Experts in the field of self help and wellbeing - coaches, counsellors, therapists and authors - agree that The Real Secret offers a transformative programme based on well researched science and genuine experience.
“I read hundreds of self help books each year and most all say very much the same and make little impact on my life. But from the moment of reading the first few pages of The Real Secret immediately knew this book was not in the same category. This is a book about doing. A work book that inspires you to do the work. I even tested out some of the exercises on myself and found myself making some immediate shifts. In these times of information overload it is not enough to have access to all this information. What makes a difference is when we apply what we know. This book is a great, easy to follow, self-directed guide to making lifelong, lasting changes. This will be one of those books I know I will be returning to year after year. Thank goodness we now know the secret of The Real Secret.”
Jackee Holder, Leadership & Management Coach, Writer & Inspirational Speaker
“The Real Secret is a book that needed to be written. And well written it is. These days there is so much valuable and useful information out there for those seeking change. But much of it is sensationalized and falls short of offering the practical planning and an implementation process that actually works. The Real Secret does the sorting for you, is packed with genuinely tested and helpful advice and puts it into a practical 12 Step program that is easy to understand and easy to follow. It should be on the ‘must read list’ for anyone genuinely seeking to transform their life.”
Michael Lee MA.
Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Author of Turn Stress Into Bliss
“This is a wonderful programme to bring you greater happiness and success in life. You can work through the 12 sections to make big changes, and use some of the brilliant tips to boost your confidence and self esteem. I’m recommending The Real Secret to all my clients."
Stephanie J Hale, Author of Millionaire Women, Millionaire You
"The notion of choice and personal responsibility lies at the core of every journey to healing. As a psychodynamically trained therapist, I have run a practice for twenty years and have used many self help and personal growth books to support my client's therapeutic journeys. There is no panacea for happiness or success in life, however The Real Secret offers a structured approach to gaining healthy emotional habits – a form of CBT if you like – which is therapeutically sound. I agree with the common sense approaches which keep its readers safely grounded in the real world.
Dot Palmer Fry BSc, RGN, RHV, BACP.
Executive Coach, Management Consultant and Psychotherapist
"The Real Secret offers you simple ways to take control of your life and inject it with positive actions.”
Ceril Campbell, Lifestylist & Director of Discover The New You self-image and makeover workshops, Author of Discover The New You
"The Real Secret truly is just that, offering a practical, holistic approach to taking control of everything from your finances to your thoughts. A method which doesn’t just tell you what to do, but also shows you how to do it. This book can be used by both young people and adults alike, it is a must for those who want to make significant changes and those who just want to want to make a small shift. Its techniques allow you to see the possibilities you have within you, listen to yourself and feel positive about the changes you will surely make. I found myself wanting to skip forward to the next exercise, knowing that with each word I read my thoughts were becoming more and more positive as the need to read was becoming greater and greater! I would recommend this book to anyone. It will enhance and may change your life.”
Alison Campbell, Hypnotherapist (HypDip), NLP Practitioner and Coach
"A refreshing return to reality! Following their successful audio and eBook, A Simpler Life (www.creativecontentdigital.com), Lucy McCarraher and Annabel Shaw’s The Real Secret offers even more simple, sensible self help. I love the practical step by step approach! The Real Secret doesn’t offer you the universe, but it does explain in a very accessible way how to raise your levels of happiness and what to do when things get tough. An antidote to the claims made in many self-help books that anyone can have anything they want if only they wish hard enough, The Real Secret offers practical, real-life strategies to help you take control.”
Lorelei King, Actress and Publisher
"Having written about mental health issues for many years, I find in The Real Secret a practical, positive programme that could be usefully implemented by almost anyone. Young or old, male or female, depressed or simply dissatisfied, The Real Secret's 12 Steps focus on key areas for building greater personal happiness. While I mistrust the way happiness has been adopted as a fashionable must-have in life, we naturally all want to feel as contented and at ease with ourselves and our lives as possible, and that is what this sensible, well-founded guide is offering."
