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The Change Your Life Book
Making dramatic life changes can be difficult. The true secret to life-long transformation, according to certified professional counselor Bill O’Hanlon, is to take baby steps; small, subtle changes will yield profound and lasting results when added together. In this concise book, O’Hanlon shares his simple formula for making the small changes that lead to big shifts: Change the Doing, Change the Viewing, and Change the Setting. Each simple concept is illustrated with examples of everyday challenges with easy-to-implement experiments for affecting transformation, as in this example from “Change the Viewing”:
Don’t expect, be happy: Ken Keyes developed a simple strategy to be happy: Expect everyone and everything to be exactly as it is. When you are upset, he suggests, it is only because your expectations haven’t been fulfilled and you are demanding that reality be as you want it to be, rather than how it is. So expect things to be as they are, and you’ll be happy.
For the next day or so, every time something happens within you or out in the world that could upset you, shift into expecting it to be exactly as it is. Tell yourself it is exactly as it is supposed to be.
As a licensed marriage and family therapist and the author of more than thirty books, O’Hanlon understands that it often takes only simple adjustments to create a better life. With a therapist’s keen understanding of what works, O’Hanlon offers straightforward advice that is reminiscent of chatting with a dear friend for achieving simple yet significant life changes.
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Bill O’Hanlon, M.S., LMFT, (AUTHOR) has authored or coauthored thirty-four books which have been translated into fifteen languages. He has appeared on a variety of radio and television programs including Oprah and Today. A top-rated presenter at many national conferences since 1977, Bill has given more than 2,500 talks around the world, and was selected as the Outstanding Mental Health Educator of the Year in 2001 by the New England Educational Institute. Bill is a Licensed Mental Health Professional, Certified Professional Counselor, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is a clinical member of AAMFT (and winner of the 2003 New Mexico AAMFT Distinguished Service Award), certified by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, and a Fellow and a Board Member of the American Psychotherapy Association, by whom he was recognized in 2008 for outstanding dedication and commitment to the mental health field. He is known for his storytelling, irreverent humor, clear and accessible style, and his boundless enthusiasm for whatever he is doing.
Andrew Mulcare (NARRATOR) is a professional actor, director, writer, and teacher of acting. He has worked extensively in theatre, film, and television. Andrew holds an MFA from University of South Carolina. In 2001 he was awarded a Fulbright grant to lecture in Russia on American theatre and film, and became the founding artistic director of the English Language Theatre of Orenburg.
Bill O’Hanlon website
Getting Back to Normal: An Interview with Bill O’Hanlon