From internationally syndicated fitness columnist and author, James Fell, comes a no-nonsense guide on how to get in shape, fix your finances, alleviate depression and change your life for good.
We've all been there. Wanting to change your life forever, but only doing it in fits and starts. Feeling inspired to be disciplined one day, then falling back into old habits on the next. Or changing for a few weeks or even months, but then slipping back into familiar behaviours. Bad habits are hard to break for a reason. But you still try because the goal is worth it: slowly and painfully forming new habits to the point where you are able to adhere to a new lifestyle, long-term.
Not only do we struggle with all of it but the failure rates of these models are staggering.
What if there was a different way? What if sudden moment, which happens to be a surprisingly common occurrence among those who succeed would allow you to skip the struggle of behaviour change and just become a different person in a moment? What if all the motivation they would ever need to change could arrive unbidden because of a life-altering flash of insight? It is the power of epiphany – a triggering event when drive and clarity of purpose for changing one's life is instantly attained.
James Fell's The Holy Sh*t Moment is about that who have sustained change. The stories outlined in this book examine an abrupt awakening, where a person's purpose switches course in the space of a few seconds; their life is partitioned into the time before that moment occurred, and what comes after. In an instant, the gradual steps of behavior change are bypassed and life transformation takes hold for good. But is an epiphany something that can be generated?
Yes. The Holy Sh*t Moment is a self-help book written in a brash, audacious and informal, your-good-friend-giving-you-the-scoop style, but with the knowledge, research, wisdom and personal anecdotes to back up James' words in the vein of Jen Sincero's You Are a Badass.
About the Author
James Fell is the head fitness writer for AskMen.com, and did a four-year stint as head fitness writer for Chatelaine.com. He has written for Men's Health, The Guardian, TIME, NPR, and many others. He also has a regular column for the Chicago Tribune and the LA Times. James recently started appearing regularly in Women's Health, and has a blog that gets millions of visitors a year. He's also appeared on numerous radio and TV shows. He has a strong social media platform and marketing reach.
"James Fell's book explores those powerful moments of epiphany, when people experience a dramatic shift in their identity or pivot toward a new purpose. In this book, Fell hits on something important: there is no 'get results fast' recipe for achieving major goals: they take time and lots of effort. What can happen fast is epiphany: a 'holy shift moment' can ignite the energizing passion that makes hard work feel easy."
Dr. Anne Wilson, Professor of Motivational Psychology, Wilfred Laurier University
"I was a beta reader of the first draft of The Holy Sh*t Moment, and I'll be damned, but I had an epiphany from reading it! James's words suddenly opened a door in my mind to make me feel far more comfortable with my body and embrace what it can do. What a relief!
"Until I read James's book, I thought life-changing epiphanies were like lightning strikes: an unpredictable force of nature. Imagine my joy when James showed me I can cultivate the optimal environment for epiphanies. Read this book and you'll learn how to bring down lightning and change your life."
"Tiny moments make big ripples in the stream of life. Through rigorous research, captivating storytelling, and practical tips, James Fell will take you on a wild ride to identify defining moments in your own life and how to harness their power. Your life will never be the same."
C. Nathan DeWall, Ph.D., Author ofPsychology, Exploring Psychology, and Psychology in Everyday Life, and Ultramarathon runner
"Psychologists have long studied the nature of insight and the sudden illumination. In this entertaining, informative book, James Fell ramps the science up to the next level, showing us not only how such life-changing events can have such an impact on our lives, but how to harness them for optimal development."
Scott Barry Kaufmann, Ph.D., Psychologist and Author of Wired to Create