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: 105,076

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 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

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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.