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Midweek #4

A book written by Dan Rosin (PhD) has remained a best seller (Top 10) for 44 consecutive weeks at McNally Robinson and Chapters in Winnipeg.                                                                                                                                                                                                       for

This was the headline in our local paper back in 2003. A long time ago and by all standards this book should have run its course by now. However, it is in its 6th printing and has sold over 10,000 copies. I am told by McNally Robinson staff that this is highly unusual for a Canadian author (outside of the biggies). I am still supplying McNally Robinson with several copies a month, with just as many being sold by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and author House. To say I am both shocked and grateful at how this book has been receiving is an understatement.

"Finding Balance: 101 concepts for taking better care of self" is a collection of insights, concepts, and stories designed to help readers develop healthier attitudes toward work, relationships, and the achievement of well-being. It is informed by research and inspired by many years of counselling and therapeutic practice, and hundreds of hours as a workshop facilitator.


Conscious vs. Automatic

I don't trust myself, and others even less, when it comes to automatically making good lifestyle choices. I believe people store messages on their brain computers that cause them to make automatic choices that may be detrimental to their health:

• work until the job is done, then you can play
• if you want something done, do it yourself
• if it's worth doing, it's worth doing well-all the time

These messages are essentially concerned with perfectionism and, if followed consistently, will rob us of our health. A lot of learned behaviors (messages) are automatic in that we do them without conscious thought. To get our lives in balance requires us to remain focused, to stay on track, and to think daily about what we need to do to achieve our goals. We need to stay in the here and now and make decisions consciously, not base them on old messages/habits. You need to think and plan more consciously about what is healthy and good for you, instead of just responding to what you should do.          

                          Perhaps you have already started...


          Perfection is most often a dysfunctional state.

Other people don't need to be different for me to get healthy.
            In fact, I expect them to remain the same.
            What I do need to change is me, and I will
                         right after this crisis (mm)

You can purchase a copy of Dan's new book on-line via his affiliate book store McNally Robinson.  Click the link below to purchase a copy of Finding Balance via McNally Robinson. ( - see Site Navigation----Purchase-On-Line)