Angela Neustatter, Journalist and Author
of Talking About Myself series of young people’s books and This Is Our Time - an adult guide to the challenges of mid-life
“As someone who has been involved in the personal development industry for over 20 years I can honestly say this is one of the best and most dynamic books on personal growth that I have ever read. The steps recommended by Lucy and Annabel and the guidelines given are backed up by real nuts and bolts quality research, science, and experience. This book really gives you a comprehensive and detailed step-by-step blueprint that tells you and also shows you exactly what to do to achieve long-lasting success in your life. This book is so needed. I personally intend to recommend this to our tens of thousands of qualified coaches and student coaches worldwide. It really helps people to get a clear understanding of what success truly is and how to achieve that within your life."
Gerard O'Donovan, CEO and Founder, Noble Manhattan Coaching;
President, International Institute of Coaching
“This worthwhile book will guide you through changed thinking and behaviour patterns, helping you to acquire useful skills and powerful insights to improve the quality of your life, work and relationships. Amongst self help books, The Real Secret is low on jargon and high on useful information and techniques. The strong format uses practical and psychological exercises which lead the way to greater autonomy, personal empowerment and making the choices you need to achieve the outcome that you want.”
Jane Matheson MBACP (Accred), Cert. Couple Counselling (Relate)
"The Real Secret gives me a step by step blueprint towards achieving a happy, healthy life. I love the plain English approach backed up by techniques used by experts. It's well written, pacey and the exercises are easy to understand and complete. The programme design enables me to dip in and out of the chapters easily. I will be recommending this book to all my clients".
Penelope Young, Author of Magnificent Ageing, Advocate and Coach
“As a writer with a background in science, I believe it’s never been more vital that reality fights back in the self-help book arena. Your personal happiness is far too important to be left to dangerous fads that have no basis in fact. The authors clearly mix deep empathy and life experience with rigorous scientific research and theory. The result is a breakthrough approach to the damaging obstacles that most of us face at some point in our lives and is the only life-improving manual I know that can be read comfortably by the regular guy, as well as by women.”
James L Clarke FIDM FRSA
"The Real Secret is a self help book designed for individuals to achieve happiness in their lives. It is written in an easy to understand and methodical way where readers can work step by step through the habit forming exercises. It empowers the reader to make changes, at their own pace, through well known and new techniques to take control of their life.”
Jenny Sladen, Personal Development Coach, JRS Life Coaching
“The Real Secret is a significant tool for anyone searching for personal development; a series of practical exercises and a passport to a future of your choosing. I recommend this modest but very powerful book to all my patients.”
Bernadette Dowling BSc, Medical Herbalist
“If you've ever felt you could do with a friend with a no-nonsense, uncompromising approach, able to offer advice on how to successfully transform your 'stuckness' in life, this book is that friend. Though in our heart of hearts we know that nothing can trump hard work, effort and exercise, it's too easy to succumb to the allure of the many self-help manuals out there that offer quick fixes and magic bullets. Labouring under no such illusions, this book examines the real nitty-gritty of what lasting personal change is all about whilst offering practical suggestions that break down the tasks into do-able and achievable chunks. What's more, the advice and techniques are backed up by a wide range of credible sources. I happily recommend this book to all my clients.”
Carmen Harris, Energy Healer, TV script writer, Children's Author, Educational Mentor
“McCarraher and Shaw have created an elegant how-to guide that is both easily accessible and based in sound scientific research. This book is perfect for anyone who is new to the path of personal transformation, or who has struggled to implement the Law of Attraction in their life.”
LeeAnn Mallorie, Somatic Coach & Nia Technique Instructor
"The Real Secret is an accessible and readable popular book with a comprehensive bibliography that backs up its main points. The book debunks myths around 'thinking yourself well', has a good simple chapter on improving relationships including tips on empathic listening; some useful information and exercises on how to manage stress, anxiety (fight and flight effects) as well as some clear practical steps to aid setting achievable goals based on CBT principles.
Barbarette Mortimer, Psychotherapist, MBACP (Accred)
“This inspirational book takes us right back to basics. It reinforces the truth that our happiness lies within ourselves. The Habits of The Real Secret are simple, positive steps for achieving a rich and fulfilled life. An easy and enjoyable read, to be recommended to anyone who is ready to make changes to get more out of life.”
Judy Reeves, Stress Management Consultant
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