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I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It?: The New Science of Self-Discipline

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Publisher's Summary

Stop not doing what you know you should do!

You might think laziness, lack of willpower, and/or low motivation are to blame for the fact that you aren't achieving your goals. But fascinating research in the field of psychoneuroimmunology has revealed another, far more likely possibility. One with the potential to transform your life in a dramatic way.

The typical excuses for not doing what you know you should - I'm too stressed out... I don't have the time... I don't have the energy, etc. - are, in fact, manifestations of a complex, interconnected web of psychological, chemical, and neurological factors.

When activated, these factors can effectively paralyze you - making it virtually impossible for you to take the actions needed to create change in your life.

In other words, even if you're highly motivated... if you've got these internal circumstances operating, you aren't going to be able to do it.

But while the biochemistry may be complex, the solutions are actually quite simple.

Dr. Nick Hall reveals these solutions - and the fascinating science behind them - in I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It? You'll learn:

  • An extraordinarily powerful stress-fighting tool that very few people take advantage of.
  • An easy way to instantly regain control and stay focused in an emotional emergency.
  • Six things to do when you think you've taken on more than you can accomplish in the time you have.
  • The mistake almost everyone makes when they organize their to-do list.
  • A simple exercise that can instantly tell you which side of your brain is dominant at any given time.
  • The first-thing-in-the-morning action that will literally reset your internal clock and have a profoundly positive impact on your energy level for the rest of the day (and it is SO easy to do!).

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©2007 Nick Hall (P)2007 Nightingale Conant

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    TP Culver City, CA USA 01-29-15
    TP Culver City, CA USA 01-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Big Disappointment!"
    What disappointed you about I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It??

    This is a 10-hour compilation of physiology/pathophysiology medical lectures. Seriously, 50 minutes of every hour is nothing but straight physiology and pathophysiology. And he doesn’t just graze the subject either he goes very deep into the subject passing multiple layers that will completely lose the average listener. The other 10 minutes actually has to do with what the title suggests.

    Even being a medical professional myself I quickly became annoyed and wanted him to get to the point instead of describing every minute detail of the anabolic/catabolic response, neurological pathway, and the cellular chemical responses of the brain etc.

    Honestly I felt a little conned when I found out this wasn’t an audio book but was just a bunch of lectures he compiled from speaking at various events. Sometimes he even asks questions to the audience and then you have to listen to some random person’s question/response. He even repeats himself too and uses the same examples from a previous lecture you listened too 2 hours prior.

    Sure there are a few gems here and there but after the 1st hour I found myself wishing I purchased something else.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nick Hall again?

    Probably not.


    43 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Cesar 12-30-14
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    "Great info."

    Intellectually stimulating, but informationally overwhelming at times. There were times where I had to review a chapter several times in order to understand it.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    David Poeppelmeier Jr. 02-18-15
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    "Good, but not what I expected"

    This book is fascinating, yet not what I was expecting. Most of it is on nutrition and his the brain / body works, which was interesting to me but only because I am in healthcare. There was good ideas on beliefs, visualization, etc. However, the interview at the end was horrible. The "interviewer", some big-wig at Nightingale, had the most insincere candor and was obviously not there for the interview, and was a huge insult to our intelligence. Otherwise, a good listen.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    John MacIntyre Toronto, Ontario 02-24-15
    John MacIntyre Toronto, Ontario 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Title & description are misleading"
    What disappointed you about I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It??

    I purchased this book based on the title and description and assumed it was about self discipline and why I don't do what I know I should be doing. Why don't I go to the gym? Why don't I do my bookkeeping regularly? Why do I procrastinate on my taxes? etc ... Instead it was a detail heavy book about physiology and why athletes get sick after competitions and how people with friends live longer, etc... Near the beginning of the book, I did learn something that I could use with regards to what the title suggest, but to be honest I can't even remember what it was at this point, and the book is cut up into such large chapters that I don't expect I'll ever find it if I go back looking for it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    One of two things would've made this book more enjoyable:1. A completely different book which is inline with what the title & description suggest it's about.2. A title which describes what the book is actually about.


    What does Nick Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Don't get me wrong, this would be a rather interesting book and the author has a lot of information on the subject. He's a great speaker and brings a lot of value.


    What character would you cut from I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It??

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    Bring titles more in line with the book's actual content and do a better job with book chapters. Ideally, audiobook chapters would have actual titles instead of just 'Chapter 1', 'Chapter 2', etc ... and they'd be small enough that you could actually find things.I'm extremely disappointed, have buyers remorse, and would've returned this book if I could.

    51 of 56 people found this review helpful
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    Carly Alyssa Thorne 02-14-15
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    "Loved Nick's content"

    Content and story was great.
    Did not like the last part where he was being interviewed, the person or the computer interviewing him sounded like a computer generated voice.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Reynolds 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Well said"

    This book is the most comprehensive arrangement of factors and fixes I have ever seen. I am very pleased and will go back to listen again.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN 02-24-15
    JOHN 02-24-15
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    "Loved it!"

