Always change a losing game by David Posen

The book has a potential to help you shed the layers of deep-rooted, self-defeatist conditioning and uncover your true self

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Change made easy

Published by Orient Paperbacks
Pages: 265
Price: INR295
ISBN-13: 9788122205008

David Posen has mastered the art of helping people change into a better version of themselves. And he does so with the precision of an accomplished surgeon and the finesse of a talented artist. His brilliance as a counsellor shines forth in every chapter as he gently takes the reader onto a journey of positive transformation in all aspects of life.

Using real-life stories of ordinary people and everyday situations [including a few about his own transformations], Posen shows why change is “necessary, beneficial and easier than you think”. The book has a potential to help you shed the layers of deep-rooted, self-defeatist conditioning and uncover your true self.

As the title suggests, the author uses analogies from the field of sports throughout the book. And what’s more, he scores a goal—every time! I particularly liked his chapter on the various behavioural personalities: Type-As, workaholics, perfectionists, pleasers, caretakers and victims. Readers will be able to relate to at least a few traces from one or more behavioural personalities and thereby recognise patterns that have been keeping them from what they really want.

The book is divided into four parts: Introduction, Awareness, Choice and Permission and each section is designed to meet a single-point agenda: trigger a positive change in you—so that you give up noxious thoughts and behaviour, and start living a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life.

When I first picked up this book, I was unsure about its value—after all, there are many books on personal transformation, though most are superficial. A few pages into it and I figured that this is not a run-of-the-mill self-help fare—it is powerful enough to activate dormant forces in the reader. As I was nearing the end, I realised that the one big reason I really enjoyed this book is that the core theme of the book complements the ideology on which Complete Wellbeing is based. The book touches upon the need to change [and the way to do it] in all our varied dimensions. The book’s title runner says it all: “Winning strategies for work, home and your health.”

I have read hundreds of books, many of them in the self-empowerment category. And I can tell you that, if not already declared, this book is on its way to becoming a classic in its genre.

Manoj Khatri
Manoj Khatri is a counseling therapist, a wellbeing consultant and a teacher of mindfulness. He is also a writer-editor and has written on topics ranging from strategic marketing and business management to art, culture and even philosophy. His more than 1500 published stories—articles, interviews, full-length features—have appeared in some of the leading newspapers and magazines of India. He is the author of What a thought!, a critically acclaimed self-improvement book based on powerful ideas of some of the greatest thought leaders. Manoj runs Complete Wellbeing and believes that "peace begins with me".


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