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Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,651 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
A stunning new approach to how individuals can not only change their lives for the better in the workplace, but also their lives away from the office, including (but not limited to) finding ways to improve one's working relationship with others, one's overall health, outlook on life, and so on.

For example, why is it that 95% of all diet attempts fail? Why do New Year's Re
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Hardcover, 262 pages
Published April 11th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ryan
Apr 21, 2011 Ryan rated it really liked it
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Erica
Mar 19, 2015 Erica rated it liked it
As far as books I've had to read for work, this one wasn't bad. I've read worse (namely From Good to Great) but I've also read better (Hello, Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard)

This one aims at helping you overcome habits you want to break, to change attitudes that keep bringing you down, and to make better decisions when planning your life. Well, in general, at least.

I liked the anecdotes more than the advice, but that's usually the case. I am better at gaining information from st
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Taka
Read it with the Influencer--

In this book, the authors of The Influencer apply the model of changing human behavior to changing YOUR own behavior, from kicking a bad habit like smoking to losing weight.

Their argument is basically this: if you know the six sources of influence and align them to your advantage, you can pretty much change anything about yourself.

And their model is an incredibly powerful tool—you're basically missing out if you don't know them.

In short, the six sources are:

1) Person
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Pulkit
Apr 07, 2016 Pulkit rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2011
This is a great book, really, but requires you to be serious beforehand. It begins with breaking down the myth that willpower and determination are the sole criteria for one's success and behavior. There are invisible (unless you try to see) forces influencing every action you take and thereby designing your future without you knowing. It sounds creepy, almost as if some devil, say Satan, is planning your future and you have non control over it. But that's the core point of this book - you CAN ...more
Cody
Nov 17, 2015 Cody rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-owned, 2012, reviewed
Synopsis:
A stunning new approach to how individuals can not only change their lives for the better in the workplace, but also their lives away from the office, including (but not limited to) finding ways to improve one’s working relationship with others, one’s overall health, outlook on life, and so on.

For example, why is it that 95% of all diet attempts fail? Why do New Year’s Resolutions last no more than a few days? Why can’t people with good intentions seem to make consistent and positive st
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John
Mar 16, 2012 John rated it really liked it
As the subtitle suggests, Change Anything is about applying what we know from science to changing things we're unhappy with in life. The case studies pointed to emphasize certain areas of life that people commonly want to change--getting ahead at work, diet/fitness/weight loss, substance abuse, personal and professional relationships--but the real idea is to get to the underlying forces that help us to change, well, anything. Although willpower and building it are a part of the book, willpower i ...more
Kapil
Dec 06, 2015 Kapil added it
I listened to this book a while ago and it may be worth a quick skim over.

What I've found with a lot of these self-help around change (like Charles Duhigg's book on Habits) is that the good ones have a lot of good examples, entertaining stories, and a very readable structure.

And there's certainly a lot of value to them. They're good at enumerating all of the factors involved in habit change.

Having made some big changes in my own life, I find that what's been really helpful for me is to journal a
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Emily
Feb 11, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Patterson, et al., identify Six Sources of Influence that work together to motivate our behaviors and, therefore, need to be adjusted when we want to make a change. They arrange their Six Sources in a matrix with three categories (Personal, Social, and Structural) with two facets each (Motivation and Ability). Using all six of the sources, rather than just one or two, greatly improves your chance of success. And the authors go in to great detail on specific tactics for each. For example, under S ...more
Jay
Aug 28, 2011 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Change Anything provided methods to accomplish personal change. While similar to many other self-help books out there, the pointers felt more rigorously defined and backed-up. Part of that feeling, I think, is that it seemed like the authors mined studies on addiction to come up with their personal change strategies. I dislike repeating things in a book, and this one repeated, of all things, a web site and password multiple times. It also repeated the name of the author's consulting company too ...more
Laurie
Dec 26, 2013 Laurie rated it really liked it
If you're interested in personal change, I can't imagine you'd find any clearer, more action-oriented resource than this one. This book's unique take: not one, but six different categories of approach must be tailored to your own personal situation and temperament, then employed, monitored, and adjusted if you want the best chance at making any lasting change.

