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5.0 out of 5 stars I've Learned A Lot From This, May 30, 2010
This review is from: The Skinny on Willpower: How to Develop Self Discipline (Perfect Paperback)
I am what many would consider a classical cynic. I look at every event and consider and apply the worst possible outcome. I usually avoid doing things I've always wanted to do because I think it will be hard, or there will be a negative or undesirable outcome. One thing I will say from the offset is that, I realise how much I've been holding myself back. When I finished this book, I was literally overcome with goosebumps at how simple it all seems to turn things around for the better and to put it in one simple phrase; it just involves a positive mental attitude. I feel like I've been inspired to make a change instantly, but I know that if I just jump right in there, then I've not learned much from this.

Running through 15 tips on how to improve your willpower, this book adopts a casual and comic approach as to how YOU can improve YOUR willpower and ultimately achieve the things you have always wanted. It doesn't sugar-coat events or possibilities with the idea that the minute you adopt the positive mental attitude, everything will change for the better. It promotes the idea that gradually and consistently moving towards your goals is much better than thinking what if, even if you're faced with difficulties. Although I'm naturally quite a cynical person, due to my disability, I've developed a personal saying which is "Whenever there's an obstacle, there's always a way to overcome it"; and I do truly believe that. My problem is usually not being that bothered to work hard enough to do it.

Consider the old Homer Simpson saying "if something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing". This is me all over, and although I do believe there's always a way to get around an obstacle or to defeat it, my problem is having the willpower to really work at overcoming the more difficult life obstacles. I hope that I will be able to really take a lot from this book in the coming weeks and months. Talking from personal experience, I enrolled in university last year which was a big step for me. For the first few months I was on top of the world for making this massive change in my life, but gradually I have grown more and more negative and have began to think negatively as to whether I can really handle University life and studying a degree. When I begin my second year in September, I will really put the tips this book gave me into action and pray that I notice gradual changes in my overall motivation.

Let me put it this way. If this book got through to me, then it can get through to anyone.
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Initial post: Feb 19, 2012 11:29:57 PM PST
Jackie2000 says:
It's hard to be "fully committed to something " (tip #1) if it's going to take a lot of work and you're not sure if it's worth it. So from the start, you can end up failing.
If you want a book with an easier, much more practical approach, I suggest...
How To Smartly Improve Your Self-Discipline (Effective Ways To Improve Your Self-Discipline) I just read the section on "how to get out of bed right away when the alarm goes off," and the given advice is brilliant.. and does Not require a lot of positive thinking or mental willpower

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2013 11:48:53 AM PST
Excellent point. I will look into this book. Can you summarize the advice? I struggle mightily with this problem as well.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 11:49:50 AM PST
I appreciate your review but it wasn't fully helpful because you didn't follow up on your story about whether this book helped you in your studies or not. Can you please post a followup on how this book helped/didn't help you?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2013 12:58:02 PM PST
Your link appears to be broken :(

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 11:16:03 AM PDT
a reader says:
I'd also like a follow up please! :)
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