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Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation

ISBN: 978-0-7879-8879-1
240 pages
August 2007, Jossey-Bass
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Written by a former professional baseball player whose career was ended with an injury to his pitching arm in the middle of his third season, Focus on the Good Stuff is filled with passion, authenticity, and humor. Author Mike Robbins offers a step-by-step program with exercises for overcoming negative influence and obstacles, creating a truly grateful approach to life, and establishing an environment that can support success and peace of mind.
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Table of Contents


Richard Carlson.




1. What's Wrong out There?

2. What's Wrong with Me?


3. Principle 1: Be Grateful.

4. Principle 2: Choose Positive Thoughts and Feelings.

5. Principle 3: Use Positive Words.

6. Principle 4: Acknowledge Others.

7. Principle 5: Appreciate Yourself.


8. It's Not What We Know, but What We Do That Matters.


About the Author.

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Author Information

Mike Robbins, former pitcher with the Kansas City Royals organization, is a sought-after keynote speaker, consultant, and coach. His clients include AT&T, Chevron, the U.S. Department of Labor, Kaiser Permanente, New York Life Insurance, and Stanford University. To find out about his speaking, products, and services, visit www.mike-robbins.com.
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"Mike Robbins brilliantly teaches us how to bring more appreciation and gratitude into our lives, our relationships, and our world. His new voice and fresh perspective are powerful. I highly recommend this book."
—Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love

"Mike Robbins is a role model of love and gratitude. His message of appreciation comes from his heart and there is no one better to teach these important lessons!"
—Rich Dutra-St. John MA, MFT, Co-Founder of Challenge Day and co-author of Be the Hero - You've Been Waiting For

"Mike Robbins’ message of appreciation is powerful. He writes and speaks directly from his heart in a way that makes a real difference. This is a truly transformational book that will change lives."
—Lee Glickstein, author of Be Heard Now! and founder of Speaking Circles International

"Mike Robbins has an amazing ability to inspire people through his passionate, authentic, and open-hearted approach to appreciation. This book will have a positive impact on your life."
—Rich Fettke, author of Extreme Success

"Mike Robbins reminds us to focus on the very best aspects of ourselves and those around us. Written in his compelling and compassionate voice, this book is much-needed consciousness raising for people who want successful relationships and fulfilling lives."
—Susan Page, author of When Talking Is Not Enough

"Focus on the Good Stuff is a remarkable book. Appreciation, as Mike Robbins teaches, can transform your life and help you attract what you truly want."
—Christopher Andersonn, author of Will You Still Love Me if I Don't Win?

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Press Release

August 01, 2007
Focus on The Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation

Focus on the Good Stuff first explores the many challenges involved in expressing and experiencing appreciation and gratitude in our lives. The book then presents readers with simple yet effective ways to exercise the power of appreciation in everyday life. By taking this journey, readers will:

  • Experience the positive impact of appreciation on yourself and those around you
  • Learn how to be grateful for your life—right now
  • Gain insight into using your thoughts, feelings, and words to create circumstances and relationships that you appreciate
  • Consider how to acknowledge other people from your heart
  • Explore appreciating yourself in new and profound ways

Focus on the Good Stuff is filled with action items, ideas, and suggested practices. It is easy to take what you learn in Focus on the Good Stuff and apply it to your life right away.

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