Achieving Balance: A Simple Book That Will Change Your Life

Achieving Balance: A Simple Book That Will Change Your Life

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By (author) Allan Willis, Illustrated by Carien Yatsiv

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  • Publisher: Manicboy Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 11mm | 432g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Penn
  • ISBN 10: 0957306903
  • ISBN 13: 9780957306905
  • Illustrations note: 60 b/w line drawings
  • Sales rank: 106,903

Product description

The balance that you feel is determined by the degree of alignment of your self image with who you really are. Reflecting the author’s quest, this book explains the main elements of balance and how to apply them to your life. The concepts are presented in an accessible, simple and visual way to make them understandable and digestible to a wide audience. Understanding and achieving balance does not have to be a difficult path. Everything you need to know is in the book. All that is required is an open mind and a willingness to change old habits. Everyone’s journey in life is different, but the principles of balance like the laws of physics, are the same for all of us. They can be learnt the hard way or the easy way.

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Author information

Allan Willis was born in 1966 and lives in Buckinghamshire, England. What qualifies someone to write a book on balance? For me, it is the combination of studying the subject and additionally, and perhaps more importantly, through practical life experience. On a practical level experiencing a lack of balance, or imbalance, is just as important to the learning process, if not more important, than experiencing balance. It is like sailing a boat, you do not learn how to sail on a calm sea, it is only when a storm happens that you really learn how to sail. My life experience has been extreme and this has given me a passion for balance. My personal quest to find balance has been all consuming and I have read literally hundreds of books along the way. Looking for answers relating to balance has been driven as much by necessity as anything else. And finally my 25 year journey has culminated in a simple book about balance that will help people. The journey I have taken has value because I am able to give something back. Importantly I can help others avoid the pain that a lack of balance inevitably results in. I realised that the principles of balance that have taken me so long to discover apply to everyone, we are all simply reinventing the wheel. I set out to create the most comprehensive and yet simple to understand guide to balance that answers the questions 'What is balance?' and 'How to apply balance to your life?'. It was important to me that the book was very visual and this is why Achieving Balance contains over 60 artist's illustrations. Over the years I have been a moneybroker in the city of London, an entrepreneur, a knowledge broker and latterly a mentor to entrepreneurs, and those seeking to fine tune their 'perceptive awareness'. I have found that 'giving back' is just as important as 'taking out'.

Customer reviews

By Andy 07 Jun 2013 5

An excellent book written by someone who has been there, seen it & done it. This author obviously wants to share his experiences to help other people achieve greater balance in their lives. I found it a very simple book to read, but so meaningful for us all especially in today's society where we're all running around at 150mph trying to find the essential equilibrium for work, family, children, friends, hobbies etc. Personally, i thought my life was fairly balanced but after reading this book, i have found many areas of my own life that i can work on to achieve more stability, contentment & happiness. This book can help everybody, irrelevant of religion, culture, nationality, age or marital status. I've ordered several other copies to give to friends & family (& enemies!!). Great job Mr Willis. I look forward to your next book.

By Martin Beckley 22 May 2013 5

I would not typically read a book like this, however, I am so pleased that I did! There will come a time in your life when reading this book, will make so much sense to you. All the chapters add value to where you are now and where you would like to be in the future. I love the simplicity of the book, the clear explanations and the writing style. I have recommended this book to so many friends and especially my wife as I believe this will only enhance our life. Well Done Allan, very well researched and written

By Angela Carter 26 Apr 2013 5

This book is very straight & to the point; clear & concise ...
This book defiantly gives helpful, positive steps to achieving balance without feeling overwhelmed whilst reading.The suggestions the author presents is explained effortlessly.. and you wonder why you haven't done anything about it previously !!!Extremely recommended to everyone just trying to get through life.

