The Skinny on Willpower: How to Develop Self Discipline

By Jim Randel

The Skinny on Willpower: How to Develop Self Discipline

Pro: The Skinny on Willpower: How to Develop Self Discipline is a quick, fun and straightforward book that takes a redefining positive approach to hitting goals.

Con: Each strategy for cultivating self discipline is powerful and helpful, but it may be hard to know where to begin and overwhelming to implement them all.

I adore this book. Seriously, it is my new favorite. As I have been exploring and building my new brand, redefining positive, it is occurring to me that it is important to give up the belief that if you have powerful intentions they will manifest without work. I would love it if that were true, but alas, life does have challenges, and we do need to participate in building our dreams. One of my favorite quotes from the book is by M. Scott Peck who wrote The Roadless Traveled:

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.” ― M. Scott Peck

I had practiced this in certain areas of my life but not in others. I knew that my health was difficult, and I accepted that, I saw purpose in that. However, when my career, relationships, etc… became difficult, I always desired a magic pill that will fix it all and manifest miracles. I was avoiding doing the work. The work that everyone does. The work of being alive. This little gem of a book will open your eyes wide to developing the willpower to succeed.

The book also discusses the importance of drive, the internal motivation you have toward your goals. I recognize this to be the single most important factor in using affirmations, staying focused and reaching goals. If you don’t know your “why” then the discipline to complete the steps of “how” will never show up.

We live in a society that thrives on information. In fact, we are overloaded with it. You know more ways to lose weight, eat healthy, stay fit, create goals, keep a journal, communicate in relationships and visit your inner child. It is time to get focused and get into action. You know how to hit your goals, it is time to enact the willpower to consistently get there.

It only takes an hour to read and it uses a simple story line to demonstrate self discipline in action. The book ends with a nifty 15-point summary of the tools to develop willpower, a great thing to keep nearby. The Skinny on Willpower is a must for anyone redefining positive in their own life.

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