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Stop Hitting the Snooze Button
Gain Power by Taking Action
There are some days when you just feel more powerful. You force yourself to get up early and break a sweat before everyone else wakes up. That sets the tone for the rest of your day. Your coffee tastes especially good, and the commute doesn't suck. At work, you go the extra mile on a project and come off looking like a hero. Afterward, you meet some friends whom you haven't seen in months, and have a couple of drinks on an outdoor deck in the cool summertime air. Someone hands you tickets he couldn't use. You embrace spontaneity and go see a great show. Afterward, you drive home by moonlight, have great sex, and drift off to sleep on a cloud.
We've all had days when we feel excited about our lives. We feel young, confident, and alive. Everything clicks. We feel like we're going somewhere, like we have momentum. We become more powerful versions of ourselves.
The powerful you is always there waiting and you can tap it anytime you want, if you know how. It's the part of you that loves discovery, curiosity, challenges, exercise, connecting with other people, checking off goals, taking action, heading somewhere, and talking out loud. It is a force inside you that wants to grow, move, and expand.
At the same time, there's an equal and opposite force that works inside you to hold you back. You were born with resistance. It's an inner, evolutionary bias to take the safe bet, the sure thing, the known path. Whenever you're feeling bored, bummed, or broken, resistance is winning in your life. Resistance loves surfing the Web, vegging out in front of the TV, sticking to routine, not picking up the phone, hitting snooze, avoiding confrontation, making excuses, rumination, and isolation.
Resistance will keep you in place; the powerful you will push you ahead. You will always feel tension between these two forces, between your current life and your desire for more. The direction you choose is entirely up to you. Every single day of your life, you have the choice to stay where you are or move your life in new directions. The question is, Will the powerful you awaken and start taking action, or will you wait just a little longer and delay the joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment you deserve?
Part I Why You Aren't Getting What You Want
Chapter 1 Stop Hitting the Snooze Button 7
Chapter 2 Anti-Actions, Fake Limits, and Other Ways Your Brain Betrays You 37
Chapter 3 Routines: Why Your Freedom Depends on Breaking Them 73
Chapter 4 How to Outsmart Your Brain 92
Part II The Method for Becoming Powerful and Getting What You Want
Chapter 5 Step 1: Face It, You Are Not Fine 107
Chapter 6 Step 2: Admit What You Want 129
Chapter 7 Step 3: Go Public with What You Want 152
Chapter 8 Step 4: Zoom Out and Create a Map 171
Chapter 9 Step 5: Lean In to Change 190
Part III Finding the Stamina to Keep Getting What You Want
Chapter 10 Push Through the Mental Walls That Block Your Path 205
Chapter 11 The Seven-Day Stamina Challenge 234
Posted May 10, 2011
For a while now I've felt like I've been stuck in a rut. I didn't know what I was doing with my life, nor where I was headed. I needed direction. 'Stop Saying You're Fine' gave me that direction. I was blown away by Mel's words, and I felt like this book spoke perfectly to my situation. I have the ability now to stop ignoring things...to stop saying that things will work itself out, and that everything will end up okay. I know I have the confidence to make my own destiny, and I have that confidence thanks to this book. It was well written and succinct, and I know anyone who needs to fix their life compass will love it too.
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Posted July 6, 2012
I love self help books and I've read quite a few and this one is very good.There are ofcourse the tried and true writting down goals pursue your passion types of advice but what I like about this book was it allowed for some randomness.
I also like the MAP approach.Having your goal but zooming out on it so you can get a good overall picture of it.
The book contains excercises,action plans,examples and case study.
One thing I loved was,if you have an idea act within 5 seconds,write it down,tell someone,open that book,stop at that store etc.
Earth shattering,no.If your looking for a " feel good" book that will inspire you to take action- like a friend sitting next to you at the kitchen table,this book is for you .
Getting clarity is a good way to describe what you get out of this book!!
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