I recently read The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal for the BlogHer Book Club (obligatory statement that despite being compensated for this review, all opinions herein are my own – as usual). And I think that I can say with a reasonable amount of confidence that this might be the best BlogHer book I’ve had the opportunity to review. It was that good.
First, I should add that a couple weeks before picking this up, I happened to read The Power of Habit – another great read. These two together make an excellent pairing that will have you changing the way you think just by reading them. I kid you not. Referring to some of the same studies and experiments, they both challenge common assumptions of how the mind works and what you can do to make it work differently for you.
The Willpower Instinct does a great job of pairing up stories of various experiments and studies with an action plan. Each chapter ends with a review of that chapter, as well as some guided discussion questions and a few action steps for you to take on your “willpower challenge” (this is the challenge that you have determined to work on while reading the book, if you choose to do so). The book is based on a 10-week course that McGonigal teaches, and is structured as such, but you can also read it in one sitting, if you prefer. I’m pretty sure that I’ll be picking it up again to review different studies and activities as I challenge myself to build up my willpower.
The best part of this book? Despite being filled with research and information, it’s actually a pretty entertaining read. I found myself having a hard time putting it down, and I know I’ll be re-reading bits and pieces of it again at some point.
So in case you hadn’t guessed it already, my quickie recommendation on this book is read it! Read it now – or as soon as you can! You can thank me later.