52 Ways to Transform Your Life contains 52 short life coaching tips (along with inspirational quotes) — one for each week of the year. Written for busy people on the go, the tips are quick to read and easy to put into practice. Week by week, from January to December, life coach Annabel Sutton offers inspiration and practical ideas to help readers make positive changes in their lives.
Annabel Sutton has been coaching since 1999 and was one of the first life coaches in the UK to be awarded a coaching credential. She became a Professional Certified Coach in 2005. She’s been writing monthly Coaching Tips for over ten years and they’re enjoyed by an ever-growing readership. This is the third book in the 52 Ways … series.
Annabel writes a regular column for two local papers and her first book (52 Ways to Handle It) was chosen for serialisation in the Sunday Sun, a Newcastle weekly paper. She has been featured in the Manchester Evening News, Scotland on Sunday, the Big Issue and in Marie Claire, Prima and Red Magazines. This is Annabel’s fourth book. After travelling widely, and living in Borneo and Southern California, she now lives near Salisbury in Wiltshire.
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Q & A
What inspired you to write this book?
I’m painfully aware that in the hectic world we live in nowadays, the one thing everyone is desperately short of is time. But I also know that there’s a real thirst for self help out there as well. So, this book is written specifically with busy people in mind. They can pick it up and read one of the tips in less than five minutes and hopefully that tip — and the others in the book — will act as a catalyst for change; give them something to think about over the coming week; perhaps open them up to new possibilities or a new way of thinking. I really love it when I hear back from someone that they’ve read a Tip at exactly the right time: it’s just what they needed at that moment, and that it’s made a big difference. That makes writing the book so worth-while.
What kind of topics do the Tips cover?
Everything from ways to boost confidence, and new approaches to setting goals and New Year Resolutions, to ideas for overcoming procrastination and how to tame your inner perfectionist. I write from the heart and often use personal examples to make the tips more human and real. People find them easy to relate to and simple to put into practice and that’s what I’m aiming for really.
What’s your favourite Tip in the book?
The first one that comes to mind is one which describes an experiment that was done in an underground station in Washington DC. It involves a very ordinary-looking man, busking with his violin and it’s got a thought-provoking twist at the end which really makes you think and consider how you perceive things and how open you are to spotting the unexpected.
Is this your first book? How long have you been writing?
This is my fourth book. My first, The Islands In Between, was written in 1989 and is all about my travels off the beaten track in Indonesia – where I lived there for five years. There are some pretty amazing tales such as my experiences living with head-hunters; becoming inadvertently betrothed to a Dani warrior and surviving some really terrifying journeys. My other two books, 52 Ways to Handle It and 52 Ways to Change Your Life, are the first and second compilations of my Coaching Tips.
I love writing. Communicating with others through the written and spoken word is an essential part of who I am. My next book addresses the all-too-common issue of procrastination (as a serial procrastinator this topic is close to my heart). That is, of course, if I ever get round to writing it!
I understand you have writing in your blood …
I come from a long line of writers. My grandmother, Denise Robins, wrote almost 200 romantic novels and earned herself the title of “The Queen of Romance”. It’s a favourite family joke that in the 1960s “Denise Robins – Queen of Romance” was emblazoned on the side of London buses. My aunt is also a prolific writer. Her nom de plume is Claire Lorrimer and she’s most famous for her historical sagas. My great grand-mother, Kit Dealtry, was a published writer as well — so it’s definitely in the blood.
If you could sum up your book in just three words, what would they be?
Practical – Inspirational – Supportive.
And finally, if you had just one piece of advice for readers, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Be bold and give yourself permission to step into who you really want to be — and do those things that you really yearn to do. Don’t let others dissuade you. Life’s too short not to do it NOW.