Although I technically started this book in December, I am counting it as #1 of my 24 book goal this year. So yay me!
It had been a while since I’d read a personal development book. I have been swapped with reading fiction novels and editing and although it is a great problem to have since it is my desired primary source of income, I had to get back to my second love. Reading.
I remembered a quote from Joyce Myers that stated that whatever area of your life you are lacking in, is what you should study. If I have a short temper, I should not be reading Bible studies on prosperity. I took the time out to evaluate my areas of opportunity and among the top issues were lack of discipline and consistency.
So I searched and found excellent reviews on Willpower Doesn’t Work by Benjamin Hardy.
“BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF ABOUT WHERE YOU AREN’T SHOWING UP,” – pg. 61
This is one of the most notable quotes for me in this book. I often don’t speak up about my weaknesses from fear of being judged, but that shouldn’t keep me from being honest with myself. This book hit on a very touchy subject for me. I often blame my own willpower and human nature when I don’t follow through with a goal or a dream. It’s like a safety blanket, “oh well, I’m human.” This book helps you evaluate your environment, taking your personal willpower out of the equation completely.
Stop setting yourself up for failure! That is the main thing I learned while reading this book. Being intentional about the environments you place yourself in will give your willpower no excuse to let you down. You can’t eat the bad foods while changing your lifestyle if they simply aren’t around.
“The goal is to put yourself into a peak state so you can then operate from that state in all you do, every single day.”
This book gave me insight on how to go about changing my daily habits in practical ways that won’t overwhelm me, but allow me to intentionally set my purpose for each day. It focuses on writing down your goals, which is right up my alley. Which made me wonder, why I don’t journal as much as I should. It triggered me so much that I decided to add it to my list of goals for 2019.
Faith over feelings all 2019. I cannot make decisions based on how I feel in the current moment. I have to be able to intentionally put myself in a position to think clearly and wisely and this book gives you the practical tools needed to achieve that.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
YOU NEED TO BE IN A PEAK STATE WHILE MAKING A POWERFUL AND DEFINITIVE DECISION – PG 58
STEP OUT OF THE TREES OF YOUR LIFE AND SEE THE FOREST – PG 59
MEDITATION AND PRAYER BEFORE YOU WRITE PUTS YOU IN AN ELEVATED MENTAL STATE TO WRITE FROM – 60
REFLECT ON YOUR GOALS WEEKLY IN YOUR JOURNAL – 63
Journaling makes the other keystone activities ten times or a hundred times more powerful. Pg 71
So all in all, I feel like this book gave great pointers on how to re-evaluate how you achieve your goals. Removing things in your environment so that you don’t have to exercise the willpower to choose makes your journey a little easier. Have you read this book? Share your thoughts below! If you haven’t and decide to, make sure you come back and share.