I’ve always been a seeker and I have followed many paths towards becoming enlightened. I studied yoga because I thought it would help me find some of the answers to life’s biggest mysteries. I took a meditation course wanting to tap into my highest state of consciousness. I went to hear the Dali Lama speak in New York City to learn from this wise and holy man. And I’ve read his teachings and those of many others including self-help gurus Deepak Chopra and Stephen Covey.
I’ve read many wonderful words of wisdom that helped me to find inner peace and happiness. But as a seeker, the journey is constant and so I’ve sought out more readings to help myself grow. One of the books that’s had the biggest impact on my quest for knowing myself is Stage Climbing: The Shortest Path to Your Highest Potential by Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.
This book outlines an entirely new way of thinking that’s already helped many people to achieve more than they had previously thought possible in their personal and professional lives. Dr. Broder has been using his process successfully for over 30 years and now he is sharing his life-changing secrets and strategies. His book has been strongly endorsed by the aforementioned gurus Chopra and Covey who gave Stage Climbing rave reviews.
By learning Dr. Broder’s simple system, you can use it to change your life. It’s a formula to give you insight into where and how you may be stuck in a specific part of your life, such as your career, spirituality, parenting skills, or with your relationships. In the shortest time possible, Stage Climbing literally helps you to “grow up” and to identify and then use the best parts of yourself to meet any of life’s challenges.
This book presents seven distinct stages that you can apply to or view any facet of your life. You then have the power to choose to stay where you are or to consciously “climb” to the higher stage more consistent with the transformation you are seeking. You’ll identify your obstacles and learn how to remove them.
Dr. Broder defines many new terms for this process, including:
Stage: These are benchmarks and levels of maturity that identifies the degree to which you have evolved in a given life area.
Default Stage: The stage you are operating from now, with the higher the default stage in an area of life, the better.
Target Stage: This is the stage from which you would most like to operate and when you do, you are using the best parts of yourself to accomplish almost anything.
Hook: Any part of you that is uncharacteristically in a stage higher or lower than what your default stage would indicate.
Besides the terminology, In Stage Climbing you’ll learn about the Seven Stages, determine where you are and figure out where you’d like to be. And by following the Stage Climbing process, you’ll know how to get there – and do it quickly.
Dr. Broder tells us that we optimally pass through the earlier stages at a point in our lives that is age-appropriate. However, to the degree that we have hooks to those earlier stages, we most likely will have issues later in life.
Here’s a brief notation of the Seven Stages and how your hooks hold you back.
Stage One is the default stage for infants, who are totally dependent on others. Hooks in Stage One as an adult usually translate to dependency in relationships, as well as many other issues.
Stage Two is the typical stage for toddlers, with primitive and undisciplined behavior, extreme self-centeredness, and the tendency to act out. With Stage Two Hooks, adults retain those narcissistic characteristics.
Stage Three is the usual stage through late childhood that is characterized by the ongoing development of conscience, learning certain rules that protect our world, and about long-term consequences. At their extreme, Hooks in Stage Three as an adult can make a person a rigid rule abider and unable to access one’s own uniqueness.
Stage Four is the typical stage throughout adolescence when you want to be accepted, admired, and respected by all of those who matter to you, Living in Stage Four as an adult can result in anxiety, depression, self-doubt, and other self-esteem issues and constantly seek the approval and admiration of others.
Stage Five is the typical stage for a normal adult, where we often think of ourselves as the sum of all our life roles. This is the stage that gives us the best state of mind for keeping balance in our lives but is also the most neutral or dispassionate stage.
Stages Six and Seven are the target stages that most people aspire to. As you understand Stages Six and Seven you will clearly realize that by removing anything that block your natural drive to operate at your target stage you’ll quickly learn how to access the zone where you are able to naturally and effortlessly operate at your highest potential.
Of course there is so much more information about the Stages in Stage Climbing. This incredibly insightful new book provides the exact tools you need to identify your stage and reach your fullest potential based on your unique talents and desires. The Stage Climbing process shows you exactly how to overcome any obstacle within yourself that is keeping you off the path to your highest potential. And there’s even a Quick Start Guide.
No matter what Stage you in are when you start reading the book, you will climb and soar. You’ll access that source of wisdom inside of you that contains all the guidance you need to be living life at those target stages. Take it from me, Stage Climbing is everything a seeker needs to find the answers.