The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier

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Has a change happened in your life that you are having trouble accepting? Is there a change you would like to make to help you love life more? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this is the book for you.

This year alone, many of us will fall in love, get in shape, and start new companies, while some of us will lose a job, deal with health complications, or get divorced. Although we often try to ignore change, whether good or bad, it is the one constant. Now, with The First 30 Days, we can learn how to embrace change, move through it, and successfully navigate the twists and turns of life.

The First 30 Days reveals how the beginning of any change is a pivotal time that can either leave us stressed and stuck or lead us forward in our lives with clarity and hope. Change coach Ariane de Bonvoisin provides the tools to make each change a new beginning, whether it is a change you want to make or one brought on by a situation out of your control. Ariane introduces nine principles that will help you develop an optimistic mind-set toward change, an attitude that encourages you to see that life is on your side and that good can come from even the most difficult circumstance. With real-life stories, practical exercises, and inspiring action points, The First 30 Days teaches the skills you need to face any change--skills that will help you today and for the rest of your life.

Inside, discover:

  • How to develop a positive approach to change--it can make all the difference.
  • The Change Guarantee--from any change, something good can come.
  • Your Change Muscle--you have one! Find out where it is and how to use it.
  • How to combat your Change Demons--the negative emotions that want to hold you back.
  • How to build a Change Support Team--who and what makes the most difference.

A Letter from Ariane de Bonvoisin

How good are you at change? Big changes? Small changes? Professional changes? Personal changes? The fact is, everyone experiences change. It?s the one constant in life. Be it a job change, relationship change, health change, or changes in the world we live in, change is unavoidable. What change are you or someone you love dealing with? A first time mom, recently divorced, caring for a sick parent, adjusting to a new job, or a recent graduate?

Whatever change you're experiencing ?whether unexpected or planned?the first few days and weeks are often the hardest, most emotional time. It is the time when we have the most questions, emotions, doubts and fears. It is also the time when we are most in need of direction, information, inspiration, and support. Thirty days is enough to get started in the right way, to begin to understand what makes change easier and most importantly, how to stay on the right track.

I?ve interviewed hundreds of people and seen a pattern in what helps someone get through change with less stress and anxiety. The things we do, say, and feel directly affect our reaction to change. Through these interviews, I?ve seen that it?s possible to become better at change, to embrace and look for the positive in the transitions that will inevitably arise. The First 30 Days includes real life stories of people who have lived through many types of change, along with clear action points (look for the Take Action sections in the book) that will help you move through the changes in your own life.

The First 30 Days is for all of us who have always wanted to make a change, but didn?t know how to start; for those who have tried over and over to initiate a change with little or no success; and for those who are overwhelmed by the changes that have come into their lives. The First 30 Days will not only kick start your life of change, but it will also help you reach your goals by keeping you focused, directed and inspired.

I believe anyone can change. I believe there is always something good that will come from change, even if you can't see it right now. I believe that when we stop resisting the changes we are going through and simply embrace them, we realize that life is on our side. We all have a part of ourselves that doesn?t change ?and, when we find that part within us, whatever change we are going through becomes easier. The First 30 Days can show you how.

The First 30 Days reveals the nine principles of change that will revolutionize how you face transition times. With real-life stories, practical exercises, and inspiring action points, this book teaches the skills you need to face or make any change in your life, including how to:

  • Use your Change Muscle
  • Combat fear, doubt, and all your change demons
  • Get in touch with your spiritual side
  • Create a plan that will get you results

Customer Reviews:

