Summary: Good, but repetitive...
Comment: The essence of this book can be captured in the following excerpts:
"We believe what we are programmed to believe. Our conditioning, from the day we are born, has created, reinforced, and nearly permanently cemented most of what we believe about ourselves and what we believe about most of what goes on around us. Whether the programming was right or wrong, true or false, the result of it is what we believe. It all starts with programming! What we have accepted from the outside world or fed to ourselves, has initiated a nature cause and effect chain reaction sequence which cannot fail to lead us to successful self-management, or to the unsuccessful mismanagement of ourselves, our resources and our futures. It is our programming that sets up our beliefs, and the chain reaction begins. In logical progression, what we believe determines our attitudes, affects our feelings, directs our behavior, and determines our success or failure:
1) Programming creates beliefs
2) Beliefs create attitudes
3) Attitudes create feelings
4) Feelings determine actions
5) Actions create results
Self talk is a way to override our past negative programming by erasing or replacing it with conscious, positive new directions.
Just the simple act of telling yourself that you are going to have a "good day", as an example, not only helps convince you mentally, its sets off chemical/electrical triggers in your brain which affect your mental state which in turn affects you physiologically, which in turn affects how you think. It is a self generating cycle: thought, emotional response, physiological response, thought, emotional response and so on until something breaks or changes the cycle. That is why one negative incident first thing in the morning, can cause a chain reaction throughout the day. It affects our energy and our enthusiasm, our initiative and our spirit.
Overall, I thought the author's message was thoughtful, clear and important (but not concise). I do think that the essence of the recommendations could have been presented in half the pages as there was considerable repetition.
Summary: Be Careful of What You Say to Yourself
Comment: Another tool in self development. Until you change, your world will remain the same. And the subconcious picks up on every thought you think and every word that comes out of your mouth. Therefore, be careful what you say, especially to yourself. Good read.
Summary: Excellent book!
Comment: If you really want a change in your life, this book is essential. You need to know how to program your own computer (brain) in order to make the change permanent. I highly recommend this book.
Summary: One of the most important books you'll ever read!
Comment: Lot's of experts tell you that self-talk is important for success & happiness. Shad Helmstetter explains why, clearly and with rational scientific support.
More important: He delivers clear and simple steps to help change the way you talk to your self to realize your personal vision of success. This book must be part of your personal power library!
Author of Dynamic Components of Personal Power
Dynamic Components of Personal Power
Summary: One of the greatest books I have ever read
Comment: This is one of the greatest books that I have ever read on self-development. I am one of those people who tried other self-development techniques, found them successful, and stopped using them 2-3 months later because it took too much work. Mr. Helmstetter believed that, in order to change your habits or improve yourself for the better, the technique used must be easy and requires little to no efforts. And he's right. I recommend reading this book if you want to make yourself feel better at any situation, improve your attitude or be rid of any unwanted habit.