Saturday, February 11, 2012

Successful Women Think Differently

Valorie Burton is the author of six books, a certified personal coach and is the founder of The Coaching & Postivie Psychology (CAPPP) Institute. The CAPP institute is a training and leadership development company who helps people thrive in work and in life. Valorie has dedicated her to life to helping people become more resilient when they face difficult life circumstances.

Her latest book, Successful Women Think Differently  is a book that contains nine different habits that lead a woman to a more productive, successful life. Although this book is geared towards woman, the nine habits are just as effective for men too.

One of the first things I love about this book was the fact that it asked me to write down a previous failure. I realized that I did not want to write a moment in which I had failed. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that sometimes I let fear paralyze me from trying new things. 

Another thing I loved about this book  was the question " What makes one Woman Succeed at a higher level while another with seemingly more resources & experiences falls short of similar goals?" How many of us have thought that a time or two? I know I have and have always fallen short to come up with an answer. 

Throughout the book, Valorie shares personal experiences and the experiences from other woman who she has worked with. As each of the habits are presented to the reader, it feels like you're in a personal coaching session with Valorie. She really invites the reader to be challenged, confronted and transformed as each individual takes a journey to find their own personal success.

 9 Habits to Transform your life

1) Believe you can do it
This chapter is about discovering previous failures and learning about your personal potiential.

2)Get off the Hedonic Treadmill
This chapter allows you to discover why/why not you're happy and how you can become content with where you are at, while trying to aim towards higher goals.

3) Stop Trying to Fix your Weakness
Insteading of focusing on the gifts and talents you don't have, focus on the ones you do! Build off your strengths and find others to help you conquer your challenges. This chapter has a lot of room for writing and I really enjoy that! 

4) Build your Muscle of Self- Control
Dedication, discipline and hardwork will help an you achieve your goals.. I could really relate to this chapter, especially with running. I ran 6 miles in a blizzard and I am dedicated, disciplined and working hard to achieve my goals of running Riverbank. I can see that the dedication will pay off..

5) Cultivate Positive Emotions
How many of us make decisions based on poor emotions?  (Raises hand). Welcome to my new Vera Bradley bag :).

6) Be prepared for Battle
Obstacles and unexpected adventures will come up, but do you have a plan to overcome the unexpected? 

7) Don't be a Maximizer
Loved this chapter too. I am big at second guessing my decisions and living in regret. This chapter helped me to move forward, not make second guesses and go with my gut. This habit also had a lot of room to write good choices in the book, which helped me to reflect on important lessons I have learned. It also gave me the opportunity to write about the five worst experiences and lessons learned from my mistakes.

8) Don't go it alone
Get other people involved, get some accountability, others can be very helpful in your journey towards change.

9) Write it down
When in doubt, write it down! Writing allows you to discover your thoughts, success, failures and goals! Get it on paper!

If you really want to transform your life, this book has the tools to help you do that!

Thank you Harvest House Publishers for allowing me to review a book that has transformed my life.


dinahsty's said...

Although I'm not finish reading my copy; I must agree thus far with the writer, this is a great book and I would recommend that women who believe they are successful and have reached the pinnacle of success to read this book and it will make you go out and get what you may have left behind.

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