The Horizons Life Coaching Bookshop contains 20 of the best books connected to Life and Business Coaching. They are presented here both to illustrate the foundations on which the Horizons Coaching practice is built; and to give our clients and prospective clients the opportunity to buy these books from Amazon UK.
The books are grouped into five sections: Life Coaching Classics; Positive Psychology and Happiness; Building Self Confidence; Mindfulness and Communication; and Small Business Growth.
The Inner Game of Tennis – by W Timothy Gallwey
This coaching classic has often been credited as being the book that initiated life coaching as a profession. It is a great read, even for someone with very little interest in tennis. But more importantly it was the first book to recognise that the key to playing better tennis is more about achieving a state of relaxed concentration than it is about worrying how, when and where to hit the ball.
How To Win Friends and Influence People – by Dale Carnegie
This is quite simply the most successful “Self-help” book of all time with over 16 million copies sold worldwide. Originally published in the 1930’s, the book is essentially about understanding and improving human relations. Fun, informative and extremely readable are just three of the descriptions frequently applied, as well as it being full of great stories about human behaviour.
Authentic Happiness – by Martin E P Seilgman
Written by the founder of the discipline of Positive Psychology, this ground breaking book provides a revolutionary perspective on psychology and a beacon for human behaviour in the 21st century. Professionals and the general public alike have found the book to be enormously enriching, especially for its practical self-assessment tools and for its joyful voice about what it means to be truly alive.
Happiness: Lessons from a new Science – by Richard Layard
Today most of us are richer, healthier and have better homes, cars, food and holidays than ever before. But we are no happier than we were 50 years ago. What is going on? Richard Layard uses philosophy, economics and psychology to answer key questions such as “What are the main causes of happiness?” and “What should we do differently to live more happily?”
The Happiness Hypothesis – by Jonathan Haidt
Subtitled “Putting Ancient Wisdom and Philosophy to the Test of modern Science” this marvellous book takes the reader on a journey from the writings of the earliest civilisations to the most recent findings of medical research into how our brains actually work. Its ultimate aim is to answer the question “Why do some people find meaning, purpose and fulfilment in life, but others do not?”
How To Be Happy – by Liz Hoggard
Based on the BBC TV series “Making Slough Happy” this very accessible book has been written by a professional writer and broadcaster, rather than a practicing psychologist. The result is a richly rewarding book packed with illustrative stories, helpful tips and advice based on real life experiments that were overseen by a team of experts from a wide variety of disciplines.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – by Susan Jeffers
This is possibly the greatest and certainly the most famous book on the subject of building self confidence. Recognising that all of us have fear in our lives to some degree, the book’s basic premise is that your aim should not be to get rid of your fears. You should feel your fear, but not let it stop you from doing things you really want to do. And it is in the doing that your fears will subside.
Out of Darkness: From Turmoil to Transformation – by Steve Taylor
This book is filled with amazing stories of enlightenment brought about by life's most difficult circumstances. As Susan Jeffers herself has said, it is a book that can help us to realise that we can always choose to make something good out of the worst that life can offer us, thereby greatly reducing our fears and inviting happiness to embrace us. A truly inspiring book!
The Confidence to be Yourself – by Dr Brian Roet
Sub-titled “How to Boost Your Self-Esteem”, this book introduces the idea of a spectrum of confidence. At one end is total confidence; at the other is insecurity and fear. The confidence-building technique described in the book encourages you to take up your position on the spectrum and work towards full confidence by following the exercises and many confidence booster tips.
The Power of your Sub-conscious Mind – by Joseph Murphy
This book has helped many people around the world achieve their goals simply by changing the way they think. The revolutionary techniques it contains are based on the principle that if you believe in something without reservation and picture it in your mind, you remove the subconscious obstacles that prevent you from achieving that end result, and your belief becomes a reality.
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide – by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
Life can be relentless, frantic and exhausting but it doesn’t have to be that way. Mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful meditative practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion and create a genuine joie de vivre; the kind of happiness that allows you to meet the worst that life can throw at you with new courage.
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life – by Marshall Rosenberg
This enlightening book looks at how to create compassionate connections with family, friends, and other acquaintances both at home and at work. Using stories and sample dialogues it provides solutions to communication problems based on identifying and articulating your feelings and needs in order to speak honestly and listen empathetically without creating hostility.
Emotional Intelligence – by Daniel Goleman
This fascinating book, based on scientific research and real-life examples makes the case for emotional intelligence being the strongest indicator of human success. It defines EI in terms of self-awareness, altruism, personal motivation, empathy and the ability to love and be loved. People who possess high emotional intelligence are the people who truly succeed in work as well as play.
The Power of Now – by Eckhart Tolle
Ekhart Tolle's message is simple: Living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. He is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.
Book Yourself Solid – by Michael Port
Aimed at service professionals, this invaluable book is described as “The fastest, easiest and most reliable system for getting more clients than you can handle, even if you hate marketing and selling”. The core message of the book is that you will succeed if you do something that you love doing for clients who you love to work for, provided you offer them a service they truly need.
5 Star Service: How to Deliver Exceptional Customer Service – by Michael Heppell
This book gives you over 100 instant tips, 50 examples of best practices, and multiple strategies to equip you with a winning edge to knockout your customers and help you: Delight your customers every time; Deliver remarkable results that will keep them coming back for more; Win more customers without spending a fortune; and get repeat orders and referrals from everyone you encounter.
Powerful Marketing on a Shoestring Budget: For Small Businesses – by Dee Blick
If you want results from your marketing but you don't have a big budget then this book will show how you can grow your business with some incredibly simple but powerful tips and tools. Real-life case studies of small businesses provide step-by-step guidance on key topics such as PR, direct mail, exhibitions, business networking, advertising and online marketing.
Get up to Speed with Online Marketing – by Jon Reed
This book explains in an easy-to-follow style all there is to know about promoting your small businesses online. It covers all the major online tools available including: Low cost websites, getting found on Google, e-mail marketing and e-newsletters, blogging, podcasts, online video (including You Tube); and promoting your business through social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.