Book Review: You Can Have What You Want


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Do you not believe you can have what you want? Well, beliefs aren’t facts, and the truth is that you can have what you want, but whether or not you will have what you want is dependent (probably) on many factors. And the single most important and influential factor is you, yourself, and no-one else.

The subtitle to this book is Proven Strategies for Inner and Outer Success and Michael Neil's mission is to help the reader create a life that makes them go “wow!”. It does this by helping us to get clear on what we’d really like (for ourselves, rather than for others), to understand how we get in our own way, and how to stop doing that. Reading this book will help you to wake up to what you really, really want. An exercise in one of the early chapters resulted in me setting a “wow” goal for next year that took me completely by surprise and made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.

It wasn’t that I was not aware of that desire, it was just that I was postponing it until I was ready for it at some future date. Hey, and I’m the one who constantly reminds her clients that the secret to living the life of your dreams is to start doing so now, as now is all we really have! But I’m only human, and I was sabotaging myself until Michael Neil woke me up to my strong desire to do this now, not later!

As suggested by the subtitle, this book is every bit as much about your inner success as it is about the outer trappings of success. After inspiring you to set yourself a goal that excites and delights you (and yes, scares you a little too), Neil then walks the reader through the typical obstacle course to success. You know, the little things like beliefs, motivation, time, money, fear and more.

The book is jam-packed with exercises to help you figure things out, and set yourself up to move forwards. Rather than getting you all excited and then letting you off to chase your dream, this book supports you on the journey by preparing you for the obstacles that could otherwise put a halt to your gallop.

Don’t believe you can have what you want or don’t know how to go about it? Don’t have the time or money you need, or scared of failing? There is a multitude of exercises to help you get past these and other barriers to your success. It’s very much a “doing” rather than a straightforward “reading” book, but if you want to set yourself up for success, whatever that means for you, it’s well worth investing the time in it.

Hilda Carroll is a life and business coach who specialises in helping her clients to enjoy the journey, by realising the ability to BE happy WHILE they pursue their goals, the achievement of which then becomes a bonus, rather than the basis of their happiness.

For a copy of her free ebook, The Steps to True Inner Happiness, visit her website:


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