The Holy Sh!t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant

The Holy Sh!t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant

by James Fell


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Motivation expert James Fell teaches readers how to skip the hard part and go directly from intention to committed action.

After years of helping people change, James Fell had a sudden insight about sudden insight: significant life change doesn’t often come from just putting one foot in front of the other, carefully observing and altering habits, slogging through baby steps toward new behavior. Rather, the research reveals that serious life turnaround usually happens in a moment, with a flash of inspiration. Epiphany arrives like a lightning strike, rapidly shifting the recipient of such enlightenment onto a new path that creates a better life.

Motivational psychology has traditionally focused on slow and steady—gradual improvement over time to reach a desired goal, whether it’s weight loss, career change, battling addiction, or success in relationships. We’ve been told since toddlerhood that the tortoise beats the hare. But, through compelling science and powerful stories, James Fell shows us that the hare has the edge; overwhelming desire can be awakened fast and furiously. When you learn to become attuned to that sensation of sudden awakening, a new path can be followed almost effortlessly, because it feels like destiny.

Everyone has the ability to experience the lightning strike. The Holy Sh!t Moment will teach you how to create a life-changing epiphany and go directly from intention to action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250186317
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 465,577
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

JAMES FELL has been a regular contributor for numerous major publications, including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times,, Men’s Health, TIME, The Guardian, NPR, and a variety of others. Fell is the author of Lose it Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Librarian Who Put Down the Cigarettes and Picked Up a Sword


1 The Antidote to Despair: The Euphoria of the Life-Changing Moment

2 Embracing Chaos: Quantum vs. Linear Behavior Change in the Role of Epiphany

3 You, Part 2: Finding Purpose via Epiphany


4 What’s Going On in There? The Brain Science of the Holy-Shit Moment

5 The Rock-Bottom Hypothesis: The Power of Epiphany to Battle Addiction

6 The Hand of God: Exploring Religious Epiphany

7 The Power of Love: How Passion for Life and Love Inspires Sudden Change


8 Dreamers Aren’t Doers: Making Positive Fantasies Work for You Instead of against You

9 Nudging toward the Leap: Battling the Status Quo and Preparing Your Mind for Epiphany

10 Shamans, Drugs, and Rock and Roll: External Assistance in the Reevaluation of Reality

Conclusion: The Love We Found





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