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Best Version Ever
Josh Painter, author

Adult; Self-Help, Sex & Relationships, Psychology, Philosophy, Fashion; (Market)

Many of us spend our lives on autopilot: work, bills, chores, sleep, repeat, in a never-ending cycle. We live the life that others expect us to, and not the life we desire. In Best Version Ever: Discover the MAGIC of Becoming Extraordinary, Josh Painter provides an action-oriented and inspirational roadmap to escape the cycle of experiencing random motivational moments and then falling back into the same old routines. By following the M.A.G.I.C. formula (Mindset, Aim, Gameplan, Immersion, and Consistency), you'll learn how to shift your thinking from negative to positive, identify and narrow down goals, and develop lifelong habits that will make your changes sustainable. While other personal development programs offer short-term progress, the M.A.G.I.C. formula focuses on meaningful, lasting change. Best Version Ever is a lifelong roadmap to help you become extraordinary.
Mindset, Aim, Gameplan, Immersion, and Consistency: that’s the M.A.G.I.C. formula Painter offers up in this inspiring debut aimed at readers who might feel they’re living on “autopilot,”not pursuing—or even articulating—their dreams out of fear of risk or disappointing others. Each step in the formula urges readers toward a new outlook or technique on the road to reaching goals and creating a fulfilled and happy life. "Every successful person has a turning point, the moment they decide they’re not going to live a mediocre life anymore,” Painter writes. Best Version Ever is a resource guide to help readers reach that turning point. He shares his own story with warmth and humor, demonstrating through the telling that it’s okay to face these feelings—and dig deep into what you really want, need, and are capable of achieving.

This brisk, concise motivational guide showcases the power of goal setting, manifesting, consistency and hard work, with Painter offering anecdotes of his business endeavors in real estate and instances where he implemented the M.A.G.I.C. formula in his own life. The emphasis is on the practical, as Painter provides worksheets and trackers to help readers stay on task; each chapter’s "TAKE ACTION" questions and prompts encourage action steps toward achieving change. Painter breaks down each step in his formula chapter by chapter in clear and concise detail. Readers will take away from this book a plan of action to start accomplishing their goals in an effective, organized manner.

The spirit throughout is positive, focused on mindfulness, gratitude, structured planning, and creating healthy habits that make an easier road to success. Painter avoids making grand promises, instead demonstrating how his audience—business owners, college students, or anyone on a self-development journey—can make themselves into their "Best Version Ever"s, one habit-forming step at a time. He reminds readers that this takes work, commitment, a plan, and positivity.

Takeaway: This motivational guide offers a realistic "magic" formula to success and happiness.

Great for fans of: Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass, Catherine A. Sanderson’s The Positive Shift.

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A