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.
This book was great in terms of presenting Kelly's knowledge around willpower and I definitely learned a lot, however how much of it is actually implementable remains to be seen (Lot of contradictions).
It is an interesting book that helps you to get on the grip of your own will power. Great exercises and metodology with scientific background.
How, Why, What
Good subject matter, well paced, well presented and informative on the subject. Supportive material on the web also useful.
Yes, there is so much to learn here and it is conveyed in an entertaining manner.
I already have. This is an incredible book. From the first chapter you begin to understand your "why do I do that", "why did I do that", "why can't I stop doing that".
As the second chapter progressed I found myself thinking I will be successful in my desire to get into shape. I've wanted to know why I have had such a hard time. Now I know. I think this is such a great find. I have my business partner reading it and we talk about it every day as we progress through the chapters.
Every single word is one you want to hear. Get it.
Walter has a very nice tone and he's enjoyable to listen to.
Yes, but life gets in the way so I've taking it one day at a time.
I would recommend this audiobook to nearly EVERYONE.
There's only 2 people in my life that actually have mastered willpower. Everyone else, including myself should go through this course at high school and every 3 years there after.
I actually have a lot better will power now! I am working better, sleeping much better and understand when I'm stuffing up.
Whilst Walter Dixon did a great job and it was very well narrated I REALLY missed listening to Kelly McGonigal's voice. She's got such a beautiful voice and I loved watching her TED talk and online interviews.
In fact, Kely not being the narrator is probably the biggest downside.
How to succeed at life
EVERYONE should listen to this... at least twice!
A combination of entertainment and practical strategies. Logically explains with great insight and evidence the WHY of willpower failures and methods to attempt to overcome them. No doubt, results will take some time and persistent use of strategies to enjoy the maximum effect of doing the things that serve long term goals rather than following cravings, however strategies can be immediately implemented with some immediate results as well (not always a given regarding willpower advice...). What has really helped has been near constant listening to this audiobook again and again for three days, with so much repetition I couldn't stop picking up strategies that I could apply to the many daily temptations there are!
The only caveat about this recommendation might be that this is the first actual book I've really read on Willpower and self-control, so coming to it fresh, it was amazing, everything was helpful. No doubt, this book is INFINITELY better than the many blogs and websites out there on self-discipline. But I suspect even for veterans of this topic, there will be some highly interesting insights, particularly about the difference between dopamine induced arousal/craving and actual enjoyment.
I would only say that I wished there was a little more advice with strategies that can help you perform tasks that you need to but don't want to perform, not that weren't any, but a lot more of the practical strategies leaned towards handling how to say no to things. Ultimately, more than worth buying!
The narrator is wonderful. The book makes perfect sense. I can't wait to start trying some of the tips.
I've never read one like this.
His voice keeps the research interesting. If I was reading a book I might tend to get bored.