Book Summary: How to Change Your Life in the Next 15 Minutes by Rahul Badami

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I jotted down a few key insights from Rahul Badami’s book after reading it.

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In this How to Change Your Life in the Next 15 Minutes book summary, I’m going to cover the following topics:

What is How to Change Your Life in the Next 15 Minutes About?

Self Belief is the only common denominator among all successful people. Your Self Belief has a deep connection with your Thoughts and Actions. This book will finally unravel why you have been struggling.

Self-belief is necessary if you are going to have productive thoughts and take productive actions. Having a positive approach and using affirmations can lead to greater self-belief and start a virtuous circle of self-reinforcement. 

Keep your goals and aims focused on things you can achieve in a short time frame – set yourself deadlines for these goals, commit to achieving them and then just put this book down and get on with doing it.

Who is The Author of How to Change Your Life in the Next 15 Minutes?

Rahul Badami has published 40+ books under multiple pen names. Many of them have hit the Best Seller charts on Amazon. His pen names have also been featured in the Top 100 Authors list on Amazon.com. He is an avid reader of action-adventure, historical fiction, thrillers, self-help & non-fiction.

How to Change Your Life in the Next 15 Minutes Book Summary

Publishers love to promise that they can achieve amazing results in tiny amounts of time. If you search for books with ‘fifteen minutes’, ‘ten minutes’ or ‘five minutes’ in the title, you’ll be astonished by the range of accomplishments that titles will promise you can learn (although it often turns out to be a bit of a cheat, in which the actual advice is to spend this long in regular bursts that actually add up to hours, weeks or months.) 

A particularly egregious example is the One Minute Manager which, according to my take, advises the reader to become a brilliant businessperson by shucking all responsibilities, making lazy decisions and jumping to irrational conclusions wherever possible.

So, as soon as we see ‘fifteen minutes’ in the title of this short book, we should be suspicious. And, at the outset, this appears to be yet another book that suggests that positive thinking can magically lead to positive outcomes. The author asserts that ‘your quality of life is in direct proportion to the quality of your thoughts’. 

But if you are in need of a pep talk on getting your act together, you might actually find this book quite inspiring. And the author turns out not to be advocating the ‘law of attraction’ (in which positive thoughts are said to attract positive results) after all – it is more about the way in which self-belief (the core subject of the book) can lead to consistent action. 

In his view, it is the consistency of action that can lead to positive outcomes. The author starts with two statements: one is that your beliefs direct your thoughts and actions, which is clearly true, but not immediately very life-changing. By contrast, he adds the fact that your thoughts and actions can also direct your beliefs – a genuinely useful observation. 

The main aim of the book is to show how consistently productive thoughts and actions can change your belief system, which in turn will lead to more productive thoughts and actions.

There is a certain level of waffle around how this actually works, as the author talks about the use of affirmations, positive thinking and prayer in your life. But there are also some commonsense observations about how you should evaluate your own thoughts and feelings honestly, and work out whose dream you are following (and whether it is truly your own). 

As the author observes, we find it relatively easy to tell someone else they should look after their health better, save more money or deal with people differently, but when it comes to ourselves we are not so great at giving or accepting the same advice.

The book is at its strongest when it deals with focus – you should think in the short term when you decide what you need to concentrate on and work consistently to achieve that. The ideal timespan is days or weeks. 

Five-year plans are all very well, but they don’t have the same impact on our daily routine as a the deadline which is approaching at the end of the month (as anyone will know who has written an article or book with a tight deadline – they tend to give you much stronger motivation).

When you sit down to make your fifteen-minute plan for what you want to achieve, you need to think hard about today rather than yesterday or tomorrow and you don’t want to be distracted by long-term aims: ‘You will have to string hundreds of successful TODAYs before your TOMORROW changes.’ 

And this is a point well made: there are many tasks that you may be able to achieve in the long run, but only if you get on with them step by step and keep ticking off smaller, achievable goals.

This book isn’t going to win a Nobel prize for literature and it’s fairly narrow in its focus on self-belief. But many readers have found it to be a useful shot of positivity in the arm when it comes to just working out what you need to do and getting on with it right away.

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