The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life - Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning to Love the Process

The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life - Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning to Love the Process

by Thomas M. Sterner

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The Practicing Mind 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
StitchVP More than 1 year ago
I've been reading several books relating to consistent practice and human improvement (Coyle's "The Talent Code", Colvin's "Talent is Overrated", even Gladwell's "Outliers" has some relevant material) and I have to admit that "The Practicing Mind", to me, was inferior to these. It read more like a personal journey--which is fine--but I was hoping for controlled studies, etc which SHOWED correlations and results and gave solid guidance. So--entertaining, pleasant, worth a read, but not particularly useful in a journey towards mastery; for this niche, I'd even recommend Leonard's "Mastery" over this.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sterner provides his personal experience developing discipline and practice, providing useful and implementalbe suggestions for a person trying to gain more discipline and focus in life. I took quotes from the book and used them in a daily reflection to improve my focus and discipline. The book is not intended as a research paper on mindfulness or practice, but as a practical guide built on first person experience. I recommend the book to others and have bought a couple extra copies to share with family and friends. I recommend this book over authors like Gladwell ("Outliers") who tend to cite papers and sound authoritative but do not always get the science right or develop helpful suggestions that a person can use to change their own behavior. It is also more accessible to a western audience then many excellent mindfulness books by authors such as Thich Nhat Hanh (The Essential Writings is recommended). I would give the book 5 starts for how useful it has been in my life, but Sterner does get a bit wordy in places -- still an excellent book you can use to change your life.