Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Book Nook: De-Stress with Beverly Flaxington

Are you feeling the stress of life, whether it's from family, work, health, or other sources? The overbearing weight of stress can make efforts to achieve success seem too difficult to take the necessary steps, no matter how sincere the desire to move forward. Gold-award winning author Beverly Flaxington offers simple solutions for how-to break out of this rut, and to achieve greatness in her books, Self-Talk for a Calmer You: Learn How to Use Positive Self-Talk to Control Anxiety and Live a Happier, More Relaxed Life and Make Your Shift: The Five Most Powerful Moves You Can Make to Get Where YOU Want to Go.    

Self-Talk for a Calmer You was written for those living with anxiety and fear in everyday situations, and seeking a more relaxed and comfortable life. Flaxington provides readers tools to recognize triggers that cause anxiety, along with a clear plan on how to overcome situations that cause nervousness, or fear, and replace these feelings with confidence, contentment and joy. She teaches people how to take control of the inner voices that drag people down and make them work in a positive way.

Make Your Shift identifies a five-step, easy to understand, groundbreaking approach, designed to make reaching higher levels of effectiveness a reality. The SHIFT™ approach, while strategic in nature, provides guidance in spelling out situational discovery:
•    SPECIFY the desired outcome
•    HIGHLIGHT obstacles and categorize
•    IDENTIFY the human factor
•    FIND alternatives
•    TAKE disciplined action
Following this five step process paves the way to overcome obstacles and move forward – the essential elements necessary to reach success.

I had a chance to review both books, and I am glad I did. We self-talk hundreds or thousands of times a day, and too often, that self-talk is negative: "I shouldn't have done that," "I wish..." and so on. Self-Talk for a Calmer You helps shift our way of thinking to be more forgiving of ourselves. Make Your Shift is an improved take on making SMART goals - not only does it help make goals, but it also helps overcome obstacles before they even happen, making it easier for those goals to be successful.

Beverly D. Flaxington is a Psychology Today blogger, Certified Hypnotherapist, personal and career coach, entrepreneur, college professor, business development expert, and three-time bestselling author. She cofounded The Collaborative, a sales and marketing consultancy that provides strategic and tactical support to help client firms and individuals reach higher levels of effectiveness and meet their goals. Flaxington has also been featured by several media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Lifetime television, Newsweek.com, Reader's Digest, and FoxNews.com.
Forever Home Rescue NE and Neponset Valley Humane Society receive a portion of book proceeds. For more information, visit The-Collaborative.com.

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