  • Everyone Should Read This Book!
    I fortuitously found this book on a library shelf the day after my husband left me. I figured it would just be a cliched, self-help book, and was instead thrilled to find a fresh, helpful, wonderful guide to meeting changes in life head on. It's only been a week since he left, and everyone is amazed at how strong I am, which is mostly thanks to this book. Needless to say, I have ordered my very own copy- this one's a keeper! (Even if hub wasn't- ha!)
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  • Are you ready for change?
    This is a wonderfully supportive and inspirational book. It gives you thoughts and ideas chapter by chapter to help you work through any of the things that have been holding you back in your life. ...more info
  • Open to the possibility of change!
    This book is the authority on life change and a must-have if you feel stuck and dread change, any change, all change. One of the hidden blessings of this book is that when you read it (and/or get a chance to listen to the author), the possibility of CHANGE in your life starts to work on some mysterious unseen level, and opportunities to change just start presenting themselves. After reading this book, my mindset has shifted from a locked-down dread of change position to one of a fully-opened change seeker. I now consciously look for opportunities to change, and along the way have found a great new job, transformed relationships and endless change possibilities in the works. This book gets you on the path to change, holds your hand through that first big tough change, makes you a believer of positive change, and opens you up to endless possibilities and new realities in your life. ...more info
  • Now I can live the next 30 years
    With this kind of practical wisdom, anyone can find the courage to move forward. This book offers anyone the precious first steps towards not only a life, a life in full....more info
  • Easy read - yet compelling and profound.
    This is a fantastic book that in a very easy to read way, provides really helpful and practical suggestions on how to get even more out of life.

    Whatever "level" you are at in terms of dealing with change and being optimistic about life, this book is a great resource and will help you develop even further. Would make a great gift too....more info
  • a must read
    I am very grateful for finding this book. Ariane keeps it simple yet challenged me and reminded me that everything I want lies outside of my
    comfort zone...this book offers tools to making changes powerful and pro active.. not scary.
    I really enjoyed this book.
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  • Healing My Life
    I LOVE THIS BOOK! A cancer diagnosis, the sudden passing of my best friend of 31 years, job loss and a break-up with the love of my life - all in 4 years time. Talk about change! I wish I'd had this book as I navigated my way through. Still, it's here now and I need it just as much.

    Truly the book and website have been blessings in my life and I'm sharing the info with everyone. I wish I had enough words to express what this has done for me. Thank you over and over. It's like a guide book to life. When I don't remember how to navigate, or even that I can, it reminds me. What a precious gift. God Bless you Ariane. I look forward to more great things from you in the future.

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  • A change bible for everyone's bedside
    I loved reading this book as I navigate setting up home in a new country. The 9 principles are a fabulous tonic to read first thing in the morning to set you up for the day. As Ariane wisely says change is constant and this is a great "change bible" to keep handy. Just flip open the book and any page will be appropriate to inspire anybody on any day. Highly recommended and a breath of fresh air from a person who is passionate and knowledgeable about helping others. I look forward to reading your next book!...more info
  • Change positively
    most of us hate change, or, to say the least, are ill-equipped to deal with it. This book has helped me to use easy tips to improve my life simply on a daily basis, while going through exciting (living healthier) or challenging (death of a loved one) changes. Great format to take notes; will become one of your bedside's favourites. Must read for all! ...more info
  • The First 30 days
    HIGHLY recommend!!! I don't know a single person that isn't thinking of making some kind of change. Could be a job, relationship, health, exercise, etc.

    This is a book you can't put down! The First 30 days is changing my life to make changes that I've thought about for years and made up excuses on why I don't and can't try. I'm doing it and haven't been happier, thanks to Ariane's book. I've been buying and gifting my friends this book too. They all love it! It's helping my closest friend get out of an abusive relationship and another friend follow her creative passion, starting her own business. HIGHLY recommend it! Enjoy! ...more info
  • The perfect guide to making changes in your life
    I'm addicted to the web site, The First 30 Days so I was thrilled to discover this book. After going through major changes this year I can't more highly recommend their guidance. ...more info
  • Change is inevitable and this book can be your guide
    Change is inevitable. It's part of living life. When faced with change we have two choices; we can embrace or fear it. In her book, "The First 30 Days," Ariane de Bonvoism provides a well thought out guide for using change as a catalyst for helping us grow and thrive.

