Can't?...CAN!

How To Master Your Mind & Transform Your Body

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
124 Pages
Reviewed on 05/06/2016
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Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite

Bill Calhoun’s Can’t…Can! How to Master Your Mind and Transform Your Body is a motivational and self-help book aimed at those who wish to lose weight, get fitter, and develop the stronger mental capacity in order to do this successfully. Calhoun sets out his method for taking the necessary practical and psychological steps. These include understanding the difference between luck and control; transforming yourself mentally, morally and physically; building your willpower; and using your understanding of yourself and others’ personalities in order to forge a path to success. Motivational quotes are included and sum up many of the author’s points.

Can’t…Can! How to Master Your Mind and Transform Your Body is a sensible and unique approach to gaining an understanding of ourselves, and so take more control in areas of life that we wish to change. Bill Calhoun’s way combines self-knowledge and self-compassion with perseverance and ideas that help with whole person development. The writing style is empathetic and concise with points and explanations clearly set out. His method could be a good approach for tackling and solving any problem or set-back in life – not just for anyone needing help with weight loss and physical fitness. I liked the emphasis on encouragement and developing self-awareness and positive qualities or mind sets.

The book sets out to convince the reader that success is not just for those who get lucky – rather we can learn to recognize and use opportunities and train our mental outlook. The arguments, supported by psychological theory, are convincing and motivating. This book is a source of encouragement and support. Those needing advice and techniques to develop the knowledge and will power to make personal and life enhancing changes will find it here.

Roy T. James

CAN'T?... CAN! by Bill Calhoun is about taking control of one's body and transforming it, developing your whole self, strengthening will power, and creating a strong personality capable of continuing the positive, healthy changes that will happen on your journey to health and fitness. His maxim, “The aid we receive by chance is uncertain and precarious, but that which we obtain by our own efforts is effective and lasting,” sets the tone for the approach he recommends, and ventures straight into the first set of exercises for controlling breathing. He then dwells on other aspects of change like the ubiquitous nature of willpower and the need to stop becoming nervous. Instead, train yourself to sit still and observe information all around you. Plenty of useful tips are also provided.

CAN'T?... CAN! by Bill Calhoun is not a practical guide to achieve an immediate aim. It is a collection of abstract thoughts about bringing self discipline into one's life, enabling one in meeting known or unknown challenges. By saying, “Luck is a measure of sweat,” he stresses the importance of hard work. His caution, “Never let your prejudices overbalance your reason. Learn to pick sound ideas from every source. Pick the wheat from the chaff,” more or less is a condensed version of this work. Bill's work has the potential to enable one in gathering the good from every book and magazine that provides new and practical thoughts, and then thinking of how one can turn these ideas to one's own use. A good read, it helps in widening one's horizons, especially in the area of leading a happy and successful life.