It's Not Too Late: You Can Grow a Bright Future Starting Right Now

It's Not Too Late: You Can Grow a Bright Future Starting Right Now

by Lynn Fuentes

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Millions of adults are disillusioned, disappointed, and even despairing about the way their life has turned out. They may have worked hard and done what they were supposed to do, but the rewards they expected aren't there for them. Others may have made major mistakes and fear they will continue to be held back by them for the rest of their lives. Many find themselves living the lives that other people have designed for them or lives they have just drifted into. All of us have dreams we have let go of, hopes we think we can't realize, or plans that have fizzled out. Not only are we missing out on our dreams, but the world is missing the gifts we might have provided. In It's Not Too Late, Dr. Fuentes provides a simple step-by-step guide to creating the life we were truly meant to live. This book shows us how to resurrect our lost or "impossible" dreams, step onto a path of our own choosing, and succeed in achieving our most treasured goals. Using the Vision/Strategy/Action model that was so successful with her students, Dr. Fuentes helps readers to identify their hidden wishes and hopes and to understand why they have not yet come to fruition. She leads them in an exploration of their goals and shows them how to turn seeming obstacles into steppingstones. Then she gently helps them into those first crucial steps of making their dream a reality. The method outlined in this book is something that anyone can use. It does not require any special training or education. It can be applied to small problems and large ones. It works for goals as varied as helping an aging parent or restructuring a business operation. It can be used by individuals and by groups. The focus of It's Not Too Late is on practicality, do-ability, and specificity. At the end of the book, the reader will have in hand a fully worked out, realistic, and achievable plan for realizing their dream. The book can be used over and over again for new goals. Whether you are looking for a mate, hoping for a promotion, or wanting to begin a charitable project, you will see your idea in a new light, get clarity on the baby steps necessary to make it happen, and find yourself on the road to a new future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483579900
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 174
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr. Lynn Royster Fuentes has taught conflict management, personal development, and planning and goal setting at DePaul University and via her own company, Transformation Teaching, LLC. She holds numerous degrees, including a J.D. and a Ph.D. Dr. Fuentes is a lawyer, a trained mediator, and a personal development coach and has recreated her own life many times using the transformational techniques described in her book.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 11

Life Hasn't Turned Out Like I Thought It Would 11

Section I Vision 21

Chapter 1 Creating a Vision: What Wants To Emerge From Me? 23

Who Am I? 29

What Do I Value? 31

Are These Values My Own? 33

What Motivates Me to Change? 35

What Needs Am I Trying to Satisfy? 37

What About Myself Do I Love? 38

So What Is It I Want? 40

Questions for Reflection 41

Chapter 2 What Gets in My Way? 43

Am I Taking Responsibility? 44

Are My Current Situation and the Goals I Say I Want in Alignment with Who I Am? 45

Arc They My Ideas? 45

What Habits of Mine Are Related to This Goal? 46

What Have I Done in the Past That Has Worked and Not Worked? 49

What Beliefs Do I Have That Are Related to This Goal? 49

What About My Environment Needs to Change? 52

When Should I Begin? 53

Am I Looking for Revolution or Evolution? 55

Questions for Reflection 56

Chapter 3 Preparing for the Journey: Defining My Goal 59

Defining the Goal 62

Writing It Down 63

Describing the End Result 66

Making It S.M.A.RX 68

Questions for Reflection 74

Review and Questions for Section I 77

Section II Strategy 81

Chapter 4 Assessing The Environment: What Are My Resources and Obstacles? 87

Questions for Reflection 97

Chapter 5 Dealing With Obstacles: What Will Be My Biggest Hurdles? 99

Questions for Reflection 108

Chapter 6 Drafting the Plan: What Steps Should I Take? 111

Reviewing What You Have Discovered 112

Creating the Plan 114

Creating an Outline 115

Baby Steps 120

Action Steps 123

A Timetable 125

Reviewing Your Plan 127

Questions for Reflection 129

Review and Questions for Section II 131

Section III Action 133

Chapter 7 Getting Ready to Launch 137

Support Systems 142

The First Step 144

Questions for Reflection: 146

Chapter 8 Staying the Course: Dealing With Internal Saboteurs 147

Questions for Reflection 154

Chapter 9 Surprises: Dealing with External Saboteurs 155

Questions for Reflection: 162

Review and Questions for Section III 163

Afterword: Onward and Upward 165

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