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David Edwards
New You! Who Knew?
Life is messy. It flashes by as you wonder what your future will be and how to influence it. You struggle to take charge of your life and it’s frustrating. Trying new things never works as well as you hoped. Why isn’t your story as wonderful as those you read about? YOU are the focus in New You! Who Knew? Each chapter helps you build the core skills you need for everything else to fall into place. The surprising but enduring foundations encourage you to build a life to be proud of. Without these, many people experience unnecessary frustration and disappointment. Be the captain of your own life! Follow step by step to learn the fundamentals needed to overcome challenges, accomplish goals and persist when the going gets tough. By making the principles your own, every relationship and effort will improve, guiding you to lead your own way through life.
Building upon the core premise that "where you are today is a fact but not the limit of your personal growth and potential,” Edwards introduces readers to the concept of intrinsic motivation and its core elements of self-esteem and self-efficacy. Written for those wanting to create a personal “vision of what a great life looks like,” this inviting self-improvement guide lays out in great detail what Edwards calls “the foundations” of a more productive, balanced, and connected life: the skills it takes to overcome the physical, financial, and structural constraints that often prevent people from reaching their capacity for growth. Edwards argues that capacity is “limitless.”

While extensive, the guide essentially consists of two main sections covering the core elements that make up personal motivation. The first half focuses on self-efficacy, featuring a four-step process for discovering the personal values individual to you and your life. He argues, “The ultimate epitaph for any person would be ‘(Your name) lived his or her values perfectly.’” The second half walks readers through the elements of self-compassion: self-kindness, mindfulness, and humanity. A summary highlighting key skills and takeaway points is at the end of every chapter, alongside a blank PQ4R (Preview, Question, Read, Reflect, Recite, and Review) page designed to help readers process and retain the information.

Sprinkled with affirmations and thought-provoking questions, New You, Who Knew? breaks down concepts of motivation, self-esteem, and goal setting in friendly, relatable language. Drawing upon over thirty years of professional experience serving underprivileged communities, Edwards maintains that true motivation is personal and “directly tied to what is important to you.” He backs his assertion with scientific research on growth mindset, thought patterns, and resilience. Unlike other self-help guides, Edwards emphasizes the importance of having a set of clear, established boundaries which helps to avoid regrets, while creating a solid foundation for goals and personal development.

Takeaway: This guide to personal motivation emphasizes core values, self-esteem, and compassion.

Great for fans of: Stephen R. Covey, Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements .

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