The Holy Sh!t Moment by James Fell

I’ve got some big news – tomorrow is my last day at my current job, the job I’ve had for the last five years and the first job I got straight out of college. The last two years have been tough. Change is not easy. Staying here would’ve been comfortable, but the stress was slowly killing me (no joke). I had my “Holy Sh!t” moment this last few months, and I’m not regretting it one bit. This book has helped me make this transition so much better.

Thank you St Martin’s Press for my copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads: After years of helping people change, James Fell had a sudden insight about sudden insight: significant life change doesn’t often come from just putting one foot in front of the other, carefully observing and altering habits, slogging through baby steps toward new behavior. Rather, the research reveals that serious life turnaround usually happens in a moment, with a flash of inspiration. Epiphany arrives like a lightning strike, rapidly shifting the recipient of such enlightenment onto a new path that creates a better life. Motivational psychology has traditionally focused on slow and steady—gradual improvement over time to reach a desired goal, whether it’s weight loss, career change, battling addiction, or success in relationships. We’ve been told since toddlerhood that the tortoise beats the hare. But, through compelling science and powerful stories, James Fell shows us that the hare has the edge; overwhelming desire can be awakened fast and furiously. When you learn to become attuned to that sensation of sudden awakening, a new path can be followed almost effortlessly, because it feels like destiny.Everyone has the ability to experience the lightning strike. The Holy Sh!t Moment will teach you how to create a life-changing epiphany and go directly from intention to action.

James talks about how finding your purpose can come with a big epiphany, whether good or bad. I kept thinking my purpose was to stay at this job, to make things better, but that’s not the case. My purpose involves my personal values, those of which were completely destroyed while working here. Our motivation to change things has come with this universal idea that it happens slowly over time. This book challenges that and gives data to prove that a dramatic fast change puts into action the desired goal you’ve been reaching for all along. I highly recommend this book for any life situation that may come to you.  Whether you’re looking for a job change like myself, a weightloss, a relationship change, or something else, this book brings a wonderful new perspective on how you have the courage and strength already inside of you to make the jump to better yourself now.

4/5 Stars

8 thoughts on “The Holy Sh!t Moment by James Fell

  1. This is fascinating – like you say, I’d always thought it was supposed to be slowly, slowly – how interesting that it should be far more spectularly quick to make changes that stick.


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