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Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success Paperback – April 10, 2012
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The good news (and this book is all positive) is that you can get out of debt, beat addictions, lose weight, build healthy relationships, and become more successful in your career if you understand what the authors call the "six sources of influence that affect daily decisions." ... They offer awareness and positive steps to all who seek change in their lives.
Top Customer Reviews
So does "Change Anything" live up to its claim? Yes, and No.
The fact that I think this book lives up to anything even approaching its bold claim is a high recommendation for this book. Here's what the book delivers that makes me believe that if you actually understand and faithfully use the principles of this book that you can, indeed, change many of your behaviors for the better.
First, the authors free us from a powerful mind trap: the simplistic belief that if only we had more willpower we'd succeed in changing our lives. The reality the authors argue for (persuasively) is that while willpower is still important, changing behavior turns out to be as much about "skill" as it is about "will." And the truth is that certain skills for changing our behaviors can be taught. The authors also point out that that often (for example when you go to Las Vegas into a casino) you can't see what's controlling. However, "If you can see it, you can change it." "Change Anything," then, is a book about seeing the hidden influences in our lives and using them to change our behaviors from ones with negative to ones with positive consequences.
The book opens with a series of fascinating experiments on children that provide evidence for all that the authors will present. Throughout, what the authors teach is supported by research experiments that are not only enlightening but also entertaining.
So why do we fail at personal change?Read more ›
Change Anything is organized into three parts:
Part 1: Presents four science-based strategies implementing lasting change
Part 2: Describes the six sources of influence and suggests ways to apply them for personal change
Part 3: Discusses the Change Anything suggestions in common change scenarios
Parts 1 and 2 alone justify buying the book.
Here are some reasons why Change Anything worked for me:
- The four scientific strategies outlined in Part 1 provided a great structure for applying the six sources of influence.
- It is down to earth and practical. The book acknowledges the realities of a change effort (e.g., sometimes there will be bad days), and the recommended actions are "do-able."
- The book offers many useful examples and concrete ideas for making changes stick
One word of warning...applying the Change Anything suggestions is difficult - it requires effort and willingness to spend time planning, recording, analyzing, and adjusting your personal change efforts. The book includes complementary access to a website that supports planning and tracking your change efforts.
I dropped my rating to four stars for a few specific reasons:
- I found the Change Anything web site to be limited - it didn't offer compelling content or resources for me.
- Part 3, which comprises almost 40% of the book, is mostly useful if you are dealing with one of the common change scenarios it discusses. If your change scenario is different, part 3 is mostly a set of examples. Part 3 seemed like filler to me.
Overall, though, I found Change Anything to be an insightful and practical guide to making personal changes stick.
What is the best way to achieve success in our lives? The authors of "Change Anything" argue that not only must the answer be based on scientific inquiry (which they offer), but should also not rely on willpower as the only path to change. This would seem to contradict what Baumeister and Tierney argue in "Willpower", but they are quick to point out that willpower is only wrong because it is incomplete. Using their "Six Sources of Influence" the authors aim to lay out a step-by-step program that anyone can use to make changes in their life in areas as diverse as career, diet, finances, addictions and relationships.
Using a more "person-focused" approach than Timothy Wilson's "social-focused" format in "Redirect", the authors provide clear, engaging chapters on each source along with specific tactics to go along with each step. Stories like that of the doctoral student who took a picture of himself, cut it in to 90 pieces and added a piece each day he wrote two pages of his dissertation is an example of the thought-provoking examples they provide in each chapter. And using such tactics as "loss aversion" and "positive deviance" the authors are able to round out their stories with interesting side notes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Their six clearly stated steps are presented in straight forward non-fluffy manner for changing behavior. Steps are repeated in different situations to demonstrate application. Read morePublished 17 days ago by MACCLOU
Easy read and understand. I'm not completely sold on the suggestions for improvement. Nothing I couldn't have figured out on my own. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christine Pike
Horrible. The sole of one of the boots had a significant permanent wrinkle in it and I could fit an entire finger behind where the sole of the boot ended to the heel of the boot on... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Megan N Pucci
We love it, help me in my relationships , support any change in the company and my life.Published 8 months ago by Manuel Delgado