Day #538:’Small Move, Big Change’ is the Book You Need to Read this Holiday

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.

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.

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