Tiny habits + the small changes that change everything

B. J. Fogg

eBook - 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. A habit expert from Stanford University shares his breakthrough method for building habits quickly and easily. With Tiny Habits you'll increase productivity by tapping into positive emotions to create a happier and healthier life. Dr. Fogg's new and extremely practical method picks up where Atomic Habits left off. "There are many great books on the topic [of habits]: The Power of Habit, Atomic Habits, but this offers the most comprehensive, practical, simple, and compassionate method I've ever come across." ??-?? John Stepper, Goodreads user BJ FOGG is here to change your life??-??and revolutionize how we think about human behavior. Based on twenty years of research and Fogg's expe...rience coaching more than 40,000 people, Tiny Habits cracks the code of habit formation. With breakthrough discoveries in every chapter, you'll learn the simplest proven ways to transform your life. Fogg shows you how to feel good about your successes instead of bad about your failures. This proven, step-by-step guide will help you design habits and make them stick through positive emotion and celebrating small successes. Whether you want to lose weight, de-stress, sleep better, or be more productive each day, Tiny Habits makes it easy to achieve??-??by starting small.

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Fogg (Persuasive Technology), founder and director of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University, shares his myth-breaking and persuasive research on habits and human behavior. As a behavioral scientist, he writes, he spent years consulting with companies to create products to help employees and customers live happier, more fulfilled lives. However, after experiencing burnout, Fogg realized he needed to concentrate on developing his own healthy habits. Using his success with weight loss, drastically improved physical fitness, and better productivity, he developed the Fogg Behavior Model, which is built on motivation, simplification, and the correlation between emotion and habit, and summed up as "behavior happens when motivation and ability and prompt converge at the same time." He recommends six steps: clarify the aspiration, explore behavior options, match with specific behaviors, start tiny, find a good prompt, and celebrate successes. For instance, when going through a period of depression, Fogg struggled to maintain a morning routine, so he concentrated on "tiny habits" by setting an intention of brushing his teeth, then flossing, and declaring this a "Victory!" to start the day. This simple routine helped to gradually lift him from depression. Balancing useful practices (including many charts, tables, and graphs) with his own story of personal transformation, Fogg's convincing method will help any reader reconfigure their habits. (Dec.)

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According to Fogg (founder and director, Stanford's Behavior Design Lab), creating positive change isn't as hard as people think. The author's "tiny habits" method, steeped in decades of research and based on behavior design, asks participants to choose a behavior they wish to change and then apply small 30-second actions that will get them closer to attaining their goals. Accomplishing a tiny change, says Fogg, is positively reinforcing and establishes a mental climate that encourages continued growth. Throughout are a multitude of practical exercises and more than 300 recipes for tiny transformations categorized by various situations and challenges (e.g., work/life balance, destressing, healthy eating, and sleeping well). VERDICT Fogg's method has great potential to promote altered behavior in those who have sought help in other ventures with little success.

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Change Can Be Easy (and Fun)   Tiny is mighty. At least when it comes to change. Over the last twenty years, I've found that most everyone wants to make some kind of change: eat healthier, lose weight, exercise more, reduce stress, get better sleep. We want to be better parents and partners. We want to be more productive and creative. But the alarming levels of obesity, sleeplessness, and stress reported by the media--and seen in my Stanford lab's research--tell me there is a painful gap between what people want and what they actually do. The disconnect between  want  and  do  has been blamed on a lot of things--but people blame it on themselves for the most part. They internalize the cultural message of "It's your fault! You should exercise more, but you aren't doing it. Shame on you!" I am here to say: It isn't your fault. And creating positive change isn't as hard as you think. For too many years, myths, misconceptions, and well-meaning but unscientific advice have set you up to fail. If you've attempted change in the past and haven't seen results, you may have concluded that change is hard or that you can't succeed because you lack motivation. Neither is accurate. The problem is with the approach itself, not with you. Think of it this way: If you tried putting together a chest of drawers with faulty instructions and parts missing, you would feel frustrated. But you probably wouldn't blame yourself for this, would you? You would blame the manufacturer instead. When it comes to failed attempts at change, we almost never blame the "manufacturer." We blame ourselves. When our results fall short of our expectations, the inner critic finds  an opening and steps on stage. Many of us believe that if we fail to be more productive, lose weight, or exercise regularly then something must be wrong with us. If only we were better people, we wouldn't have failed. If only we had followed that program to the letter or kept those promises to ourselves, we would have succeeded. We just need to get our act together and pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and  do better.  Right? Nope. Sorry. Not right. We are not the problem. Our  approach  to change is. It's a  design  flaw--not a  personal  flaw.   Building habits and creating positive change  can  be easy--if you have the right approach. A system based on how human psychology really works. A process that makes change easier. Tools that don't rely on guesswork or faulty principles. Popular thinking about habit formation and change feeds into our impulse to set unrealistic expectations. We know habits matter; we just need more good habits and fewer bad ones. But here we are, still struggling to change. Still thinking it's our fault. All my research and hands-on experience tell me that this is exactly the wrong mindset. In order to design successful habits and change your behaviors, you should do three things. Stop judging yourself. Take your aspirations and break them down into tiny behaviors. Embrace mistakes as discoveries and use them to move forward. This may not feel intuitive. I know it doesn't come naturally to everyone. Self-criticism is its own kind of habit. For some people, blaming yourself is just where your brain goes--it's like a sled in the snow, slipping into a well-worn path down the hill. If you follow the Tiny Habits process, you'll start taking a different route. Snow will quickly start covering those self-doubting grooves. The new path will soon be the default path. This happens quickly, because with Tiny Habits you change best by  feeling good --not by  feeling bad.  The process doesn't require you to rely on willpower, or set up accountability measures, or promise yourself rewards. There is no magic number of days you have to do something. Those approaches aren't based on the way habits really work, and as a result, they aren't reliable methods for change. And they often make us feel bad. This book says good-bye to all that change angst and--even more important--shows you how to easily and joyfully bridge the gap (no  matter the size) between who you are now and who you want to be.  Tiny Habits  will be your guide to disrupting the old approach and replacing it with an entirely new framework for change. The system I'll share with you is not guesswork. I've road tested the process with more than 40,000 people during years of research and refinement. By coaching all these people personally and gathering data week by week, I know that the Tiny Habits method works. It replaces misunderstandings with proven principles, and it trades prescriptions for process. Excerpted from Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by B. J. Fogg All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.