What do you think that signing your initials at the end of the chapters accomplished?

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HollandBlue wrote:
13 Nov 2018, 23:07
Radiant3 wrote:
12 Nov 2018, 22:21
I think that signing your initials was an interesting aspect of the book. Usually, you sign something to acknowledge that you have read and understood what was written. Perhaps this was meant to be a personal acknowledgment and agreement of what was read.
You make a good point.
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13 Nov 2018, 23:10
I don't think there is a way to sign on kindle, and you're right-the author has no way of knowing if you signed or not, so you're actually making a contract with yourself.
Exactly, and I don't think you need to sign the pages to make the contract. I do not sign when I want to go on a diet, or start doing some exercise, it is all about willingness. Maybe it does help some people, though, maybe signing is the way they actually agree do make the changes they need.

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I get the reasoning behind it, to make yourself accountable, or committed to what was read. But, personally I don't think it works any better. Maybe for kids when you have them initial each day for chores or something but for adults?

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Well that is certainly creative, hmm maybe I would try it sometime , see If I get really motivated as the author suggested.

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15 Nov 2018, 00:03
I get the reasoning behind it, to make yourself accountable, or committed to what was read. But, personally I don't think it works any better. Maybe for kids when you have them initial each day for chores or something but for adults?
That's true, that's a good idea to have kids initial a chore chart!
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kristine29 wrote:
15 Nov 2018, 06:14
Well that is certainly creative, hmm maybe I would try it sometime , see If I get really motivated as the author suggested.
It is creative...
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I think the idea of signing your initials is a step toward being responsible. This is a practical way for the reader to start putting in practice the main theme of the book. The author stresses the idea of taking control of your thinking and being responsible for your own life. Signing your initials may be a small thing, but it helps the person learn to be responsible. He also talks about the importance of the little things later on in the book. Putting your name on something, like any contract or written document, makes you responsible.

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I thought it was a really great idea to add to the book. I felt like it held me more Accountable to make these changes to my life and my way of thinking.

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03 Nov 2018, 07:42
I did not sign my initials because it is impossible to put your initials in a Kindle book. At least in my Kindle.

I did not think it served any purpose because it did not anchor the topics in my mind and just became a rote way of knowing that the chapter was at an end.
I was also unable to initial and do not think that it would have particularly contributed to my experience reading the book. I would have liked to see more concrete suggestions for things to actively do to implement the suggestions given by the author.

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As the author explains, the act of signing ensures that the readers would hold themselves ‘accountable in the future court of life’. Probably not a very practical one, this idea is actually excellent, as it differentiates the book from other similar ones.

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piecesfallapart wrote:
14 Nov 2018, 14:47
HollandBlue wrote:
13 Nov 2018, 23:10
I don't think there is a way to sign on kindle, and you're right-the author has no way of knowing if you signed or not, so you're actually making a contract with yourself.
Exactly, and I don't think you need to sign the pages to make the contract. I do not sign when I want to go on a diet, or start doing some exercise, it is all about willingness. Maybe it does help some people, though, maybe signing is the way they actually agree do make the changes they need.
Very true, willingness is what it's all about....
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kdstrack wrote:
15 Nov 2018, 11:00
I think the idea of signing your initials is a step toward being responsible. This is a practical way for the reader to start putting in practice the main theme of the book. The author stresses the idea of taking control of your thinking and being responsible for your own life. Signing your initials may be a small thing, but it helps the person learn to be responsible. He also talks about the importance of the little things later on in the book. Putting your name on something, like any contract or written document, makes you responsible.
You're right, it's about being responsible for what you have read and implementing the ideas into your life.
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Theresam wrote:
15 Nov 2018, 11:02
I thought it was a really great idea to add to the book. I felt like it held me more Accountable to make these changes to my life and my way of thinking.
I agree, accountability is a big theme throughout the book. In addition to having you signing your initials, the author wants you to be accountable for yourself.
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gfowle wrote:
15 Nov 2018, 11:22
FictionLover wrote:
03 Nov 2018, 07:42
I did not sign my initials because it is impossible to put your initials in a Kindle book. At least in my Kindle.

I did not think it served any purpose because it did not anchor the topics in my mind and just became a rote way of knowing that the chapter was at an end.
I was also unable to initial and do not think that it would have particularly contributed to my experience reading the book. I would have liked to see more concrete suggestions for things to actively do to implement the suggestions given by the author.
Exercises to help you implement the suggestions in the book would have been good.
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Charlotte_Shi wrote:
16 Nov 2018, 20:14
As the author explains, the act of signing ensures that the readers would hold themselves ‘accountable in the future court of life’. Probably not a very practical one, this idea is actually excellent, as it differentiates the book from other similar ones.
Good point, I had forgotten that statement and it really is true.
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