Small Move, Big Change
Using Microresolutions to Transform your Life PermanentlyBook - 2014
Do you constantly make resolutions but rarely meet your goals? When trying to lose weight, save money, or get organized, do you begin with enthusiasm and determination only to see your progress stall and your willpower finally collapse? If so, you're not alone - nearly 90 percent of personal improvement resolutions end in failure. These endless defeats may tempt you to take increasingly drastic steps to effect change, but in fact it's the small but pivotal behavioural change - the microresolution - that is actually most likely to get you to your goal.
Small Move, Big Change is Caroline L. Arnold's guide to her successful microresolution system, a complete set of rules, models, and examples to help you master the art of instant and sustainable self-improvement. By rethinking your resolutions and refocusing your willpower, you can learn how to nail your resolutions on the very first try. These compact and powerful commitments focus self-control on a precise and achievable behavioural target until it becomes as automatic as tying your shoes or locking the front door when you leave the house. And while traditional New Year's resolutions promise rewards on a distant 'someday,' a microresolution delivers immediately - today - and its benefits continue for a lifetime.
A wife, mother, and Wall Street innovator, Arnold uses her own successes and failures as case studies. Contrasting her career success with her personal resolution failures, Arnold recounts how by analysing her own behaviour she was able to engineer her resolutions to succeed every time, from losing weight to improving key relationships. She also presents fascinating research on willpower, habit, and the outsize impact a small behavioural change can have on weight, fitness, relationships, career, health, sleep, spending, neatness, organization, and punctuality.
Small Move, Big Change is filled with examples from those who have used the microresolution system to tame their e-mail inboxes, create gym routines that work, improve their career prospects, or tackle household clutter. This book is not simply a management treatise, diet book, or lifestyle guide - it's a universal self-improvement tool kit that is guaranteed to work for almost any personal or professional goal.
'The only thing this book did for me was to get me to floss regularly, which led to less red wine, which led to snapping at my kids less, which led to their doing the dishes more. Who knew that flossing could change your life?' Dr Wendy Walsh CNN's human behaviour expert
'I love this book! From page one, Small Move, Big Change is filled with wisdom, insight, and whip-smart 'micro' suggestions you can actually implement to change your life. Caroline Arnold manages to be funny, down to earth, and hard-hitting all at the same time. This is a must-read.' Amy Chua, Yale law professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and The Triple Package- How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America
' Small Move, Big Change is a rare self-improvement book that actually works. With the right mix of science and practical examples, Caroline Arnold offers powerful advice for motivating ourselves to save more, eat less, get organized, boost our willpower, and even keep our New Year's resolutions. It's the most useful guide to getting things done since Getting Things Done .' Adam Grant, Wharton professor and bestselling author of Give and Take