Some books just crawl into your head and rewire your brain.

That’s what is happening to me as I explore The 12 Bad Habits that Hold Good People Back by James Waldroop and Timothy Butler.

This is one of those rare books that expose your unconscious behaviors. In this case the book reveals 12 bad habits, which I prefer to call mental programs and the authors call behavior patterns, that prevent success.

I thought I was doing pretty good with my career until I started absorbing this book.

I began to squirm as I felt some of the bad habits hit a little too close to home. But I also know that once I change a bad habit, even greater success will come my way.

The 12 bad habits include —

Never feeling good enough

Avoiding conflict at any cost

Allowing fear to rule

There are twelve of them, remember, and while all may not fit you, I bet three or more do.

Those 3 or 4 may be stopping you from the glorious success and beaming happiness you seek.

The book goes deeper than the 12 bad habits, too. It also reveals the four underlying psychological issues that help create the 12 behavior patterns.

Two of those core issues are —

Having a negatively distorted self-image

Not having come to terms with authority

I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again: the results you’re getting stem from your unconscious. The beliefs wired there are causing the actions you perform, which lead to the results you get. Change the inner and you’ll change the outer.

In short, you need to get clear.

This book should be required reading for anyone wanting to achieve more. I can’t say enough about the value of knowing yourself, and this book pulls no punches in helping you awaken to some key (and usually hidden) self-limiting habits.

The book came out in 2000. There are hardcover and paperback copies, and even an audio CD version of it, available from many places, including and

The authors also have an online course (which I haven’t seen) based on their ideas at their website at

Get the book.

I’d loan you my copy but it’s being underlined and highlighted and otherwise well used.

I think that’s one of my good habits.

Ao Akua,


PS – For help in getting clear and releasing bad habits, consider my Miracles Coaching program. How would you like to have freedom to enjoy life, feel grateful, and be present and connected to the Divine? This is just one of the miracles that participants in my Miracles Coaching Program experience on a regular basis. See Thank you.


  1. Yesenia-Reply
    September 11, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Dear Joe,

    I just want to tell you that you are a true inspiration. I read the book “The Secret” and I was feeling very positive. I didn’t want to lose that feeling of positivity so, I decided to purchase another book that will keep me on that positive path. I purchased a book by you because I saw that you were in “The Secret”. I happened to purchase “Zero Limits” and I must say I have never been so inspired to love myself. It has truly changed my life and how I view people and situations that are in my life. I can’t wait until you new book comes out “The Key”. Again, Thank you for being a mentor in my life. You truly are a breath of fresh air.


    Yesenia 😀

  2. September 11, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    My wife and I first heard about you and the work you have done with Dr. Hew Len so it did not surprise me to discover that you and I have another interest in common–personal development websites. Thanks for helping us all to cleanse, restore and discover the unconscious blocks to personal happiness and development.

  3. September 12, 2007 at 3:10 am

    I’m Sorry, I Love You, I Forgive You, I Thank You…

  4. Beth Ann Krier-Reply
    September 13, 2007 at 8:42 am

    Joe, you are AMAZING!!! Thank you for “Zero Limits”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I just started reading it a couple of days ago, began applying the process right away and have already seen magnificent results in my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I”M SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE FORGIVE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beth Ann Krier

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