    Kept me entertained and the material was very thought provoking. If you are a fan of Tim Ferriss you will enjoy this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    joseph s 02-27-15
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    "great subject"

    Its a great reminder of when you fail at something that not all the fault is your own. This audio was definitely leading to his next book. it was an interesting listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kikiandjojosdad 01-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A really important program"

    I really enjoyed this program. The presenter was knowledgeable and made complex issues very easy to understand. The information if applied will certainly improve the lives of countless listeners. Really excellent stuff!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lucia Marfa, TX, United States 01-30-15
    Lucia Marfa, TX, United States 01-30-15
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    "eye opening"

    eye opening. nick will not only teach you about your emotions but also Crack some jokes along the way. will definitely listen to it again

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Kerry
    8/19/15
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    "Nothing new here"

    I think if Nick went back and listened to himself he might take this off the shelves. very disappionted to have wasted a credit on this.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • K. Young
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    "Nothing to do with the title"

    I thought this might be some awesome insight as to why I procrastinate sometimes and what actions I might take to combat that. Instead it's many hours of a droning Dalek like voice of some clever dude who seems to have mastered the art of saying a lot but not very much at the same time. So glad I didn't pay full retail for this. I gave it five hours but no more.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Devon Dolley
    4/13/16
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    "Absolutely brilliant and just what I needed"
    Would you listen to I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It? again? Why?

    Yes, in fact I am only a third the way through but am so inspired I wanted to review it now as I feel this is the best spent credit I have ever used. I read the reviews before I bought it, and so knew I was taking a gamble, but my gut told me this is what i was looking for.

    I can only say that, if you have had one or more major setback in life, you know you can be more than you are, you have listened to and read endless motivation, success and other personal development books but you still aren't doing what you want to do and know you can, then definitely take a chance on this.

    Some reviewed it as too scientific, I can only say it is scientific enough to know why these methods and understanding work but no more.

    Some said it was repetitive, well hearing the same thing over and over reinforces its meaning and you will remember more as a result.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It??

    Understanding that my apparent current failure and endless procrastination is not only understandable and I am not alone BUT there are strategies to change it other than my current method of forcing motivation by setting goals and making myself feel guilty.

    Totally liberating!


    What does Nick Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Some said it was 'just as series of lectures pieced together' - well, yes, and...your point is? Listening to Nick Hall presenting live with meaning to a live audience brings the whole thing to life, rather than a wooden narrator just reading words.

    I've never heard him before, but Nick Hall is funny, dry, fascinating and clearly very clever and he puts his information across well in a very engaging form.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!! Can't put it down, carrying my tablet with me all day so I can keep listening

    10 hours is a long audiobook and if I could I'd take a day off and just listen!


    Any additional comments?

    Please ignore the other reviews saying this is not what the title says. It is exactly what the title says. I can only think that the people who wrote negative reviews were looking for something else, a quick fix and a motivational pep talk maybe.
    This book will give you the tools and understanding you need to change your own way of thinking, patterns and approach to success.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • TomContributes
    5/1/15
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    "Valuable content but poor format"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it only for people who already have enough willpower to go through poor sound (and editing) quality recordings. Comparing to quality of other productions, this one sounds surprisingly poor.I find the way the talks were edited quite annoying (music and fake interview at the end).


    What didn’t you like about Nick Hall’s performance?

    This audiobook consists of many 1h talks recorded with really poor quality equipment.Nick delivers his talks in very didactic fashion, that creates distance "teacher - student" like, even when he shares his personal stories.


    Did I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It? inspire you to do anything?

    I wasn't looking for inspiration, but for solid knowledge, facts, research results, etc.. In spite of over 10h of material, there was more Nick's own advice than details about specific studies.And in some cases, the physiological details were completely out of proportion comparing to the entire production.


    Any additional comments?

    I find the content valuable, but unfortunately poorly balanced. Also quite difficult to listen to because of Nick's "didactic" style.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tired Mummy
    12/26/14
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    "Too scientific for my needs"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It is too scientific, too in-depth, listening to it is like wading through treacle.


    What was most disappointing about Nick Hall’s story?

    His voice drones on. He is very brilliant but too caught up in the minutiae


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Hall?

    Todd Smith (Cycle of Duplication). His enthusiasm is infectious.


    Did I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It? inspire you to do anything?

    Not really, I know it's a clever book but I found the delivery so tedious my mind kept wandering.


    Any additional comments?

    I know this man knows his subject inside out, but this book was hard work because it was more like a science tome than a self-help book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Vivienne
    winkleigh, devon, United Kingdom
    1/21/16
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    "just what the doctor ordered."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If the friend is fed up not 'getting on getting on'...absolutely. Very inspritional and funny - good brain food...but will only work...if you work it.



    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It??

    I enjoyed it in it's entirity.


    What does Nick Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His voice and the humour there in.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. Find out for yourself.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    9/8/16
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    "Great audio book"

    The format and delivery was great as an audio book. It was like being in the lecture hall. Entertaining and informing .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    8/21/16
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    "Something for everyone."

    Anxiety is prevalent as our culture encourages comfort. Recover fast and crack on is a motivational message I had from this. Other 'mogul' type motivation will promote values and beliefs most will not truly believe within their conditioned responses. There's something for everyone what ever their personality type here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Donald Mc Nair
    Northern Ireland
    7/27/16
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    "Good content but very scientific"
    Any additional comments?

    Alot of interesting ideas but it is 9 hours of listening to something like a scientific lecture and to be honest I got bored with it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SamK
    London and NYC
    7/24/16
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    "Lots and lots of interesting information"

    I like to go through a few self help books every year. I found this one particularly interesting. It uses cognitive and neuroscience to help explain how we think and what can help us gain more control of what we perceive and then do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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