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Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,322 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
Discover the effective strategies for making real change in your life. This human, practical program puts your vague yearnings and dreams to work for you--with concrete results. You will learn to: discover your strengths and skills; turn your fears and negative feelings into positive tools; diagram the path to your goal--and make out target dates for meeting it, and much m ...more
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Published June 1st 1988 by MacMillan Audio (first published 1979)
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Sep 09, 2007 Jeanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This little gem has been around for almost thirty years now and I've worked through it a number of times, both personally and sharing it with friends, particularly those making life choices.

The central principles of the book - daring to say what you really want, and then finding the support to help you broaden the idea and make it a reality -- were freeing to me intellectually when I first read this. I had just come out of a graduate program in which I studied vocational choice theory, among oth
Apr 26, 2008 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who has a dream
I read this book MANY years ago, so I am commenting on that edition - don't know if she has changed it much in the years since. I hope not - it was excellent then.

I am NOT a sucker for a good self-help book, but this takes a very practical approach to figuring out what is important to YOU and then figuring out how to make it happen.

There's no navel-contemplating, no existential psycho-babble - just clear cut, real life ways to make things happen in your life.

Oct 11, 2012 Sonja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I openly scoffed at it while I was reading it. But I sort of grudgingly did the activities and stuff, and you know what? It worked. It's not The Secret or anything, though it is a little touchy-feely. You actually have to do the work to make things happen, and it really is work not just the power of positive thinking or some crap. There's a lot of practical advice in here about getting yourself from point A "I wish" to point B "woohoo!" If you've got an unrealized dream (who doesn't?), give it a ...more
Rebecca Waring-Crane
The new age-y title seems more like edgy spin for this nuts and bolts handbook for owning and realizing goals (wild dreams). First printed in the late 1970's, this 30th anniversary edition references quaint, dated practices like using a typewriter and researching at the library. But charming anachronisms do not dilute the potent, practical guidance Sher presents with humor and tested, step-by-step expertise. Over and over Sher's wisdom made me laugh as I realized how much that is served up as cu ...more
Sep 18, 2011 Satia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I give up. This book was recommended to me ages ago and I tried to read it then. For some reason I couldn't get into it and never finished it. I assumed it was just a matter of timing. Later I tried to read it again but had the same experience. Started but stopped. I think this was my third time, or maybe even my fourth attempt, to read this book. In chapter 2 Sher asks a series of questions to help identify those experiences that may have disconnected the reader from their essential self and th ...more
Jul 22, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need to reread this and read any updates in the latest edition. I had to laugh one time when I saw some unschooled cataloguer had Deweyed it in the "witchcraft" area! Ha! But in a way, this self-help book is witchery because it guides you to begin to bend and manipulate your life in the direction you really long to go.

A good way to read this is not propped up by pillows in your comfy bed but upright in a chair, at a desk, with pen and blank notebook at the ready. You will be prompted to consid
Nick Brown
Sep 29, 2011 Nick Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is easily the best and most important book I've read this year!

What makes this book so important is the metaskill that Barbara Cher teaches the reader - how to go out and get what you want.

The essence of this book can be pulled from the title itself - Wishcraft. Or rather Wish-Craft. The first part is the "wishing" part, and Barbara walks the reader through several exercises that removes their inhibitions and allows them to reveal what they truly want out of life.

The "craft" part is wh
Nicole McElhose
May 09, 2013 Nicole McElhose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There must be some mistake. I mean, the fact that I read a self-help book is weird enough, but the fact that I enjoyed a self-help book--well, I think we must have stumbled into some kind of parallel universe. Pretty sure doing so threw those universes out of whack.


I actually picked this book up for research purposes. It was referenced in a writing book about archetypes, and the title called to me. It proved a fantastic book for both character sketches, especially in terms of motivatio
Though written and published in the late 1970s--as reflected by some of the "winner" language--Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want is still relevant and full of helpful techniques for all people who dream of a life more satisfying, and want to bring more of what they love into their currently lives rather than waiting for happiness to arrive sometimes in the distant, uncertain future.

Admittedly, being a "Scanner" (see: Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to
Barry Davis
Feb 16, 2016 Barry Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The original book by Sher that began to introduce her extraordinary insights and advice, subtitled “How to Get What You Really Want in Life.” Like all of her writings, very insightful and “in your face.” This particular book includes specific guidance on learning about your styles and goals, setting up a wall calendar to challenge and direct you, facing your negative feelings with hard times (she calls this the power of negative thinking), “brainstorming” your goals and then “barn-raising” with ...more
Nov 30, 2008 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a self-help book to help you find out what you want to do with your life. i'll say that this is one of the most important book's i've read and worked through in my life because it worked. i found out that i want to be an editor!!!!!
May 27, 2015 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
This book was immensely helpful and the author has a supportive voice throughout the book. I have had the same dream for several years and kept falling apart and falling down every now and then. I got so frustrated. I feel like I have come full circle with my dream because I remember having a job coach who recommended that I read this book. Following the instructions of the book really opened a lot of doors for me that were not there in the beginning. However, I was not emotionally prepared for ...more
Grace Samis
Bar none - this book is the BEST book on teaching you how to not only 'get what you really want', but how to figure out what it is that you really want!
Ray Charbonneau
Feb 05, 2009 Ray Charbonneau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Really almost the same book as her "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was", but the advice in both books is worth reinforcing.
Julie Moore
Jul 05, 2009 Julie Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fabulous book! I would recommend it to anyone who is "SEARCHING". Very different from any "self-help" genre book I've read!
Edit: 27/03/2015

