Recommended Reading


Increasing Your Natural Power to Attract

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams by Chopra, Deepak. San Rafael, California: Amber-Allen Publishing and New World Library, 1994.

You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought (The Life 101 Series) by Peter McWilliams. Los Angeles, California: Prelude Press, 1988.

At a Journal Workshop: Writing to Access the Power of the Unconscious and Evoke Creative Ability by Progoff, Ira, Ph.D. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1975.

Making the Space and Time

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, effective way to banish clutter forever By Marie Kondo Vermillion 2014 The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and which bring you joy, and to do it all at once – and quickly. After that for the rest of your life you only need to choose what to keep and what to discard. The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight.

Power of Less, The: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and in Life by Leo Babauta New York: Hyperion, 2008 I really liked this simple book because I tend to try to do too much at once. Babauta says to focus on one big goal or major project at a time (a big goal takes six months to one year to complete) and you can have three projects going as well but one of those projects must support your big goal. Simple, but effective! Worth a read if you have too many projects or goals on the boil at once.

Clutter Control: Putting Your Home on a Diet by Campbell, Jeff. New York: Dell Trade Paperback, 1992. This is one of the best books on getting organized and getting rid of clutter. It’s simple and practical approach works on even die-hard packrats like me!

Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things that Really Matter by St. James, Elaine. New York: Hyperion, 1994. This inspiring little book is chock-full of easy things that anyone can do to simplify. It was the inspiration for my first book, Coach Yourself to Success. Salvation Army – (800) 95-Truck www.salvationarmy.org Goodwill – (301) 530-6500 www.goodwill.org Call for a pick up of your unwanted furniture, clothing, etc. or find out where the nearest donation site is located.

Speed Cleaning by Campbell, Jeff, and the Clean Team. New York: Dell Trade Paperback, 1987. A simple and easy system for cleaning your home in record time. Even has helpful tips on how to supervise a housekeeper or cleaner!

How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life (Signet) by Lakein, Allen. New York: Penguin Books, 1973. Practical tips on how to handle paper once, coping with information overload, creating time for yourself and much more.

When I Say No, I Feel Guilty by Smith, Manuel J. New York: Bantam Books, 1975. If you say yes more often than you should, read this classic for some straightforward guidelines to end the doormat syndrome once and for all.

Sanctuaries: The Complete United States–A Guide to Lodgings in Monasteries, Abbeys, and Retreats by Kelly, Jack and Marcia Take a real retreat to get away and find yourself in the process. This guide includes affordable places for people of all denominations.

Professional Secretaries International – (816) 891-6600 www.iaap-hq.org

Assist U – (410) 666-5900 www.assistu.com For a referral to a well-trained virtual assistant who will handle administrative, accounting and other tasks, contact Assist U. This company also trains people to become virtual assistants.

Merry Maids (800) WE-SERVE Tired of cleaning? Contact Merry Maids, a national cleaning service, to find a housekeeper in your area.

Diet Pik-Up – (888) 344-DIET No time to cook? Call for a distributor near you if you would like a week’s worth of nutritious meals delivered to your home.

The National Association of Professional Organizers – (512) 206-0151 www.napo.net The National Association of Professional Organizers is a non-profit professional association whose members include organizing consultants, speakers, trainers, authors, and manufacturers of organizing products.

Attracting Love/Friendship

How Not to Stay Single: 10 Steps to a Great Relationship by Tucker, Nita with Randi Moret. New York: Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1996. If you are serious about finding the right partner I’d highly recommend this excellent program. I have coached several clients through the ten steps outlined and it works!

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Albom, Mitch New York: Doubleday, 1997. A marvelous gem of a story that puts things in perspective and reminds us what is really important in life. I laughed and cried my way through it.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America www.bbbsa.org Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has been providing one-on-one mentoring between adult volunteers and children at risk since 1904. If you feel like you don’t have enough love in your life and you like children, this might be just the place for you.

Money, Wealth, Abundance

The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less by Jeff Yeager Broadway Books, 2008

How to Be Rich by Getty, J.Paul. New York: Jove Books, 1965.

The Richest Man in Babylon by Clason, George S. New York: Penguin Books, 1955. If you are having trouble saving 20% of your income, this short parable will be the inspiration you need.

How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt and Live Prosperously*: *(Based on the Proven Principles and Techniques of Debtors Anonymous) by Mundis, Jerrold. A straightforward, inspiring, easy-to-read book for anyone with any credit card debt. This book will give you the practical step-by-step process for getting out of debt permanently and shows you how to design a spending plan. The more closely you follow the plan, the sooner you’ll be out of debt. It worked for me!

Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Dominguez, Joe and Vicki Robin. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. This is a super book for helping you realize just how much you are spending and how much the stuff you buy is really costing you. The authors factor in not just your hourly salary, but also the time spent preparing and commuting for work-an eye-opening exercise. They show you how you can retire early and still live the American Dream on a shoestring.

Creating Money: Keys to Abundance (Roman, Sanaya) by Roman, Sanaya and Packer, Duane. Calif.: HJ Kramer, 1988. If you like New Age/spiritual, this one will be right up your alley. Full of great affirmations, exercises and meditations for attracting wealth into your life.

The Instant Millionaire: A Tale of Wisdom and Wealth Fisher, Mark. San Rafael, California: New World Library, 1990. If you are having trouble believing that you’ll ever reach financial independence, this book will help you shift your thinking. Short and easy to read, but don’t let it’s simplicity deceive you. It’s message is a good one: financial prosperity and a life well lived are goals we can all achieve is we understand and practice the principles of success.

Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised Hill, Napolean. New York: Fawcett Crest, 1960. A timeless classic on the power of thinking your way to success. Hill plainly makes the case that man can create nothing which he does not first conceive as a thought. Your thoughts are incredibly powerful.

Money Magnetism : How To Attract What You Need When You Need It by J. Donald Walters, California: Crystal Clarity Publishers, 1992. I like what J. Donald says about the mechanics of attraction, but some might be put off to his references to Jesus and God.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Middle Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!  Plata Publishing; 1 edition (August 16, 2011)

Alphasonics™ International and Dr. Mark Victor Hansen Attracting Infinite Riches Cuesta Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 466-7773 or 1-800-937-257435 A subliminal audio tape which suggests such ideas as, “I create prosperity; earning money makes me feel good; multiplying money is fun; I am happy about my wealth; rivers of riches are flowing to me.” All that you will hear is a babbling brook. Contact Alphasonics™ for more information on how subliminal tapes work and for information on all the other subliminal tapes that they carry.

Knowing What You Want

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly New York: Harper Perennial, 1990. A fascinating study on the state of consciousness called flow—a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to absolute absorption in an activity.

Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Living a Life That Matters by Glassman, Bernard and Fields, Rick. New York: Bell Tower, 1997. If you lack the motivation to start work on your own special project, this little book will inspire you. You will learn to use what you have and recognize your faults as your best ingredients.

Molecules of Emotion Cassette: Why You Feel the Way You Feel by Pert, Candace, B., Ph.D. New York: Scribner, 1997. A fascinating and scientific account by the neuroscientist who made the ground-breaking discovery of how emotions and health are linked at a molecular level.

Mutant Message Down Under, Tenth Anniversary Edition by Morgan, Marlo

Perfecting the Present

Shelter for the Spirit: Create Your Own Haven in a Hectic World by Moran, Victoria New York: Harper Collins, 1997. Everything you need to know to make your home a nurturing and restoring foundation for the rest of your life. With useful tips on home birthing, home schooling, and home business.

Living a Beautiful Life by Stoddard, Alexander New York: Avon Books, 1986. If you need some help in surrounding yourself with beauty and luxury, this book is full of ways to make your home a lovely oasis of tranquility. Ideas run the gamut from storing candles so that they burn longer to arranging mirrors. Includes many inexpensive ways to increase the quality of your daily life.

Creating Sacred Space With Feng Shui: Learn the Art of Space Clearing and Bring New Energy into Your Life by Kingston, Karen New York: Broadway Books, 1997. Feng Shui is the ancient oriental art of enhancing and harmonizing the flow of energy in your surroundings. This easy-to-follow guide shows you how you can apply the principles of Feng Shui to enhance the energy in your home or workplace and increase happiness and prosperity.

The Feng Shui Guild – (303) 444-1548 www.fengshuiguild.com Contact this organization for a referral to a feng shui practitioner in your community and obtain information on how you can use the principles of feng shui to create a nurturing environment.

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 820 Davis St., Suite 100 Evanston, IL 60201-4444 (847) 864-0123 www.amtamassage.org Call for a referral to a licensed massage therapist in your area.

Associated Bodywork and Masssage Professionals (ABMP) 28677 Buffalo Park Rd. Evergreen, CO 80439-7347 (800) 458-2267 www.abmp.com Call for referrals to massage therapists and well as other types of bodywork professionals.

Association of Image Consultants International (800) 383-8831 Call this number for referrals to a professional image consultants in your area. I recommend that you interview a few consultants before making your final choice.

Eat Right for Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia by D’Adamo, Dr. Peter J. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1996. The first sensible diet book I’ve seen that takes into consideration your blood type and then suggests the foods that work best for your body.

The Sensuous Woman New York: Dell, 1969. Tap into your sensual side and then get sexual! A fun and good basic guide to lovemaking for women.

A Natural History of the Senses by Ackerman, Diane New York: Vintage Books, 1991. If you feel you have lost touch with the sensual delights of this world, this book will reawaken and delight you. Diane covers smell, taste, touch, hearing and vision in this richly thorough and fascinating book.

Attracting What You Want

Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life (Gawain, Shakti by Gawain, Shakti New York: Bantam Books, 1978. Shakti’s classic book shows you how to attract what you want by visualization, meditation and affirmation. A great technique for increasing you intuition.

The Secret of the Ages by Collier, Robert (New York: Robert Collier Publications, 1984). An excellent book that explains the power of thought.

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity [10th Anniversary Edition] by Julie Cameron. I found two incredibly helpful tips in this book that helped me write my first book, Coach Yourself to Success. 1) Every day keep a journal. She calls them morning pages but you can write at night if that is when you have the time. 2) Take yourself out on an artist’s date to nurture your creative side. This applies whether you are a business person who wants to be more creative or an artist, sculptor, writer, etc.

Being Effortlessly Successful

Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by Leonard, George New York: Plume, 1992. This book outlines the five keys to mastery in any field or endeavor: instruction; practice; surrender; intentionality; and the edge. The key thing I learned from this book is that plateaus do not mean that you aren’t making progress. You are, but it just doesn’t look that way so keep on practicing and doing what you are doing and you will break through to the next level.

Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Taosports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life by Al Huang, Chungliang and Lynch, Jerry. New York: Bantam Books, 1992. T’ai chi expert Chungliang Al Huang and Olympic sports psychologist Jerry Lynch teach you the time-honored principles of successful performance. This book will help you let go of your obsession to win so that you can be effortlessly successful.


Life Coaching Books:

Coach Yourself to Success
Secret Laws of Attraction
New Career