I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It?

The New Science of Self-Discipline
By: Nick Hall
Narrated by: Nick Hall
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
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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!).

Download the accompanying reference guide.; PLEASE NOTE: This title has supplemental material associated with it. To access this material, please visit Nightingale-Supplements.
©2007 Nick Hall (P)2007 Nightingale Conant
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  • 01-29-15

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.

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Disappointed

It's not really a book, per se. This is just multiple recordings of presentations. Did I miss something in the description?

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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.

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skip to the last chapter and you should be good.

The title is VERY misleading. His approach is to technical for the average Joe, in fact I would say he talks over most people's heads.

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a little too detailed for my blood.

although dr. Hall explains the psychological Parts in detail I feel like he goes to detail with it. At some points he loses me or my interest so to speak. The ending of the book did get to the point.

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I'm sure this book is probably great but.....

I'm only thru 2 chapters and the music almost constantly playing over the reading is absolutely driving me bananas..... WHAT IS THAT ABOUT??!! who would think that would enhance a book that must be listened to in order to improve line??? Please redo without ridiculous music. Buyer beware!!!

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Should be called the science of behavior

The book was excellent not what I expected but the scientific evidence behind our habits and behaviors was very enlightening. Learned a great and would recommend it to anyone.

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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.

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Disapointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The author, did not stay on the topics but I felt he was boasting about his accomplishments.

Has I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It? turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I will be more selected but I will keep away for this author.

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

everything, I lost interest because he did not stay on the topics nor hold my interest.

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

all

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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.

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  • Jamila
  • 02-13-17

Tedious

It's like listening to a seminar not an audiobook. You feel like someone just pressed record illegally and now you've stumbled across it. Quality is that bad. He drags on and on about nothing. Lots of filler stories. I wouldn't recommend this at all.

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  • Lorraine Kerr
  • 11-14-16

Disappointing and Not What I Was Hoping For

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A clear and concise plan to enable me to make changes to my physiology and thinking when required.

What could Nick Hall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I would have like to feel that I have a relatively easy plan to follow that would allow me to change my physiology as required but this was lost in the explanations. A summary at the end of the book would have been helpful.

What three words best describe Nick Hall’s voice?

Boring

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

On balance I have to say I am disappointed with this book. I do not feel that I am now any nearer doing what I want to do, if that makes sense. So I am rather disappointed. There were interesting scientific explanations about physiology which I suppose, in fairness, does shed light on why we don't do what we want but I was hoping for something more to take away

Any additional comments?

I do not feel the book was well organised as it seemed to jump from one area to another and back again.

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  • Jussie
  • 01-07-17

I still don't know why I'm not doing it

This is not an audiobook. It's a set of recordings of past seminars.
This means that you'll hear about the author's great kayaking achievements multiple times as well as lot of other repetition.
It is not very structured either. The final chapter for instance, starts with a 2 minute introduction about the author.
This is all a bit annoying, but once you revise your perception (as the seminars teach) it's not such a big deal.
I'm glad I listened to it in the end as it has some very interesting and posdibly useful info in it.
If it was turned into an audiobook, the listening time could probably be reduced by two thirds.

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  • K. Young
  • 03-16-15

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.

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  • TomContributes
  • 05-01-15

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.

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  • A customer
  • 03-25-17

Disappointing

As others have said, more a series of lectures, with much repetition, than an audiobook.

Some useful tidbits, but certainly doesn't justify the title it has.

Maybe my expectations were too high, but that was due to the title and book blurb.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-17

Ruined by awful soundtrack

Sorry but could not get past the stupid soundtrack that prevents me focusing on what is being read out. If I wanted to listen to music I would choose to do so, I expect it when watching a film not when I have purchased an audible book. I simply want it read, if a soundtrack must be added then make it optional and not force it on the listener

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  • Kerry
  • 08-19-15

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.

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  • Jollian
  • 01-21-17

boring! !!!

didn't like the conference feeling I got from this book, could not get into it at all. waste

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  • Colonel Failure
  • 02-16-17

Rewrite and rerecord for a better result

If you could sum up I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It? in three words, what would they be?

This isn't an audiobook in the truest sense it's a series of lectures. The lectures themselves are absolutely excellent, but this means that the recording as a whole lacks a coherent structure and has a lot of repetition. It also means that if you came to this book expecting some practical guidance on curbing some of your more destructive habits and attitudes you'll have to dig for it.

The narration isn't a great performance but it's acceptable, however the recording quality is all over the place and the use of music is just plain awful. If you pick this up, grit your teeth and power through the first 10-15 minutes and you'll find the good stuff.

I recommend this audio book but it would really benefit from being rewritten and rerecorded to present the material in a better format.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-19

Fantastic

I almost didn't purchase this book because of some of the reviews. I'm not sure how it could be described as 'pompous' because I certainly didn't get that. A very knowledgeable author who presented his information clearly, with confidence and humour.

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  • Tus v.
  • 06-21-19

Absolutely amazing! So thought provoking

What a help...Explained in normal everyday language in a way that links scientific research with real life experiences. Offering some great explinations about who I really am why I think about things in my life the way I do and why I behave the way I do in certain situations, offering suggestions on how I can change or accept who I really am.
I am going to replay this again so I can pick up on all the information I may have missed the first time through.

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  • sjb247
  • 08-23-17

Quite Repetitive but lots of good stuff in here.

Quite Repetitive but lots of good stuff in here. Easy to listen to and really interesting content. Just needed editing better.

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  • Marie G.
  • 03-12-20

Worth the investment

This is one of the most comprehensive and helpful book I have ever listened to on understanding and acquiring all the available knowledge and methods to overcome what holds you back from ‘being your best’. I have looked for the print version of the book without success. It is so rich in information that I was even contemplating typing it up myself. I’m not easily pleased with self-help book but this one has been the best so far and by far!
One last thing: his voice may put you off at first. But it only took a few minutes for me to forget about it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-25-19

Very informative and relatable

Very informative book that answered a lot of questions about stress and anxiety.

Also found the explanations on the brains behaviour very helpful, particularly the sections relating to PTSD.

Listening to the book was hard going up until the explanation of the left and right sides of the brain. After hearing this explanation I made sure I only listened when the left side of my brain was active. This made a huge difference to my listening experience.

I also found that watching something unstimulating on TV while listening made a difference (I watched a train travel across Australia).

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is trying to understand their behaviour as a result of Stress or PTSD.

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  • Andrew
  • 06-03-15

Excellent book

This book has great insight into why we lack motivation even though the action is the best course to take.

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  • haydn montgomery
  • 11-02-16

info was useful. Though very very difficult listen

If you have the patience and can get past the self loving attitude of "Nick Hall" and his amazing self you can learn something. So.... if you can sift through his ego theres nuggets of knowledge.

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  • Andrew M
  • 02-27-16

Interesting but not what I was expecting

What did you like best about I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It?? What did you like least?

Interesting approach. The authors pompous voice, his try hard humour and the poor recording quality and quite difficult to deal with.

What three words best describe Nick Hall’s performance?

Pompous, try hard

Was I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It? worth the listening time?

Yes. Though it was tedious.

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  • David H.
  • 06-25-20

A waste of money this one.

complete Garbage book, rambling on and on about himself and not what the book is described

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  • Tina
  • 09-16-18

could listen to this all day.

interesting and learnt some new ideas and strategies. also very funny so you are kept engaged.

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