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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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Publisher's Summary

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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Very practical, thorough self help book

It all starts with you! this book is jam packed full of very no nonsense strategies to becoming your best self. It really helps to define your BEST self and your ANTI self and the SPHERES make sure you don't miss an area of your life to improve upon! Get your pen and paper ready cuz there are many insightful activities to do!

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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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  • 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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  • Mona Cabler
  • Houston, Texas
  • 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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  • 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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  • tt diane
  • 2019-07-20

Even if you just listen you will be a better person in the in

Thank you for being you. It certainly helped me to love the person I am and was meant to be! My best self

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  • Tammy Barclay
  • 2019-07-04

I will be listening again! love it!

This is a wonderful self help audio. It gives great approaches and thought processes to look at yourself through and tools! Highly recommended.

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  • KT
  • 2019-06-01

great!

I really enjoyed and learned a lot from this book. I now ask myself frequently if I'm acting as my best self or my antiself. I love that it focuses on every important aspect of your life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-12

Same stuff different day

Disappointing rehash of this and that. Bought on Dr. Phil’s recommendation thinking it would be something worthwhile.

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  • Checkitoutguy
  • 2019-05-12

How to be a Better Coach to you and?

Coach Mike does such a fantastic Job. The obvious (not Hidden) reference to 12 step literature will make the perfect gift to a person in recovery. It also is a great read for the person needing to do a little self-coaching as well as being helpful with parenting and getting closer to your family.
Enjoy a great read and your Best Self

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  • Rachel Marker
  • Lynnwood, WA
  • 2019-05-08

Great book

This book flows very well to keep your attention and engaged. The exercises are very helpful and a must do to become your best self.