Life Mapping: A Unique Approach to Finding Your Vision and Reaching Your Potential

Bill Cohen, Author Harper Perennial $12.95 (176p) ISBN 978-0-688-15573-5
Based on seminars he teaches, this first book from Cohen offers a simple technique for identifying beliefs, principles and goals, and planning activities and schedules to reach those goals. Claiming that we are all born with an ""inner blueprint"" for the life we are meant to live, Cohen offers Life Mapping as a ""personal plan for reaching our unique destiny."" He encourages readers to find their true purpose in life and to fulfill it by removing ""inconsistencies in what we believe, the way we think, and ultimately in our behavior."" However, clarifying one's core beliefs to begin with may be the most difficult task for many readers, and making lists seems to be Cohen's primary tool for such deep self-examination. Far too many pages of this slim volume are filled with sample lists and schedules that are likely to fall short of persuading seekers that enumerating personal joys can link them to universal beliefs and moral principles that will then ""meld to form a list of goals."" A slew of compelling personal stories, offering real-life examples of inner struggles and desirable payoffs, would probably have been much more helpful in motivating readers. Though based on a solid idea, there is ultimately not much more here than readers might find in any good Day Planner. (July)
Reviewed on: 06/29/1998
Release date: 07/01/1998
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