Audiobooks for Personal Growth

Speak your Mind: Tips on being Assertive
  • Speak your Mind: Tips on being Assertive
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Tips on being Assertive by Dr Denis McBrinn, narrated by Sara Dylan. This audiobook will bring to you a clear and comprehensive list of useful tips to help you become more assertive

The communication skill of being assertive, is about striking the right balance between our needs and the needs of others.

If we are always centred on satisfying our own needs, at the expense of others, we will be perceived as being selfish and aggressive.

On the other hand, if we are always putting the needs of others first and neglecting our own essential needs, we risk being taken for granted and our self-esteem will suffer.

Assertiveness is about finding the right response to situations, that is neither aggressive nor passive. It is an important communication tool, that can be learned and developed, with practice.

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Learn to Concentrate
  • Learn to Concentrate
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By Professor Aidan Moran Concentration is a practical skill which can enrich our lives considerably. Unfortunately, most of us are probably more familiar with losing our concentration than with effective “focusing” ability.

This recording will explore concentration in three stages. Firstly, it will explain what concentration is, show you how it’s influenced by your attitudes and emotions, and give you some practical tips to improve your listening and reading skills. Secondly, it will help you to analyse and deal with common distractions in your life. Finally, it will present some practical “focusing” strategies which will help you to improve your concentration in a variety of daily situations.

This audio presentation features Professor Aidan Moran who is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan is an expert in the use of psychological techniques which can improve people’s concentration and performance in academic and sporting situations. It is narrated by Emma Thurston and Professor Aidan Moran.

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Go for It! Be Confident
  • Go for It! Be Confident
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By Dr Denis McBrinn GO FOR IT, is designed to help you develop the CONFIDENCE to succeed in all areas of your personal and working life.

Confidence is the key to a happy and fulfilling life and it has such an impact on how we perform in every single area of life. As a professional Life Coach Denis McBrinn is often asked how can we get more out life and achieve the best possible life we can.

Whether it is:

• Delivering an important presentation to the board

• Performing on stage

• Asking for a romantic date

• Succeeding at exams

• Winning at sport

• Closing a vital business negotiation or sales deal

• Getting down to your ideal weight

• Securing your dream job

• Running a marathon

• Giving a speech at your daughter’s wedding

• Resolving conflicts at home or work

• Being a great parent, or

• Picking yourself up quickly and appropriately from any of life’s setbacks.

No matter what the challenge or situation, confidence and self-belief can be said to be two of the most important factors for success.

The purpose of this programme is to empower you to take practical steps along the road to greater confidence in all aspects of your life and to help you make a real difference where it matters most. It will introduce you to the skills and mind-set that successful athletes, sport stars, actors, artists, inventors, politicians and business people have developed to create confident and fulfilling careers and lives.

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Get the Life You Want Through Meditation
  • Get the Life You Want Through Meditation
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By Virginia Harton Includes author interview, additional music and longer meditations.

This audio recording is designed to teach you how to get the life you want through meditation. It relates to different areas of life where meditation can make a difference, and our intention is that this audio book will make a life changing positive difference in your life.

Whether you are a beginner or you have been practising meditation for some time this audio book will help you to make positive changes.

We will cover areas through meditation such as: Meditation for chakra clearing & full body relaxation; Meditation to “let go of anxiety”; Meditation to “release anger”; Meditation for “total forgiveness”; Meditation for “Inner Confidence”; Meditation for “inner strength”; Meditation for “mindful living”; Meditation for “smoking cessation”; Meditation for “weight loss and mindful eating” and Meditation for “deep restful sleep”.

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Smoking Cessation: The Life You Want Through Meditation
  • Smoking Cessation: The Life You Want Through Meditation
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By Virginia Harton Improve your life and health: This audio recording includes two full meditation sessions and is designed to teach you how to get the life you want through meditation: Specifically how to stop smoking and achieve mindfulness in your daily life.

First, Smoking Cessation: Smoking cessation (colloquially quitting smoking) is the process of discontinuing tobacco smoking. Tobacco contains nicotine, which is addictive, making the process of quitting often very prolonged and difficult.

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide, and quitting smoking significantly reduces the risk of dying from tobacco-related diseases such as heart disease and lung cancer. Seventy per cent of smokers would like to quit smoking, and 50 percent report attempting to quit within the past year. Many different strategies can be used for smoking cessation, including quitting without assistance ("cold turkey" or cut down then quit), medications such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), and behavioural counselling. The majority of smokers who try to quit do so without assistance, though only 3 to 6% of quit attempts without assistance are successful. Use of medications and behavioural counselling both increase success rates, and a combination of both medication and behavioural interventions has been shown to be even more effective.

