Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Although it had some interesting points, and some good ideas to help with self-control I probably won't be using it much. I purchased this for my sister when it was on sale, since she has no self-control. I figured I would listen and see if it can give me pointers. I am basically happy with my life so that may be why I don't need willpower help. Only when it comes to buying audiobooks ha, ha. After three chapters, I really didn't want to finish it and that was after I only listened to one chapter a week. I'm not really into self-help books so take this review with a grain of salt. Every once in a while I get one such as Gretchen Rubin, Stephen Covey, and Dave Ramsey.
This book will change your life. It's motivational, but completely based on the science of how our brains work. Dr. McGonigal makes every point into something you could integrate into your daily life.
It took me a second to realize Kelly McGonigal is a women because it's read by a man (Walter Dixon). She writes in first person, so I visualized the reader as the author. Rookie mistake. Even after I made the discovery it didn't ruin the listen by any means.
This audio book has good content. However, it is a bit dry at times to listen to. If you are trying to make changes in your life, I recommend this book along with the books called "Change Anything" and "Influencer." There is some overlap in these 3 books, but combined, they provide you with all of the information you need to be successful in making positive changes in your life.
I have listened to this book 3x so far and I will probably listen again soon. Without telling myself to make drastic changes in my life I have lost 13 pounds in 2 1/2 months, cut beer consumption by 60%, and am well on my way to improved health via a routine exercise program. Let's face it, challenges can be, well, challenging! This book gets you to view challenges differently and whittles them down to digestible bites by the simple act of paying more attention and by redefining what your challenges and goals mean to you. No matter what you want to achieve or avoid in your life, this book can help you get started and stay on track.
It had quick fixes and details to help understand the underlying motivations
I did want to keep listening to it, but its too much for one sitting. I plan to listen to it again to get more out of it!
This book ranks in the top 3 books I've listened to.
The author writes in a very easy to understand language that is both credible and enjoyable to hear. I love the science behind it as well as the practicality.
Walter's voice is so clear and I enjoy his intonation and portrayal of the ideas.
Almost all case studies are fascinating.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to change any one or more of their habits.
Apparently this book is based - at least in part - on the author's college class instruction.
It shows - and I mean that in a positive way. The content is laid out cleanly, and has some very interesting "experiments" for the reader to conduct to apply and/or explore the specific chapter contents.
Overall, the effect leans fairly strongly toward a textbook/lecture sort of mix, which I found well-suited to the topic, but some might want a more fluid and "story-like" experience. In contrast, I found some of the stories a bit distracting because at some points I wanted to reference the studies or points the author was making to check if the source material actually upheld the point being made.
Another point to keep in mind is this book is a little better suited for listening to in parts, and not necessarily the entire thing at one time. This is because there are the end-of-chapter experiments, which are fairly simple and interesting, but if you listen to the book without stopping to do the experiments you are missing out on an important part!
(At least I felt that way - I plan to re-visit this text in sections and try out the experiments. On this, my first listening, I just listened to the whole thing)
If you are interested in exploring and better understanding willpower, including how to exercise and develop it, I would certainly recommend this text. Keep in mind the classwork/academic overtones and you will find this a worthwhile investment!
Yes, I would try another book from this author
Provided interesting insights to how our brain works and when we should not rely on our insticts.
The book is a bit tedious and repetative at times
no, the subject is perrty well cover, and few items are already repeated showing the author is out of additional material on the subject
The book provides meaniningful and interesting insights to how our brain works and why we fail to follow on our resolutions.
It provided powerful tools to enhance our self-control, concentrtion and willpower - however, it requirs significant effort and following a long-term plan in order to enjoy improvement in these capabilities,
I picked this book up after going through the Power of Habit and Five Elements of Effective Thinking. After listening to the other two books, this book just seemed to put it all together. I loved the explanation of licentiousness and how our own view of what others see as good can trigger our own excuses for indulging in "sin". I especially loved all of the practical approaches to increasing ones own willpower and using techniques I learned from the Power of Habit, I added a habit of daily deep breathing meditation as recommended by this author. I have also spiced up the traditional deep breathing meditation technique at timeswith some imaginative prayer techniques championed by Dr. Greg Boyd. After a month or so, I found myself meditating more that once a day because of the calming effect it has and while maybe I have not meditated long enough for a measurable increase in grey matter, I have been more confident and determined in my choices. This book has also helped me stick to my grocery list. That I think is also adding to my will power. I cannot say enough good things about this book.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
The power of I will, I won't, and I want drive this book giving insight on how to build strong will power to overcome any obstacle. The author gives scientific and real life examples of what we fight against when we battle cravings and addictions.