    Embracing change means we are growing and evolving. Fearing and fleeing from change means we are allowing our life to be controlled by outside influences and circumstances. In her new book The First 30 Days, Ariane de Bonvoism writes from a coaches point of view and her mission is to guide us through the expected and unexpected changes in life.

    The First 30 Days - Your Guide to Any Change (and Loving Your Life More) is an easily understood and practical guide for learning how to embrace change and to be able to go forward in positive and empowering ways. If you're going through change or about to go through change, you should be reading and working this book. Ariane gives you a proactive approach to handling the inevitable changes that occur in life.

    The premise of her book is to embrace change from a position of power. Change is a constant in life, be prepared and be ready to be proactive. Ariane makes it very clear that it is how you choose to handle change that will make the difference between going forward in empowering ways or allowing fear to overwhelm you.

    By coaching us through change, rather than lecturing, Ariane expertly explains how to make it through the toughest first few days and/or months of the change process with our heads held high and our self-esteem in tact.

    I believe that if I list the chapter titles and subtitles that will explain The First 30 Days even better than I can.
    Chapter titles include:
    1. Change Your View Of Change
    Beliefs Can Make A Difference

    2. The Change Guarantee
    From This Situation, Something Good Will Come

    3. The Change Muscle
    You're Stronger Than You Think

    **4. Change Demons (This chapter alone is worth buying the book!)**
    How To Recognize Negative Emotions and Move Past Them

    5. The Gift Of Acceptance
    Resisting Change Is Not The Answer

    6. The Things You Can Control
    What You Say, Think and Feel

    7. Meet Your Spiritual Side
    Where Tranquility, Ideas and Wisdom Live

    8. Change Your Support Team
    The People and Things That Can Help

    9. Get Unstuck
    Actions to Move You Through Any Change

    The Next 30 Days and Beyond
    Radical Optimism, Possibility, and New Directions

    If you're looking for a magic bullet to make everything go away, this isn't it. If you're looking for earth-shattering new scientific information, this isn't it. If you're looking to the find the courage within yourself to grow from life's changes, this book is for you. If you're looking for proactive and practical information to keep going positively forward during times of change, this book is for you!

    Change is inevitable and this book can be your guide. With hands-on activities, well thought-out exercises, real-life examples, step-by-step guidance, resources and practical advice, The First 30 Days will take you through the process of change with the ability to thrive, not survive. The First 30 Days by Ariane de Bonvoisin is the type of book you'll want to read and keep in your library for future reference.

    I highly recommend!
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  • A great read
    Change is perhaps the most difficult and important thing in our lives and how you deal with it determines how happy you are. This book is a great resource for everybody to help them understand change and how to be happy. Isn't being happy what's it all about? Buy this book. You will be happy you did. ...more info
  • Speedy service
    Received order much faster than anticipated. It was in good shape.
    Priced right.
    What more can I say, Amazon, YEA!...more info
  • Save your money
    Save your money since this book is just a rehash of many of the popular books already out on the market. There are no new insights. David Bach and Wayne Dyer's books would be a far better choice....more info
  • Don't Buy 1, Buy 2!
    In little more than a year I lost my job, my marriage failed, my best friend and my mother died, my dog had to be put down and my children moved away. I recently received the first 30 days as a gift and I don't know what I would do with out the wonderful tips and guidance in this book. Okay, so I've read a bunch of other self-help books (in my position why wouldn't I?) and I can honestly say this author covers some amazing ground. The fact is I felt better reading this book. There are nine amazing principles of change revealed in the book and remembering them has helped me get out of bed in the morning. Change is hard. Change is scary. Change doesn't come naturally to all of us, and Ariane knows this first hand. My hats off to her for writing a helpful book on surviving change and breaking through to the other side. I would recommend this book to anyone who is going through, is contemplating or is reacting to life's sometimes cruel twists of fate. And if you know anyone who needs help, be a great friend and get one for them too. That's what happened to me and I'm so thankful. Buy 2 because you'll want to keep one for yourself....more info
  • Embrace change, embrace life
    Ariane has such a lovely and sparkling way to lead her audience through changes. We forget so often that life is just that, a sequence of changes. Having gone through so many herself, she has created a wonderful set of easy to follow tools and great back up for anyone needing support and encouragement with literally any area of change in life. A must read.Give Him Back His Balls...more info
  • It's in brackets (Loving Your Life More)
    I met Ariane when she was working for the Boston Consulting Group in London. I was still at the university she had studied at and was interviewing at BCG. I didn't get the job but our meeting sparked a fascinating chain of events in my life...I only talked to Ariane briefly but the next day she came to find me at the university, listened to me, a stranger, moan about my plight and then told me to join her for a walk around London. We talked about life, work, study, travel, finding employment; we brainstormed other options and how my life might be better without the job (how many people put themselves out for strangers like that?).

