Life Strategies by Phillip C. McGraw

Life Strategies

Whether it's a bad relationship, a dead-end career, or a harmful habit, Dr. McGraw's 10 Life Laws will empower you to take responsibility for your own actions and break free from self-destructive patterns. Drawing upon more than fifteen years of experience, Dr. McGraw explores each of the 10 Life Laws necessary to succeed:Life Law #1: You either get it, or you don't.Strategy: Become one of those who gets it.Life Law #2: You create your own experi...

Details Life Strategies

TitleLife Strategies
Release DateJan 1st, 2006
GenreSelf Help, Nonfiction, Psychology, Personal Development

Reviews Life Strategies

  • MizzSandie
    This is one of those books that I'm not going to finish. And I'm one of those compulsive 'gotta finish it' kind of people that usually waste too much time on books I'm giving the benefit of the doubt, hoping to find at least a little bit of value in.But this book... I could, but I won't. I'm just going to save myself the trouble and the time. And I'mAble to do that because from what I've read I already know that I highly disagree with the premise...
  • Sara Montgomery
    Despite what you may think of Dr.Phil and his television show, this is really a wonderful book. I read it years ago when I felt my life was out of control.... reading it literally changed me and enabled me to find my footing again. That's a pretty big feat for a relatively small book. Will always be one of my favorites.
  • Jill
    My mom said that "everyone should read this book" and I would probably agree, but I think what my mom meant was, "everyone that doesn't have a clue what they are doing in this life should read this book". At first, I thought Dr. Phil would test my nerves with his southern drawl and high and mighty philosophies, but I liked it. He just makes sense and he doesn't mince words, and it all seems simple, but it is always interesting the more things see...
  • Laurie
    This book really made me turn my life around and start "creating my own experience!" I used it with the workbook and took it seriously. It helped me heal my relationships with my parents, forgive people I didn't realize I needed to, and taught me how to move forward and have the life I want and deserve.I still refer to the book 4 years later when I'm teaching the youth or a lesson at church. The principles in this book are so empowering. It's the...
  • Zinta
    "Life Strategies" is a quick, very basic reminder of sound - just as the title states - life strategies. Nothing profound here. Nothing earth shattering. Nothing you probably haven't heard in most contemporary self-help books, in fact. Or from your favorite neighborhood therapist, I imagine. The book may be a good addition to your bookshelf if that is what you seek - something of a reference book, or checklist, to turn to now and then to jog your...
  • Margaret
    I've never before read a book of Dr. Phil's, although I have watched his show a few times and found him to be surprisingly realistic, and to give relatively sound advice. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. There's not a lot of new ideas, but he offers new ways of looking at old things. At first it seemed like it was going to be easy to read, but I found myself re-reading several sections, then waiting a few days and reading them again. If y...
  • Kristal
    This is a great book to remind ourselves how to keep things in life in perspective. There's a lot of great advice but it can be sort of dry with his storytelling.
  • Tim
    I think that there is some good to be had from questioning the way things are and our own behaviours from time to time and I rather like Dr Phil's homely anecdotes and his "no bull" way of putting things across. In fact based on that I have recommended this book to several people, in fact even bought a copy for the odd person here and there who I thought would benefit from reading it. Only trouble is that at some point one has to question whether...
  • Ilya Mrz
    #1: You either get it, or you don't.Strategy: Become one of those who gets it.#2: You create your own experience.Strategy: Acknowledge and accept accountability for your life.#3: People do what works.Strategy: Identify the payoffs that drive your behavior and that of others.#4: You cannot change what you do not acknowledge.Strategy: Get real with yourself about your life and everybody in it.#5: Life rewards action.Strategy: Make careful decisions...
  • Martha Anne Davidson
    Dr. Phil's Life Strategies (1999) presents 10 Life Laws, beginning with #1 You Either Get It or You Don't and #2 You Create Your Own Experience. In the book, Dr. Phil advises about the importance of taking responsibility for our lives. What he teaches about the Power of Forgiveness in Life Law #9 deserves the 5-star rating in and of itself, but I learned a great deal from all of the Life Laws. In writing this annotation, I am using one of his str...
  • Jon
    What's telling is that I listened to this book on tape only a year ago and forgot it entirely until I saw it on the shelf yesterday at my local library. As I think back on it I can remember three things: 1. Dr. Phil manages to say it like it is (a plus) even though he's giving platitude after platitude(a minus): "own your life," "accept responsibility for your actions," etc. 2. One time Oprah was having this hard situation with a lawsuit. Then sh...
  • Antoinette
    i really enjoy dr phil and this book is straight to the point, which i also love.
  • Sharyar Khan
    A good book that tells you how to live life in a positive manner
  • Nadosia Grey
