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The path to personal and professional fulfillment is rarely straight. Ask anyone who has achieved his or her biggest goals or whose relationships thrive, and you'll hear stories of many unexpected detours along the way. What separates those who master these challenges and those who get derailed? The answer is agility - emotional agility.
Emotional agility is a revolutionary, science-based approach that allows us to navigate life's twists and turns with self-acceptance, clear-sightedness, and an open mind. Renowned psychologist Susan David developed this concept after studying emotions, happiness, and achievement for more than 20 years. She found that no matter how intelligent or creative people are or what type of personality they have, it is how they navigate their inner world - their thoughts, feelings, and self-talk - that ultimately determines how successful they will become.
The way we respond to these internal experiences drives our actions, careers, relationships, happiness, health - everything that matters in our lives. As humans we are all prone to common hooks - things like self-doubt, shame, sadness, fear, or anger - that can too easily steer us in the wrong direction. Emotionally agile people are not immune to stresses and setbacks. The key difference is that they know how to adapt, aligning their actions with their values and making small but powerful changes that lead to a lifetime of growth. Emotional agility is not about ignoring difficult emotions and thoughts; it's about holding them loosely, facing them courageously and compassionately, and then moving past them to bring the best of yourself forward.
Drawing on her deep research, decades of international consulting, and her own experience in overcoming adversity after losing her father at a young age, David shows how anyone can thrive in an uncertain world by becoming more emotionally agile. To guide us she shares four key concepts that allow us to acknowledge uncomfortable experiences while simultaneously detaching from them, thereby allowing us to embrace our core values and adjust our actions so they can move us where we truly want to go.
Written with authority, wit, and empathy, Emotional Agility serves as a road map for real behavioral change - a new way of acting that will help you reach your full potential, whomever you are and whatever you face.
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By Dan R Boatright on 10-25-16
WOW!!! Excellent Book!!!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely!!! One of the best books I have ever read!!
What other book might you compare Emotional Agility to and why?
On the Verge.... Cara Bradley’s debut book, revealing how to experience
“high-definition, high-voltage living” on purpose, every day.
What about Susan David’s performance did you like?
How to live at your greatest potential!!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me think claerly
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Daffodil Jones on 11-30-16
Best book on being human in the best possible way
I am ready to start the book over from the beginning. The author is a wonderful narrator of her own writing, which is crisp, direct, funny, poignant, compassionate, and practical. I wish I had read and understood these concepts and practices as a young adult. I might have avoided much unhappiness and many mistakes, and created better outcomes for myself and my family, friends, and coworkers. I can start putting these principles into practice right now.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful