- 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
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Steve Levinson, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in helping people turn their good intentions into life-improving action. He's an inventor, entrepreneur, executive, teacher and consultant, who combines psychological expertise with real-world experience to coach individuals and organizations who are eager to enjoy the benefits of following through consistently. Pete Greider, M.Ed. is a consultant who helps businesspeople and others overcome obstacles to peak performance. His clients have included the Orlando Magic, Northwestern Mutual Life, State Farm Insurance, and General Electric. A popular keynote speaker, his credits include Exxon and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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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".
There is a device mentioned in the book, called MotivAider. They translated it to a smart phone app as well. Another similar app is called StayOnTask, which is free. I use it for no particular intention other than mindfulness/enlightenment.
Funny story: I heard Steve Levinson give an interview and had the intention of buying this book. It took at least 2+ years to do so, even though it was on my to-do list.
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