The authors draw on years of research in the field of personal change, in addition to their own current studies, to offer many ideas for
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Tresuiri
Jan 16, 2012 Tresuiri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For the audio book, I didn't care for the author's casual tone. It was probably to connect to the average joe who is theoretically picking up this self help book, but it rubbed me the wrong way. This book is somewhat simplistic; it can be summed up in one phrase: apply the scientific method to your problems. They do share a couple of insights, i.e. our culture leads us to believe change is only a function of will power. And, like the movie "It's a Wonderful Life", we are all connected to the peo ...more
Ahmad Alkouh
Feb 25, 2014 Ahmad Alkouh rated it it was amazing
الكتاب يقدم لك طريقة متكاملة لتغير عادة او طبع معين تعتقد بأنك لا تملك الارادة لتفيرة.. سواء كان انقاص وزن او ترك التدخين او غيرة..

الكتاب مبنى على فكرة اساسية بان الارادة هي عامل واحد بين ست عوامل اساسية نحتاجها في التغير. و هذا العوامل تنبع من اما مصدر شخصي و داخلي او من تأثير الاخرين ممن هم حولك او من تأثير النظام الذي حولك.

فعلا انصح به من يفكر ان يغير من نفسه
David
Apr 22, 2013 David rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, audiobooks
This is a book with useful information about changing, and affirms that willpower alone doesn't lead to change; Otherwise it wouldn't be so difficult. Two of the best pieces of advice involve distancing one's self from the factors that lead to negative accountability and "inverting your economy", where you provide incentives both for successes and in consequence of failures.

This book, especially in the audio format, reads like an extensive infomercial for VitalSmarts, the company that owns the w
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Deb
Jun 01, 2011 Deb rated it really liked it
A very good read that teaches the steps and systems to put in place for lasting change in any area. The first half of the book sets up the systems--giving the research behind why the steps they work and the second half takes common areas people want to change--lose weight, stop an addiction, improve a stalled career, get out of debt, improve a relationship and shows how the steps were applied. I found it very useful for my health coaching and myself. I'll be reviewing it in more detail on my blo ...more
Alissa
May 10, 2011 Alissa rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2011
I like books that give concrete action steps. This started out with some fascinating experiments and hooked me right away when they said it wasn't about willpower. I found myself nodding as they described the 6 drivers of change. I liked how at the end they provide case studies for hot topics in change (career, weight, addiction, debt).

My big complaint and the reason this got 3 vs. 4 stars is that the authors kept referring you to their website for forms, and more tips. While this kept the book
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Dawn
May 29, 2015 Dawn rated it it was amazing
I am one of those people who hold books as sacred. I do not write in books, I do not bend pages. ...yet, I have completely marked up and mutilated this book! Change Anything has changed my life. It has simple, practical, easy to understand tools - backed by science, that help you create new habits and get rid of old ones. Right away I was able to break a habit I have had for 10 years or more and start to replace it with a much better one. Once I get this one into routine, I plan on going back an ...more
Andy
Jul 08, 2013 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The tone of this book is a Gee Whiz! corporate sales pitch for the authors' consulting company. I find this extraordinarily annoying. Also the "new science" isn't new at all; it's just the public health model of behavior change, where you take into account not just the specific behavior but also the whole person and their physical/social environment. The "research" by the "Change Anything labs" is stuff like marketing surveys; their website does not point to any published science backing up thei ...more
Abrar_abdullaha
Oct 10, 2014 Abrar_abdullaha rated it it was amazing
#كتاب
#غير_أي_شيء

لمجموعه من المؤلفين العظماء والمشاهير وهم #كيري_باترسون #جوزيف_جريني #ديفيد_ماكسفيلد #رون_ماكميلان #آل_سويتزلر



هذا هو الفن وهذا هو الإبداع
وهنا أستطيع أن أقول
(بداية التغيير وبداية تطوير الشخصية)

بإختصار أفضل كتاب قرأته في تطوير الذات!!

مدهش ممتع ومفيد جداً..جميع الدقائق والثواني التي قضيتها في قراءته كانت تعود علي بفائدة وتضيف لرصيد معلوماتي الكثير.

يتميز الكتاب بإسناد حقيقي لكل معلومه ذكرت فيه و ذلك عن طريق إسناد المعلومة لعديد من الأبحاث والإحصائيات الحديثة فهو ليس مثل بعض الكتب
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Evelyn Doyle
This had some good points, but could have been effectively told in a fraction of the space. Possibly even a couple of pages, if all the narrative was stripped out to leave concise bullet points. There were a lot of long-winded case examples, all following the same template. (I listened to the audiobook edition, so found this particularly frustrating as my time and attention leaked away between useful snippets of information.)

