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Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life-for Good Kindle Edition
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“Behavioral scientists have been...much less successful at showing us how to make change last. With Stick with It, Sean Young has come to the rescue, offering a system for generating lasting change that is both scientifically grounded and personally implementable. It’s a winner.” (Robert Cialdini, New York Times bestselling author of Influence and Pre-Suasion)
“Stick with It helps you go from wanting to change to actually doing it. Sean Young breaks down the science behind behavior change and offers practical and effective strategies for changing your life.” (Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do)
“It’s a must-read for anyone who’s been unable to keep a new year’s resolution, improve their work productivity, or failed at making a lasting change in any other area of their life or work.” (Jonah Berger, New York Times bestselling author of Contagious) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Whether it's absentminded mistakes at work, a weakness for junk food, a smartphone addiction, or a lack of exercise, everyone has a bad habit or behavior that they'd like to change. But wanting to change and actually doing it--sticking with it to make that change permanent--are two very different things.
Dr. Sean Young, an authoritative new voice in the field of behavioral science and the director of the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior and the UC Institute for Prediction Technology, knows a great deal about our behavior and how we can change it--for the better. Stick with It is his fascinating look at the science of lasting behavior, filled with crucial knowledge and practical advice to help everyone successfully alter their actions and improve their lives. As Dr. Young explains, much of what we've been taught about behavior change is wrong; contrary to popular belief, you don't change behavior by changing the person or their personality--you do it by changing the process. Drawing on his own scientific research with patients and research participants, along with research from other leading experts in the field, he identifies the seven crucial forces that combine to make lasting personal transformation, including
- Stepladders: how the power of incremental steps creates long-term change.
- Community: how social support and competition fuel change and keep us accountable.
- Neurohacks: how a set of mental shortcuts can reset the brain so that people can finally change old unwanted behaviors.
- Engraining Good Habits: how success in life and work depends on developing the right behavioral routines.
Packed with pragmatic approaches and stories of real people who have used them successfully, Stick with It shows that it is possible to control spending, stick to a healthy diet, become more social, exercise regularly, stop compulsively checking email, and overcome problem behaviors--forever.--Robert Cialdini, New York Times bestselling author of Influence and Pre-Suasion --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01N9SAOTH
- Publisher : Harper; Illustrated edition (June 20 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 3100 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #154,771 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is neatly structured into chapters that follow the acronym SCIENCE (see below) to guide the reader on how to maximise their chances of success changing their behaviours.
I found this book hard to finish partly because I didn’t discover much original material that can’t be found in other books and partly because there are very few entertaining stories or examples.
I did find the framework useful and anything that you’re struggling to change might be tackled by considering each of these areas.
Here’s what I took away from the book
S is for Stepladders
o Understand the difference between dreams, goals and steps
o You are more likely to succeed at achieving your dreams by focussing on the small steps to get there rather than your goals and dreams
o Satisfaction is based on performance relative to expectation and not just the actual achievement. i.e. when you achieve/receive more than expected you will feel good
o Focussing on the small steps, the day-to-day behaviours will reduce your chances of quitting because you will feel more satisfied when you achieve small results rather than focussing on large scary dreams
o Celebrate when you achieve your small steps
C is for Community
o Reinforce the change by forming a community around it. This will keep you coming back to the goal via the social magnetism
I is for Important
o People will stick to habits because they deem them important
o The most important things to most people are Money, social connections and health
o Money isn’t as important as most people believe. Social relationships are more so
o If you’ve failed to stick to something, then it might be because you failed to realise the importance of it
o To increase the chances of sticking to something increase the importance by either joining a community or imaging your future if you do/don’t stick with it (e.g. you will get very fat if you don’t change your eating habits)
E is for Easy
o The easier your task is the more chance you have of sticking to it
o Make things easier by controlling your environment, limiting your choices or creating a very clear roadmap
N is for Neurohacks
o To change your behaviour there are ways to trick the mind. For example, change your computer password to encourage you to pursue a certain behaviour
C is for Captivating
o You are more likely to stick to something if you’re rewarded with things you like/need
E is for Engrained
o Set up a routine so that you practice the same behaviour at the same time every day. It will quickly become engrained.