This year I will-- How to finally change a habit, keep a resolution, or make a dream come true

M. J. 1952- Ryan

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New York : Broadway Books 2006.
1st ed
Physical Description
226 p.
Includes index.
Main Author
M. J. 1952- Ryan (-)
  • The adventure of living your dreams
  • Preparing to change
  • You've got to really want this
  • What need is being served by what you're doing now?
  • Get your three brains on your side
  • Ambivalence is normal
  • What's the price of not changing?
  • Run toward, not away from
  • The gap between where you are and where you want to be is a good thing
  • No time is the perfect time to begin
  • Imagine your future positive self
  • Understanding is the booby prize
  • Believe you can do it
  • What if you've been down this road before?
  • You can't get fit by watching others exercise
  • Getting into action
  • Focus, people
  • Elevator broken, use the stairs
  • Create a huge challenge for yourself
  • Follow your formula for success
  • Strongly set your intention
  • Create a smart goal
  • Put yourself under contract
  • Become a tracker
  • What kind of support do you need?
  • Its going to feel awkward at first
  • Yes, you can find the time
  • When you don't know what to do, channel someone who does
  • Oops, I forgot
  • Make backup plans, not excuses
  • Use your imagination to make it easier
  • Don't despair: understand the three stages of learning
  • Show up, with grit
  • Do a postgame review
  • AA is onto something-one day at a time
  • Practice self-appreciation every day
  • Keeping going
  • How you gonna keep up the momentum?
  • What's standing in your way?
  • Remember what will truly make you happy
  • Don't let "them" bring you down
  • Use your abcdes on those nasty voices in your head
  • The imperfect is our paradise
  • You can't change what you've done, only what you're going to do
  • Sift when you want to give up
  • Have a little fun with it, will you?
  • Ask for help from invisible hands
  • You don't have to scarf down the whole box just because you ate one cookie
  • Look at the character strengths you're cultivating
  • Once you create the new habit, it's yours for life
  • The old pathway's still there too, beware of stressors
  • When blown off course, apply the four As
  • Twelve tips for keeping your promise to yourself
  • conscious self-creation.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Fast forward a few months (or a few weeks) into any given new year, and most peoples' resolutions have been either forgotten or abandoned. As one of the creators of the bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series, author and life coach Ryan outlines a concrete and practical strategy for following through on a resolution while dealing with all of life's other ups and downs: "One of the tricks about change is that we have to figure out how to do it in the midst of everything else." In encouraging, easy-to-read chapters, Ryan tackles the obstacles that keep readers from their goals and provides helpful tools and language to quell negative, self-defeating thoughts. Championing affirmation and cognitive therapy strategies, Ryan urges readers to switch from "why" thinking to "what could be possible" thinking, using "right brain" skills to achieve success: "The right brain is future oriented. It's where our aspirations, our dreams, our longings reside." Ryan's handy self-help will prove welcome for anyone seeking gentle but solid help in achieving personal change. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Review

January is a time for resolutions and change, but often resolutions get sidetracked as the year progresses. Motivational speaker and personal coach Ryan--best known as the coeditor of the "Random Acts of Kindness" series--has compiled a tool kit of techniques for planning, implementing, and maintaining change. Short chapters summarize the best advice on issues such as goal setting, stress reduction, tracking progress, finding support and information, and making creative use of ambivalence and procrastination. Sidebars furnish examples from Ryan's clients as well as anecdotes from her own experience. Throughout, there are insights into the importance of positive attitude and self-appreciation. Lists (e.g., "Twelve Tips for Keeping Your Promise to Yourself) and acronyms (e.g., SMART goals: Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time-Bound) provide good memory aids. Whether your goal is to get out of debt, lose weight, make a career change, or get married, this book will help you get started and keep on track. Recommended for self-help collections in public libraries.--Lucille M. Boone, San Jose P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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