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The Power of Small

Making Tiny but Powerful Changes When Everything Feels Too Much
Narrated by: Aisling Leonard-Curtin
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
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Summary

Feeling overwhelmed? 

This is the audiobook for you.

Rather than waiting for the big life-changing moments, which more often than not don't happen, The Power of Small shows you how to take manageable steps as opportunities to change your life, one decision at a time - emphasising self-compassion as a means to gently expand your comfort zone and open up new horizons. 

Mixing case studies from clinical practice with the latest psychological research, the authors also share personal stories, having worked firsthand with these techniques on their own journeys towards improved mental and emotional well-being. 

From understanding -- and learning to observe without judgment - the traps our minds set to breaking out of our comfort zones, The Power of Small technique is all about what is manageable in the now and teaches us how to prioritise and know what boundaries to keep, and which to gently push. 

If your mind tells you that certain life changes are unattainable, undeserved, or too hot to handle, this simple and effective book is the one for you. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2018 Aisling Leonard-Curtin, Trish Leonard-Curtin (P)2019 Hachette Books Ireland

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"At last! A book that shows you realistically how to transform your life, one small step at a time." (Russ Harris, author of international best seller The Happiness Trap)

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big review for tiny step 5*

from the calming easy to follow voice to the some what seemingly simplicity of each step and that it is achievable. feel empowered after reading

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The book may be good but the voice is painful!

I could only tolerate two chapters and I will probably but the book to read as I like what was being said. The way it is read is painful, to me it’s like someone is reading it out loud for the first time and like they’re reading to a child!

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A good book ruined by the reading

Good lessons terrible reading, constant swallowing is super audible and totally distracting from the actual points being raised. Would not recommend this as an audio book

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bad narration

Some nuggets of good advice, but spoilt by poor narration. They obviously used a really good microphone because it's picked up every distracting sound of her swallowing, every few minutes. The narration started so slow I had to speed it up to 1.3x speed to make it sound normal, but then she suddenly speeds up and I had to set it back to normal speed. A decent book spoilt by boring unprofessional narration. The narration is robotic and unemotional, I found my thoughts constantly drifting to something else. out of what I've gone through so far heard I probably only actively listened to 30% of it and took in less than half of that. I would return it if it wasn't part of a 2 for 1 deal.

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An Everyday Guide to Acceptance Commitment Therapy

If you are looking for a way to improve your life but you're overwhelmed, I highly recommend that you pick up this book. I have made small, incremental, positive changes to my life over time which have reaped major benefits for me. The act of sitting down to identify the values I want to live by was key. From there I am able to check in to make sure my progress is in line with my values. The book talks about Away Moves and Towards Moves which I find is an excellent and non-judgmental way to frame behaviours and helps me notice if my actions are in line with my values. I have picked up so many valuable skills in terms of identifying emotional traps, having 5 minute breakouts, dropping the struggle, facing the ways I avoid pain (Distraction, Opting Out, Thinking Traps and Self Defeating Actions) as well as developing more compassion with myself. I own both the paperback and the audible version, and it's really made a difference in my life. If you find that you shy away from self-improvement books due to heavy psychological jargon or clinical language, I would urge you to read this - the text is incredibly accessible, the concepts are laid out in plain english and Aisling's voice is incredibly calming. I've recommended this to two of my friends who were asking my advice on areas they were struggling with and it's had positive effects for them in their lives.

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Just ok

Like most self help books it has some good ideas but generally it didn't hit the correct tone for me.