The Hardline Self Help Handbook

Title: The Hardline Self Help Handbook
Subtitle: What Are You Willing to Do to Get What You Really Want?
Author: Paula Renaye
Type/Format: Paperback
Publisher: Diomo Books
Published: 2011
Edition: First

Who the book is for

The Hardline Self Help Handbook is for those people who are unhappy with their lives but accept their lot, usually, out of a sense of duty and a feeling that it is irresponsible or unrealistic to expect things to change for the better. If you feel held back then you really need to read this book.

About the Book

There are many self help books that give you practical techniques for dealing with limiting beliefs and emotional issues. Sometimes, though, you don’t even realise you have a limiting belief. You only know that you once had dreams but those dreams fell by the wayside and now you live your life according to the expectations of others and often for their convenience. This is the area that the Hardline Self Help Handbook addresses. Using her no-holds-barred and relentlessly blunt style, the author urges you to take responsibility for your own life by examining where you are now, learning why you are not where you want to be, looking at what you can do about it and considering what’s holding you back.

She uses numerous exercises (or line-it-outs) to help you identify and examine the core beliefs, negative programming and emotional issues that are holding you back. Working through the line-it-outs, actually begins to replace negative issues with more empowering beliefs and there are techniques for reinforcing these new beliefs. Once you know what is holding you back the author leads you through exercises that help you identify your goals and the steps you need to take to achieve them. She then shows you how to use vision boards and vision scripts to reinforce your new beliefs and help you visualise and attain your goals.

The Hardline Self Help Handbook fell, unexpectedly, into my lap, at just the right time. I had reached a cross roads in my life, and even though I knew which way to go I found myself strangely reluctant to move in that direction. What I wanted was always out of reach. The book forced me to examine deeply, the cause of my reluctance and to take steps to turn it around so that I could actively pursue my dream. It turns out that deep down I felt I was not good enough. The book helped me to know what I had to do to achieve my dream.

What I liked about the book

  • The line-it-outs are extremely necessary and should not be skipped. They are the means by which you discover what’s holding you back. They help you to gradually become more focussed on what you want to do and to come out with a clear picture of your goal.
  • There are numerous real life examples many from the author’s own experiences. I, personally, could relate to many of them.
  • I particularly liked the definition of forgiveness and acceptance and how it has nothing to do with being a martyr.
  • It shows you how to create vision boards and vision scripts using simple step-by-step instructions. I liked the pictorial example of a vision board and also the idea of recording the vision script for programming as you are falling asleep.
  • The book is readable and does not have too many pages.

About the Author

Paula Renaye is a certified professional coach, motivational speaker, regression hypnosis practitioner and award-winning author. Her passion is helping people face reality and take responsibility for their choices in order to reclaim their own power and live the life they really want.


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