Your New Playlist: The Student's Guide to Tapping into the Superpower of Mindset Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
When Jon Acuff's book Soundtracks came out, one reaction surprised him. Parents across the country all said the same thing: "Do you have a version for teenagers? If I knew how to change my mindset when I was that age, my entire life would have been different." Why did they say that? Because truth grows like compound interest. Saving money when you're young has a bigger impact than it does when you save in your 40s. A single new soundtrack—Acuff's phrase for a repetitive thought—believed when you're 14 or 18 can change your whole life in the same way. In response, Acuff tagged his two daughters to help him create an honest, actionable guide to mindset for teenagers.
Your thoughts can work for you or against you, but the good news is you get a choice. The even better news is when you're young, your entire world is made of new. You're a movie that's barely started, a notebook with blank pages to fill, a song that hasn't hit the chorus. You have your whole life ahead of you. When you learn to create new thoughts, those thoughts lead to actions, and those actions lead to new results. Are you ready to tap into the superpower of mindset? Just hit play.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 35 minutes|
|Author||Jon Acuff, L.E. Acuff - contributor, McRae Acuff - contributor|
|Narrator||Jon Acuff, L.E. Acuff, McRae Acuff|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 13 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #67,102 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#27 in Politics, Society & Current Events
#14,411 in Teen & Young Adult (Books)
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Wow! Your New Playlist really changed the way I think. I liked the layout of the book and I found it very easy to relate to. The authors explained how significant our thoughts (soundtracks) can be and the impact they can make on our lives. It helped me identify some negative soundtracks that I have been playing in my head for quite some time and never realized how much of an influence they had on my day-to-day life.
The authors used an analogy of a Dial and Switch, which was such an interesting way to look at managing the thoughts we have! McRae explained some of her turn-down techniques and I loved how she made her own acronym to remember them. The girls then wrote about how we can flip our thoughts so that instead of being negative, we can make many positive soundtracks to use and repeat. I loved how they made repeating our positive soundtracks such an important part because it just doesn’t happen overnight! I will admit since reading this book I still have had some negative soundtracks but I have been trying the flip that coin and let me say, it has really helped calm some of my anxieties.
The girls then gave us 7 soundtracks that they created for us readers to help build our playlist. My favourite soundtrack that they provided is “Enough is a Myth”. This one struck home and it really helped me see on paper that I’m not alone. The second soundtrack that really had an effect on me is “Fear Gets a Voice, Not a Vote”. A bit later in the book, we learn about gathering evidence and creating a “hard list” of all the harder things you have achieved. This list shows you that the things you were scared to go through, you got through them.
There are so many parts of this book that I just want to preach to the world but something that stuck out for me was the phrase “Don’t let absolute soundtracks like always and never sneak into your life. They tend to be absolute lies.” Personally, I just needed to hear this and it helped show me how many absolute lies/broken soundtracks I had. If you are in high school or even college (in my case), I highly recommend this book. It opened up so many different ways to think and how powerful our minds can be. Your New Playlist took me about 3 hours to read, but I will be thinking about this book for a long time to come.
Thank you, McRae, L.E., and Jon!
Your New Playlist is a book for teenagers, written by teenagers. Even the funky cover was voted for by teenagers across the world. The book reveals the everyday truths our teens believe; the broken soundtracks that they play about themselves. Using real teenage lingo L.E. and McRae Acuff presents ideas on how to create new soundtracks in a very honest and humoristic way that resonates with all teens.
The plans they present are simple (McRae’s “I do brave things” symbol, chapter 23), and yet so profound that, as a parent, I was sometimes stunned at how such a small change in mindset could have altered my own broken soundtracks. How it could literally have changed the paths I chose in life. The book was edited by their dad, New York Times Bestselling Author Jon Acuff who also wrote the last chapter. He had me in tears with 6 truths that every parent carries with them.
Thanks, McRae, L.E. and Jon for this book to help my children create a new playlist for every broken one they encounter. “Broken soundtracks erase past success and promise future failure.” (L.E. chapter 22). So go ahead, get this book and help your children and grandchildren to change their tune and create a new playlist.
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I was surprised to find that this book was mainly written by 19 year old L.E. Acuff & 16 year old McRae Acuff (Jon assisted with the editing & contributed the foreword & afterword), and I think they did a fine job of adapting the ideas of their father's 2021 book for a teen reader. Since it's been a year since I read Soundtracks some of the ideas had faded from memory, and I felt like reading Your New Playlist was a refreshing reminder of the helpful concepts I'd learned previously.
To say that this is a book about the power of positive thinking would be an oversimplified & hackneyed take. It's easy to tritely tell someone to be more positive, or to "think happy thoughts", but it's harder to teach someone to identify and take captive the harmful thoughts - thoughts which, on the surface, you might not even realize are harmful - and to disregard them in favor of thoughts that are simultaneously true, helpful, and kind. L.E. & McRae Acuff speak to the hearts of teens (and their parents who read the book) & help them learn how to do this, giving real-life examples of how this works. The apple has not fallen far from the tree - the girls' writing is conversational and it's as entertaining as it is enlightening - much like their father's writing.
Overthinking & obsessing over negative thoughts is a fairly common problem for teens and adults alike, and as such I think that Your New Playlist is a great book for teens to read - and for parents to read along with their teens. If you're not a parent, or if your kids are grown, you'd likely benefit more from reading Soundtracks.
The principle is great for everyone, but this book really plays to its teenage audience by using examples from the girls’ lives as well as that of those teens who shared their thoughts. What’s most helpful are the practical solutions for changing your playlist: asking the right questions, flipping the song, and writing new playlists are all explained in a tangible and applicable way.
Chapters are short and several encourage readers to take action like writing notes, making lists, or finding physical objects to remind them of their new soundtracks. It’s easily readable for a busy teen. It would also make a great discussion for a book group (with or without adult facilitators).
The only thing the book is really missing is the outsider kid. The Acuff girls come across as atheistic, friendly kids who have great family support - which is awesome! The book lacks examples for the kids who literally don’t have friend groups, participate in sports, pass their classes, or even those whose harmful soundtracks may have been written by bad family situations. These kids can ABSOLUTELY benefit from this book, but it will be tough to find examples to which they can relate in it and they might feel even more discouraged.
I purchased a copy for my own teenager and extras for gifts (and yes, I will be taping the $20 to the back cover).
"It is so frustrating to have that little, but often so loud, voice in my head constantly telling me that I suck and I'm just not good enough. I thought I was stuck with it for the rest of my life. My dad gave me this book to read, and I'm not much of a reader, but I said I would take a look because he told me I would get something if I finished it. He meant $20 but what I got you can't put a price on. I now have control over that voice in my head. I've learned how to question the negative stuff it says and rewrite it. I am more confident and really believe in myself. I set my minds playlist and the one I'm listening to slaps!"
Younger readers will be able to relate to their struggles with math, trying out for athletic teams, and relationships. They candidly share their struggles and their successes as they talk about how they reshaped negative, destructive self-talk into constructive soundtracks. The book’s playlist includes seven soundtracks that readers can start applying immediately, such as I’m Capable of More Than I Think and Be Brave Enough to Be Bad at Something New. The authors also provide suggestions for creating your own playlist of positive soundtracks.
Teens and even adults who struggle with overthinking and find themselves regularly getting caught in a downward spiral of repetitive negative thoughts and self-criticism will find good information here. I recommend this book and plan to share it with my own teen daughter.