The world as we know it is changing, and with those changes come new opportunities and new methods to achieve them. The Doctors and special guest Dr. Phil McGraw empower you and your loved ones with successful strategies from Dr. Phil’s new book, Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World.
“When the game changes, the rules change; when the rules change, you’ve got to throw out the rule book, so I wrote a new one,” Dr. Phil explains. “Life Code is about finding ways in your life to win, and win in a big way.”
Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World is published byBird Street Books, Inc., which is owned by The Doctors' executive producer, and is sold through these online retailers and at bookstores nationwide.
"The Sweet 16" Formula for Success
“Everybody has to have a plan,” Dr. Phil says. “There is a formula for success and I’ve boiled it down to what I call The Sweet 16."
Your Own Worst Enemy
Laura considers herself to be a hypochondriac and struggles each and every day with the disabling nature of her paranoid mentality.
“I’m 27 years old and I should be out with friends, out doing normal activities, working, making money, starting a family, and I seclude myself because I’m a hypochondriac. It basically is like living in a prison,” Laura says.
Dr. Phil compares Laura’s chronic anxiety to an addiction, where the payoff is constant reassurance that nothing is wrong.
Achieving Personal Goals
Lindsay, 26, has dreamed of being a nurse for years and is passionate about helping others; however, unexpected setbacks in her life have caused her to drop out of nursing school twice.
“It’s really hard to say out loud, but I know I’m a quitter; I’ve quit everything that I’ve started,” Lindsay says.
"The difference between a dream and a goal is a timeline,” Dr. Phil says. “Someday is not a day of the week.”
To help Lindsay overcome one setback, scholarships.com offers her financial assistance to pursue her dream of becoming a registered nurse.
Seven Key Strategies to Attain a Goal
1. Express your goal in specific terms.
2. Express your goal in terms that can be measured.
3. Assign a timeline to your goal.
4. Choose a goal that you can control.
5. Plan a program and a strategy that will get you to your goal.
6. Define your goal in terms of steps.
7. Create accountability to stay on track.
Making Sense of Medical Bills
Cori in Johnsberg, Illinois writes:
I am so confused by my medical bills. There are terms on there I don’t understand, multiple charges for what seems like the same thing and so on. I owe so much now that I feel like I’ll never be able to pay it. What are my options?
“If you have insurance, your insurance company has already negotiated. If you don’t and you’re stuck with a high medical bill, that negotiation may be up to you, the individual,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
Dr. Phil explains that there is a whole chapter in Life Code dedicated to negotiation.
The Doctors and Dr. Phil demonstrate how the power of negotiation may allow you to lower the cost of a steep medical bill.
The Mind/Body Connection
Stress can have harmful systemic effects on the body over time, but did you know it can also have a negative impact on your mind? The Doctors hits the streets to find out some of the most unintelligent things people have done while under pressure.
See how the brain processes thoughts and how high levels of stress can suppress cognitive function.
“The mind/body connection is so profound,” Dr. Phil says. “I want people to read [Life Code] to do a life audit and say, ‘Am I truly being who I am?’ because if you’re not, all of that stress, all of those things in the mind/body connection just make life an uphill battle. And it doesn’t have to be that way.”
The Psychology of Luck
Are certain people just born lucky? Experimental psychologist Richard Wiseman spent more than a decade studying 700 subjects in what he called “The Luck Lab.” His findings showed that people who expected good things to happen were more likely to receive opportunities and had better physical health than those who considered themselves unlucky. Additionally, people with positive attitudes proved more capable of turning bad breaks into good fortune, leading Wiseman to the conclusion that people truly do make their own luck.
“If you’re not in a position to win, you can’t win,” Dr. Phil says.
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Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World is published by Bird Street Books, Inc., which is owned by The Doctors' executive producer.
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