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The AHA! Handbook

From the Back Cover:

A life-changing insight. A pivotal AHA!. A profound epiphany. Have you ever experienced a momentous realization that radically changed some aspect of your life—your career, your relationships, your health?

Would you like to know what you can do—the steps you can take—to prime yourself for a life-changing insight like the kinds these people and so many others have experienced?

The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career describes 21 concrete steps you can take now to generate powerful and life-altering realizations. Based on a Ph.D.’s serious analysis of 99 published accounts of momentous insights, this self-help book offers just what you need to know about how to generate, capture, and leverage pivotal AHA!s in your life and career.

The AHA! Handbook will inform you. It will inspire you. If you let it, it will transform your life.


Praise for The AHA! Handbook:

So if you don’t know who Donna Hartney is, she is the author of this amazing little book called The AHA Handbook!  You can find her book here.  Take a moment and check it out, relax, and put your feet up, grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine and be prepared to have a good read that could potentially be life changing!

MINTA, Minta’s Creations blog (Click to read the full review.)


Donna Hartney brilliantly bucks the conventional wisdom that “life-altering AHA!s are as rare as they are powerful” with 21 epiphany-encouraging actions to help us deepen the frequency with which we find meaning in the ups and downs of our lives. With a strong performance consulting and research background, Hartney walks us all down a path to spark more transforming realizations in our lives. She has a gift for seamlessly weaving together stories, research, advice and reflection questions to demonstrate that pivotal realizations are available to all of us—right under the ground we’re already walking on, should we choose to look.

JENNY BLAKE, Author of Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want


It seemed counter-intuitive to me that you could, with intention, spark life-changing epiphanies. However, after reading the first few chapters I began to see the simplicity in what The AHA! Handbook is suggesting. The real life examples were very helpful, and reading about famous people whose lives you are aware of really helped to illustrate the points without making it seem like “science.” I really enjoyed the book.  I can’t wait until it hits the bookshelves, as I will be recommending it highly to many people in my life.

MACHELLE WILLIAMS, General Manager of Organizational Development and Diversity, Volkswagen Group of America


I’ve witnessed the incredible impact that flashes of insight can have on people’s careers—whether they’re workplace superstars or employees at risk. The challenge has always been that career–transforming AHA!s have been a hit or miss proposition. Not any more! The AHA! Handbook shows all of us, step-by-step, how to position ourselves for pivotal insights. How cool is that!

DANA CARTER, Global HR leader, International health care company


Want to take control of your life? Your own life? Donna Hartney writes from a key moment of self-revelation—and then examines dozens of other lives—as she offers all of us an opportunity to grasp those moments of incredible self-insight that can transform our sense of self and our vision of our personal futures. So easily ignored, yet so powerful if embraced. Donna outlines the “why” and the “how.” Grab it and accelerate your choice of the right decisions for your life. Self-inspiration is the best inspiration, and Donna shows us how to access and exploit those rare moments that we can so easily forget to notice!!

JOHN MCBRIDE, Ph.D., Partner, McBride&Lucius, International performance consulting firm


I love The AHA! Handbook! I can’t wait to share it with my patients, people who are living with the realities of diabetes. Every day I try to motivate diabetics to make lifestyle changes to enhance their well-being and overall health. This book lays the groundwork for sparking behavior changes in my patients. It’s an easy-to-follow guide that shows all of us how to see the opportunities for change in our lives and to position ourselves for momentous insights.

BETSEY DECHERT-BOSS, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator


“I love The AHA! Handbook! It’s a very accessible, very practical, and extremely helpful read. The stories are just beautiful, and reading about the lives of famous people piqued my interest and hooked me right away. It reads quickly but is not a quick read. I’ll refer to The AHA! Handbook many times. It’s the kind of book that you’ll want to read again and again so that you can pause and reflect on what it says.”

GERI GROSSMAN, President and CEO, My Executive Coach


Donna has done it again! First she created xSAIL Coaching, a powerful tool coaches can use to help their clients spark profound AHA!s in their lives and careers. Now she has written The AHA! Handbook, a book that delivers to every reader the same opportunity to create life-changing insights! Engaging, moving, and inspirational, The AHA! Handbook is a must-read for anyone who wants to reach higher.

ROSANNE DEE, President, RT Dee and Associates, Inc., Certified xSAIL Coach


The AHA! Handbook Description:

Would you like to know what you can do, the steps you can take, to prime yourself for a life-changing insight—one that would transform your health, relationships, career, or spiritual life?

The AHA! Handbook is the first research-based self-help book that teaches readers how to spark these kinds of pivotal realizations. It counters conventional wisdom, which holds that momentous, life-altering AHA!s are rare events outside a person’s control.

Donna Hartney, Ph.D., analyzed 99 published, first-hand accounts of transformational insights. For example, she analyzed how Nelson Mandela, Sandra Oh, Tracy Chevalier, and Norman Vincent Peale experienced powerful AHA!s that defined their careers. She analyzed how Nora Ephron, Emily Proctor, Blair Underwood, and Shonda Rhimes, experienced pivotal epiphanies that remade their relationships. She analyzed how Queen Latifah, Josh Hamilton, Maria Shriver, and Eckhart Tolle experienced profound insights that transformed their health and well-being.

The AHA! Handbook presents the results of that research interwoven with inspirational, real-life stories of life-changing insights and practical advice. The book describes 21 actions readers can take to generate powerful, life-altering realizations in their lives and careers. These actions fall into three phases: prime yourself to live life in a way that attracts pivotal realizations, watch for triggers to notice and leverage life’s insight-rich moments, and capture the value to tap the transformational power of an AHA! once it arrives.


TITLE: The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career

GENRE: Self-help/self-improvement/applied psychology

PUBLICATION: November 2012

PRICE: Paperback $17.95

AUTHOR: Donna Hartney, Ph.D.

ISBN: 978-0-982-13281-4

PAGES: 188

PUBLISHER: Clarenell Press, LLC