Because nicotine is addictive, quitting smoking leads to symptoms of nicotine withdrawal such as craving, anxiety and irritability, depression, and weight gain. Professional smoking cessation support methods generally endeavour to address both nicotine addiction and nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

This short meditation is designed to help you to achieve smoking cessation through exercises to relax the body and the mind while focusing on your breathing and receiving reassuring and reinforcing instruction with the use of visualisation. This audio is not hypnotism simply the use of effective positive affirmation while in a relaxed state. Results will be better if used in association with other interventions mentioned above.

The intention of the second guided meditation is that you will learn to bring mindfulness into your daily life which will help you to feel less stressed, more at ease within your body and mind.

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Let Go of Anxiety: The Life You Want Through Meditation
  • Let Go of Anxiety: The Life You Want Through Meditation
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By Virginia Harton Improve your life and health: This audio recording is designed to teach you how to get the life you want through meditation. Specifically how to let go of anxiety and achieve chakra balance and full relaxation.

This audio includes two full meditation sessions: Firstly to help you to let go of anxiety and second to clear your chakras and bring full body relaxation.

First: Anxiety is a word we use to describe feelings of unease, worry and fear. It incorporates both the emotions and the physical sensations we might experience when we are worried or nervous about something. Although we usually find it unpleasant, anxiety is related to the ‘fight or flight’ response – our normal biological reaction to feeling threatened.

We all know what it’s like to feel anxious from time to time. It’s common to feel tense, nervous and perhaps fearful at the thought of a stressful event or decision you’re facing – especially if it could have a big impact on your life. For example:

sitting an exam going into hospital attending an interview starting a new job moving away from home having a baby being diagnosed with an illness deciding to get married or divorced

In situations like these it’s understandable to have worries about how you will perform, or what the outcome will be. For a short time you might even find it hard to sleep, eat or concentrate. This short meditation is designed to help you to deal with anxiety through exercises to relax the body and the mind while focusing on your breathing.

Your chakras are energy centres located within and around your body which get blocked for various different reasons. Your way of thinking has a big influence on your chakras. Negative thinking can block their flow and positive thinking helps them flow freely. In this meditation you will cleanse and clear your 7 major chakras. Virginia Harton will gently guide you through each chakra during this guided meditation. The intention for this chakra meditation is that all of your chakras will be cleansed and you will feel total body relaxation.

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Weight Loss the Life You Want Through Meditation
  • Weight Loss the Life You Want Through Meditation
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By Virginia Harton Improve your life and health: This audio recording is designed to teach you how to get the life you want through meditation: Specifically how to lose weight, eat mindfully, and develop inner confidence.

Deciding to take action to lose weight is a personal choice and is very much dictated by individual circumstances and feelings: However, Doctors agree that if you're overweight or obese, losing weight can reduce your risk of some potentially serious health problems.

Most people who need to lose weight can get health benefits from losing even a small amount – about 5% – of their weight if they keep it off.

Health problems linked to being overweight: If you're overweight or obese, you have a higher risk of: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, osteoarthritis, and back pain.

You can find out if you're overweight by calculating your body mass index (BMI). This shows whether you're a healthy weight for your height.

The size of your waist is also important. If it's too large, your risk of health problems is higher.

This audio meditation is designed to assist you to lose weight, eat mindfully, and develop inner confidence with the use of relaxation, breathing techniques, positive affirmations and guided visualisation in a relaxed state.

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Living the Life You Want
  • Living the Life You Want
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By Dr Denis McBrinn Life Changing Behaviours to Help You Achieve What You want.

The aim of this Win at Life programme is to empower you to take practical steps along the road to Living the Life you want, starting today. All of us are capable of making positive changes in our lives, but often fear; our own limiting beliefs about ourselves and what others might say, holds us back from living the life we truly want and deserve.

A basic human need is to grow and achieve at some level in our lives. But why is it some people appear to attain higher levels of achievement than others? Are they born that way? Is it just luck or are there some underlying principles behind success that anyone can apply to become more effective and fulfilled in any area of life?

Studies of highly effective and successful people conclude that success is 80% attitudinal behaviours that can be learned and developed. The other 20% is down to the natural ability we are born with. Whilst the natural abilities we inherit in our DNA are important, it appears to account for only 20% of achievement. Psychologists conclude that what is much more significant are those attitudinal behaviours that high achievers have learned to do consistently. They have developed certain habits of behaviour, relating to the way they think and act, that is resulting in their higher than average levels of success, more than natural ability. The conclusions from the studies are that nurture is more important that nature. Therefore, irrespective of our natural ability, we can do the same to get more out of our lives just by changing the way we think and feel about ourselves and situations.

