- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition (February 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1507742444
- ISBN-13: 978-1507742440
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Following Through will empower you to do more with your life than you ever thought possible." -- Joan Brock, Author, More Than Meets the Eye
"If you have a dream in your heart and this book in your hand, start reading. Each page of this book will take you one step closer to having your dream come true. I guarantee it." -- Rob Gilbert, Ph.D., Editor, Bits & Pieces Magazine
"It's the one book that's been missing from the self-help bookshelf. And it may be the last self-help book you'll ever need." -- Peter Vandermark, Associate Professor of Journalism, Boston University
"Provides the critical missing link between setting a personal goal and actually achieving it." -- Mark Larson, President, Digi-Key Corporation
"Provides the tools you need to truly become the captain of your own ship." -- Ben Benjamin, Ph.D. Author, Listen to Your Pain
"Provocative and ought to be read and considered by anyone serious about continuing self-improvement." -- Dan S. Kennedy, President, The Pscho-Cybernetics Foundation, Inc.
"Talk about practical advice! No motivational mumbo-jumbo here. Cuts right to the bottom line on how to be successful." -- Richard E. McAllaster, President, McAllaster & Associates
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One of my friends saw me with this guide and asked, "Does the book work?" I said, "Well, the words stay on the page and can be read from left to right. In that sense, it certainly works." "Har har," he said. "Do you recommend the book?"
My answer: not really. Let me explain why...
1. The writing is ... odd. How can I describe it? It sounds like the script to an infomercial. The text is repetitive (so, so repetitive), the various attempts at humor sound like they were penned by the writers of the Family Circus or Ziggy, and the numerous anecdotes have dialogue that makes me seriously question their authenticity. Speaking of which...
2. One things about self-help books that always makes me lose my patience is the over-abundance of testimonials from people who have benefited by the book's wisdom. I know that testimonials are often necessary, but these kinds of books usually glut themselves to death on them. One or two testimonials is educational. Four or five is inspirational. Three dozen is annoying. Especially if -- as I mentioned -- they sound so utterly fake. These people talk like they're auditioning for Sesame Street. To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, I've written a brief bit of dialogue below in the same tone and manner as the book. (This is not copied from the book.)
Author: Bob. Do you have a problem with biting your nails, Bob?
Bob: Wow. Boy, do I ever have a problem with that. I sure do.
Author: And, Bob, what would you say if I told you I could get you to stop biting your nails? Would you like that, Bob? How about it?
Bob: I'd say that you have your work cut out for you! I've been biting my poor nails since I was a kid. It doesn't seem like I'll ever stop.
Author: I see, Bob. Bob, let me make sure I understand. You have a problem with biting your nails. Is that correct?
Bob: You hit the nail on the head. Get it? Nail? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
I get that they want the book to be as easy to understand as possible, but this sort of grade school banter is mind-numbing. And also doubtful. If these people actually talk like this in real life, no wonder they bite their nails.
3. This book has some interesting ideas and techniques. In fact, let me say that again: THIS BOOK HAS SOME GOOD IDEAS. So why only three stars? Because the authors could've listed, explained, described and given examples of their ideas in, oh, about ten pages. Probably five. They want to make some money, of course, so they padded out their seven or eight ideas and techniques into over two hundred pages of banal over-elaboration. What that means is you have a book that's not nearly as good as the ideas it contains. If you are interested in this book, but don't want to spend the money, I can give you a brief outline of the "revolutionary new model" that the book contains, and you'll be all set to go. The only thing you'll be missing are all of the hokey testimonials.
The book talks about ideas that start out strong but weak in follow through and finishing whatever it has started "Good Intentions That Died Young".
What I like about this book is that it talks about "Overbooking", giving the example of why airlines do it and we humans should do it as well. We should use the two systems: The Intelligence-Based Guidance System has plenty but no power and PGS (The Primitive Guidance System) has plenty of power but no intelligence. We follow through only when the two systems work together - when the PGS pushes us in the same direction that our intentions tell us to go.
The book talks about several strategies that I think are so useful, it is great for people who start out strong but poor in implementation and follow through:
Spotlighting: gets you stayed in to the right "voices in your crowd" - the ones that make you feel like acting in accord with your intention.
Willpower Leveraging: making you work smarter. It allows you to get the biggest amount of willpower from whatever you have: using a small amount of willpower you'll need later on to follow through.
Creating Compelling Reasons: Making it matter now, eliminating wiggle room and making sure it fits you.
Leading Horse to Water: doing the easy part first, this strategy allows you to built momentum to do the hard part.
Going too far and Right Before Wrong: requiring you to violate your intention in a big way if you violate it at all. By requiring you to do the right thing first before you do the wrong thing. This allows you to avoid the power struggle that your "bad" intention would surely lose.
Strike While the Iron is Hot: lets you benefit from a fleeting intention before inspiration that made it possible starts to fade, making you a "quick start".
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