- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - US (18 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062911732
- ISBN-13: 978-0062911735
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ARE YOU TRULY WHO YOU WANT TO BE?
IS THIS THE LIFE YOU REALLY WANT?
ARE YOU LIVING EACH DAY AS YOUR BEST SELF?
WHAT CAN YOU CHANGE—TODAY?
How would you answer those questions? Think about your daily life. Are you thriving, or going through the motions? Are your days full of work, relationships, and activities that are true to your authentic self, or do you feel trapped on a treadmill of responsibility? If you dream of a better life, now is the time to turn your dream into reality. And the tools you need are within your grasp, to design a life that is fulfilling on the deepest levels. Best Self will show you how.
Mike Bayer, known to the thousands of clients whose lives he has changed as Coach Mike, has helped everyone from pop stars to business executives to people just like you discover the freedom to be their best selves. By leading them to ask themselves a series of important but tough questions—such as “What are your core values?” “Do you go to bed each day more knowledgeable than when you woke up?” and “Am I neglecting some aspect of my physical health out of fear or denial?”—he helps them see what their Best Selves and Anti-Selves really look like. As a personal development coach and an all-around change agent, Mike has seen the amazing ways in which lives can improve with honesty and clarity. He understands our struggles intimately, because he’s faced—and overcome—his own. And he knows that change is possible.
By working through each of the Seven SPHERES of life—Social, Personal, Health, Education, Relationships, Employment, and Spiritual Development—Best Self is an accessible and interactive book that distills all of Coach Mike’s wisdom into a compact, focused guide that will ignite anyone’s desire for change. Chock-full of revealing quizzes, and full of provocative questionnaires, Best Self will empower you to embrace your authenticity, acknowledge what is holding you back, and break through to live a passionate life to the fullest, forever.
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“There is a pervasive belief in society that people can’t change, not really. That is absolutely 100% untrue. If people couldn’t change, I’d still be penniless and addicted to drugs. If people couldn’t change, everyone would basically be doomed. I’ve seen people overcome all odds. People change. They did. You can.”
If this doesn’t resonate with you, read it over and over again until it does. You won’t be disappointed.
I really wanted to like the book and I really was looking for some nuggets, but I found very few. It wasn't horrible (hence not giving it 1 star), but is very generic and average. If you are looking for something deep or something that will be useful to self change or self improvement then I believe you need to look elsewhere. I'm sure in person his coaching probably works, but his methods just simply don't translate into anything useful when reduced to writing without the in-person coaching.
I found this book to be very helpful. There are a lot of different action items that one can take. I chose to do some of them to get an idea of what the book is like, but want to keep the book so I can continue doing some of the other action items as I have time or as I need them.
The few I did really changed my perspective. I like the idea of the Best Self and the Anti-Self. It's not that we are bad people, we just have a part of us that isn't quite so helpful.
I also like the little snippets in Coach Mike's life and his client's lives. Real world examples always help me to understand things better.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone. Even if you aren't into self-help books, toward the end there is a great chapter on setting goals. That is helpful alone.