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Best Self

Be You, Only Better
Written by: Mike Bayer
Narrated by: Mike Bayer, Phil McGraw
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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Foreword by Dr. Phil McGraw.

Ask yourself...are you truly who you want to be? Is this the life you really want? Are you living each day as your best self? What can you change today?

How would you answer those questions? Think about your daily life. Are you thriving or going through the motions? Are your days full of work, relationships, and activities that are true to your authentic self, or do you feel trapped on a treadmill of responsibility? If you dream of a better life, now is the time to turn your dream into reality. The tools you need are within your grasp to design a life that is fulfilling on the deepest levels. Best Self will show you how.

Mike Bayer, known to the thousands of clients whose lives he has changed as Coach Mike, has helped everyone from pop stars to business executives to people just like you discover the freedom to be their best selves. By asking them and leading them to ask themselves a series of important but tough questions - such as “What are your core values?”, “Do you go to bed each day more knowledgeable than when you woke up?”, and “Am I neglecting some aspect of my physical health out of fear or denial?” - he helps them see what their best selves and anti-selves really look like. 

As a mental health specialist, a personal development coach, and an all-around change agent, Mike has seen the amazing ways in which lives can improve with honesty and clarity. He understands our struggles intimately, because he’s faced - and overcome - his own. He knows that change is possible. 

By working through each of the seven SPHERES of life - social, personal, health, education, relationships, employment, and spiritual development - Best Self is an accessible and interactive audiobook that distills all of Coach Mike’s wisdom into a compact, focused guide that will ignite anyone’s desire for change. Best Self will empower you to embrace your authenticity, acknowledge what is holding you back, and break through to live a passionate life to the fullest, forever.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Michael Bayer (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • jericho830
  • 2019-02-23

I WANTED to enjoy this...

I think Mike Bayer is probably a talented coach but narrating his own book was a mistake. I only made it through this first three chapters of the audio book in 3-4 listening sessions before I had to shut it off for good. He sounds like he’s reading someone else’s work... for the first time. He never settles into it and comes across as actually knowing/feeling what he’s talking about. I compare it to Tasha Eurich’s narration of her book “Insight” which FEELS like she’s an expert sharing her knowledge with you. Mike sounds stressed and tight through the first three chapters and because this information feels more like something I want to settle into, I want the narration to invite me in, not keep me on edge and mildly irritated that his delivery feels disingenuous.

Additionally, I don’t think I heard anything in the first three chapters that is new or a new perspective on old material. It feels like a remix of information and has me wondering if it’s worth committing to the rest of the book. I have the hard copy as well and hope that will be more engaging. Dr. Phil rarely goes wrong in the people he endorses so I’m sure Mike Bayer has something unique to offer in his book but I haven’t seen it yet. Fingers crossed it emerges from the pages like it didn’t in the audio version.

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  • corbinculprit
  • 2019-02-05

Life altering

I loved it love that Mike is the narrator. I am starting to teach my kids and my foster kids some of the points of the book.

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  • Mona Cabler
  • 2019-03-11

An Excellent Tool

This book gives step by step guideline & examples for working on any area of your life. I listened to the audio and now plan to print out the worksheets (included) and go through the book again and work through the exercises. I am going to refer and likely gift to several people I know & care about!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-14

Mike is an inspiration.

I hope more books are to come and I always hope that Mike reads his books and no one else.

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  • dhenn
  • 2019-03-17

Easy to Apply to your life

I fell upon this book on accident, it sounded intriguing so I listened to it while doing my daily walks. Each time I got to the end of a chapter, he would talk about doing the "enhancements"/exercises to evaluate the area of life he just covered. So after listening to the whole book, I have gotten a group of friends together to go through it again with the purpose of actually doing the enhancements. For me ( SAHM for the last 14 years) it has been a good soul-searching exercise. I have realized that there are many questions that I don't easily know the answer to and have to actually give it some thought.
What I like about this book, is it is not too over the top with big exercises that only the most ambitious people will be able to complete. You can make it as simple or deep as you like. It is also helping me realize which areas of my life are balanced and which need more attention or work. I know, personally, that there are many areas in my life that I have not paid much attention to since I have been focused on being a mom. I feel that this book digs deep, but is realistic in its endeavors.
And for those reviewers that are being petty about the narration or other things that don't speak to the book's content, maybe you should do some of the exercises. I think your anti-self is showing.

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  • Erin D.
  • 2019-03-13

Loved it

I loved it. I liked the content, perapective, and useful tools given by coach Mike. However, the audible version did not include the download :(

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  • NL
  • 2019-01-26

too Elite

the book teferred oto high social class situations, such as a car services for cleaning, a black SUV picked me up, a hair dresser/artist, and other. I believe that these services and the situations described are out of touch with most of society. The book needs to written for the average income person.

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