More from and about
Cheryl Richardson
(biographical info at bottom of page)

  

When we ignore our feelings and allow others to rob us
of self-esteem, or hide our greatest assets out of a fear
of becoming the target of another's jealousy, we
commit an act of self-betrayal.

   

How is your life limited by your fear?  What are you not doing that you'd really like to do?  When we use fear to our advantage by tackling those things that evoke a sense of excitement and trepidation, fear becomes and ally.  Each experience provides a challenge and an opportunity to expand your comfort zone.  The way to create an extraordinary life is to make the challenge of fear work for you by building your courage muscles.

      
You have deep within you the power to fulfill your highest vision of your life.  To engage this power you must develop a solid personal relationship with yourself.  By doing so, you'll tap into a wealth of inner strength that will allow you to take the necessary actions that build confidence and self-esteem.  When you learn to stop hiding your power and use fear to your advantage, you'll become less attached to what others want for you and more attached to what you want for yourself.  As this shift occurs, you'll naturally begin to lead a more authentic and passionate life.
  
When you make a choice to be of service to others, you gain the courage and sense of determination that will fuel your efforts.  With a solid vision in place, you also become less concerned with your individual fear or self-doubt and more committed to taking the actions that will support your larger vision.
   

By teaching our children to stay in line we create well-behaved followers.  While this may make parenting a bit easier, it has enormous costs later in life.  These same children grow up to be unhappy adults who desperately want to lead their own lives, yet lack the necessary skills to do so.

     

To create a larger vision for your life, you need to identify how
you would most want to improve the quality of life for others.

   

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There are things to remember about setting boundaries.
You don't need to overexplain, defend, or debate your
position.  Your needs are always valid.

   

When you allow a friend or family member to dump their
anxiety or frustration on you, it not only affects your emotional
and physical well-being, it buys them more time to avoid
dealing with the problem.

   

We have been trained to surrender our power early in life.  Each of us
has been taught to live by the rules imposed on us in both subtle and not
so subtle ways by generations of parental influences, societal demands,
religious expectations, and educational training.

   

    
Cheryl Richardson is the author of the New York Times bestselling books Take Time for Your Life and Life Makeovers.  She was the first president of the International Coach Federation and hold one of its first Master Certified Coach credentials.  She is also the recipient of the 2000 Motivational Book Award for Life Makeovers from Books for a Better Life.  Her work has been covered widely in the media, including numerous appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

From her website at cherylrichardson.com:

For the last twenty years Iíve dedicated my personal and professional life to the importance of self-care by teaching from my own experience. In the past, Iíve sacrificed my health and my relationships for work, given to others at the expense of my own needs, and watched my dreams slip through the cracks of a busy life. As a result, Iíve learned a lot about what it takes to put an end to the madness. And, as I grow and evolve, I share the practical tools and resources I use myself, in the hopes that it helps you to improve your own life.

Self-care is good for the planet. From years of personal experience, as well as coaching great men and women, Iíve come to understand that selfishness leads to selflessness. When we care deeply for ourselves, we naturally begin to care for others Ė our families, our friends, our greater global community, and the environment Ė in a healthier and more effective way. We tell the truth. We make choices from love instead of guilt and obligation. And we soon realize that weíre all connected and that our individual actions affect a greater whole.
  

    

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Yes, life can be mysterious and confusing--but there's much of life that's actually rather dependable and reliable.  Some principles apply to life in so many different contexts that they can truly be called universal--and learning what they are and how to approach them and use them can teach us some of the most important lessons that we've ever learned.
My doctorate is in Teaching and Learning.  I use it a lot when I teach at school, but I also do my best to apply what I've learned to the life I'm living, and to observe how others live their lives.  What makes them happy or unhappy, stressed or peaceful, selfish or generous, compassionate or arrogant?  In this book, I've done my best to pass on to you what I've learned from people in my life, writers whose works I've read, and stories that I've heard.  Perhaps these principles can be a positive part of your life, too!
Universal Principles of Living Life Fully.  Awareness of these principles can explain a lot and take much of the frustration out of the lives we lead.

         

Other people: 

Alan Watts
- Albert Einstein - Albert Schweitzer - Andy Rooney - Anne Frank
Anne Morrow Lindbergh - Anne Wilson Schaef - Annie Dillard - Anthony Robbins
Ari Kiev - Artur Rubenstein - Barbara Johnson - Benjamin Disraeli - Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Hoff - Bernie Siegel - Bertrand Russell - Betty Eadie - Booker T. Washington
Charlotte Davis Kasl
- Cheryl Richardson - Cristina Feldman - C.S. Lewis - the Dalai Lama
Dale Carnegie - Deepak Chopra - Don Miguel Ruiz - Earl Nightingale - Elaine St. James
Eleanor Roosevelt - Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross - Ralph Waldo Emerson - Emmet Fox
Frederick Buechner
- George Bernard Shaw - George Santayana
George Washington Carver - Gerald Jampolsky - Harold Kushner
Harry Emerson Fosdick - Helen Keller - Henry David Thoreau - Henry James
Henry Van Dyke - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Henry Ward Beecher - Hugh Prather
Immanuel Kant
- Iyanla Vanzant - Jack Canfield - James Allen - Jennifer James - Jim Rohn
Joan Borysenko
- Joan Chittister - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - John Izzo John Ruskin
Joni Eareckson Tada
- Joseph M. Marshall III - Julia Cameron - Kent Nerburn
Khalil Gibran Leo Buscaglia - Leonard Jacobson - Leslie Levine - Lucinda Bassett
Lydia Maria Child - Lynn Grabhorn - Marcus Aurelius - Marianne Williamson
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Maya Angelou - Melody Beattie - Michael Goddart - Mitch Albom
Mohandas Gandhi
- Morrie Schwartz - Mother Teresa - M. Scott Peck - Nathaniel Branden
Nikos Kazantzakis
- Norman Cousins - Norman Vincent Peale - Og Mandino - Oprah Winfrey
Oriah
- Orison Swett Marden - Pau Casals - Peace Pilgrim - Phillips Brooks
Rabindranath Tagore
- Rachel Carson - Rachel Naomi Remen - Rainer Maria Rilke
Ralph Waldo Trine - Richard Bach - Richard Carlson - Robert Frost - Robert Fulghum
Robert Louis Stevenson
- Russell Baker - Sarah Ban Breathnach - Shakti Gawain
Soren Kierkegaard - Stephen Covey - Stephen C. Paul - Sue Patton Thoele - Susan L. Taylor
Sylvia Boorstein - Thich Nhat Hanh - Thomas Carlyle - Thomas Kinkade - Thomas Merton
Tom Walsh
- Victor Cherbuliez - Wayne Dyer - Wilferd A. Peterson - Willa Cather
William James - William Wordsworth - Zig Ziglar - Rhonda Byrne - Neale Donald Walsch
Carl Jung
- Desmond Tutu - Paulo Coelho - Jon Kabat-Zinn - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Walt Whitman