Book Review: 30 Days to a New You – by Monica Magnetti

Rating: 4 out of 5
Posted April 7th, 2008 by Kurt Leavins

“Life isn’t always about safe and comfortable.” That is one of the first lines that Monica Magnetti (pictured), a life coach and business coach who is out with her new manual on how to get ahead in the word, professionally and (by extension) personally.

I think a lot of people hear the words “safe and comfortable,” and think “Gee, wouldn’t THAT be nice!” It’s true, one person’s paradise is not always another’s. But if you are a driven individual who wants to live life to the fullest and achieve your potential, you’ll find some good rules to live by in Magnetti’s words.

But, lots of self-help books do that. What I like about 30 Days To A New You is that Magnetti’s challenges you to think first, and do second. I know lots of people spilling over with passion, that charge off in 30 different directions. Often, they only actually arrive at a few of them. A shame, really.

Instead, the advice here is to ask yourself who you are, who you want to be, and whether your purpose and vision have any commonality? She also encourages the reader to be curious; a trait I happen to think is priceless.

The other thing I like about this book is how it combines text with a work-book element. This way, you sort of have a check-list. Her ideas are thought-provoking, but then she helps remind you what it is you’ve just read.

We’ve all read those dreamy “intertwine your soul with the cosmos” self-help books, which sound delicious when we read them but, kind of like cotton candy, while they tend to taste great, they’re not always so filling.

If you’re “comfortable” in life, this book may remind you there may just be more out there that you haven’t found yet. But if you’re already looking for growth, this could be a convenient handbook for your journey.