Simple as possible review. If you want help changing things, habits, and your life; make this one of the set you should have. Listen twice, do the work. Just about like you'd expect it to be. Get it.
Of course this book is life changing as that is its purpose. Having majored in psychology, I am drawn to self help and behavioral science books. This book is liberating because it downplays personal motivation, which I have been considering as faulty reasoning before but didn't understand why until I read this. I really do believe I can change my problems and the world, in a sense. Who doesn't want to change the world?
Loved this read! It was a required book for a class I am taking and I am so glad it was. I look forward to applying the 6 sources of influence to many different behaviors I struggle with.
Like their earlier book, Influencer, Change Anything is an interesting and somewhat actionable self-help book that, if I were seriously committed to changing something about myself, I would probably find more useful. They do make change sound like a lot of work, and there's nothing I currently feel that desperate to change to make it worthwhile. That said, I've listened to this book several times and will probably re-listen to it periodically (although I might be better off just keeping notes from it on an index card- the basic tenets could definitely fit on one). I do have to take a few points off for the interview at the end. While it's an interesting summary of the book, it's also a somewhat saccharine circle-jerk, and that's an unfortunate final impression for an otherwise motivating and occasionally inspiring (if periodically melodramatic) book.
I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.
A non-fiction book on how to improve behavior. Most examples were on conquering unhealthy habits with higher level thought, planning, and practice. Finances, relationships, diet, exercise, and addictions were described as being products of various influences. Internal personal influences and social influences were described as factors to be assessed for change. Routines for changing the patterns were described as a means of encouraging new good habits to replace old bad ones.
I only found the specifics slightly useful, although a good review on why some habits are good for health and some aren't. I was able to abstract and generalize some good principles on the various influences though. Through the description, I was able to be more conscious of the various factors that create habits, and even dispositions and beliefs. Finally, I liked the "be your own social scientist" perspective, as that was a decided improvement over the "opponent social scientist" perspective encouraged so often on television propaganda and academic environments
I haven't read the print version, so I can't compare, but the narrator reads clearly and is very easy to listen to.
The best part of this book for me was the various case studies.
The idea of altering influences in order to accomplish goals more easily.
Absolutely, the strategies and information taught in this book were fantastic the first time and I anticipate them helping me even more the next go around.
Hard to say seeing as how it was a self help book, but there were several memorable and eye opening statements and I loved how it was all backed up with academic research. The whole thing was memorable.
There aren't really different characters, just the narrator.
Yeah, it was shocking in its ability to portray new and helpful information, and helped me realize that I have approached change in my life in exactly the wrong way for a long time.
I have absolutely no doubt that the tactics and strategies taught in this book will work. I've read quire a number of self help books and I feel like this one took elements from many of them and formed it into a cohesive and effective strategy for enacting change or overcoming addiction in ones life.
One of the best!
I was most impacted by the idea of crucial moments and vital behaviors.
I'm using the concepts to work toward some extremely challenging goals this year. The idea that you can identify and plan for your most tempting or challenging moments was a big breakthrough for me.
Loved the reader!
the narration - the content - none of this was new but it was presented in a thoughtful and well organized manner
This was my first listen and I thought he did a great job.
the idea of thinking about a "default future".