    This book is another self-help guide, but—unlike others—held with good intentions. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this book is that it is interactive in that there are assignments. If one follows them, they will certainly see results. Although assignments are part of the book, it does not dominate the entirety of it so there is no need to worry about having to do them to get anything out of the book. The life lessons are straightfor...
  • Brett
    I feel very sorry for people that buy books like this and read this one for my mom who sent it to me. Having a guy describe common sense to you as a life lesson like not talking back to cops, understanding that life is not fair, and that things will change in an instant is no surprise to me. Nor should it be to anyone that does not live a sheltered life where they have people do stuff for them. Phil talks on others stories from afar that he is cl...
  • Lashanda
    I love me some Dr. Phil. This is the 2nd book I credit to inspiring me to move from Houston to West Coast. It totally changed my perspective on life and how I saw myself and other people. It also really helped me to face and understand the reality that I am solely and fully responsible for my everything that happens in my life and my own happiness. Seems like common sense on some levels, but becoming fully conscious of that reality and everything...
  • Harish Sankar
    Just like the law of Gravity, there are universal social laws to this very life which governs the behaviour of human beings. And just because you dont believe in the law of gravity, doesn't mean you won't trip if you are careless.This book describes 10 life laws, and asks us to build a strategy to work those laws to our benefit."There are a lot of dogs for the bone, and if you don't have a clear strategy, then you simply aren't competitive" is Dr...
  • JP
    I like the no-nonsense approach to counseling that he and others are starting to advocate. 1. You either get it, or you don't. 2. You create your own experience. 3. People do what works. 4. You cannot change what you do not acknowledge. 5. Life rewards action. 6. There is no reality; only perception. 7. Life is managed; it is not cured. 8. We teach people how to treat us. 9. There is power in forgiveness. 10. You have to name it to claim it.
  • Geoffrey Cheng
    This book tells me that I'm responsible for my every negative emotions... which is a good reminder. Without specifically mentioning higher spirits tho, people are still lost without a clear direction of what to follow, as soon as we know we should distance ourselves from the negative town.Explained in simple-to-understand english, I think this is a great book that explains many aspects of psychology that leads to unproductive results.
  • Gerald Thomson
    Though not the easiest read, McGraw has some excellent, down-and-dirty, advice to pass on. He does not hold back, calling people to personal responsibility, not only for their actions, but for the results those actions get. If you feel like you are drifting through life, this book will help you get focused to achieve what you really want.
  • Kelly
    OK, before he was on T.V. (and perhaps a sell-out) he was a level-headed guy who wrote this very good book. It's no-nonsense, no-fluff, no magical thinking.Does it work? Yes? Then do it. No? Then quit it. I mean. how freaking sensible is that? Yay sense!
  • Louise
    Great book if you're interested in getting your life in order. Dr. Phil's no nonsense approach is real, honest and cuts through all the nicey pie stuff. He lays it all out on the line whether you want to hear it or not. Everyone should read this book to ensure you're living YOUR life to the fullest and with gusto!!
  • Fredia
    Bought this book in June 2006 when I needed the information that was contained therein. It's about the 10 Laws of Life... including...Life Law #1: You either get it or you don't and Life Law #8: We teach people how to treat us. Good information...and I still refer back to it when I need a refresher!
  • C.J. Sullivan
    This is one of the best self-help books I've read, and I've read a lot of them. I think Dr. Phil wrote this before he had his own show, but he still has the wisdom, intelligence, and no-bullshit attitude that someone like me needs when it comes to improving myself and taking ownership for the wrong turns I've made.
  • Madeline Ellis
    ugh. i'm not sure why i get that reaction when i bring this book back up in my memory file. it was a pretty good book- very "self helpish" which i love but you have to like dr. phil and i do, most days. he does have a tendency to yell at you through a book but then again that may work for some of us..he makes a lot of good points
  • Amy Young
    This was the first book I read through the lens of a certain writing project I'm working on. This book helped me get a handle on how many words per chapter and overall in the book -- before this if you'd ask me about how many words were in different books, I'd have had no clue. Now having gone down this rabbit hole of wpp, wpc, and wpb I can bore the best of them with my analysis :-)
  • Julie
    Enjoyed reading this, it did help me with some situations I'm currently going through.I didn't do the work that was required, seemed like too much hard work unfortunately.Good to know that the homework isn't essential but the book is still helpful.
  • Chris Bray
    I'm usually not a big self-help book reader, but I really enjoyed this book. I think it is a must read for everyone who seems to be "stuck" in some aspect of their lives. It does make you evaluate your life and how you react and interact with others.
  • Gideon
    Essential reading.Incomplete in its scope, but certainly truthful and I praise Dr Phil in his standing to find core structures to use in improving one's life, instead of getting stick in 'traditional' psychology.