I've been debating reading this book for months but never really felt any real pull to do so. Until last Saturday. Calls were few and far between and I was sick of Netflix for once so I pulled out my phone and checked to see what I could find on Libby (it's an app that allows you to checkout and read e-books from your local library!) and there it was, staring at me. Challenge accepted.
Cut to me falling asleep at midnight, phone in hand, with only a single chapter remaining.
This book is good. If you've read any amount of empowerment/self-help books, none of the concepts will be new to you, but I'm a massive fan of the no-bullshit way Bishop shares his strategies for combating your own self-limiting beliefs.
While the books primarily focuses on how self-talk affects your ability to reach your goals and be your best self, Bishop spends surprisingly little time talking about self-talk... at least... not in the way you might be used to. He doesn't tell you that you should recite "I am beautiful. I am strong. I am powerful." in the mirror every morning. He doesn't tell you put motivational quotes where you'll regularly see them, in fact, he expresses a strong distaste for what he refers to as bumper-sticker quotes.
Instead, he talks about the power you already have, though you might be wielding it in a way that isn't to your liking. My favorite point that he made was this - you are succeeding at everything you are doing. If you believe you're a procrastinator, and you procrastinate, congratulations! You did it! You succeeded at being what you believe you are! Of course, and he brings this up, that could seem like a really negative thing. "You're great at sucking!" isn't exactly motivational. But ultimately the entire book is about this innate power we have to succeed. All you have to do is start actually directing the traffic in your brain and make sure that those successes are ones you'll be proud of.
If you want a quick and engaging read to get you off your ass without sugar coating anything, read this. It'll do the trick.