This was a book that my partner, and owner of Revive Touch, Liza Lim bought in her pursuit of information appertaining to all things ‘wellness’. It was one of two books lying on the sofa, winking at me, the other being ‘The Wellness Revolution’ by Paul Zane Pilzer who really put me off with his sub-title ‘how to make a fortune in the next trillion dollar industry’.
I may, or may not, read that one we shall have to see.
My life purpose is to use my passion, drive and experience to help and inspire others to excel in their work and family lives. I have been doing this by writing about my experiences on this blog and I decided to see if I could condense my experiences into a short training course that I have called ‘Lean Life.’
So far I have taken a few guinea pigs through the course and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. So many people will tell you that you will find your one true calling once you find happiness in something you receive no remuneration for, and this is certainly true when it comes to helping people change their lives.
In order for me to be as effective as possible I need to constantly be learning how to improve my skills as a coach. If I didn’t realise the importance of this fact before I picked up Michael Arloski’s book I certainly do now. What I like about Arloski is he doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. His philosophy seems to be ‘if it works don’t tamper with it.’ So his book is filled to the brim with ideas, advice and worksheets that he has picked up over the years from his experiences in the field of wellness. It gave me courage that you can just deliver what works instead of wasting time trying to repackage it as something you yourself have created. I loved his authenticity.
For me ‘Wellness’ is the word used to encapsulate a life that is healthy and fun, built on personal continuous improvement. I use the words ‘Lean Life’ but it’s the same thing. This is a book purely for people who are in the realm of coaching. I don’t advise it as a book for anyone else. It got a little bit monotonous towards the end and if I am honest I skipped a few chapters that weren’t relevant to my field.
So I highly recommend it for anyone who is in the field of wellness, or indeed is considering entering it, but I would give it a wide berth if you were someone looking to change your life, as there better books out there. If you are one of these people then I recommend starting with Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill because every single self-help book since has just copied his beliefs and ideals.
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