Thursday, August 4, 2011

Review: How To Improve Your Life by Raymond H. Scudder

ISBN #: 978-1-936400-99-7
Page Count: 194
Copyright: 2011

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

A must-read for anyone who wants to improve their life but doesn't know where or how to begin. The author provides a life-changing Improvement Process you can easily follow to take control of your life and achieve whatever you want.

The simplicity and beauty of this process means that in a very short time, you will:

• start thinking and behaving in a positive, can-do way
• target the areas of your life most in need of improvement
• begin using your vast personal potential
• notice and explore opportunities you never considered before
• stay motivated and focused on what you want in life until it becomes reality
• monitor your progress and celebrate your improvement accomplishments
How To Improve Your Life also offers a wealth of improvement tips and expert advice on how to:

• live a healthy life
• build and strengthen your relationships
• boost your career
• achieve personal financial success
• make internal changes that maximize your ability to accomplish whatever you want to do

Mandy's Review:

Since this is more of a self-help guide, I'm not going to be able to use my normal review format.  Instead, I am going to start my review off with a question:

What, in your life, do you wish you could/would improve?

We all have our areas of life that we are unsatisfied with: work, marriage, self, etc.  Raymond's book walks you through the steps you need to take in order to correct your problem areas.

I know what you're thinking: This is a standard self-help, boring book written by some know-it-all who uses terminology I can't understand.  Besides, he doesn't know me.  How could this book possibly help me?

First, the author is an every-day, down-to-earth man.  Secondly, the book reads as if it is a friend talking to you, not some know-it-all.  He begins by identifying the steps of the Improvement Process.

Stop rolling your eyes!

All good things are good because someone or something went through some form of process to make it/them that way.

Once the Improvement Process steps are identified, each step is given a chapter so that you can delve into the meanings of each step.

The last five or six chapters go in depth about each area of our life that we may need/want to improve.  Practical, step-by-step instructions are given to make your desired changes achievable.

I'll be honest with you, I put off reading this book for a while because I thought this was going to be boring.  I thought I would have to make myself finish it.  I couldn't have been more wrong.

This is the first self-help book I've read where I actually grabbed a notebook, while reading the first chapter, so I could take notes.  I will be applying the Improvement Process to my life.  I also plan on buying several copies to give to people I know.

If you enjoy improving yourself and your quality of life, then I highly recommend you give this book a try.

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