Igniting Greatness – Remembering Who We Really Are Through the Nurtured Heart Approach
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Igniting Greatness is not a traditional self-help guide. Instead of giving step-by-step instructions for improving ourselves, Howard Glasser provides us with the understanding that we each already possess the qualities of greatness needed to be our best selves. through teaching of the Nurtured Heart Approach, and through sharing his stories and personal experiences, we are given the tools for discovering and cultivating our own unique greatness. Celeste Elsey, MA, Education Specialist, Nurtured Heart Approach Advanced Trainer –Reviewer
The Nurtured Heart Approach® has been a part of my life and our family’s for many years. We ve experienced it at many levels over the course of the last 15 years, and the aha moments shared in these pages are so profound and similar to our own. A generous heart-given gift, Igniting Greatness takes the Nurtured Heart Approach to additional levels of self-defining one’s personal greatness. Jan Hunter, Children s Success Foundation –Reviewer
About the Author
Howard Glasser is the Chairman of the Board of the Children’s Success Foundation and creator of The Nurtured Heart Approach®. He is dedicated to awakening the greatness in all children, with a particular focus on intense and challenging children. The approach s core methodologies, born out of his extensive clinical work, effectively inspire difficult children to successfully channel their intensity. Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of parents, educators, and treatment and child-advocacy agencies have used this approach with consistently transformative results. Howard is the author of Transforming the Difficult Child, currently the top-selling book on ADHD; Notching Up the Nurtured Heart Approach: The New Inner Wealth Initiative, a leading book on school interventions; and All Children Flourishing, on using the NHA with all children, difficult or not. Four of Howard s prior eight books are in the top one percent of all books on Amazon, confirming the need and relevance of his message and methodology. All parents and educators, even those with well-behaved children, can benefit from learning how to inspire thriving relationships through the Nurtured Heart Approach®. Howard has been called one of the most influential living persons working to reduce children s reliance on psychiatric medications. His work also supports children in resisting addictive substances. He has been a featured guest on CNN, a consultant for 48 Hours, and was recently featured in Esquire. He currently instructs educators, parents and therapists through live presentations and Internet-based courses. Although he has done extensive doctoral work in Clinical Psychology and Educational Leadership, he credits his own years as an intense child as the strongest contributors to his understanding of the needs of children with immense life force.
One of my favorite books to date!I love the very short chapters PACKED with great info. While not perfect nor a “be all, end all” book, it is packed with tips to add to your “toolbox” for working through life. I’m grateful for these concepts that have been life-changing when we actually practice them! Thank you, Howard!
carol goehring –
… you are doing this at your school it is good referenceIf you are doing this at your school it is good reference
Caleb Winebrenner –
Glasser’s most inspiring yetLet’s start with an image. During the Olympics, the Torch is carried from one place to the next, and passed from one person to the next. the flame never goes out. It is shared and spread. Everyone around the torch-bearer, literally or metaphorically, is impacted. Howard Glasser’s book Igniting Greatness: Remembering who we really are through the Nurtured Heart Approach®, is like that. His work with “greatness” — which he came to call the Nurtured Heart Approach — began with children, but he came to realize that the same work could be used to grow himself and overcome his negativity. In my experience, he’s right.For those of you who have never heard of the Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA), it is built on three “Stands.” They’re called stands for the simple reason that they are the commitments made in the approach — the principles for which we “take a stand.” This attitude reveals the Nurtured Heart Approach’s active, intense way of pursuing its goals.Stand One: Absolutely NO!I will not energize negativity.Stand Two: Absolutely YES!I will relentlessly energize and nurture greatness in myself and others.Stand Three: Absolutely CLEAR!I refuse to let it slide when I cross the line into negativity. I will actively remember to reset, and use the energy of negativity as an impetus to go further into greatness.NHA sees that every action we take is a giving or receiving of energy. When we lose our patience and raise your voice with a student, for example, we are giving our energy. When we are sincerely praising a great quality we see in that student, that is also giving our energy. Children — especially those prone for “acting out” — crave the energy of relationship. It gets to a point where it doesn’t matter if the energy is positive or not, the child is starving for relationship. The Nurtured Heart Approach, applied to children, gives specific language and strategies to honor and recognize the positive, in radical and sincere ways, and to “reset” ourselves when we slide into negativity, aligned to the 3 Stands above. As a teacher, I can testify to how profoundly effective that can be.But this book tackles a different question. As impactful as NHA can be with children, and as great as we can get at seeing greatness in our children and students, can we apply the same tools to ourselves? Do we know how to recognize and nurture our own best qualities? As Glasser writes, “Can we rise to this occasion to love parts of us that, at first, might feel unlovable? Can we nurture those parts in ourselves at the most basic, primal level? Can we breathe love into the recesses of our being on blind faith that, in the end, by profoundly loving ourselves, we will be able to go much further in the love we have to give…to everything and anything?” (p. 208).Recently I was “accused” (Nurtured Heart language for a recognition that is meant to really hit hard) of being a “pyromaniac…for greatness.” As a storyteller and teacher, the Nurtured Heart Approach gives a framework for engaging with my students and audiences around the fires of their greatnesses. More and more, the approach is also serving as a part of my personal journey of self-discovery. If I am called to be that sincere, engaging, and positive with my students and audiences, then I must treat myself the same. It’s a matter of integrity — a great quality to have, and one I love to recognize in my students.This is Glasser’s best book yet. The basics of NHA, for beginners and experienced practitioners, are all there. But this book is less focused on methods (outlined in detail in his other books), and more on “walking your talk.” After all, if you can’t live out in your whole life whatever you’re trying to do in the classroom, your teaching lacks real depth and purpose. I know; I’ve been there. Only by owning up to my Greatness as a person, by honoring and illuminating the best of my own qualities (and using that as momentum to improve my less-than-great parts), can I dare to ignite the fires of greatness and knowledge in my students. That’s brings a whole new meaning to “passing the torch,” doesn’t it?
Top Knoch Book and A GREAT read!What a great read! I am a huge fan of The Nurtured Heart Approach because it came to me at a time in my life where I was struggling with many things and relationships. It saved the relationship with my dear mother and for that i’ m very glad to know about such an approach that is so easy to put into practice. With Howard’s newest book he makes the process of understanding it even easier, by giving short accounts and stories to illustrate how to use NHA and the 3 stands. I recommend going back to chapters that speak to you or where you need to improve. Don’t be discouraged if you slip up, it’s okay, just reset. That’s the greatness of this process, it focuses on the positive and what your doing right in the moment instead of focusing on negativity. I highly recommend this book!
Allyssa Lopez –
Igniting Greatness will Positively change your life!I enjoyed reading this book so much that I read it three times! I love how the Nurtured Heart Approach is uncomplicated and easy to understand. You can literally apply the Nurtured Heart Approach to every aspect of your life. The book is a fast read with short chapters which I liked and every chapter builds on concepts from the last chapter. There is a lot of information in the book to take in so I suggest reading it at least twice to fully grasp it. I highly recommend giving this book a try it will definitely change your life in a positive way!
Marilyn Lauer –
This was an easy read. Each chapter had me thinking that there …This was an easy read. Each chapter had me thinking that there couldn’t be much more to say and then the next chapter would present a new thought that left a spark in my heart. I believe in this work. Great job Howard Glasser and Melissa Block (Lowenstein).