Rather than put the time in to read this book (or to listen to it, whi
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Pete
Sep 03, 2015 Pete rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, self-help
Have you always wanted to know how to change your cat into a leopard? What about changing your tyre? What about changing a washer? Well, ‘Change Anything’ (2012) by Kerry Patterson dismally fails to answer these questions. However, for changing things about yourself the book is pretty solid.

The book describes six things that should be used to change divided into motivation and ability that comes from personal things, social angles and structural changes. Personal motivation is about using your d
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Ben Willmore
Aug 29, 2014 Ben Willmore rated it did not like it
Shelves: productivity
I could not listen to more than 10 minutes of this audio book. The author assumes you're a human that has yet to experience the world in that he assumes he can keep your interest by discussing things that are so obvious that it's like saying that you'll notice an arm extending from your body... and then go on to describe what a body and arm is and how that's going to be an amazing change. I simply could not listen to it.

I'd much prefer to re-listen to other books such as Brain Rules, The Brain
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Abhay Verma
Jan 20, 2016 Abhay Verma rated it liked it
I was confused between the self help and psychology categories on this site.
Not any more.

This book falls firmly within the self help category (and it should be obvious from the name).
It uses a few precious examples from the Change Anything Labs to explain how the 6 sources of influence affect our habits and the changes.

I guess this book is written for anyone who wants to bring about that change personally, rather than study about the change in detail (which is what I was hoping to do).
For people
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Sundar
Aug 24, 2012 Sundar rated it it was amazing
Great book. If the teachings of this book are applied well then most of the problems can be handled well. It is not going to be easy but the benefits of using this books principles are far reaching.
Sandy Parsons
Sep 11, 2014 Sandy Parsons rated it liked it
I really like the idea of using default bias and loss aversion to your advantage. Mainly because I'd really like to know that one day I might put my unfathomable depths of laziness to good use.
Heather
Nov 19, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Self-help-y but I liked this book. Easily actionable tips and accessible.
Ruthmgon
Sep 24, 2014 Ruthmgon rated it really liked it
This is a book you can read, or you can do. Like any good self help, this one gets you to re-think your previous patterns. I tend to sometimes just read these kind of books and not take advantage of all the bonuses. Because I got a new edition, there are further benefits in the barcode -or a code only for this copy- that allow you access to the support of the website etc.

The best idea I have learned so far from this is that willpower alone will not help you succeed. However you can actively tun
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Dave
Nov 08, 2011 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
This book takes a very practical and realistic approach at making desired changes in our lives. Rather than rely on just willpower, we need to take a holistic look at a wide range of influences. We then need to align these influences to help enable us to make the desired change.

The book provides numerous examples of not only different changes, but different ways in which people have modified the influences to help make the change possible. These are real-world, doable examples to which we can ad
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Mark Vandervinne
Jul 31, 2012 Mark Vandervinne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I've read a ton of self-help books. This is arguably one of the best.

It's not a motivational book to inspire and get you moving. It's not a vapid self-affirmation book or one with silly pundits that don't mean squat. Most of these kinds of books give you simple quotes or sayings; i.e. "The past does not equal the future." or "Inspiration comes from perspiration." Some tell you in vague terms what to do or how to be; i.e. "Don't look for heroes. Be one." or "Commit to your own personal code of c
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Greg
I appreciated the counsel in Change Anything and have already used it to good effect in my weight loss efforts. The book is an extension of concepts and ideas first encountered in their book Crucial Confrontations, building on and applying the six source framework of motivation and ability. It also incorporates ideas found in Influencer, such as the roles of critical moments and vital behaviors, the need for positive deviance research, and so forth. However, where Influencer deals with large sca ...more
Emily
Dec 23, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this for my work book club, and so far it is interesting and it seems like it is going to be a good book for discussion.

Finished this book and thought it was a really good book about skills to build when desiring to change something in life whether losing weight, kicking a habit, improving job performance, saving/strenghtening a relationship, etc. I really like how it minimizes the importance of "willpower", which is what most people think is what they most need in order to change.
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