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Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success Paperback – April 10, 2012
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A strategic, step-by-step guide to breaking longstanding bad habits from the authors of Crucial Conversations draws on research coming out of their Change Anything Labs, where they study and work with people struggling with self-destructive patterns. The authors introduce a system for adopting-and sticking to-better behaviors in this smart, sensible work.
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.
About the Author
Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler are the leaders of VitalSmarts, a state-of-the-art innovative training company that has taught more than two million people. VitalSmarts has consulted with more than 300 of the Fortune 500 companies.
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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.
Also I recommend Charles Duhigg - Power of Habits - read that book too if you are looking for a deeper analysis of your "triggers". It's actually pretty hard to identify exactly what triggers you are. Getting conscious, mindful - is the first step to both these books - that's why I recommend reading both. With highlighters in hand!
own 10-page outline. My initial program is directed at losing 15 pounds, which will lower my BMI to mid-normal (about 23.0). Then I plan to use the same system to attack several personality issues I'd like to change (such as being overly critical of others in the false notion that I am building my own self-esteem). The authors base their program on experiments, verified by the actual results of several thousand folks they label "Changers."