Best Self

Be You, Only Better
Narrated by: Mike Bayer, Phil McGraw
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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Foreword by Dr. Phil McGraw.

Ask yourself...are you truly who you want to be? Is this the life you really want? Are you living each day as your best self? What can you change today?

How would you answer those questions? Think about your daily life. Are you thriving or going through the motions? Are your days full of work, relationships, and activities that are true to your authentic self, or do you feel trapped on a treadmill of responsibility? If you dream of a better life, now is the time to turn your dream into reality. The tools you need are within your grasp to design a life that is fulfilling on the deepest levels. Best Self will show you how.

Mike Bayer, known to the thousands of clients whose lives he has changed as Coach Mike, has helped everyone from pop stars to business executives to people just like you discover the freedom to be their best selves. By asking them and leading them to ask themselves a series of important but tough questions - such as “What are your core values?”, “Do you go to bed each day more knowledgeable than when you woke up?”, and “Am I neglecting some aspect of my physical health out of fear or denial?” - he helps them see what their best selves and anti-selves really look like. 

As a mental health specialist, a personal development coach, and an all-around change agent, Mike has seen the amazing ways in which lives can improve with honesty and clarity. He understands our struggles intimately, because he’s faced - and overcome - his own. He knows that change is possible. 

By working through each of the seven SPHERES of life - social, personal, health, education, relationships, employment, and spiritual development - Best Self is an accessible and interactive audiobook that distills all of Coach Mike’s wisdom into a compact, focused guide that will ignite anyone’s desire for change. Best Self will empower you to embrace your authenticity, acknowledge what is holding you back, and break through to live a passionate life to the fullest, forever.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Michael Bayer (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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There wasn’t any enhancement file with the audio boo!

Mike Bayer Does a wonderful job with this self-help book; however, I was unable to do any of the practice worksheets because they didn’t come with the audio version, and I was unable to find them anywhere online. I do audiobooks because I have a vision impairment, so purchasing the book in print seemed counterproductive. I tried writing my exercises and worksheets out on a piece of paper, but Mike often says, “Consider the following questions,” but wIthout the book,
It was impossible to know what the questions were. I wish I would’ve had an alternative! I’m certain that I would’ve gotten much more out of this book if I would have had the proper tools when reading it.

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Life altering

I loved it love that Mike is the narrator. I am starting to teach my kids and my foster kids some of the points of the book.

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I WANTED to enjoy this...

I think Mike Bayer is probably a talented coach but narrating his own book was a mistake. I only made it through this first three chapters of the audio book in 3-4 listening sessions before I had to shut it off for good. He sounds like he’s reading someone else’s work... for the first time. He never settles into it and comes across as actually knowing/feeling what he’s talking about. I compare it to Tasha Eurich’s narration of her book “Insight” which FEELS like she’s an expert sharing her knowledge with you. Mike sounds stressed and tight through the first three chapters and because this information feels more like something I want to settle into, I want the narration to invite me in, not keep me on edge and mildly irritated that his delivery feels disingenuous.

Additionally, I don’t think I heard anything in the first three chapters that is new or a new perspective on old material. It feels like a remix of information and has me wondering if it’s worth committing to the rest of the book. I have the hard copy as well and hope that will be more engaging. Dr. Phil rarely goes wrong in the people he endorses so I’m sure Mike Bayer has something unique to offer in his book but I haven’t seen it yet. Fingers crossed it emerges from the pages like it didn’t in the audio version.

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An Excellent Tool

This book gives step by step guideline & examples for working on any area of your life. I listened to the audio and now plan to print out the worksheets (included) and go through the book again and work through the exercises. I am going to refer and likely gift to several people I know & care about!

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How to be a Better Coach to you and?

Coach Mike does such a fantastic Job. The obvious (not Hidden) reference to 12 step literature will make the perfect gift to a person in recovery. It also is a great read for the person needing to do a little self-coaching as well as being helpful with parenting and getting closer to your family.
Enjoy a great read and your Best Self

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I TRIED to enjoy this book...

I always prefer books read by the author, but NOT this time. I was so painful to listen to Mike read his book. He sounds like he is reading someone else's book for the first time and he really isn't buying what they're selling. There is no passion, nothing drawing you in in his voice. Additionally, the material seems dated and unoriginal. I really tried to enjoy this book but it was like listening to nails on a chalk board. I was only able to get through 2-1/2 chapters and I had to stop.

This will be the first book I return on Audible.

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I will be listening again! love it!

This is a wonderful self help audio. It gives great approaches and thought processes to look at yourself through and tools! Highly recommended.

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  • 06-01-19

great!

I really enjoyed and learned a lot from this book. I now ask myself frequently if I'm acting as my best self or my antiself. I love that it focuses on every important aspect of your life

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Wonderful Book for Any Stage of Your Life

I love this book walks you through all the processes with worksheets and lets you assess each step so you have a working plan to achieve your goals. Buying it for all my high school and college graduates.

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Mike is an inspiration.

I hope more books are to come and I always hope that Mike reads his books and no one else.

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  • 03-04-19

Engaging and practical

I didn't follow the enhancement to being with but now see it as a valuable tool to make progress in life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-19

OMG could not get past 35 minutes into this book, disappointment beyond belief

Utter clap trap.. was really looking forward to some deep insight... got nothing more than religious clap trap and self help quotations...and difficult to listen to a guy that sounds like he has difficulty reading

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  • 01-09-20

Very helpful

I found this book to be helpful for any one having issues with mental health that need some good advise and structure in their lives

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  • Trinny
  • 10-05-19

Fantastic Read

I am really enjoying this book. It has helped me see through the fog and get back to being my best self. I highly recommend this book and make sure you download the PFD information and work sheets.

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