For guidance on life coaching

I’m thoroughly biased. Having been personally trained by the estimable, inimitable Martha Beck and having edited several of her books, I wholeheartedly recommend Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live, Steering by Starlight: The Science and Magic of Finding Your Destiny, and Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want.

For guidance on challenging your thoughts

Byron Katie’s "The Work," is a simple, elegant formula for challenging the painful beliefs that can hold us back. I recommend Katie’s brilliant book, Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, as well as her website,, which offers free worksheets, videos, and support for putting The Work to work in your own life.

I also love Brooke Castillo’s transformative guide, Self-Coaching 101, which helps readers draw the crucial connection between circumstances and feelings—and how unearthing the often-unconscious thoughts that lead from what’s happening and how we feel about it is the key to liberating ourselves from painful beliefs.

For guidance on meditation

The Chopra Center offers a variety of meditation programs to help you access inner stillness. You can also sign up for free 21-day guided meditations that arrive in your email in-box every morning. Go to

For guidance about pursuing goals

Debra Condren's Ambition is Not a Dirty Word: A Woman’s Guide to Earning Her Worth and Achieving Her Dreams is an excellent guide on how to achieve personal and career goals with integrity.

About Betsy

Betsy Rapoport is a Certified Martha Beck Master Life Coach. You can find out more about her at, and her humorous weight loss website,