'A simple book that will change your life', is the perfect strapline for this book. There are many levels of meaning in this book and, depending on where you are in your life, new meanings present themselves to you, giving you insights into how to deal with situations and relationships. Intuitively written and featuring thought provoking illustrations, I strongly recommend you have this on your bedside table or bookshelf as a reference point for life.'
'Let Allan Willis take you on a memorable journey into your mind. Let him pick you up, shake you around, question every value you've ever had and then rid you of those damaging thoughts and prejudices that make human beings confused and stressed. Out the other side can come the real you, facing your days ahead with a Balance based on Allan's genius for understand the ego, the self and life. A remarkable book.'
'Achieving balance is concise and to the point. It contains many ideas and concepts relating to balance and these are presented in an accessible way.
By the time I had finished the book I felt different to when I had started it, but I couldn't quite put my finger on why! (But it was a positive feeling)
There is a recommended reading list at the end of the book which is useful and a piece about the author which is probably worth reading before you start the book.
I have read a few self help and personal development books over the years but Achieving Balance sits head and shoulders above them, in my opinion, because it feels like
the author is talking to you personally and the content is of a very high quality. Gaining the knowledge about balance is one thing, applying it is another, but the book gives you many pointers on how to practically apply balance to your life. I think it is the sort of book that you can refer to over the years to make sure you are still on track. To summarise, this book will save you many years of doing the wrong things, it is very well written and the illustrations make it a pleasure to read. I would definitely buy a copy and read it! I found it to be tremendously empowering.'
'This excellent book is elegantly written and well illustrated. There is so much food for thought here. So often books that offer help or self-help become so bound up in their own methods and perspectives that they are of little use to real people facing the real challenges of life. However there is nothing cultish in "Achieving Balance" nor any appeal to embrace a new manifesto, just an opportunity to think more clearly about life and its priorities. It's well organised too - it's so easy to dip in and find your thought for the day. Add this book to your library - it's clear, unpretentious and absolutely worthwhile.'
'In a nutshell, Achieving Balance has become an essential part of helping me realign the priorities in my life. It has opened my eyes to the way I work, I live and how I interact with others. I truly believe that it will help me work and live smarter - helping me identify the important things and discarding things that get in the way of the important things. Achieving Balance though doesn't prescribe how you should live your life - moreover, it guides you to choose the decisions that will improve your quality of life and the relationships you keep. More than a worthy read - a bible for modern day living.'
'Like all the very best novels this book has a fascinating twist in the tail - But this isn't a novel, it's a personal self help work of non-fiction.
In the last few pages the author shares his most personal mental healthcare issues and his challenge with "Achieving Balance".
I was recently introduced and had the pleasure of spending sometime with the author. Alan Willis is a fascinating, engaging and very down to earth bloke, but how does he have such insight in "achieving balance"?
I have read the book from cover to cover - twice. First time in wide mouthed admiration for the simple insight contained within and in complete disbelief of all the things I have been getting so badly wrong during my adult life. During the second reading I was more focused on what I get so badly wrong and what I need to do to achieve balance. I can pinpoint the times in my life when everything was in balance and I can also recognise either end of the balance spectrum and more importantly what causes me to go there!
This book leaves one very seriously unanswered question "Why wasn't I given a copy of this book 30 years ago before I embarked on my unbalanced life?" Because it wasn't available is the simple answer! But it is now so you have no excuses!
I recommend this book to everyone I meet - It will change your life! As a mentor of both undergraduate and postgraduate students I firmly believe that every degree should include a copy of this book to ensure the next generations achieve levels of balance and undoubtedly success that their elders and predecessors never realised was available!
A fabulously insightful book that should be permanently packed in your summer holiday suitcase, what better time to annually CHECK YOUR BALANCE.'
'Its one of these books that you start reading and you don't leave until you reach the last page.
(- and when you reach the last page, you are not going to like it, you would wish there was a bit more!)
This is a remarkable, genuinely written book. The author has a strong voice that reaches straight to your heart because you trust that "he has been there".
Significant lessons to be learnt, and most importantly the example of a man that made it from a heavy storm to a lasting sunshine.
Thank you Allan!'