16 June 2015

Review with Giveaway #244: Calming the Chaos by Jackie Woodside

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.” 

----Henry Adams, an American author

Jackie Woodside, an American psychotherapist, pens her new book, Calming the Chaos: A Soulful Guide to Managing Your Energy Rather Than Your Time, which has already been offered in training programs around the country, which is about how to channel your energy thereby winning over time and chaos.


Far too many people in contemporary culture feel they don't have enough time to "get it all done." The stress of this chronic overwhelm creates a disorganized mind that leads to a chaotic life. Based on her highly acclaimed "Energy Management" workshops, and drawn from over 25 years of counseling and coaching experience, professional trainer and speaker Jackie Woodside shares her breakthrough methods that lead to becoming the least stressed, most productive person you know!
In Calming the Chaos, you will learn the step-by-step skills and thought processes that lead to increased productivity and peace of mind. Jackie's approach stems from the new frontier of human performance called energetic consciousness. Part philosophy, part psychology, fully practical application, you will learn:
- Why there is no such thing as time management and what to do instead.- How to manage your energy instead of your time and stress.- The three-step formula for managing every component of your life for the rest of your life!- Why "to-do lists" are a set up for failure and what really works.- "The Three Strikes Rule" that will end procrastination for good!- How to always know that you have the time for what you want and need to do!
Many books promise to change your life. Applying these principles will make this a reality!

The author have given a whole new meaning to TIME. And before writing any further, I ask you all to grab a copy of this book and read the author's Three-Level steps to manage energy instead of time. And if you can follow by the author's three rules, well, you might not become a stress-free person all of a sudden, but you're bound to feel like you can handle stress and time with your energy.

The writing of the author is simple and articulate and the way she have approached with her methods is very easy for us to contemplate with it. Moreover, she has used strong examples to prove her point. Her words of wisdom proves that she is an experienced human being in this field who can easily guide her fellow human beings to follow her ways. And all the while I was reading, her evocative prose struck with me and kept me engaged to the core of the book.

The author stresses on the fact of redirecting our energy in making schedules which are planned and elaborate and that which is easy to fall into. Moreover, she brings up the subject of making and designing a lifestyle rather than running behind money and the stress of it. The author's idea of getting your work done by today instead of scheduling it for later reminded me of a Hindi poem, which is called, Rahim Ke Dohe, that I read while I was in Grade 4.

Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ub,
Pal Mein Pralaya Hoyegi, Bahuri Karoge Kub

Translation: Tomorrows work do today, today's work now
If the moment is lost, the work be done how

Overall, it's all about appreciating oneself that the author puts the limelight on through this book. This is one of the most inspiring books that I've read this year, and by default, nowadays, I'm trying to apply the author's formulas in my life to make it stress-free and easy.

Verdict: This is a must-read book for each and every adult who claims to have stress in their lives.

Courtesy: I received this book for a blog-tour. 

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Author Interview:

Me: Hello and welcome to my blog, Jackie. Congratulations on your book, Calming the Chaos: A Soulful Guide to Managing Your Energy Rather Than Your Time. Please share with us the inspiration behind this book.

I developed the concepts in this book out of my own need. When I was in my mid 20’s I was diagnosed with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder and then later I had a severe tendonitis in my right elbow and wrist that left me almost entirely unable to use it. The combination of being on pharmaceuticals for the ADD and then the pain of the repetitive motion injury led me to seek the consult of an acupuncturist. He was a kindly man, who, after his evaluation of me, told me that my life force energy was markedly low for someone my age and that if I didn’t drastically address how I was living, I would likely not live a very long life! That certainly got my attention and it was there that I started my studies into understanding about managing personal energy.

Me: Why did you choose to write this inspiring book? And which is your favorite inspiring non-fiction book?

I have been teaching the concepts in this book for the past 10 years and people really love it. I see such deep transformation in people’s lives after applying the principles of Calming the Chaos that I wanted to bring it to a wider audience. So that was my calling and inspiration to write it. As for my favorite non-fiction book, I don’t know that I have one specific book, but I do have authors that I read almost anything they write. Those authors are the late David Hawkins, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and a few other wonderful spiritual inspirations!

Me: How did you research for this book? And what did you expect your readers to learn from after reading this book?

The research was done through observing my students who took the live, in-person program that the book was based on and then also I have read hundreds of books on the topic of consciousness and energy. My own personal experience with no longer being on medications for ADD and learning to manage my own energy in such a way that it is literally endless were also important influences on my development of the concepts for this book.

Me: Was it always your one true dream to be an author?

Yes, I would have to say I have had this dream since I was an elementary school student. I started my first book in 6th grade! Glad to know I finally accomplished that dream! This is my second book and it is doing extremely well so far.

Me: How will you describe your journey so far as an author?

Mostly my journey has been more about failure than success! Ha… I started writing this book three different times and didn’t finish it. So here I am with it finally in print and I am very proud of how it came out. I love being an author, but I am also a coach, trainer and consultant, so it would be a dream to have loads of time to spend reading, researching and writing more. I’ve written two books in the last three years. I hope I can accelerate that pace.

Me: What other passions do you have, apart from writing books?

I have more passions that I can count, probably!! I love so many things… First off, spending time with my family. I am married and have a wonderful son. I adore them both. We have a summer cottage in the 1000 Islands of Upstate NY and I am in love with spending our summers there. I am an avid racquetball and basketball player. I love to read, travel, work out in my yard, putter around my house and spend time with friends. Life is just so rich and magical!

Me: How will you describe your normal writing day? And what do you do to get away from the stress of a long day's work?

I don’t find work stressful! That’s the best way of getting away from the stress! I love everything I do in my life. I know that sounds like a panacea or something, but it is true. My normal writing day…. I write when my son is at school for 3 or 4 hours of the day and then start again around 8 PM after my son is in bed and write till around 11 or 12. Those are some of my best writing hours - I’m more of a night owl and I really get into the zone when I write later into the night.

Me: What's next up on your writing sleeves? Please tell us briefly about it.

I am formulating a new approach to life that goes beyond the traditional psychological view that how you are is determined by your past. It’s still in the formation, but the feedback I am getting when I speak on the topic is very positive so far.

Me: Thank you so much for joining me today in this interview session. I wish you luck for all your future endeavors.

Same to you! Thank you for having me!

Author Info:

Jackie Woodside, CPC, LICSW is a psychotherapist, coach, speaker and author, specializing in the power of managing personal energy, rather than time or stress. An Amazon bestselling author of 'What If It’s Time for a Change?' and highly sought-after speaker on leadership and empowerment topics, Jackie conducts training programs for public, private and government sectors nationwide.

Connect with Jackie:  Website  ~  Twitter   ~  Facebook


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