Want some expert advice on how to live the life you want? Don't worry, it's not from me!
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Everybody wants 'the good life.' There's plenty of advice out there; even Forbes has something to say about it. If there's so much help on the subject, why is it such an elusive goal?
I think the biggest factor is that 'the good life' isn't the same thing for everyone. We all have different ideas of what that life looks like, and what we want from the experience. For any help to be truly beneficial, it needs to help guide us from where we are to where we want to be in a way that manages to include all the variations possible.
Barbara Sher Again!
Seriously, this woman had (has?) some good insight into the human condition. I'd expect no less from an established therapist delving into the minds of New York's career-confused during the progressive 70's and 80's. No doubt she must have seen all kinds of people encountering this very dilemma from very different angles.
One of her earliest works was Wishcraft: How To Get What You Really Want, which outlines how to do some soul-searching for your truest desires and then walks you through a detailed goal setting process to help you get there.
If That Seems Too Complicated...
In the late 90's, Sher released an even simpler set of instructions via the book Live The Life You Love. In ten steps, she helps you unravel your innermost desires and what you can bring to the world and then walks you through the obstacles standing in your way.
To say the books are the same would do them both injustice. Wishcraft focuses more on the 'how' and Live The Life You Love deals more with the 'what' and 'why.' There are places where they overlap, but there's some very important fundamental differences that will change which one is more helpful for you.
If You're Anything Like Me
You might just want to go ahead and get both. Personally, I waffle between being floored by internal blockages and external obstacles. Depending on the situation, one will help uplift me more easily than the other.
If you've got a trillion ideas about what you want to do, you might want to check out the previous post, You Can Be/Do Anything You Want, which explains two other Barbara Sher books that focus on more complicated internal struggles keeping you from 'the good life.'
As I begin this anew, I know only one thing: that I know nothing. Learn with me, and together we will figure this out.
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