Review – How I Motivated Myself To Succeed by Shelley Wilson

When I knew that Shelly Wilson had brought out a new personal development book, I knew I had to get hold of it and was delighted when Shelley asked me to take part in her blog tour!

How I Motivated Myself To Succeed: Top Motivation Tips for Life, Happiness, Changing Habits, and Releasing Fears from the author of the popular Motivate … (How I Changed My Life In A Year Book 2) is such a blooming good kick up the backside book.  There is an extract from the book below! 

I read it one chapter a day and it seriously got me motivated and sorted out.  I really have changed things in my life since reading this book.  I’ve started planning my meals (even if I did have a day this week where I’d put together a slow cooker beef casserole and then realised at 3pm that I hadn’t turned the flipping thing on! LOL!) making shopping lists and my life seems to have gone from me running round like a headless chicken throwing everything I have at life, to being a calmer, more organised, more focussed person.  And it feels REALLY good!

In the book Shelley interviews 3 fabulous ladies in her ‘Real Women, Real Lives’ section and these stories are inspirational and make you think well if they can do what they’ve done, then there’s no reason that I can achieve what I want to achieve too!

Shelley encourages you to make new habits, think about what motivates you, what you love doing, write down your goals in a specific, achievable way, get rid of your self-limiting beliefs and to have confidence in yourself and know that you can do whatever you set your mind to.

There are also lots of helpful handy tips such as ’52 Things to do’, a Yearly Productivity Planner broken down into months, ’52 Uplifting Quotes’ (which I love as they are so inspirational), ’52 Affirmations for Success’, ’52 Power Words’, a ’52 Week Happy Challenge’ which I think everyone should do.  There is so much negativity around and I really don’t think that social media helps this at the moment.

This really is a cracking read, for anyone who’s either feeling a little bit in a rut and know that they want to change things and don’t know where to start or for someone who just needs a little bit of a kick up the bum and know that they can take on the world and do anything that they want to.

Absolutely LOVED reading this book and it certainly has done exactly what I wanted it to!

Well done Shelley!

Shelly’s other books are all fabulously motivating reads too.  They’ve certainly been really instrumental in helping me to change my life!


Excerpt from How I Motivated Myself to Succeed by Self-Help Author, Shelley Wilson (@ShelleyWilson72)

I’m delighted to join Kim on her lovely blog as part of my book tour and would love to share a short excerpt from my new book. Thank you so much for having me, Kim.

Here is an excerpt from my latest release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed which you can buy via Amazon UK or Amazon US:

Motivation can help us achieve success in everything we do. But what if, occasionally, we lose our way or life sends us on a detour? Reminding ourselves of what motivation means can get us back on track, and help us to flourish in life, love, and finding happiness.

Even before I set my resolution challenge, or started writing books, I was fascinated by psychology. Training in holistic health was another way to take a peep into people’s minds and discover who they were and why they did what they did, or why they responded in a particular way. Studying motivation came with the territory. I wanted to help as many people as I could to be the best version of themselves. That often meant I had to find a way to inspire my clients or motivate them to try a new treatment, or even change their negative thought patterns into positive ones. I read so many books and articles on the topic, and also tried out as many techniques as I could in the hope that something would click for me and I could pass it on to my ladies. The way I see it, motivation falls into three stages, and I like to call it the D.A.D effect.

D = Decision. Without the initial decision to try something new, or set a challenge, you can’t accomplish anything. The decision process is important, and that’s why planning, organising, and brainstorming are so vital when setting goals or resolutions.

A = Action. You’ve made the decision to try something new, such as start your own business, write a book, or lose weight; now you have to persistently work towards that goal. This could mean arranging meetings with a financial advisor, plotting the chapters of your book, or joining a slimming group.

D = Determination. You could even use the word dedication for this section, as without one hundred per cent dedication to achieving your goals you’ll never find the determination to see them through. Someone who is committed to their task will put in the time and energy, they will spend hours drawing up business plans, study the art of writing so they can evolve their own skills to write a better book, or become actively involved in their slimming group by helping out or even paying monthly, which confirms their loyalty to the task.

Over the years many psychologists have analysed the why and how of motivation, coming up with various theories including biological and behavioural instincts, such as the need for water when you’re thirsty, or the desire to keep your house clean.

They also view motivation in two very different ways. Extrinsic, which means our motivation comes from outside influences like winning a prize or receiving praise. The other way is Intrinsic which means all our motivation comes from within us, a bit like me writing my blog for personal gratification. When we set our resolutions/goals/challenges, we probably use a mix of both. When I set up my resolution challenge, I knew it was a personal journey with the ultimate aim of writing more (intrinsic motivation), but it was also about producing something worth selling at the end. At the time I didn’t know what that was because writing non-fiction books had never been on my to-do list. I did believe, however, it would give me another avenue to explore within my holistic business, such as running workshops (extrinsic motivation).

When you look at the goals you’ve set for yourself, think about the influences behind them and make sure they fit into the D.A.D effect for optimum success.


If you would like to read more about Shelley’s motivational techniques then take a look at her new release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed, out now in paperback and eBook, and packed full of information on self-care, freeing yourself from fear, organising your life, and much more.

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Find out more about Shelley on her author blog or via her personal development blog

She is also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram


Author Bio:

Shelley is a multi-genre author of non-fiction self-help and young adult fantasy fiction. Her latest release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed is being dubbed as the sequel-that’s-not-a-sequel to her bestselling book, How I Changed My Life in a Year. She writes a personal development blog ( as well as an author blog ( where she shares book reviews, author interviews, and random musings about writing. Shelley was thrilled to win the Most Inspirational Blogger Award at the Bloggers Bash in 2016, and to scoop second place in the same category in 2017. She is a single mum to three teenagers and a black cat, loves pizza, vampires, and The Walking Dead, and has a slight obsession with list writing.




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