Stand Up for Your Life

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Date of Publication: 2003-04-29

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A Practical Step-by-Step Plan to Build Inner Confidence and Personal Power
Oprah life makeover maven Cheryl Richardson wants you to start rocking the boat. Stand Up for Your Life urges readers to stop playing it safe by putting their needs and priorities aside. Her premise: by spending less time listening to others and more time strengthening your relationship with yourself, you can learn to govern your own life and influence others.

A personal coach and the bestselling author of Take Time for Your Life, Richardson promises readers "self-honoring strategies to transform your fear and doubt into self-trust and power." Drawing on self-quizzes, examples from her coaching clients, and her own experiences, she explores key issues for developing this inner authority. The book focuses on creating boundaries, developing "courage muscles," resolving conflict phobia, clarifying purpose, honing self-discipline, stating intentions, and graceful truth-telling.

At times, her clarity is compromised by pop-psych speak and references to her earlier books. Richardson is at her best when she is specific--for example, the well-targeted exercises and self-assessments or an insightful list of behaviors that prevent people from leading their own lives. Readers who follow her lead can expect an attitude adjustment and increased ability to leverage self-knowledge into a purposeful life. --Barbara Mackoff Cheryl Richardson believes that today we face a crisis of spirit and a longing for a sense of purpose that will give meaning and direction to our lives. This crisis, caused by a disconnection from our inner selves, leaves us feeling empty and lost. In this book, she hopes to address the recurring problems that she's witnessed during her years of coaching clients and speaking to self-help audiences throughout the world. Part mentor, part friend, she picks up where "Take Time for Your Life" and "Life Makeovers" left off in this practical, step-by-step plan that should help to build confidence and eliminate self-defeating behaviours. By learning new self-honouring skills, like setting boundaries with grace and love or developing greater self discipline, readers should then be better able to own and use their unique talents and gifts.

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Cheryl Richardson is the author of The New York Times bestselling books, Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers, Stand Up for Your Life, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace and her new book The Art of Extreme Self Care. She was the first president of the International Coach Federation and holds one of their first Master Certified Coach credentials.

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