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The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation Hardcover – August 30, 2018

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From the Publisher

Let’s face it: fitness is hard.

Have you ever gotten into the car after a long day at work and headed straight for the couch instead of the gym?

Have you ever been unable to stop hitting the snooze button in the morning?

Have you even felt secretly afraid you just don’t have what it takes to transform your body and health?

Welcome to the club.

Working out and eating right takes time, energy, effort, discipline, dedication, and patience, and life always finds ways to interfere with our intentions and tempt us to stray.

And here’s the ground truth:

It doesn’t ever get easier—we just have to get better.

And this book will help you get better.

It contains practical scientific research, compelling stories, and time-proven tactics for overcoming the mental and emotional blocks that bring you down and spin you around.

Here’s the bottom line:

If you’ve ever wondered why some people always seem motivated, optimistic, and fearless . . .

. . . and if you want to master the psychological “playbook” top performers use to shift their negative thinking and behaviors into peak performance and lasting success . . .

. . . this book is for you.

Scroll up, buy this book today, and get ready to enjoy more energy, enthusiasm, and excellence.

Editorial Reviews


"Matthews has hit it out of the ballpark with this Little Black Book. This is not your typical 'rah rah' self-help book full of tired clichés. It's a unique, meticulously researched and compelling combination of storytelling, science, and practical tools and takeaways."

-- Ben Greenfield, CEO Kion & New York Times bestselling author of Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life

"This is a good, helpful, important book that establishes Mike as the Jordan Peterson of fitness.  Any person who wants to train more effectively will benefit from reading it between sets, and will never give a copy to the guys he wants to beat."

-- Mark Rippetoe, author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training and Practical Programming for Strength Training

"The word goal should be a verb, because a goal without action is just a dream. "The Little Black Book provides all the tools you need to turn your goals into reality--and to never, ever feel 'stuck' again."

-- Jeff Haden, Inc. Magazine contributing editor and author of The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win

"Read this book and absorb and apply its wisdom, and your life will get better. It's that simple."

-- Mark Divine, founder of SEALFIT and New York Times bestselling author of The Way of the SEAL, Unbeatable Mind, and 8 Weeks to SEALFIT

"Matthews is a master of the mental side of fitness, so you'll finish this book fired up to get to work--and, more importantly, with the practical tools you need to start your journey successfully."

-- Alex Hutchinson, author of the New York Times bestseller Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

"Mike has already taught us how to be bigger, leaner and stronger--and it works. Now he teaches how to be BETTER in all areas of life. A concise, indispensable guide to fitness and effectiveness."

-- Strauss Zelnick, "America's fittest CEO" and author of Becoming Ageless: The Four Secrets to Looking and Feeling Younger Than Ever

"I love Mike's writing. Backed by a sh*t ton of research, crystal clear and always actionable."

-- Noah Kagan, co-founder and CEO of Sumo.com and AppSumo.com

"In the charlatan-packed world of the fitness industry, Mike Matthews is a breath of fresh air. This book will inspire you and inform you with quality applicable information that isn't biased.

"If you want to improve your physique and your life do yourself a favor and read The Little Black Book."

-- Sal Di Stefano, co-host of top-ranked fitness and health podcast Mind Pump

"Mike Matthews delivers another gem. The Little Black Book is chock-full of unbiased, evidence-based knowledge that you should not live without. A must-read.."

-- Adam Schafer, co-host of top-ranked fitness and health podcast Mind Pump

"Mike Matthews brings you motivation, guidance, advice and a plan to better yourself in a humble, yet authoritative way. You know he has your best interests in mind as you read this, and you will feel he is talking directly to you."

-- Mitch Utterback, retired U.S. Army Special Forces soldier

"This book will challenge you, it will make you think, it will force you to go outside your comfort zone. It will help you build much more than motivation, but an inner drive to succeed so you can weather any storm."

-- Marc Perry, CSCS, CPT and founder & CEO of BuiltLean


From the Author

Many people struggle to realize their ambitions because they spend too much time thinking and too little time doing and looking.

They formulate perfectly reasonable decisions to do perfectly wonderful things based on perfectly accurate observations, and then start the process of self-sabotage: thinking.

I'm pretty busy right now. Maybe this isn't the right time.

I'm probably too young/old/uneducated/uncreative/uncredentialed/pessimistic/etc.

What if this doesn't work? What if I fail? What will people think?

It's not long before those who survive this initial bombardment of weaponized head trash and actually get started have to endure another wave of assault.

This doesn't feel right.

I don't think I'm ready for this.

This isn't very fun.

The ranks are thinned again, leaving fewer people still in the fray. Before long, another barrage is unleashed.

Do I really care about this?

I'm exhausted.

Maybe I'm not good enough after all.

More hopes and dreams are blown into smithereens as the cannons are reloaded, and those still standing wonder when the offensive will relent.

For many people, it never does, but that doesn't necessarily stop them. Abraham Lincoln suffered from spells of severe depression throughout his entire adult life. For many years, John D. Rockefeller fretted endlessly about his company and didn't get a single night of solid sleep. "All the fortune that I have made has not served to compensate for the anxiety of that period," he later said. George Eliot, whose opus Middlemarch has been called the greatest novel in the English language, was so self-conscious of her writing that she used a male pseudonym and dreaded every submission to her publisher.

I wish I could say that we will have it better--that we won't have to weather our own storms--but it's simply not true. We will have to jump into the trenches like everyone else if we want to get anywhere, and the farther we want to go, the deeper we will have to venture into the labyrinth. That doesn't mean we have to become a casualty, though.

If we can do just one brutally simple thing well, then no amount of psychological and emotional trauma can put us down. If we can truly embrace this one little thing, then we can even learn to tune out the treacherous voices in our heads and inoculate ourselves against their poison.

This little thing is action. By staying in motion, the roots of doubt and despair can't take hold and ensnare us. By doing things, we can't be stopped by thinking things.

That doesn't mean we shouldn't plan, deliberate, and reflect, of course. We must be able to assess reality and deal with it as it is, not as we wish it were. It means that we shouldn't feed the trolls that live in the shadowy recesses of our minds.

That's why this book is going to ask you to do more than just read and think. Although it has "motivation" in its title, it's meant to do more than make you feel something, because that's never enough. As the old Chinese proverb goes, "Tell me, I'll forget; show me, I'll remember; involve me, I'll understand." 

As you'll see, every chapter is going to end with a "Do This Now" section that is going to have you put what you just learned through its paces. This way, you can quickly see what will help you and what won't.

All you need to do these exercises is some paper (or a notebook) and a pen. You can also find them, along with chapter summaries, in the free bonus material available at workoutmotivationbook.com/bonus.

If I've done my job well and you follow my instructions, then you will be closer to the person you want to be and the life you want to live by the time you finish this book. How much closer will depend on many things, not the least of which will be how much action you're willing to take.

So let's begin, shall we?

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  • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
  • Hardcover : 235 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1938895355
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1938895357
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Publisher : Oculus Publishers; 1st Edition (August 30, 2018)
  • Language: : English
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