This Win at Life programme introduces some of those "life changing" behaviours that will help you take full responsibility for realising your potential and achieving what you want from your working and personal life. It is about awakening to the potential power all of us have within and encouraging you to take practical steps to address the daily challenges.

A life worth living is about finding what makes you come alive. It’s about acting on that knowledge to align your daily life with what you love and value. By asking important, sometimes difficult, questions of yourself; releasing limiting beliefs and identifying your barriers, you are going to discover the authentic person that is uniquely you! Your true self.You will gain a renewed sense of joy, enthusiasm and well-being when you are true to yourself and living the life you want.

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Your Inner Life: Finding Happiness
  • Your Inner Life: Finding Happiness
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The key to developing your true potential and being happy. By Sarah Connor: Narrated by Sarah Connor

In seeking answers to many of life’s questions, the great teachers have talked about “going inward". Divine power within can bring about transformation in our lives once we know it and trust it. Having an “Inner Life” is the key to developing our true potential.

Studies on happiness suggest that 20% of what makes us happy in life is to do with our mental attitude. If we have a positive outlook on life, are flexible, open to change and have resilience to bounce back from life’s disappointments then we are happier and enjoy life more. Although we have inherited some of our mental attitude from our gene pool there is a great deal we can do to develop our mental well being and emotional health.

This audio presentation covers the areas of: Faith, courage, prayer and meditation, sense of wonder, serving others, integrity, peace of mind, sound mental wellbeing, positive affirmations, mindfulness, gratitude, acceptance, and forgiveness.

Developing an inner life is about being open to experiences and forces that could be influencing our destiny.

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Bouncing Back
  • Bouncing Back
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By Dr Denis McBrinn Helping you to bounce back from life’s set backs and to grow through adversity.

Bouncing back is about resilience. No one escapes falling down, But what ultimately defines us as human beings is how we rise after falling.

This personal development audiobook helps you to bounce back from life's setbacks and grow through adversity. In a world of constant change, we are often faced with the challenge of reinvention. This audiobook will provide practical guidelines for gaining strength and becoming more skilful at handling life's difficulties, including: organisational change; redundancy; divorce; separation; retirement; bereavement; debt; ill health and accidents.

Resilience is the inner strength that enables us to grow through difficulty and adversity and become a better person. No one escapes pain, fear and suffering. It is all part of being human. Yet from pain can come wisdom; from fear courage and from suffering can come strength – if we develop the power of resilience. Mankind has known this for thousands of years. All the great religious and philosophical teachers have taught about enduring the storms of life to grow stronger in spirit. Storms make oak trees take deeper roots, in the same way that the storms of life can make the trees of our human spirit take deeper roots.

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Bouncing Back - Overcoming Failure
  • Bouncing Back - Overcoming Failure
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By Dr Denis McBrinn Overcoming failure is the ability to recover and become stronger as a result of dealing with challenging and difficult events that all of us experience in our lives. This audio is designed to help you to overcome failure by adopting a GROWTH attitude. Chapter 2 of this audio looks specifically at how to bounce back from redundancy with practical advice on taking stock and planning your way forward.

In our culture we have been conditioned to fear failure. We hate to make mistakes, dislike criticism and don’t like to appear stupid in the eyes others. Whether it is in our careers, business, education, relationships, sport or in life generally, we don’t want others to think of us as failures. In some cases we will deny or cover things up rather than admit mistakes. It’s because everyone loves a winner. Everybody needs to love and to be loved. If we don’t win then the fear is that we may not be enough and we won’t be loved.

But this is not reality. No one is perfect. No one is right all the time and no one wins all the time. Studies of very successful people reveal that they faced many setbacks and had many failures along the way to ultimate success.

The value of failure is in the learning and the growth that it provides. Without learning and growth, failure can be a destructive force in our lives. But don’t let it. Get back up, Reframe the picture positively; identify your Options, find a Way forward, think appreciation and Work your socks off! With your GROWTH attitude, failure is just temporary and you will bounce back and achieve your potential.

Losing our job is something we all fear and it that can certainly impact on our confidence and self-esteem. But, being made redundant need not be the calamity it first appears to be. With the right attitude you can bounce back and turn it into an opportunity for finding a job you're really passionate about.

