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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Audio Book Review: Change Anything

This is an easy listen with practical directives.

Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillian
    Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (April 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609419871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609419875
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 6 inches 
     Genre:  Self Help, Nonfiction
     My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0
Product Description
A stunning new approach to how individuals can not only change their lives for the better in the workplace, but also their lives away from the office, including (but not limited to) finding ways to improve one's working relationship with others, one's overall health, outlook on life, and so on.

For example, why is it that 95% of all diet attempts fail? Why do New Year's Resolutions last no more than a few days? Why can't people with good intentions seem to make consistent and positive strides in the way they want to improve their careers, financial fitness, physical fitness, and so on?

Based upon the latest research in a number of psychological and medical fields, the authors of CHANGE ANYTHING will show that traditional will-power is not necessarily the answer to these strivings, that people are affected in their behaviors by far more subtle influences. CHANGE ANYTHING shows how individuals can come to understand these powerful and influential forces, and how to put these forces to work in a positive manner that brings real and meaningful results.

The authors present an array of everyday examples that will change and truly empower you to reexamine the way you go about your business and life.
Review: This book is presented in a direct, consistent manner.
The introduction explains the difficulties we have in relying only on our own motivations to change habits.  The authors explain a specific methodology towards change and describe how they tested their methods.

Briefly the method engages six sources of influence that will help strengthen the will to lead to success. The book describes the steps generally. Then it discusses specific circumstances with first hand examples. The specific areas include changing habits to be successful in weight lose, financial security, addictions and relationships.  The steps make great sense and provide the tools necessary to succeed in changing anything you determine to change.

First identify crucial moments of weakness; create vital behaviors to support change; then boost the chances of success by engaging all six sources of influence:
1.  Love what you hate.
(Visit your default future for motivation.)
2.  Do what you can
(Learn new skills for what you can't do.)
3. and 4.  Turn accomplices into friends.
(Be careful of peer pressure. Redefine normal.).
5.  Invert the Economy.
(Use incentives.)
6.  Control your space.
(Use tools available and engage your autopilot.)

The audio is easy to listen to but I found it best to listen in a setting where I could take notes. The book would be easy to refer back to the specific steps. With the audio you have to listen several times unless you take notes outlining the steps.  The do give a special code to use online for extra information and support that is very nice!
I am going to be listening again to this and sharing it with my daughter.  I recommend it to anyone who seriously wants to make changes in their life.

Thank you to Hachette Audio for providing this book to review. More information is available here.

1 comment:

  1. Really nice book , gives complete overview of how we change anything in an effective manner.Regards Change anything


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