Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Calming the Choas + Giveaway

~ I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis: Far too many people in contemporary culture feel they don’t have enough time to “get it all done.” The stress of this chronic overwhelm creates a disorganized mind that leads to a chaotic life. Based on her highly acclaimed “Energy Management” workshops, and drawn from over 25 years of counseling and coaching experience, professional trainer and speaker Jackie Woodside shares her breakthrough methods that lead to becoming the least stressed, most productive person you know!

In Calming the Chaos, you will learn the step-by-step skills and thought processes that lead to increased productivity and peace of mind. Jackie’s approach stems from the new frontier of human performance called energetic consciousness. Part philosophy, part psychology, fully practical application, you will learn:

• Why there is no such thing as time management and what to do instead.
• How to manage your energy instead of your time and stress.
• The three-step formula for managing every component of your life for the rest of your life! 
• Why “to-do lists” are a set up for failure and what really works. 
• “The Three Strikes Rule” that will end procrastination for good!
• How to always know that you have the time for what you want and need to do!

Many books promise to change your life. Applying these principles will make this a reality!

One (or more) Sentence Summary: I have to let you all know, I was not in a good place in my life when I started reading Calming the Chaos.  I immediately starting changing my habits as I was reading the book.holy cow how my life has changed.  We all know we live in a "quick fix" world.  I know I do and my family does too.  However, change (especially in behavior) takes time.  It is not a quick fix.  

Section two of Calming the Chaos: Deepening Your Awareness as the Path to Change, hit me really hard.  I can't stand what the author describes as the "busy game."  The more busy you can tell people you are, the more important you are.  I know so many people that fall into this category, including myself.  I always think the more I do (work, home, kids school, community, church, etc.) the more people will value me.  What I realized is I am spread too thin and could do so much better all around by doing less (and saying no).

The Levels of Consciousness Model spoke volumes to me, especially the relationship with time.  It makes such a difference to be conscious of how we are actually spending our time.  I was so surprised to realize that what I thought was a "quick 5 minute stop" was more like 30 minutes. No wonder I am always rushing/late!

I really liked the Energy Drain Inventory Scoring Tool.  I was not surprised by my score based on what I had read in the book.  To summarize…I was drowning in clutter.  This took me right into learning the difference between busy and productive.  I don't want to be busy, I want to be productive.  The descriptions between the two made it very clear how I needed to change my behavior/energy in order be productive.  

My favorite quotes: 
~"Things are not happening to you, they are happing for you." (Howard Falco). 

~"We complain to others and ourselves that we need to slow down, to unplug and yet we do nothing about it. "

~"Change your consciousness and everything changes."

Calming the Chaos has helped me refocus and re-channel my energy.  So much has changed for me and my family.

Fast read/slow read:  Fast read

Cover:  Says it all!

What Others Are Saying:  Make sure you check out the rest of the iRead Book Tour stops.

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Jackie Woodside, CPC, LICSW is a psychotherapist, coach, speaker and author, specializing in the power of managing personal energy, rather than time or stress. An Amazon bestselling author of 'What If It’s Time for a Change?' and highly sought-after speaker on leadership and empowerment topics, Jackie conducts training programs for public, private and government sectors nationwide.

Connect with Jackie:  Website  ~  Twitter   ~  Facebook

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