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Spoonie Book Review: Reinventing Yourself by Steve Chandler

"How to become the person you've always wanted to be"

I decided to dedicate my first book review to one that got me on the path to believing I could change. I felt very out of control and wasn't sure how to move my life in the right direction. I knew a lot of things were wrong, but I wasn't sure I had any chance of making it better. I was so focused on all the failures and challenges and felt very much stuck in a mud-filled hole.

But, deep down inside, I really wanted my life to look different. I wanted my health to be different. I wanted to believe I could change things, but I didn't know where to start and didn't have a lot of confidence that I'd be successful. I just knew I wasn't happy where I was. Reinventing Yourself gave me the confidence to try small things and take baby steps toward my best self and better health and wellness. On page 11, just before the preface, is a quote from David Viscott, an American psychiatrist and author of his book Risking, that says,

"No one can make you change.No one can stop you from changing. No one really knows how you must change. Not even you. Not until you start."

This is the truth of change and rings true to the core of this book's message. Steve Chandler, the author of more than 30 self-help books, combines his expert knowledge of coaching and leadership with his personal experience to speak to the fear, shame, and pain inside. Reinventing Yourself inspires exploration into what might be and how you might work towards becoming that person. What we say to ourselves about who we are and how we explain our interactions with the world and others creates our reality and helps dictate our behavior and actions.

This book is easy to read, broken into many chapters containing only a few pages each. Perfect for a brain fog day!

Each concept is explained using analogies, stories, and Steve's experiences without technical jargon. So you can take 5-10 minutes and get a profound nugget of advice to mull over as you go about your day without feeling lost when you pick it back up again. However, if you are like me, it'll start as only one chapter, but you'll find yourself immersed in 2 or 3 more. He shares his battles with humility and humor, reminding one that addiction, relationship issues, and financial problems are challenges many faces but do not need to be allowed to define their lives.

We all have stories we have created about who we are and who others are, and how we interact with the world around us. Unfortunately, many of us believe this is set in stone as our personality. Reinventing Yourself discusses how to move beyond characteristics and behaviors that we think have us trapped to discover a happier, healthier existence. This book will help increase your understanding of mindset and self-talk and encourage you to take action. It explains how cultivating healthy thought patterns and focused attention on positivity and strength can significantly impact how you show up in life or "who" you are.

If you need a boost of confidence that you can change or impact your health, give this book a try.

You can grab a copy HERE.

It's great to go back to when you need a boost, so be sure to grab a highlighter. Let me know what you think in the comments below!


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