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Mini Habits Audiobook
Mini Habits
Written by: 
Stephen Guise
Narrated by: 
Daniel Penz
Mini Habits Audiobook

Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results

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Publisher's Summary

One afternoon - after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise - I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day). I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books and blogs.

I was right.

Is there a scientific explanation for this?

As I sought understanding, I found a plethora of scientific studies that had answers, with nobody to interpret them correctly. Based on the science - which you'll find peppered throughout Mini Habits - we've been doing it all wrong.

You can succeed without the guilt, intimidation, and repeated failure associated with such strategies as "getting motivated," New Year's Resolutions, or even "just doing it." In fact, you need to stop using those strategies if they aren't giving you great results. They don't work because they all require you to fight against your subconscious brain (a fight not easily won). It's only when you start playing by your brain's rules and taking your human limitations seriously--as mini habits show you how to do - that you can achieve lasting change.

©2013 Stephen Guise (P)2014 Stephen Guise

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    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 11-30-14
    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 11-30-14 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "Mini Habits May Work for You (and Myself)"

    Although it is a small book and the writer tries hard to fill it up with scientific knowledge, the soul of Mini Habits is simple: create few-- up to 4-- mini habits, even laughable ones (like do one push up), and follow the script (or don't break the chain).
    And yes, it may work.
    I did something like that when I was writing my first book. At the time I was a resident at a cardiology hospital, my wife was pregnant, and I told myself: write one page a day and please don't break the chain. Most of the days I wrote 3 pages, and couldn't get hold of myself. I completed the book before my daughter was born.
    Now for my second book I cannot write one page a day-- It seems too much effort. I have 2 kids, many patients to see, well, almost impossible (or so I think). And I postpone. I know that I could find time to write. Maybe if I told myself: "write 5 LINES each day" I could had completed my second book years ago.
    Good idea, Stephen Guise!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 11-26-14
    Sara 11-26-14

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    "Breaks Things Down Into Tiny Do-able Bits"

    This isn't a book that will wow you with facts and research and science. Instead, it is a book that makes huge and often overwhelming goals possible. The theory and method presented are based on the author's personal experiences of creating change in his own life. I agree with other reviewers -- there is something strangely liberating about the idea of setting your goals so low that you can easily meet them. Then from these tiny goals bigger change begins and builds. Worth a listen if you need a new and simple approach for attacking the problem of feeling bogged down and want to start building new daily habits. A positive listen.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    turtlefarmgirl 11-24-14

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    "Forget motivation - 'stupid small steps' are it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I've read a lot of time management books in my career - and a lot about getting motivated, dealing with procrastination, etc. This book has an entirely new perspective that I found very helpful and refreshing. Development of habits is far more important than motivation for maintaining forward progress. Seems to be well researched.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a but I like the tone and humor of the author.


    What does Daniel Penz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Penz is a good narrator for this author (who looks so young in his online posts that I might not have purchased the book if I had seen his picture first). On this topic, a natural instinct (at least for me) is that I want to hear from someone who's had more life/work experience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It just surprised me at how it addressed an issue that I have that I've never seen addressed before: habits can take the emotion out of tasks so that you can do them whether you're "in the mood" or not.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States 10-10-14
    Meredith Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Procrastination In A Whole New Light!"

    I enjoyed this book very much, including the narrator. And I asked myself this morning--after all the books I've read and listened to--why I was still procrastinating, checking off lists, putting lists into shorter lists, etc. etc. etc. Is it just me or does this book resonate with the very core of the problem, which is always the "getting started" part? This book is light (which I liked), but to the point. I began using it before I'd finished it, which was over two days. If you are someone who feels overwhelmed by the projects you want to do, I believe this book will help you. I'm sure I've never had a book get me moving so quickly and easily.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda Somewhere, CA 04-14-15
    Belinda Somewhere, CA 04-14-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Great idea"
    Would you listen to Mini Habits again? Why?