But remember it is jobs or roles that are made redundant – not people. You can only become redundant if you see yourself as that job role. You may find yourself out of work for a while, but that does not have to mean the end of your working life.

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Bouncing Back - Resilience
  • Bouncing Back - Resilience
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By Dr Denis McBrinn Resilience is the ability to recover and become stronger as a result of dealing with challenging and difficult events that all of us experience in our lives. This audio is designed to help you to develop a resilient mind-set and a resilient skill-set to help you to bounce back from life’s challenges.

With the relentless pace of change in our modern world our lives seem to becoming increasingly complex. Because of the ecological, social, economic and political challenges in today’s world, as well as our own personal issues, it is essential that we learn to develop this vital quality of resilience.

Like many important human qualities, some people seem to be born with resilience and others have learned to become more resilient. Is resilience just a natural gift some people are lucky enough to have or can it be nurtured? Research shows that all of us have the potential to adapt, learn and grow out of any situation, including the most horrifying and traumatic of events. Resilience can be learned, developed and strengthened and you can teach it to others.

Resilience is an inner quality that can only develop as a consequence of difficult times in our lives. It is impossible to become resilient without challenges. The challenging and difficult experiences of our lives present us with the opportunity to grow in character and become resilient. The good times don’t give us that opportunity. It is only in the “School of Hard Knocks” and the “Classroom of Adversity” that we can learn the lessons of resilience and bounce back.

Looking at the lives of highly resilient people it is clear that qualities such as courage; belief; hope; perseverance, acceptance; forgiveness and compassion are central to their success. This tells us that it is “inner qualities that transformed their lives and we came learn from their experience. Simply put, resilience is about building the inner strength to deal effectively with the stresses, trials and difficulties of life and to grow from the experience. We become more resilient when we learn to understand the spiritual, intangible, concepts of courage, faith, love, hope etc. and put them into practice in our daily lives.

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Be Fabulous, Have It All!
  • Be Fabulous, Have It All!
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By Brenda Shankey A modern day survival guide for today’s woman on how to be blissfully happy every day! Keep stress at bay and live life in the fast lane!

Learning how to have it all in today’s society can be pretty demanding. We expect to have the perfect life, well paid job, and beautiful home, top of the range car, stunning partner, perfect figure and youthful looks – Says who? Exactly: Where do we pick up our expectations of ourselves and indeed others? How come we demand so much from life and how come our expectations are so high? Welcome to Be Fabulous, the ultimate guide to contentment and realising you have it all right now just as it’s supposed to be. You can have it all, everything you want, hope, dream for and desire plus more… You can have the perfect YOU!

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Being Fabulous: Choose How You Feel
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By Brenda Shankey From the best-selling audio album “Be Fabulous": Choose how you feel. Coping with hardships and stress and talking to yourself positively every day.

We all have been through difficult situations in our life, trauma, death, addiction, anger, stress, fear, hate, revenge, disappointments, and daily life’s struggles which challenge us every day. From now on I want you to look at these situations in a completely different way. Do not look at these as 'poor me why is my life so hard', 'why did I not get that job', 'why did my friend betray me, why is my partner so mean, why why why? For some things in life we will never find a reason, an explanation or an answer and what we do is let these situations ruin our life!

We allow ourselves to be the victim. We allow ourselves to be hurt, angry, sad, depressed, stressed! We can change that.

Remember we have the choice to choose how we feel about any situation good or bad. So from now on let’s see these situations as an opportunity to change how we think, feel and deal with life’s challenges.

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Being Fabulous: Taking Control of Your Day
  • Being Fabulous: Taking Control of Your Day
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By Brenda Shankey From the Best selling Be Fabulous Album: A morning meditation - a positive start to your day and an evening meditation - leaving the busy day behind.

You can have it all, everything you want, hope, dream for and desire plus more…Meditation sessions for morning and evening taken from the best selling modern day survival guide for today’s woman on how to be blissfully happy every day! Keep stress at bay and live life in the fast lane! You can have the perfect YOU!

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Surviving Redundancy
  • Surviving Redundancy
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Losing our job is something we all fear and it can certainly impact on our confidence and self-esteem. But, being made redundant need not be the calamity it first appears to be. With the right attitude you can bounce back and turn it into an opportunity for finding a job you're really passionate about. But remember it is jobs or roles that are made redundant – not people. You can only become redundant if you see yourself as that job role. You may find yourself out of work for a while, but that does not have to mean the end of your working life. This audiobook provides hope for the person who is confronting redundancy for the first time and provides them with clear options and things to do to take control.

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