- Review: Midlife Mojo: How to get through the midlife crisis and emerge as your true self
Review: Midlife Mojo: How to get through the midlife crisis and emerge as your true self
Reviewer & Author Interviewer, Norm Goldman. Norm is the Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com.
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Title: Midlife Mojo: How to get through the midlife crisis and emerge as your true self
Author: Frankie Picasso
Probably the concept of midlife crisis emanates from the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung who believed that the midlife integration of thinking, sensation, feeling an intuition could perhaps lead to some confusion about one’s life to date and one’s goals. Although, popular western culture seems to devote considerable ink to the subject matter than serious research, there still may be some theoretical constructs that shore up the concept in a different light.
Frankie Picasso, author of Midlife Mojo: How to get through the midlife crisis and emerge as your true self is a professional Certified Life, Business and Master Coach Trainer. In the Prologue to her book she states that probably some of us have questioned our life asking why we are here, what is our purpose in life and is that all there is to life. Although, asking such questions does not necessarily entail a crisis it does give us an opportunity for re-evaluation or reinvention. Most individuals do experience achievement and satisfaction in midlife, however, there is a certain percentage of our population where the passage may not be as smooth.
In all likelihood, these are folks who experience considerable discontent with their lives and hunt for more. They may find their jobs mind-numbing, they may feel a transformation in their bodies, they may be quite comfortable in indecision, their values may radically change, after enjoying many years of a life of happiness, they may ponder over their mortality, they suddenly find themselves discontent, and the one that is very often in plain sight is when they become adventurous and toss out their spouses for some bimbo or jock and purchase an expensive fancy car. These feelings at midlife can occur naturally, or they can be a result of some external factors.
And here is where this excellent guidebook comes in handy with an important author’s caveat, “the book will suit those who lean towards concrete constructs, pragmatic problem solving, and strategic planning.” In other words, if you are only going to passively read the text without keeping an open mind or participating in the many exercises, then forget about purchasing it, you will be throwing away good money. Each of the exercises will definitely work on their own, but as Picasso states, together they become strong magic or mojo.
The book begins with a general overview and a series of questions as to what do we already have that someone else might wish they had, what would you change in your life to make yourself happy, eg. your job, spouse, where you live, your friends, what is the one thing or one person you spend the most time thinking about, and what is the one thing you want more than anything in life. These questions serve as recurring themes throughout the book as Picasso sinks her teeth into finding solutions. Furthermore, she demonstrates how many of these transformations or metamorphosis can be easily implemented. Nonetheless, as she points out, doing nothing is just as much a choice as doing something or “living in default may be your choix de jour, but it is not a choice that will bring you any joy or that you need to stay with.”
The remaining chapters of the book teach us how to implement Picasso’s formula for success that she bases on the following underlying principles: “Think, Feel, Be, Act & Do.” In other words: “Think about what it is you want to do. Feel the state. Be the emotion. Act as if you are already successful and then Do it for real.” Picasso gives herself the name “the unstoppable coach,” and her many years of experience at motivating others is highly visible throughout the book as she hammers home that failure is not an option. Her liveliness, exuberance and breadth of information does well in engaging her readers and will certainly appeal to those who are looking for a way out of their mundane and unsatisfactory life styles. Picasso’s writing is simple, light, with a sense of humor and modesty. Refreshingly, it is devoid of being cathartic-something not often seen in self-help books. In addition, she displays remarkable insight in how to deal with the harsh elements that are prevalent in midlife crisis that wrestle some people to the ground.
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