Ever read a book so awesome, you told all your friends to read it too?
I don’t mean books like The Hunger Games or Fifty Shades of Yawn. I mean books that have the power to genuinely change your life.
Last week I read a book exactly like that. It’s called Commit: How to Blast Through Problems & Reach Your Goals Through Massive Action [that affiliate link will take you to Amazon].
This book is fantastic. It’s my new best friend on Kindle. No matter whether you want to start a business, fix a relationship, regain your health or get your shit together in some other aspect of your life, this will help you get it done and never look back. No regrets, no wish-I-woulda, no fucking waiting.
And yes, full disclosure, it’s written by one of my online friends — Linda Formichelli from the freelance writing blog The Renegade Writer. She’s the author of several excellent non-fiction books.
So after reading the first couple of chapters, I emailed Linda and essentially said, “You rock! This rocks! Let’s show this book to BAFB readers; they’ll love it.”
We decided to get together for a chat so I could tap into the author’s brain via the astonishing powers of the internet. Don’t worry, you didn’t miss it; I recorded the whole thing, so you can check it out right now. Press play and I’ll catch you in 20 minutes. 🙂
- 1:30 – How Linda became a popular non-fiction author and blogger
- 4:00 – Linda and co-blogger Diana Burrell’s stumbling start in the blogosphere
- 4:45 – How Linda earns money from freelance blogging and from her blog The Renegade Writer
- 7:20 – Why Linda’s writing about commitment and taking massive action for 2015 (and how Commit grew from a 10-page quickie ebook to a 90-page life-changer)
- 9:00 – How you can learn to commit to your goals — even if it doesn’t come naturally
- 10:15 – Why perfectionism leads to fear of success, not only fear of failure (and how to get past both)
- 13:40 – What makes Commit different to the woo-woo self-help books you’ve been let down by before
- 15:40 – How to cope if you get paralysed after the planning stage
- 19:05 – Why, after you’ve taken massive action, you can totally coast and get away with it (!)
My favourite part of the book
Without a doubt, it’s this:
Have you ever felt just plain stuck every time you contemplate how to reach a long-held goal? You keep coming up with the same ideas you already decided wouldn’t work, and your motivation plummets.
Maybe it’s because you’re limiting yourself by playing it too safe.
Here’s something to think about that will help you break out of this trap: What’s the ONE thing you can do that would demolish your problem or blast you towards your goal—no matter how crazy, expensive, or impossible that action might seem? Forget reason, ditch practical, and strike the word impossible from your vocabulary.
Sometimes, just pinpointing the very best, no-fail action and stating it aloud (or writing it down), even if it’s a nutty-sounding, giant, audacious idea, can help propel you in the right direction.
…And maybe, just maybe, you’ll want to actually implement one of your mind-blowingly big ideas. Again, people do these things all the time, so in most cases your craziest idea is quite doable.
There you go, people. Your craziest idea is quite doable, and I got that information from an expert. Have at it.
Get your own copy of Commit
This is the easiest part of the whole process. If you like what you’ve heard here, buy Linda’s new book Commit: How to Blast Through Problems & Reach Your Goals Through Massive Action.
It isn’t expensive. Heck, I’ll buy it for you: first person to email me their Amazon receipt for a copy of Commit gets the purchase price paid back to them out of my PayPal account.
If you have questions about committing to your own massive action, or you’d like to discuss something we said in the recording, hit us up in the comments. Linda and I will both be checking in to see what you think!