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The quantum leap beyond positive thinking, Optimal Thinking offers a whole new way of looking at life, business and relationships. This self-improvement text is filled with valuable information for a wide range of readers. Be your best in every situation Maximize your talents, resources, and time. Make the most of every opportunity and achieve optimal personal and professional satisfaction. The successor to positive thinking, Optimal Thinking is the mental tool you need to achieve your ultimate life. This revolutionary, life-optimizing book shows you just how simple it is to sweep past the ordinary and even the extraordinary into the world of the highest and best. You will never settle for second best again You'll learn how to: * Ask the best questions and find the best solutions * Make the most constructive decisions in every situation * Maximize your enjoyment of everyday activities * Eliminate self-sabotage and experience the full power of your mind * Master disturbing emotions and stop unwanted behaviors * Function at your peak in business and personal relationships * Bring out the best in others, and much more "The quantum leap beyond positive thinking, Optimal Thinking offers a whole new way of looking at life, business, and relationships. This prescriptive self-improvement book is filled with superlative information for every type of reader." Rosalene Glickman, Ph.D., is a consultant who conducts seminars regularly and addresses large audiences throughout the world. She has been honored as Australia's Most Successful Woman and voted "Woman of the Year" for National Business Women's Week in Hollywood. Dr. Glickman lives in Los Angeles. Be your best in every situation
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Apr 4, 2002
ISBN 0471414646 ISBN13 9780471414643
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ROSALENE GLICKMAN, Ph.D., is a consultant who conducts seminars regularly and addresses large audiences throughout the world. She has been honored as Australia's Most Successful Woman and voted "Woman of the Year" for National Business Women's Week in Hollywood. Dr. Glickman lives in Los Angeles.
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What a joke! May 9, 2008
Unfortunately I bought this book based on the high ratings as well as the "praise" from some of my favorite writers - Ken Blanchard, Nathaniel Brandon, and Brian Tracy. What a mistake. There is absolutely nothing useful in the book. Maybe if I were 12 or 14 and just starting out on the road to self-improvement I might find a couple things interesting, but I would need to wade through a ton of BS to find it. I'm extremely disappointed. In fact I threw it in the trash rather than saving it for a garage sale just to put it out of its misery and save some reader from having to subject his or her self to the worthless content, and maybe end up throwing a rock through my window because I charged a nickel for it.
Take your thinking to the highest possible level. Feb 5, 2008
Without a question this book takes your thinking to a higher Level. When I was in the initial stages of my career change in 2002 this book was a great tool and inspiration. Now as I take my career to the next level in the recommendation age I have read this work once again. The pages here are of great assistance. The optimal who, what, how, why and when questions on pages 229 to 130 are precious. The "optimal questions for the present moment" are timeless. This book is the ultimately and optimally one of the best self assessment tools available. Plan to purchase this work. There will be no regrets.
A must read for all "positive thinkers" Nov 2, 2007
This book was a real eye opener for me. I've read hundreds and hundreds of books and came across many great ones. A lot of these books had to do with self-improvement and positive thinking. Even though I believe in being positive, I somehow always felt there's something missing and now I finally know what it was.
It's not about being positive alone, that's just not good enough, it might actually be totally wrong sometimes.
It's about being optimal, which means you're looking for what's really going on and how to make the best out of any situation.
Do yourself a HUGE favor and give Optimal Thinking a chance! I know you won't regret it! Actually this book deserves 6 stars, so come on and get it.
Classic guide to optimize personal and business success Aug 14, 2007
Optimal Thinking is the mental tool to maximize thoughts, strategies, execution, and success. This book differentiates suboptimal thinking from Optimal Thinking and shows you how to use this peak form of thinking in a consistent manner. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to make the most of their life by making the most of their thinking. In addition, I recommend Optimal thinking as the foundation for optimizing personal and business relationships and any corporate culture. And finally, I recommend Optimal Thinking: 100-Day Audio-CD Program for Permanent Results to make optimal thinking second nature.
Suboptimal Book Jun 10, 2007
This book opens with a questionnaire. Questionnaires are a valid tool in the social sciences, if used properly, and I happily wrote my answers down.
The questionnaire is followed by Chapter One, which asks, "Do you enjoy the best life has to offer . . .?" I further learned that this book "is for all who want to be their best and enjoy the best in life."
Although it was never explicitly stated, I quickly learned that this fuzzy concept of Optimal Thinking means using certain words: best, most, smartest, greatest, highest, outstanding, extraordinary, ultimate, perfect, etc., as well as optimize and maximize. Glickman never explicitly defines these concepts but she does contrast them sharply with mediocrity. Mediocre persons accept suboptimal, submaximal, and less-than-best situations. She teaches us to always ask ourselves what the best is and to go for it.
I tried working with Glickman. I really did. I assiduously created a notebook and wrote answers to all her questions and exercises. But by page 46, the end of Chapter Two, I threw in the towel. She had trained me to ask myself what the best use of my time was and plowing through this book was truly not it. This book is a hodge-podge of self-help truisms--a desultory series of exhortations to be our best.
I am writing this review not to damn Glickman, who no doubt is a well-meaning person genuinely wishing to help others, but to let this site customers know that there is a better alternative to this book. Read _The Feeling Good Handbook_, by David D. Burns. I first read it about three years ago, not expecting much from a work with such a sappy title. This book truly changed me. It changed me a lot. And for the better.
Burns's book has serious research behind it demonstrating that the methods it recommends have helped many, many people. The problem with Burns's book is that it takes a serious investment of time by the reader. It only works if you work. By work, I mean doing all the written exercises. I did them and I was glad I did. By doing those exercises I became a happier, more efficient person, better able to accomplish my goals.
One nugget that I have gleaned from Burns and others (_The Now Habit_, by Neil Fiore) is that demands for perfectionism are often self-defeating. As Voltaire once said, "the perfect is the enemy of the good." If you set yourself up to be satisfied only with the best, the highest, the ultimate, the perfect, you will certainly spend most of your life dissatisfied. That might be OK. You might decide that finding the perfect solution to global warming is more important than your own personal satisfaction. But I don't believe that you are more likely to find that solution if you are a perfectionist. I think you are more likely to find that solution if you are able to celebrate your successes and build on them. Be happy with the good and strive to make it better.
I believe that perfectionism is a trait that holds many people back from being their potential. I see Glickman's book as doing nothing to cure people of their perfectionist flaws.
It was because Burns's book was so good that I have been on the lookout for other books equally as good. That is why I purchased Optimal Thinking. The best thing you can do is not read _Optimal Thinking_ by Rosalene Glickman.