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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (Dec 28 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767902076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767902076
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Personal coach Cheryl Richardson helps people create the lives they want. In Take Time for Your Life, she shows you how to switch from being stressed, unfulfilled, and overworked, to "living a life you love" by using a seven-step process. First, she gives you permission to "make the quality of your life your top priority" by honoring your self-care--a difficult choice for fast-track readers, but essential. Putting yourself at the top of your "to do" list will help you connect your head with your heart and enhance your satisfaction and joy. Next, you define your priorities and revise your schedule so it reflects them. Then you figure out what actions, issues, and people are draining your energy and start to "plug those drains." The next step is getting your financial house in order. And so on, through seven progressive strategies that free you to live an authentic, high-quality life, embracing your spiritual, emotional, and financial well-being. Richardson recommends enlisting a friend to work through the book with you: a fine idea to help you benefit from all the guidance that this book offers. Resource lists at the end of each chapter let you pursue topics further. Highly recommended. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Personal coaching is establishing itself in the arena of self-help. In Cracking the Love Code (LJ 11/15/97), Janet O'Neal guided readers through the world of love. Now another personal coach, a motivational speaker and the chair of Interface (a holistic education center), attempts to coach her readers through areas of their lives that trouble them. Each chapter includes a brief overview and case studies, followed by the all-important "take action!" sections where Richardson outlines exactly what actions are necessary to remedy various situations. The text is clearly written and organized. Nothing much is new in this book except the approach, which may appeal to some readers. Demand may also be generated by the author's reputation and a promotional campaign. An optional purchase for public libraries.?January Adams, Franklin Twp. P.L., Somerset, NJ
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Commonsense tips to a better life, especially if your dreams are blocked by procrastination, lack of motivation and clutter. Many of these tips can be found on the website of Coach University, which raises questions about originality of the ideas.
While Cheryl, as a coach, encourages everyone to hire a coach, she endorses CoachU and International Coach Federation.
Readers should know that there are other coaching organizations, and many people think others are higher-quality than those she recommends. And while many professional organizations enforce ethical codes and discipline erring members, when I last checked neither CoachU nor ICF did. In fact, both organizations refused to consider de-listing a coach following a complaint.
Readers should also realize that some people are skeptical about the notion of "coach training" altogether, as there is no scientific or scholarly rationale behind coaching and most schools admit anyone with a checkbook. As a coach myself, I think we're nothing more than independent consultants. You buy the person, not the training.
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OK, here's the deal on this book. I'll finish it up since Ipaid for it, but let's just say I'm glad I got it on sale. There are SOME good ideas, but on the whole I thought it was pretty shallow. I should have known what I was in for when I saw all the lists and fill-in-the-blanks forms while flipping through this at the book store. But, I thought "hey, maybe I'll get some good insights, it's a best seller after all." This book actually says you should tell yourself on a regular basis: "I deeply, profoundly accept myself." Oh, barf me out! Stuff like that reminds me of those Stuart Smalley routines with Al Franken on Saturday Night Live. And it's like the Oprah magazine in terms of arts and crafts spiritual projects: you're gonna have to make a trip to Office Max or somewhere like that and pick up felt tip pens, index cards, at least one journal, a wipe-off board to hang in your house to write gratitude statements whenever you walk by. Then she suggests having friends over for a party to make little life "roadmaps" -- collages of pictures from magazines and catalogs that illustrate your life goals, all glued to foam-backed poster-board. I don't know why it has to be foam-backed. Then, write validating words in big letters (important!) on pieces of paper and keep them near you at all times. Good grief, I can't believe this is a best-seller. Oh! and talk about not understanding the middle-class budget, you need to have a monthly massage at least, hire a financial planner, hire a personal cook, get someone in to do the house-cleaning -- this is all a part of practicing "extreme self care." And here's a hot financial tip: it's a good idea to get in the habit of balancing your checkbook. (Several pages are devoted to this....) This is what the book is like, now you know!
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I bought Cheryl's tapes and listened to them. For anybody who buys this book, I would highly recommend this approach. Buy the book AND the tapes. Ms. Richardson is a real and sincere lady. You will feel this as you work the program. But it misses the point. Which is "Self-Change". This entire 7-step program is laid upon the first step or foundation and builds from there. This is the first step of "Extreme Self-Care". Cheryl almost calls it selfishness, but she qualifies it strongly. Her view is that you simply CAN'T help others unless you help yourself first. I called a counselor at my church, Self-Realization Fellowship (Yogananda). He stated that this was true. That when you give to yourself, you are giving to others. So I went ahead. All clear. I usually, well, almost always give too much of myself. About 10% to myself and 90% to others. A Tibetan lama, Tarthang Tulku, recommends giving 75% to yourself at first and then decreasing. The renowned psychologist, Albert Ellis, recommends 60/40. 60% to yourself always. Well, Cheryl, as my "personal coach", asked me in the book to read the entire program. That is, the whole book. I did so but it was like being in a plane crash. I increased my self-consideration to 20%. That felt s-o-o-o-o good. 30% felt even better. 50% was great and I highly recommend it. But this cutting off of relationships is simply not healthy. You see, I am very intolerant. So I cut off just about all my friends for being "toxic" and draining. This is a very bad area you can get into! I began to say "no" to too many people including my family. I even cut off my partner in the program! I felt stiff and isolated. I was at 80% now and going into a tailspin!Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
If you have more work than you can accomplish. If you have more social engagements than you can take care of. If you have been missing time with your family. If your personal life is stacks of papers most of which need discarding then a bit of inspiration from "Take Time for Your Life," by Cheryl Richardson is a kind gift.
Cheryl Richardson is a new welcomed friend and it's time you met. "Take Time For Your Life," makes you conscious. Conscious of all those things that you are not doing. Is there a way to live the life we want to life? We are shown how to rate five stars in thinking and in actioning.
Okay, so I tried this Personal Coach's 7-Step Program for creating the life you want. I was inspired to take action.
"While you have it in your hand put it where it belongs." A rule we had when our children were little came back. I noticed that much stuff that was out of place in the house was because of my disorganized actions. Inspired by this book to take care of daily details. I soon cleared off stacks of accumulated files and did it right according to Richardson.
Take Action, from Chapter 5 "What's Fuelling You?" one of the
favorite chapters in the book, helped me to leave better tracks. And while I was tackling the reorganization of daily house details, I practiced another paragraph heading: "Think High-Quality Thoughts. And I filled out the blank: What would you say to someone who was giving themselves a hard time?"
"Turn off the junk," helped as I reorganized the house. I was also helped to 'throw out the junk . . . The book was an unusual
exercise in renewed energies in practicing something that I had determined to be boring.
Thanks Cheryl Richardson for Writing Take Time For Your Life," You gave me the permission I need to take time for mine
and to renew goals.
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