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Simple, simple, simple. Perhaps too simple. Yamazaki's short and easy to follow book is nothing new to anyone familiar with visualization as a self-motivation/preparation tool. Nothing he says will surprise and the book lacks any real resources for such a person. However, if you are new to visualization then this is a pretty good starting point. ( )
  RoeschLeisure | Jan 5, 2012 |
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I found this book to be very accessible with plenty of practical application. Filled with techniques, exercise and examples, it could inspire someone who is ready to get unstuck, to take action. Many of the exercises are great prompts for journaling. In fact, I keep the book handy for just that purpose. ( )
  namaste22 | Jan 3, 2012 |
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Life coaching in a book.

The book is built around 13 exercises (called 'shifts') that begin by uncovering unconscious beliefs and habits that may be keeping you from fulfilling your goals. You then decide whether they are working for you or against you and finally you focus on clarifying your goals and what you wish to accomplish. Once you are clear on your goals you are then presented with 17 techniques that will feed into your perseverance in order to motivate you to reach your goal.

This book is not your typical touchie-feelie self help book. Streamlined and concise, it is a fast paced read; one that would especially appeal to those who normally would find this type of book tedious. The exercises are set up so they can be used either individually of in a group setting making their application especially useful in a business, management or training setting. Others that might find this book useful would be coaches, athletes and financial traders especially in the perseverance aspect. Adequately done although a little on the sparse side for me. ( )
  buchowl | Jun 30, 2011 |
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This is a fascinating, slight volume that is easily readable in one sitting. But, do note that you'll want to have pen and paper nearby as they book contains various exercises that warrant some scratch paper. If you're looking to re-frame your thinking, but you feel that self-help or coaching books are too 'woo-woo' for you, you likely will enjoy this book. ( )
  InsightsGal | Apr 26, 2011 |
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Takumi Yamazaki is a popular Japanese motivational speaker with a relentlessly positive attitude. What you think, you will become. If only it was so easy! The 13 exercises in this book require more than a little motivation to complete, I'm afraid. Each is amied at a shift in perspective intended to help the reader become a more proactive person. Fortunately, the book also contains 17 techniques for perseverence.

Yamazaki's perspective on what it takes to change is informed by neuroscience, psychology and an Eastern perspective on wholeness. It is written in brief, to-the-point sections with simple line drawings to illustrate central points. While some of the concepts it teaches are complex, each is presented in a straightforward, intuitive style.

There is always the question of whether one can use a book as a tool to change oneself. My answer is probably. Where motivation is strong, almost anything can provoke change--a mountaintop retreat, a symphony, a poem, or a self-help book. The key is to pay attention, to focus on how you respond to the world and what the world is telling you in return. Every self-help book worth its ink prompts readers to pay attention. Yamazaki's exercises direct the attention to noticing the difference between who you are and who you would like to be. There is a lot of list-making involved: things that make you happy; things of which you are proud; what you would accomplish if you knew you could succeed; and so on. One of my favorite exercises suggests you write down something you weren't able to do recently; then you are instructed to rewrite it to say that you didn't want to do it and chose not to. Try it. As a workaholic who often makes excuses missing rituals of family life (like dinner), rephrasing my excuses was personally enlightening. If only I would work through all the exercises in the book, no doubt I would be a better person.

My advice would be to read this book with a group of self-help minded friends hell bent on self-improvement. Alternatively, it would be a fertile source of personal journal prompts for a weekly writing exercise. ( )
  etsmith | Apr 24, 2011 |
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