This book IS the holy grail, the one that rules them all! Re-reading it I have found that it contains concentrated wisdoms taught by all the wise people such as Tony Robbins, Brené Brown, Jonathan Fields, Sage Grayson, Beate Chelette etc... And yet it's nearly 40 years old!!
It contains concrete and easy to follow instructions and exercises. It's not some la-dee-da self help book, it's a very practical tool to get s**t done!
I know I will need to go back over and over again to var
Saira Priest
May 03, 2016 Saira Priest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those of us who find ourselves starting many things and beating ourselves up for not finishing some things, or those of us who haven't quite found our "one thing" to focus on for the rest of our lives, relief is here.
Barbara has come up with a label (scanners) that brings relief to those who have yet to accept that there's nothing wrong, per se, with these traits, we just need to embrace them, and truly love those parts of ourselves. Then we are free to find strategies to get everything done
Sep 14, 2008 Sasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a classic in its genre. It is potentially of great value to anyone. The ideas in here, the system that Sher offers, are just that good. If there's something in life that you want and it's not quite working out, or you aren't even sure what you want but you know you haven't got it, this book offers you process by which, step by step, you clarify the situation and progress more easily to your goal.

However, it is written in a self-helpy style. There are different self-helpy styles; Sh
Jul 17, 2016 Delhia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up at a used bookstore and thought I'd give it a go since I've been feeling pretty stuck in some areas of my life. There were a lot of interesting writing prompts that helped me explore some of the self imposed blocks and obstacles I struggle with. I can see myself going through the book again.
Aug 05, 2015 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent little resource to help walk you through the exercise of making a path between 'here and now' and 'where you want to be.' At times dramatic or fantastical, Sher reminds readers that thinking outside current circumstances is the only way to make big changes. Happy Wishing...and Planning.
Rachel Willis
Sep 11, 2011 Rachel Willis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a type of self-help book that not only gives one the confidence to pursue what they really want, but also gives one a solid plan for how to achieve it. This book isn't about pumping you up to pursue your goals, but tells you how to get them by giving you realistic expectations about what you can get and how you can get it. Part of the book helps you figure out what you want (if you're not sure) with exercises geared toward your creative side. The second part is called "Goalcraft", and it ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two practices from this book helped me a lot:

1)Find the emotional touchstone within your wish, e.g. if the wish is 'to be famous,' what aspect of fame is the most important to you? This helps you find ways to fulfill the underlying desire.

2)If there is an event in your past that you feel prevents you from attaining a wish, write about it over and over, until it loses its power to hold you back. For me it took a number of years, but it worked.

She is so practical and clear minded, and I love her no bones approach to setting and achieving goals. This book is a good choice for any person who has ever identified a goal, had no idea how to achieve it, and still hasn't started.

12-20-2014 Second read notes:
The best reading is re-reading. This time, I have implemented more of her approaches to goal setting and achieving. My friend Anne asked me once, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." Sher shows you how, and I believe I can do
May 11, 2013 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The strength of this book is the way the author is so in touch with human nature. Her approach is not to get you to become a different person but rather to get on with the business of finding what you love and making a living out of it while still being the person you are now, without a personality transplant. And along the way she offers little pieces of wisdom.

I particularly appreciated the section on The Power of Negative Thinking. "…it just isn't human nature to feel good all the time. And
Jordan T.
Feb 02, 2015 Jordan T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a very inspirational guide on how to plan on getting what you want, and moving forward from there on to the next thing.
Dec 08, 2011 Joanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book recommended by a very successful friend, years ago. It helped him map out his future, which led to Harvard MBA school and a great job at a private financial institution. He specifically named this book as a great tool and inspiration to him. I bought it one year for all of my girlfriends at Christmas.

It stresses that in order to reach your goals, you need to map backwards down to what you even need to do TOMORROW to accomplish them. This book really helps you identify and break down
Sep 10, 2016 Ethel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If your still looking for the things you want read this book!!!
Jun 25, 2016 Dearwassily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: woo
Worth it for a clear process for brain-storming.
Cosmic Arcata
Dec 16, 2014 Cosmic Arcata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Helped me unschool myself.
Victoria A. Madatova
Dec 03, 2014 Victoria A. Madatova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
нет, это не очередная книжка по изотерике... ))))
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Barbara Sher is a speaker, career/lifestyle coach, and best-selling author of seven books on goal achievement. Her books have sold millions of copies and been translated into many languages. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, and Good Morning America and her public television specials ai
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