Book Review: “Make Your SHIFT” by Beverly Flaxington

by | Jan 16, 2017 | Planning Your Business, Reviews, Taking Action

Carma holds a copy of Make Your ShiftMake Your SHIFT: The Five Most Powerful Moves You Can Make to Get Where YOU Want to Go
By Beverly D. Flaxington
ATA Press

Available through Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. You can find it at other online and offline book sellers, as well.

Summary of Make Your SHIFT:

This book provides the reader with solid, simple strategies for enjoying and succeeding in their business and personal lives. Make Your Shift outlines an approach to systemically removing obstacles and moving on to achieving goals. The strategic steps outlined as SHIFT™ give readers a way to achieve higher levels of effectiveness as they SPECIFY the desired outcome, HIGHLIGHT obstacles and categorize, IDENTIFY the human factor, FIND alternatives and then TAKE disciplined action.

What I liked about Make Your SHIFT:

My experience of this book was like having my eyes opened to the parts of planning that were missing. The author takes traditional planning techniques — SMART goals and the essence of a SWOT Analysis — and adds in her expertise on human behavior. The result is a methodology for making a change in your life that seems doable. I’m really excited to use the SHIFT method in my own life as I move forward to achieve my goals for 2017.

The book is short and succinct. It is easy to ready and approachable. The steps are clearly outlined and Flaxington provides plenty of examples from business, career and life so you can see how these steps can be implemented for your own goal achievement.

What I didn’t like about Make Your SHIFT:

The author includes worksheets you can use to implement the various steps. However, because the book is a typical trade paperback size — and I don’t like writing in books — they aren’t terribly useful. I think it would be even better if she provided links to downloadable versions of these worksheets, making them more usable and reusable moving forward.


This is an excellent book that I think would be very useful for helping readers make changes in their lives. I’ve been on the self-improvement journey for a very long time and have experienced many a bump in the road. This is the firs book I’ve read that made me feel like I could actually implement the steps and achieve the results I wanted.


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I just might buy copies of this book to give as presents to everyone in my life who is struggling with self-improvement.

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past book reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to read or not read the book, even if you disagree with my opinion.

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