There is also a fantastic recommended reading list at the back of the book to expand on "balance".
A reference book for LIFE

By Sarah Davison 02 Dec 2012 5

Achieving balance is concise and to the point. It contains many ideas and concepts relating to balance and these are presented in an accessible way.
By the time I had finished the book I felt different to when I had started it, but I couldn't quite put my finger on why! (But it was a positive feeling)
There is a recommended reading list at the end of the book which is useful and a piece about the author which is probably worth reading before you start the book.
I have read a few self help and personal development books over the years but Achieving Balance sits head and shoulders above them, in my opinion, because it feels like the author is talking to you personally and the content is of a very high quality. Gaining the knowledge about balance is one thing, applying it is another, but the book gives you many pointers on how to practically apply balance to your life. I think it is the sort of book that you can refer to over the years to make sure you are still on track. To summarise, this book will save you many years of doing the wrong things, it is very well written and the illustrations make it a pleasure to read. I would definitely buy a copy and read it! I found it to be tremendously empowering.

By Crispin 05 Nov 2012 5

This excellent book is elegantly written and well illustrated. There is so much food for thought here. So often books that offer help or self-help become so bound up in their own methods and perspectives that they are of little use to real people facing the real challenges of life. However there is nothing cultish in "Achieving Balance" nor any appeal to embrace a new manifesto, just an opportunity to think more clearly about life and its priorities. It's well organised too - it's so easy to dip in and find your thought for the day. Add this book to your library - it's clear, unpretentious and absolutely worthwhile.

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"A balancing act - we couldn't resist Achieving Balance by Allan Willis" Balance Magazine "Author aims to help readers find balance in life - his new book will reach out to people across the world hoping to find balance in their lives" Bucks Free Press "I believe that if you have got something that is really worth saying then you should be able to say it in a simple way" This is London Local "Life changing answers in highly rated book" Duffield Scene "This book is truly inspiring and refreshing" Rob Lowe, Author of The Eccentric Universe"

Table of contents

Part One What is balance?; The following aspects of balance are explained in a simple and visual way; 1. The Emotional Rollercoaster; 2. Respect of Boundaries; 3. Self Reference and Object Reference; 4. Change and Uncertainty; 5. The Love Triangle; 6. The Ocean and the Drop; 7. Interdependence is a higher value than Independence and Dependence; 8. The Engine Driver and the Passenger; 9. Fear - the Ego's best friend; 10. Mindfulness; 11. Life gives you what you Need and not what you Want; 12. The Holistic Jigsaw; 13. What does Mind, Body and Spirit really mean?; 14. The Law of Attraction. 15. The House of Smoke and Mirrors; 16. The Field of All and No Possibilities; 17. Brain Chemistry; 18. The Cognitive Process; 19. Beliefs, Values and Behaviour; 20. Are you a Giver or a Taker?; 21. Karma; 22. The Inflatable Lifestyle -the House of Cards; 23. Time - the most precious Commodity; 24. What has Value in your Life and what doesn't?; 25. Fulfilling your Potential; 26. The Natural Frequency and Flow of Life; 27. What is Reality? - the Observer and the Observed; 28. Are we Real or just Virtual Reality?; 29. Acceptance - the Holy Grail of Balance; Part Two How to apply balance to your life?; 1. A Peaceful Mind is a Productive Mind; 2. Becoming more Efficient; 3. Practise Non - Judgement; 4. Feedback is your Best Friend; 5. Balancing your Battery; 6. Tuning into the Moment; 7. Life is Predictable - How do I overcome the Fear of changing it? 8. How do I avoid experiencing my own Prejudice and Bias?; 9. The Wish List - What do you Want?; 10. Connecting with the Infinite supply of Universal Energy; 11. Take a few moments for your Daily Appreciation; 12. Positivity and a Positive Mindset; 13. Turning your Dreams into Reality; 14. Meditation - Taking time to be a Passenger; 15. Food and Drink - Your Personal Chemistry Set; 16. There are two sides to every Coin - Why not pick the Positive side?; 17. Cut the ropes on the Guilt Hot Air Balloon; 18. The Three Choices that apply to Everything; 19. Nobody can upset you - You can only upset yourself; 20. Be Honest with yourself - Take a long hard look in the Mirror; 21. Give a little bit of yourself - Life is not just a Spectator Sport; 22. Detaching yourself from the Outcome; 23. Trust your instincts and listen to your Inner Compass; 24. Focus on the People who Matter; 25. A Problem shared is a Problem halved; 26. Break the Habit of breaking Promises to yourself; 27. Recognising where you Are and how to Restore Balance.