    A few months later when Ariane was traveling through London we met up again. I hadn't found a job and was struggling with my studies. When we said good-bye Ariane announced that she wasn't going to get in touch and didn't want to hear from me until I received the grades I needed. Perhaps, she said, that would help me understand how important it was for me to regain my focus. Then she just walked off. I was stunned but what an effect it had! Eventually I went on to do a Masters in Barcelona and then found a job with another consulting firm in New York. It was perfect and I loved it. A year later Ariane moved to New York after Stanford - I had got back in touch with her via fax (a strange notion, I know). In New York I had the opportunity to really get to know this 'life coach' who had helped me re-frame my thinking so dramatically. I know I'm not the only one with such an 'Ariane story'.

    So the book? Well, to me it is Ariane. A reflection of how she lives and what she has seen work in her own life and the many lives she has touched. A reflection of who she is as a person: somebody who helps. When I read non-fiction I'm almost more interested in the authenticity of the author so I thought I'd tell you about how I met Ariane in case you are too. Ariane has always been a change expert and so it is no surprise that the book is finding success and touching people. It can't not because it's authentic....more info
  • Quantum changes
    Ariane is truly devoted to growth,healing and empowerment as I have known her for many years. This is truly a book that comes from her heart and soul and it will stir up dormant energies in you that have always wanted to emerge so take the steps to change your life and buy it!...more info
  • Guru
    The cover says it all. Hot, sexy, confident and dynamic. I read and continue to read this book. I actually bought the book because of the cover, but once I got into the book I was hooked on Ariane's message(s). Simple, easy to use advice, and a book I would recommend to anyone as it is so true, change is constant. Well done Ariane, when is the next one out? ...more info
  • Awesome read
    This book is a great handbook to start making the changes in your life you have always thought, talked or dreamed about. Arianne challenges and gently nudges the reader to get started taking small steps toward the desired change. The book is actually a workbook. I took the time to do the exercises as I read the book and found it very worthwhile. I am looking forward to checking out the website on a regular basis to help me stay on track with my change plan. ...more info
  • This is the first book you need to pick up to help with ANY change in your life
    No matter what you're going through, this book will help you find the positive side of everything so that you can get more out of your life. I am going through a big career change and Ariane's 9 principles of change have helped my understand what I'm going through. And, more importantly, helped me navigate the change. I am already feeling more confident and positive about the change and I haven't even finished reading the book yet!!...more info
  • Buy this Book!
    Run - dont walk - to buy this book. This is your roadmap through profound change and into a greater opening of all the qualities of your heart

    Mark Thornton
    Meditation in a New York Minute: Super Calm for the Super Busy...more info
  • A must have for everyone and anyone!
    What an amazing book! It makes you feel as if a trusted friend is guiding you through whatever your particular change my be, big or small.
    Ariane is so down to earth. I couldn't put the book down. What a fresh new take on dealing with change!
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