Book Plunge: Lifechange

What do I think of Brad Wright’s soon to be published book? Let’s plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out.

Everyone talks about the weather and no one does anything about it. Everyone talks about change they want to make and they don’t do it. I am someone who has written at least one published ebook with another one coming soon, but I have started a number that never saw the light of day.

Your work might not be a book, but you have something. Maybe you want to lose those last ten pounds, or the last hundred pounds. Maybe you want to run a marathon. Maybe you want to learn a language or a musical instrument. Maybe you want to learn to spend less time on your phone and….excuse me. I have to check this app before I get back to this review…

Anyway, we all know about the changes we need to make. The thing is, you can go and read a book on dieting and know you need to do it and gain ten pounds going through the book. You can get some exercise videos and sit on the couch eating oreos while you watch them. You can buy that saxophone so you can learn to play and before too long it’s just gathering dust.

So how do you do it? How do you change your motivation so you can do things? For Brad Wright, the main step to take is self-control. You have to build up your self-control so you can want to follow through.

Per that, Wright gives great advice. Unfortunately, with a draft copy, I’m not at liberty to share things, but I will say I learned a lot about self-control and how important it is. I have seen myself start projects only to have them not finished. I have seen my wife lose passion for dieting super quickly. I have had numerous times where I sat down just to browse Facebook for a few minutes which quickly turns into an hour.

So when are we going to stop talking about change and start doing change?

This book is not about just behaviors to do. It is about how to change your motivation and will and self-control so you can do the behaviors. There are no grandiose promises. There is nothing in here about if you just do what’s in this book you are guaranteed everything, but it will certainly help.

Most of the chapters are short too, so that means you can sit down and read a chapter a day for the most part and get done. About the longest chapter I think was the chapter on the biggest distractions that we have everyday. I will tell you that #2 will make sense to you, but #1 will be a big surprise to many.

Wright is also clear that he is a Christian in the book, but the book can be read easily by a secularist. His Christianity is not “in-your-face” in that style. You could compare it in that sense to the work of Stephen Covey who is a Mormon I understand and would prefer you to be a Mormon, but that doesn’t change his ideas of habits for highly effective people.

So maybe it’s time to get out those walking shoes. Maybe it’s time to dust off the saxophone. Maybe it’s time to turn on those exercise videos. Maybe it’s time to….ooooh….a new notification. Hold on.

So if you want to make lifechange, regardless of your worldview, then I recommend you get this book. There has been enough talk about the weather. Let’s do something about it.

In Christ,
Nick Peters