If You Think You Can! by TJ Hoisington

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Book Review of If You Think You Can! by TJ Hoisington

Do you remember way back to January/February of 2020? You know, waaaayyyy back before shutdowns, COVID-19, masks, and quarantines? Yeah, back when life was pretty normal? Well, way back then I received an email from TJ Hoisington asking if I would review his book Return to Robinson Island. I was kind of starstruck, honestly, because I have been listening to TJ’s podcast for a long time. I had previously emailed him regarding one of his podcast episodes, (which I loved) and I told him that I review books. I didn’t think anything of it until I received this email asking for a review. I have already reviewed that book, and it was a good book! When TJ sent me the previous book, he also sent me this book, If You Think You Can! Sadly, with COVID came crazy teaching stuff, so I am just now getting to this book. Yes, I had the summer, but I had a lot of books to catch up on! As it turns out, now, in the midst of all this craziness, was the perfect time for me to read this book!


“Just as there are laws that govern nature, these are also laws that govern performance and achievement. Have you ever heard of the ‘laws of success?’ Unfortunately, people are either unaware of them, or they simply are not applying them. As a result, many people chase after goals but find that the results they desire constantly elude them.

If you want to achieve greatness or success, then apply these laws and turn your dreams into reality. Over the past one hundred years and more of recorded history, the common denominators that lead to personal success have consistently surfaced. TJ has gathered these distinctions into this book to share with you.

The pages are filled with moving stories and examples of success and failure that will inspire all who read them. Simple and concise, If You Think You Can! Is the source that will help you achieve whatever you want.”       

My Book Review:

One of the reasons I listen to TJ’s podcast, Unleash Your Greatness Within, is because he is so positive! After you listen to each episode you feel like you could go conquer the world. This book takes that feeling and spreads it out over 165 pages. If you feel down about work, school, family, fitness, COVID-19, or anything else, you need to read this book! Seriously. TJ’s positivity permeates the pages and makes you feel like you can do anything!

I like the writing style of this book; it is uplifting yet realistic. The book is well written and easy to read, understand, and apply. Sometimes self-help books make things so complicated that their concepts become too difficult to implement. At that point, change does not happen. Thankfully, this book is not written that way. TJ has laid everything out in easy-to-understand language and includes lots of examples. He has also included lots of great quotes from high achievers.

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”  ~Henry Ford

“The common denominator is that the successful were willing to do the things that the unsuccessful people were not willing to do.”     ~Albert E. N. Gray

Each of the 13 laws TJ lists in If You Think You Can! are totally doable for anyone seeking to improve. I love how TJ put a place at the end of each chapter (law) for you to ponder, reflect, and write down what you will do to implement the principle discussed the chapter. Reflection is a great way to discover your strengths and weaknesses and to find ways to improve. You strengthen your commitment when you write it down.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It’s a great read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has gotten down on themselves, to anyone who wants to improve, and to anyone who has a poor attitude. Pretty much everyone could benefit from reading this book. Here are a few of my favorite parts:

“If there is an area in your life that you would like to improve, then begin imagining your behavior as though you have already improved in that area. What does it look like? What does it feel like? How do you imagine others perceiving you in a positive way? Imagine it as vividly as possible and it will start to affect your performance.”

“We must be careful what we allow to ruminate and take shape inside our minds. Anything that is continually repeated or imagined will eventually be accepted as your personal ‘truth and reality.’ In fact, we are constantly recreating our reality based on our thoughts and interpretations.”

“By imagining a successful outcome, you not only reduce the negative emotions associated with taking action, but in time you can also eliminate them.”

Content Rating GContent Rating: G (It’s clean!)

Age Recommendation: YA+

My Rating: 4/5

4 Star Review

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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