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Don't Wait For Your Ship to Come In...Swim Out to Meet It: Tools and Techniques for Positive Lasting Change

Don't Wait For Your Ship to Come In...Swim Out to Meet It: Tools and Techniques for Positive Lasting Change

Gary Wood

ISBN: 978-1-841-12746-0

Apr 2008, Capstone

344 pages



For those battle-scarred veterans of self-help books, psychologist Dr Gary Wood has answers that actually work. He argues that for real changes in the life of real people we need real psychology. In Don't Wait for Your Ship to Come In, Swim Out to Meet It, he presents an end to 'yo-yo self helping.  This is a complete step-by-step program for personal development, based on the life-coaching techniques and evidence-based psychology that have made him immensely popular on British radio, TV and magazines. Written in his trademark, fun, conversational Dr Wood offers a wealth of tools and techniques for positive lasting change illustrated with exercises, quizzes and anecdotes. It covers everything from relaxation, to self-talk, to creative visualization, to goal setting. It also contains tools for enhancing anyone's creative capacity for change and overcoming self-sabotage. Throughout, the book focuses on personal strengths and solutions and contains tools for conducting a complete life review. Dr Gary Wood offers the challenge 'It's your life so take it personally'. This comprehensive, practical guide is a must for anyone who is truly serious about personal growth, empowerment and change.

The Intro.

Part One: From Insight to Ownership.

Chapter One: New Eyes: New Landscapes.

You, the viewing and the doing.

Chapter Two: Swimming Lessons.

Feedback not failure.

Chapter Three: Ducking and Diving.

You are what you value.

Chapter Four: SOS!

Support our strengths.

Part Two: From Ownership to Action.

Chapter Five: Lucidity and Stillness.

The opposite of stress.

Chapter Six: Getting in the Flow of Things.

Ready, steady, goal!

Chapter Seven: All That You Ever Imagined It Would Be...

Creative visualization, imagery and mental rehearsal.

Chapter Eight: Water Wings or Concrete Galoshes?

The power of self-talk.

Part Three: Less Distraction, More Action.

Chapter Nine: Don’t Rock the Boat!

Overcoming self-sabotage.

Chapter Ten: A Drop in the Ocean.

The power of contribution.

The Outro.

Further Reading and Resources.