highest potential.

30-years in development, Dr. Broder has successfully used and clinically tested the techniques of Stage Climbing with thousands of patients and clients. Stage Climbing is a simple yet extremely powerful process that you can learn in minutes,  empowering you to reach your highest potential in your personal and spiritual life, career and relationships or any part of your life that you choose to work on. You will learn how to get rid of all the rubble on your path so you can get exactly where you want to go. See

Stage Climbing identifies seven distinct stages from which we view our lives. Once you recognize the stage at which you are presently operating in an aspect of life, you can then choose a target stage consistent with the goal you are aspiring to. Along the way, you will discover how to both understand and resolve your most daunting issues and take charge of your life as never before. Stage Climbing walks you through this step-by step process and then provides a bevy of fresh, simple and proven strategies to bring about your chosen changes and move forward in any part of your life, rapidly and permanently!


Stage Climbing is a life-changing journey. You will learn how to:

  • Grow up – Growing older does not mean you are acquiring wisdom! This book will show you how to quickly mature in any area of your life you choose to work on, so that you are fully empowered to reach your potential. These Stage Climbing principles will significantly sharpen your parenting skills as well!
  • Understand your life better – not only now, but also at past times in your life, so that you can hardwire the attitudes and beliefs consistent with living life at your highest potential.
  • Discover why certain relationships may not have worked out, and how to quickly and permanently turn that pattern around.
  • Learn how to better tolerate those certain areas of life that never were designed to deliver fulfillment in the first place.
  • Understand the paradox of loving versus being loved, and how that subtle distinction can change your life.
  • Connect with your passion so that you can find your purpose, mission or calling and then make the contribution you are here to make.
  • Access your inner resources to find what truly motivates you, choose the exact life you want and clear away any obstacles to living it--- in the shortest time possible!


             And much more!


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Media Psychology Associates (May 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889577391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889577395
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #739,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. is a renowned psychologist, executive coach, bestselling author, continuing education seminar lead­er, and popular speaker. He is an acclaimed expert in cognitive behavioral therapy, spe­cializing in high achievers and relationship issues. He has been featured in publications; such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek. A sought after media guest, you have also seen him on Oprah, the Today Show and more than a thousand others, talking about his work which centers on bringing about major change in the shortest time possible. In addition to Stage Climbing, his previous books include The Art of Living Single, The Art of Staying Together: A Couple's Guide to Intimacy and Respect, and Can Your Relationship Be Saved? How to Know Whether to Stay or Go.He conducts seminars, talks, and presentations to professional as well as lay audiences worldwide; and has trained many thousands of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals. For more information about Dr. Broder, please visit

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Self help book AND a life guide May 15 2012
By R. M. Dreyfus - Published on
Michael Broder has distilled many years of therapy, consultation and
reflection on the human condition and how people change - either in therapy or
with the use of a self-help book.
Stage Climbing is not only a self-help book for the anxious or depressed,
but a life-coaching book offering a comprehensive program for moving
forward in one's life. It operationalizes specific changes at each of seven
stages of maturity that he clearly describes and shows how they can lead to
success in one's personal and work life.
Broder astutely keeps checking with the reader in order to see if he or she
is remaining on board with applying what is presented, rather than merely
flipping pages to get to the end. His tone is witty and engaging, and he has
a helpful habit of high-lighting important text. This allows the reader to skim
forward to reach what is personally relevant, while allowing for reading details
or illustrative material if desired. At the end of the book, a website is given
that features resources that are regularly upgraded. (He also makes himself
available for reader's questions.)
The book's schema of seven stages was unfamiliar to me - it is different
from Erik Erikson's more descriptive seven stages, which are less focussed
on change. However, Broder's stages seem useful and valid, and are easy to
apply to oneself or to individuals in one's practice or circle. A reader
who assesses himself and primarily finds himself at one of the lower stages,
might feel uncomfortable with what might be construed as labelling.
However, Broder has an unusual talent for anticipating the reader's resisting his
prescriptions, prescriptions that are designed to gently nudge one out of
one's comfort zone. And it works because it's done with wisdom and
My only objection is his reference to depressed patient's suffering from a
"chemical imbalance". This term, a product of big pharma and those
researchers who promote drug solutions, ignores the obvious; that our affective
life always has a biochemical correlate. Of course there are times when
anti-depressents are helpful to raise the energy level of an individual too
depleted to be present for insight-oriented therapy. However, too often, they
are used as an excuse for not facing oneself, an excuse that managed care
exploits for short term profits. Drug therapy is seen to be cheaper, and
patients are trained with the assistance of a compliant media, to seek
superficial "chemical" solutions to life problems.
However this is a minor issue. The book works - not only for lay readers, but
as a resource for therapists.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new self-help Bible! Oct. 10 2011
By Nitasha S. - Published on
Dr. Broder has done a fantastic job at describing the 7 stages of life. It helped me learn and organize my thoughts about my past and work to a better future (or should I say my "highest potential?"). It was very easy to read and came with great tools to implement what I was learning as I read. I use it not only in my own life but also in sessions with clients. Having an overall awareness of your life stages is very helpful, and this book does a great job of getting you to that awareness!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for people wanting to change their life Oct. 10 2011
By Susan Steinbrecher - Published on
Michael Broder, author of Stage Climbing: The shortest path to your highest potential is a must read. Michael does a brilliant job of helping people realize what stage in life they are currently in and then provides a roadmap for how to obtain the next desired stage. Change is one of the most difficult challenges we face and Michael offers some simple yet very effective solutions for the reader to embrace so that they can live their very best business, personal and spiritual life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stage Climbing is so straightforward it's brilliant Aug. 27 2013
By Financial Doctor Press - Published on
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Dr. Michael Broder has really done an excellent job with this book. So many people suffer with such a wide range of issues today that get in the way of their happiness and success. All too often the "recommended solutions" from the experts and doctors are too complex to put into action. Dr. Broder's solution is a simple strategy that takes you step by step, almost like he's there holding your hand. He helps you identify and then solve what's holding you back. It's amazing how he's taken complex psychology and put it into an easy to understand solution. If you suffer from anything that's holding you back from living the kind of fulfilling life you've always wanted - get this book, read it and use his wisdom to your advantage.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read! May 22 2013
By John W Conn - Published on
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This book was more meaningful than I could have imagined. I took this book on in two different perspectives, myself and as a counselor. Reading about "why do we retain our stage one hooks" has given me a better insight to pre-contemplative, and contemplative addicts such as "the inability to see how life could be different and being hooked on victimhood". I feel that this book is something that I will read over and over again. Each time I read it I may come one step closer to my best potential.

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