Train your brain to help you manage your emotions, your habits, and yourself.
The Kirkus Review of Act from Choice describes it as “A thorough, conversational guide to aligning one’s habits and actions with one’s intentions.” After presenting the scientific evidence demonstrating how we acquire our regrettable habits, and how powerful they are, the author presents simple, proven, easy to use techniques for improving the way we manage those habits, our emotions and ourselvesEveryone says and does things they later regret. We do those things repeatedly, unable to restrain ourselves as often and as much as we want. They’re habits. Act from Choice will help readers manage those unwanted habits so they can be the way they mean to be.
Habits are unwanted when they violate our sense of ourselves and our values. They can include things like inappropriate angry outbursts, procrastination, breaking the diet or abandoning the exercise program. When unwanted habits have their way, our actions (or inaction) may leave us disappointed with ourselves, embarrassed and even out of integrity.
Management of unwanted, regrettable habits is central to self-management, to emotional intelligence, to strong personal and professional relationships and even to self-esteem. In Act from Choice: Simple tools for managing your habits, your emotions and yourself, to be how you mean to be, the author shares his first-hand view on how habitual patterns can stand in the way of achieving happiness, effectiveness and fulfillment.
Act from Choice is the result of Robert Goldmann’s research of the scientific literature and experience helping people see themselves and their situations more clearly in order to manage themselves more effectively. Seeing more clearly means seeing with a clarity that cuts through the biases and filters we're all subject to.
Drawing on his review of the research involving over 450 scientific articles and books on habitual behavior, Goldmann describes: what people do; why people do it; gives proof with examples; and describes how to manage unwanted habits. Case histories, along with novel, simple tools – many not previously available, show how to train the subconscious to wake a person up and bring them to self-awareness when unwanted urges are just beginning to form. That self-aware mind-space provides the perspective and openness necessary for resisting the impulse and making good choices, rather than mindlessly allowing impulses turn into action. That same mindful state is the foundation of emotional intelligence.
Written in accessible, conversational language, Act from Choice explains why we have the unwanted habits we do, and why they are so hard to manage. Then it goes beyond mere explanations giving readers the tools needed to manage habits more effectively.
The simple tools presented in Act from Choice will help readers manage their emotions, actions and themselves more successfully. Best of all, readers will find that the tools are easy to master, and begin to be effective right away.
“Goldmann thoroughly examines unwanted habits in this helpful book… [It] does an excellent job of describing how humans form and keep bad habits, and it offers a wealth of effective tools and exercises to remedy them... A thorough, conversational guide to aligning one’s habits and actions with one’s intentions.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Wonderful. A twofer— It is written in a style that any overweight smoker can understand and use, and is a finely crafted though easy to understand text book for professionals. A great gift, especially for people raised on guilt.” —Doug Jarvis. retired former Senior Vice-President, Cablevision Systems Corp.
"...Act from Choice [is] a self-management handbook to help you turn thoughts into action in a way that is posible, approachable, and foundational...This book is a guide for real action. It offers a step-by-step approach for improving your life using methods that work. ... The most wonderful aspect of this work is that every step of this guide has been considered from all angles and offered to the reader with kindness and humanity that will assist you in all aspects of your life. —Michael Kay, Financial Life Planner and author in Psychology Today
Robert Goldmann is a business and life coach. He coaches and mentors executives, business owners, professionals and others seeking to design and reach fulfilling business and personal goals. He is a meditation instructor, and a former CEO of manufacturing and financial service companies and facilitator of groups dealing with life‐threatening illness and bereavement.
Those experiences informed and motivated his self‐study of psychology and neurobiology that produced the perspectives and techniques he presents in Act from Choice.
His coaching practice, now in its 15th year, has given him a firsthand view of how habitual patterns stand in the way of achieving effectiveness, happiness, and fulfillment. And it’s been a proving ground for many of the techniques in the book.
Before undertaking a career in coaching, mentoring, and consulting, he was CEO of three technology and financial services companies, the largest of which had over $100 million in sales and 1,100 employees. Prior to becoming a CEO he held senior management positions in large public companies where he was responsible for corporate strategy, acquisitions, and marketing.
As to training, he has a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He has formal training as a coach, having graduated from CoachU. In addition, he has attended numerous retreats and workshops led by teachers such as Pema Chödrön, Jon Kabat‐Zinn, Stephen and Ondrea Levine, Reggie Ray, Sakyong Mipham, Alan Wallace, and his principal teacher, Tsoknyi, Rinpoche.
He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, with his partner, Victoria Self, close to his two daughters, their husbands and two grandchildren. He speaks on personal and professional growth, life balance, corporate strategy, and Buddhist topics and has led seminars and retreats on these and other subjects. He coaches mostly by phone, to clients in the U.S. and elsewhere.
These topics are explored, step by step in Emotional Intelligence In A Week. You will gain an understanding of EI through finding out about:
- Pessimism and optimism
- Key milestones in the development of EI-related concepts
- Measurement of EQ - a list of assessments
- Identifying the benefits of 'emotional fitness'
- How EI is learnable
- When you get emotionally hijacked
- How it will change you
- How and why to keep a journal.
Over this week-long course, you will cover:
- Sunday: Learn how emotional intelligence is relevant to you and how and why there are benefits to developing higher levels.
- Monday: Learn how heightened your self-awareness is and the implications on your life currently, for your personal life and as a leader of others.
- Tuesday: Learn about the mechanisms of self-control, emotional memory and consciousness to take control of behavioural patterns.
- Wednesday: Learn about stress identification and beneficial management strategies.
- Thursday: Diagnose and explore change in your organization to create change, manage uncertainty and gain momentum.
- Friday: Design and create a new emotionally literate culture, learning environment and a coaching ethos.
- Saturday: Learn how to design and tailor successful personal development.
Emotional Intelligence is a way of developing a well-balanced thoughtfulness in our lives.
The ability to use our thoughts and feelings to change our behaviour and create a positive influence on our surroundings, on our friends and our colleagues, is one which can produce fundamental improvements in our professional and personal lives. It will help us to lift our performance at work, enjoy better relationships and communicate better with those around us.
This book combines detailed, practical application of Emotional Intelligence principles along with insights from the fields of mindfulness and positive psychology to create a a powerful tool for change which you can use right away. It presents practical strategies to help you set and achieve new goals either at work or at home, and to engage effectively and positively with everyone around you.
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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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