Book Review: The Skinny on Willpower, How to Develop Self Discipline by Jim Randel
I was recently contacted by the publisher of a new book series called "The Skinny On." The concept is that people are busy, so the authors take a topic and distill down the essential information into a book that allows you to get the core information quickly. Illustrated by stick figures, it made for an interesting concept in my mind. The first book I decided to look at was The Skinny on Willpower, How to Develop Self Discipline by Jim Randel. After seeing the concept in action in this title, I must say I rather like it. Randel does an excellent job in getting the core points on how willpower works across to the reader in a quick and amusing fashion. Even if you've read a dozen books on motivation and goal setting, The Skinny on Willpower will still help to remind you of the key elements.
At 144 pages, Willpower will not take you long to read. The story revolves around Billy and Beth, two stick figures ("skinny", get it?) who have a couple goals they want to reach. Billy wants to lose 10 pounds, while Beth wants to open a fashion boutique but needs to write a business plan to get a loan. The married couple interact with each other as they fail and falter in making progress. The author makes a few stick figure appearances to help them get back on track and teach them the skills they need to keep on moving forward towards their goals. Among the way, Randel gives the reader plenty of core information as to how willpower works in real life, as well as a 15 point plan at the end for improving your discipline and willpower in a realistic, honest fashion.
You might think that this is a gimmicky, "follow these steps" plan promised by many self-help authors, but that's not the case. Randel doesn't go off into esoteric mumbo-jumbo and promise magic results. He acknowledges that self-discipline is hard, you will fail along the way, and you have to get back up and keep trying to be successful. And if you're not one who's much for reading a 300 page book on the subject, The Skinny on Willpower will quickly and easily give you the framework you need to start moving in the right direction. I even found it personally motivating to be reminded of the key points, and to refocus on what's important.
I have one other Skinny book to read and review, as well as an open offer to read and review any other titles in the series. I have a feeling that I might be taking them up on that offer...
Obtained From: Publisher