I’m delighted to announce that my book ‘Soar – Powerful Questions that will transform your life’ is now back in print, just in time for Christmas stockings! . (It’s available in eBook format too.)
At the beginning of the summer the first edition sold out. For the second edition, I resisted the temptation to expand on the themes and frameworks I share in it, because if I did, Soar would be a different book and I’ve more books to write. I have purged some quotes from this edition. Although they were still meaningful, the credibility of their source is not what it once was (think disgraced cyclists and reality TV stars turned politicians!) There’s is a new introduction and I had fun tweaking the cover design with the graphic designer.
Over the last few years, I’ve treasured the emails and comments from readers of Soar who have shared with me how this book inspired them to make changes in their lives. I’ve been particularly delighted that many people entering the field of coaching have referenced Soar as a valuable resource of questions, both to reflect on themselves and to pose to their clients.
Here’s what a few readers have said –
“Soar gave my brain the workout it needed. I loved every word, it sucked me in and trained me how to turn negatives into positives.”
“So many useful tips and insights. It was like sitting down with James and having a chat over a cuppa.”
“I loved giving myself permission to write down what I want. So simple, but so powerful.”
As I often say to audiences and to my personal coaching clients, no one is more expert on you than you are. No one outside of you can determine what is right for you. All a book like Soar can do is offer insights and questions that are a key for accessing your own wisdom.
Reading Soar again myself this summer, I was reminded of insights and questions I’d forgotten. My wish everyone delving into Soar is that the words on the page will stir something in you, a thread of excitement, an idea, a new possibility.
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Let me give you a little more detail about the book itself.
Einstein once said that if you gave him an hour to solve a problem, and his life depended on getting the right answer, he would spend 55 minutes figuring out what questions to ask. ‘For if I knew the proper questions,’ he said, ‘I could solve the problem in less than 5 minutes.’
‘Soar- Powerful Questions that will transform your life’ was written because I have found that by changing the questions I habitually asked myself, I was able to transform my life. In the book, I describe how I enhanced my confidence (Chapter 6,) found and developed a wonderful personal relationship (Chapter 7,) took my career to the next level (Chapter 8,) and had more fun in life (Chapter 11,) all by using these powerful questions. Countless clients have reported similar transformations and their stories are also shared.
Why are questions so important? The ability to purposefully determine the questions we habitually ask ourselves means we are in charge of our thoughts. If we are in charge of our thoughts, we are in charge of our behaviour. If we are in charge of our behaviour we are in charge of our results. If we are in charge of our results we are shaping our destinies. People often say ‘just think positive,’ this book shows you how to think positively.
Soar is written in a conversational, personal and therefore I hope, authentic style. My story and the experiences of the people I have worked with illustrate to the reader how the questions, techniques and frameworks in the book can be used to great success. In most chapters there are additional insights labelled ‘Top Tips.’ The book is also peppered with relevant inspirational quotes.
Section 1 poses the most powerful question of all ‘what do you want?’ It also contains powerful questions to assist and challenge you to overcome their obstacles to inertia. From ‘tackling limiting beliefs’ to showing the reader how to ‘move beyond their comfort zone’ the powerful questions asked serve to motivate the reader into taking that critical first step.
Section 2 allows you to examine seven areas of your life in more detail. The seven areas being -Emotions, Relationships, Career, Finances, Health, Fun and Fulfilment.