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Book Review: Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last by Dr. Jennifer Howard

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Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last by Dr. Jennifer Howard is a book that teaches people how to transform their lives by dealing forthrightly with their past experiences and the inner workings of their own identity.

Howard challenges each of us to deal forthrightly with our identity. In doing so, there are basic questions which must be resolved. For instance, think about whether or not you are industrious or lazy. Are you contemplative or do you react to people extemporaneously? These are the types of questions which define our identity, as well as the perceptions others have of us.

Howard believes that relationships and intimacy are the building blocks of existence. The author challenges us to analyze our relationships to determine the important elements, the stressers, repeating thoughts and the beliefs we tend to develop from repeated exposure to our friends, relatives and associates.

Howard explains that we have three selves. These are the real self consisting of our own notions of how the world works, our thoughts, feelings and experiences. The false self is who you think you should be or a product of the expectations of others. The true self is transpersonal or the embodiment of our spirit or union with a higher being or purpose.

Howard transcends the traditional view of the ego into a theoretical container holding our individuality, personal experiences, unresolved pain and the sense of “I – ness”. Psychologists hold that the ego is made up of your past, your unique identification to your body, as well as personal inner thoughts and feelings.

Howard spends a lot of time developing the concept of our inner voice. The inner voice consists of things like intuition, gut instincts, experiential wisdom and the divine core which consists of the deepest held feelings or convictions.

Howard presents an interesting portrayal of life’s dimensions. These dimensions include the action-physical, formation-emotional, creation-mental and the emanation-spiritual which houses the true self. This is the complete nested hierarchy of human consciousness.

Your Ultimate Life Plan is an important book which teaches how to navigate the most complex areas of human identity in order to find meaning in life.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.