Today’s Book of the Day is Finding Your Own North Star, written by Martha Beck and originally published in 1997 by Harmony.
Martha Beck holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and is a bestselling international life coach, speaker, and author of several books. She dedicated her life and career to offering practical, effective, and supportive teachings to individuals and groups, helping them to find and achieve their life goals. Oprah Winfrey has called her “one of the smartest women I know”.
I have chosen to present you this book as I found it while I was checking my library for a book about finding our life purpose. This book is a classic one about the topic, so I thought it was worth a recommendation to you, my readers.
In this book, Martha Beck shares her innovative step-by-step program aimed at guiding readers to fulfill their own potential while creating a happier life.
The core assumption underlying the program, backed up by scientific evidence, is that all of us have an internal compass we can learn to read and follow. The advantage of learning about our compass is that we will be able to get rid of all the limiting mindsets, useless habits, and negative thoughts, fears, and memories that are blocking our progress.
Beck provides a map for this journey that will guide the readers through the changes that the program will bring to their own life. And, even if every life, and so every journey, is different from the others, the guidance is effective in showing how to accomplish what one wants and deserves.
The book is the result of the professional practice of Dr. Beck as a Harvard-trained sociologist, research associate at Harvard Business School, and coach with hundreds of customers, so the content has been carved out from real-life experience and research.
“Explorers depend on the North Star when there are no other landmarks in sight. The same relationship exists between you and your right life, the ultimate realization of your potential for happiness. I believe that a knowledge of that perfect life sits inside you just as the North Star sits in its unaltering spot.”Martha Beck
Once we find our own North Star, we start to understand what really is important and worth every effort in our lives. This, in exchange, will enable us to fulfill our potential, making us happier and more joyful. This journey will be, naturally, both enjoyable and frightening, but the guidance provided in the book will help in getting the most out of the experience.
Finding Your Own North Star is the kind of book that will give us the tools to read our internal compasses, become aware of our core desires, and also heal the damages that consciously or unconsciously are blocking or slowing down our growth. This is a book that will give us the opportunity to trust our intuition, foster our dreams, and start planning our renewed, happier, and more meaningful life.
Having read literally dozens of books about life purpose, I can say that this one is filled with useful, effective, and practical advice, thoughts, tools, and examples. Reading it is a positive experience that for many of us could be life-changing.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, who wants to improve the quality of their lives, not through a dull journey, but rather by discovering what makes us happy, joyful, and fulfilled.