The Power of Self-Coaching: The Five Essential Steps to Creating the Life You Want

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An easy program for freeing yourself from your mental and emotional traps-and leading the life you want and deserve

"This empowering book will teach, inspire, and coach you to break the habits of insecurity that prevent you from realizing your spontaneous inner potential for genuine happiness."
-John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

"There is nothing more empowering than accepting responsibility. Taking responsibility is not about assuming fault; it is about re-taking the helm and control of your journey in life. This book will help you navigate through the difficulties of personality and behavioral change to more emotional peace."
-Dr. Laura Schlessinger, author of The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands

Nobody is born insecure, angry, bored, or depressed. The fact is, happiness is our natural state and, as psychologist Dr. Joseph J. Luciani explains in this warm, witty, and empowering guide, chronic unhappiness is just a bad habit-a habit that can be broken.

It's much easier than you think! Based on Dr. Luciani's twenty-five years of experience helping patients unlearn reflexive, destructive thinking, The Power of Self-Coaching arms you with all the tools you need to free yourself from your mental and emotional traps. As you work through the many self-quizzes, training and coaching exercises, and Power Drills, you'll see yourself anew and feel yourself growing lighter, more spontaneous, and ready to take charge of your life.

A proven five-step program for reconnecting with the innate capacity for happiness, The Power of Self-Coaching gives you what you need to:
* Identify learned patterns of thought and feelings that are making you unhappy
* Use Dr. Luciani's celebrated Self-Talk techniques to develop new, healthy ways of thinking and feeling
* Eliminate boredom, hopelessness, chronic fatigue, and emotional numbness from your life
* Tap your full creative, intellectual, and emotional potential and live the rich, rewarding life you want and deserve

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471463604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471463603
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

Customer Reviews


4 people found this helpful.
 on February 6, 2015
By Ed Peterson
I am a licensed clinical social worker. I split my work time between being a therapist at a Drug & Alcohol treatment center and a therapy private practice. I found this book last yea by accident and it changed EVERYTHING.

Everybody loves me, I am so great!

 on September 21, 2017
By Mike in PA
For those of you that don’t know, my title comes from an old Simpsons episode. Regarding the book, I’ve always been a bit skeptical of people doling out books for self-improvement purposes. I don’t always think they have altruistic goals in mind and seem more interested in making a buck. Overall, this book is fairly well written, but if you’re able to really take an objective look at yourself, you could arrive at many of the concepts without having to read another person’s writings. If you’re not able to take feedback not only from family and loved ones but also strangers you meet in your daily life, this book maybe a value to you. Like I wrote, it’s not a bad book to at least get some concepts.

An Important Sequel

2 people found this helpful.
 on December 28, 2012
By Dagnat Canino
This book is a significant and important sequel to “Self Coaching.” Key concepts, such as Insecurity and Control–both inhibitors of self-understanding–are explored in more depth and with sharper analysis. The first book’s examination of our childhood insecurity is expanded to the ideas of “control” and “reflexive thinking,” which adults can see as factors in their present lives.

This can do the trick!

15 people found this helpful.
 on June 18, 2008
I had about given up on feeling better. It was just not meant for me. So I got this CD set (honestly, who could stand reading?) and listened while I drove to work. Then I listened some more. The things Luciani pointed out were so obvious and so stark from what I had over-analyzed before, it made a difference in my life immediately. It’s like lending someone your watch so they can tell you what time it is.

Fact or Fiction

3 people found this helpful.
 on October 27, 2012
By Amazon Customer
Since we are constantly bombarded with thoughts throughout the day of which many are negative in nature, the author points out a very important matter: Are the thoughts in our heads fact or fiction? He gives clear examples of what is fact and what is fiction. If we can separate these thoughts into fact or fiction, many of those worrisome thoughts which have plagued us since who knows when, will become apparent and we can deal with them in positive ways.

Excellent resource

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 21, 2014
By Vicki Hill
My life coach recommended this book to me and let me borrow her copy. This is probably the first “self-help” book I read cover to cover. And, I did that in a short amount of time. When I was done with it and faced with returning it I realized I did not want to part with it. I wanted this as a resource to refer back to at any time. That’s is why I bought this book. I had to own it for the excellent tool that it is for improving my relationship with my self.

A life saver

One person found this helpful.
 on December 28, 2014
By Avidreader11
Luciani’s perspective on life is refreshing. His theory that much of one’s suffering starts with ill-fated attempts to control life are spot on. I’ve read hundreds of self help books. This one I return to again and again to help deal with anxiety and has helped me live a fuller life. Thanks go to the author for a great work.

Defusing negative self-talk

9 people found this helpful.
 on July 17, 2009
By Scott Lloyd
This book uses what some refer to as cognitive therapy to defuse a person’s negative self-talk. I found it interesting but wished that the author would have given more tips for how to do this earlier in the book. The first three quarters of the book is basically an analysis of how you think to detect the level of dysfunctional self-talk you might have. The tests were illuminating and overall the book was worth reading.

This Book WILL Change My Life. Thank Goodness.

7 people found this helpful.
 on May 27, 2010
Reading this book is like hearing the proverbial angels singing with the new perspectives that the author provides. It is so well written and you get the feeling that the author truly understands you. It is extremely eye-opening, and it is also comforting to know that I’m not the only one with the feelings that he describes.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on November 23, 2016
By J. Harris
Great Read! Justin Harris, M.A. Counseling/Life Coach

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