James from Habit Guide asked if I’d be willing to review his (and his brother-in-laws) eBook of the same name. Honestly, I was a little hesitant at first as eBooks are just not my thing. The ones I’ve seen were just really poorly done.
But when I found some time I took a look, and I have to admit I like what I read. It’s not a diet plan or a quick fix. It’s a good hard look at how to make good habits and I think it goes hand and hand with this whole overwhelming diet feeling a lot of us have.
If you remember a few weekends ago I posted a quote from my boot camp instructor.
People don’t succeed because they give up what they want the most for what they want right now.
I love that quote but sometimes it’s just not easy for us to say no to ourselves in the moment. This is what Habit Guide has to say on the same ‘topic’,
The ability to say NO! to yourself is the essence of will power. It’s the ability to choose a future benefit over a short term pleasure benefit. If you think it’s a difficult decision then think on. No short term pleasure can compare with the feeling of energy and extreme clarity you get from being healthy. The future that you choose will soon become a reality now―a permanent ‘now’ of energy and well-being.
If you think you’re weak willed then it’s likely you don’t believe in your own ability to control your life, but will power is like a muscle that can be built up. When you start a weight training program you don’t pick the biggest guy in the gym and attempt his poundages. That would be crazy. The truth is that will power is also a habit. Get into the habit of saying NO! and your will power will grow."
I love this! and he’s so right, it takes practice, discipline and repetition to make a habit but once you do, everything is so much easier!
I hated working out, I really did. But I started slow, VERY slow and now, three years later I’m training to run a 6 miles in the Baltimore Marathon. Over that long course of time I made it a habit to workout and now I can’t imagine my life without a trip to the gym or a nightly run.
I’m getting off the point of the book review but I just get excited when I am able to read a book now, nod my head and say, yup, that is it, that’s what I did. Now it makes sense. That’s what happened to me while reading this book, I had post fact a-ha moments. Does that make any sense?