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Maximum Willpower: How to master the new science of self-control Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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About the Author
Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is an award-winning psychology instructor at Stanford University. As a health educator for the School of Medicine's Health Improvement Program and co-founder of the Stanford Women’s Wellness Network, she has helped thousands of people make healthy choices and manage stress.
More information about her and her work is available at www.kellymcgonigal.com.
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Around a month ago, I painfully reflected on my whole life and admitted to myself that the upset and depression that I was now experiencing was all down to my severe lack of self-control.
I investigated ways to improve my self-control on google, and maximum willpower by Kelly McGonigal popped up in the search. I have read, tested and studied only a 3rd of the book so far, but I am very impressed. Every page was an awakening for me !
This book is based on science and is very reliably accurate, it has helped me enormously. I can see my life changing daily !
Before I started reading this book, I realised that " self-control is the measure of success " and this book is my way to evolve.
Thanks Kelly McGonigal
All of her recommendations are based on results from psychology experiments and there are some fascinating, and very counter-intuitive findings.
It's also very engagely and entertainingly written. Glad to give it five stars.
The only thing not so good about it is its title, it doesn't show just how full of help the contents are!
READ IT! Worth every penny!!
One thing: you might think (as I did) that the book is padding around what should be a pamphlet. It isn't. I've gone back to revise the first few chapters, and been surprised by how much deeper my understanding is second time and third time around.
I bought this on Kindle, but because you will need to refer back and forth I recommend the paperback.
Finally, this is a long haul: I accept that changing my life for the better can't be done in the few weeks this course takes. When I've finished it I'm going back to the beginning. This book won't change your life, but if you follow it, it will help you to.
The author is a professional and the book summs up recent research on willpower. I found it very enlightening and definitely useful. I knew some of the studies but the book provides a big picture and discusses most aspects of reasons behind our willpower failures.
When I buy books I always focus on those that are research backed and I check the credentials of the author a well as references. This book was one of the best I've read over the last 12 months.
EDIT: Jan 2014 (1 Year lated) I can now testify that this book had a massive impact on my life, over the last year my productivity improved 300%. I can't assign all of it to merely reading this book but I worked with the knowledge and found my own way to implement it so it fits my personality.
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