    No, because you don't have to listen repeatedly to get the idea.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mini Habits?

    It's not a fiction book, so no such thing to me.


    Have you listened to any of Daniel Penz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The idea is very good. I have been using it for several days. The general idea is that you should stick to stupidly small habits, such as one push-up a day, instead of bigger ones that need more will power. The whole book is just using different words to rephrase this idea. Very repetitive. But anyway, it's a great idea, so the idea itself is worth a credit. I have used it for 3 days now, and actually I am more on top of everything because of the mini habits. Will see how this works in the long run.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 07-22-14
    Thomas 07-22-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Goal Book I've Read"

    If you've read at least 3 self help books you know that reading self help books won't change your life UNLESS you take action. If you've ever set a goal to do something huge and feel demoralized when you don't complete it, this book will teach you how to gain momentum and accomplish bigger goals by making your goals "stupid small."

    This is the best self help book I've ever read because it taught me why big goals don't work for me and, more importantly it taught me how to get myself to take the actions I need to succeed.

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    Lexlee 08-05-14
    Lexlee 08-05-14
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    "Great writing but a bit over acted by narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will partially agree with the reviews saying the narrator's fake voices were distracting but I would still listen to this book. This book doesn't give the history or science of habits but it does something more important. This book shows you the small steps you can take on a daily basis to change your life in major ways. Listen to this book if you want to change your life by doing things things which sound way to easy to work. I am an example that they do work.


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    Anthony Ivory Kansas 06-26-16
    Anthony Ivory Kansas 06-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Life Changing"

    This audio book was the missing link in my daily planning. It is short and to the point.
    I am recommending to all my friends and family.

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    K. Covington Oakwood, Ga United States 06-02-16
    K. Covington Oakwood, Ga United States 06-02-16 Listener Since 2010
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    "Great, solid advice ... well written and read"

    Solid actionable advice, well supported by research. It's very well written and easy to listen to.

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    Harvey L. Johnson Jr. Baltimore, Maryland United States 05-07-16
    Harvey L. Johnson Jr. Baltimore, Maryland United States 05-07-16 Listener Since 2008

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    "Great concept"

    Use habit building techniques to make big changes. Enjoyed the narration and the sequence of the chapters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jon Scriven
    6/10/15
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    "I'm a mini habits convert"
    If you could sum up Mini Habits in three words, what would they be?

    Life Changing System


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It has already changed my life


    Any additional comments?

    I've tried a dozen self-help books and none have delivered. Mini Habits is so simple and easy, yet makes complete sense and even though I have only been doing the system for a short amount of time, I have already seen results beyond anything I've tried before. If you procrastinate horribly or just want to change your life for the better, then look no further.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    4/20/16
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    "enjoyable listen with a good message"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen Guise or narrated by Daniel Penz?

    probably


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    bearing in mind this is non-fiction I would say alternative examples could be given as the text is sometimes very repetitive .


    Could you see Mini Habits being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    This had a very good message and presented a far more realistic approach to achieving goals/changing your life etc. It was however very repetitive and would have easily made a much smaller book. There seemed to be a lot of elaboration on ideas that was not really necessary.Having said that it was a good listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rita
    HORSHAM, United Kingdom
    8/2/15
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    "Good ideas but irritating narrator"
    If you could sum up Mini Habits in three words, what would they be?

    start good habits "stupidly small".


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen Guise before, how does this one compare?

    N/a


    Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel Penz’s performances?

    no


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    one push up a day


    Any additional comments?

    Reasonalby argued case for starting good habits small and why we usualyy fail and NY resolutions dont work. The narrator was far too chirpy but that may be the tone of the book.Will give the theory a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aggy83
    4/18/14
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    "If you ever would be stuck in your life...."
    If you could sum up Mini Habits in three words, what would they be?

    If you ever would be stuck in your life, listen this book. You may start to finally unstuck you and your life! Good luck!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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