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

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

Post by BeatrixPotter » 09 Jan 2019, 20:11

I don't see the point, and I'm not doing it.
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Post by AnnaKathleen » 12 Jan 2019, 12:31

I don't really think signing your initials had much worth to me, but I see it for others. I can understand it might be seen as signing n agreement to try and apply things to your life but it loses any potential worth, to me, when it occurs repeatedly. Also, just because you sign something doesn't mean you'll apply it. Not to mention if you're reading with Kindle you probably can't sign it anyway.
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Post by teresao » 14 Jan 2019, 17:42

I understood what the author was getting at by having you initial the end of each chapter, but I personally didn't do it, and I didn't feel like it would have made any difference.

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Post by BeatrixPotter » 14 Jan 2019, 19:55

AnnaKathleen wrote:
12 Jan 2019, 12:31
Not to mention if you're reading with Kindle you probably can't sign it anyway.
True, good point.
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Post by godreaujea » 15 Jan 2019, 10:05

Because I read this on my Kindle, I did not write my initials. If I'm being honest, I usually do not like reflection pieces in self-help books, and prompting me to sign my initials reminded me of that. I am sure it was meant to serve as a promise that I will implement these strategies in my life but that is hard to promise. Therefore, it did not accomplish much for me.

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Post by nomnombooks » 16 Jan 2019, 17:34

I think I understand what the author tried to accomplish by making the reader sign their initials. It makes you stop for a second and maybe think about what you just read again. Also it feels a bit like contract if you sign your initials, so you might be more likely to actually follow the suggestions.

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Post by lotus784 » 16 Jan 2019, 22:38

At first I hated it. It felt like entering into a contract. Now that I'm further in the book I like it for the same reason I once hated it. It's like willing myself to follow the advice. I feel as if I have made a promise to myself by signing my initials.

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Post by Jessacardinal » 16 Jan 2019, 23:13

I believe the author's intention was to create a sense of focused self-commitment for the reader. I did not sign my initials, as I read the book on Kindle.
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