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By Gillian on 06-15-16
Really Good Step-by-Step
For such a short book, there was a lot, and I mean A LOT, here. The most important things are to develop the essential mental skills of Clarity (become absolutely clear on who you are and what you want; after all, you can't hit a target you can't see), Focus (on your most important goals--be specific, make them easily stated, and write them down), and Concentration (pursue single-mindedly until you've completed your tasks and achieved your goals). This all comes through practice and repetition, and it'd be a good idea to follow those with expertise.
There's info here on how we've become addicted to distraction (that ding that says someone's just texted you releases chemicals in the brain, and it only gets worse the more you drop everything to focus on said texts), plus how we can find our own power through the blessing of finding ours in states of excellence (again more practice/repetition).
What I liked most was near the end with step-by-step suggestions that reminded me of Angela Duckworth's "Grit," only without the plethora of scientific data (which is fine for "Grit," but really, I need a How-To at times). Resilience is covered. You look for the good when you're in a set-back. You learn from mistakes and accept responsibility for the way you choose to react. Pre-program solutions by thinking of the way you'll respond to possible problems, and begin immediately to improve upon the worst that can happen before it ever does.
There are no anecdotes in this book, no lighthearted humor: It's strictly: This is how you do it. Do you want to get it done. It's a great listen, easy to get through, and it makes life look like something that's possible to get through with success. Recommended.
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By Johanna on 04-18-16
There are a lot of key ideas in this book that have been mentioned in other books but never outlined so eloquently as in this one. Listen to keywords as they will be repeated more than once and write them down for memory. This books has some useful techniques to overcoming the sense of feeling overwhelmed when faced with a new idea or with trying to find your purpose.
Rated 4 stars on performance as voice was a little relaxed you have to try not to fall asleep but the trance like voice & tone may be just what you need to hear.
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