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This Year I Will...: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,330 ratings  ·  259 reviews

Are you really ready to change? Take this quiz and find out.

Every New Year’s Day, my list of resolutions is:
Ambitious. I aim for everything from losing weight to saving more money for my retirement.
Realistic. I just try to bump my good behavior up a notch--be a better friend, give more money to charity---without giving myself any strict deadlines or goals.
Precise. I dec

Hardcover, 226 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Harmony (first published 2006)
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Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
While this book didn't offer me any strike-my-life-with-lightening wisdom and advice... I did get somethings out of it:
and here they all are:

"The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement." -Japanese Proverb

3- it may take 6-9 months for your brain to "get" a routine.
7- take what works for you & let the rest go
39- if you can only think of the negative- make sure you turn it into a positive emotional charge.
43- "Create a vision of who you want to be and then live into that picture as
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
"I don't believe in New Year's resolutions." Ever said that or heard that? I actually don't believe in making huge vows at the beginning of the year, and falling flat on my face a month later. I am a believer in trying to implement lasting lifestyle changes in my life that lead to a happier/healthy me. The problems usually arise after my burst of energy fizzles out, and I am back to square one, usually 10 lbs heavier and just a smidge bitter.

What I needed was a way to organize my ideas and goal
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
I think MJ Ryan has done a great job of distilling wisdom from different fields of study and really offers some insightful tips and reminders for helping yourself set up the framework needed to create lasting and meaningful change. I feel like it's a book you want to refer to over and over, and especially use it as a companion as you are trying to make a particular change.

I read it cover to cover just to get a sense of what it offers and see if it fit with my way of thinking. Now I I want to us
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
UPDATE: this book made my re-read list this year. Even the second time around, I really enjoyed this gentle and positive reminder of living a more purposeful life. I always need memory isn't what it used to be.


I liked this book and from time to time, I need to read books like this. They serve as a reminder and they give me a boost of encouragement. This information was well organized and presented in a usable way. Was there anything new in this?
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is about 225 pages about how to get off your duff and start making changes--losing weight, quitting smoking, changing jobs, etc. As a busy person, and frequent procrastinator, I found the short chapters very convenient. Even I could find time to read a few pages, then put it down. But, in fact, once I started, it became hard to put down, and I was on course to finish it in a week, until... well, until page 147. Up to this point, the stories had been a mix of recounted/anecdotal stories with ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really excellent, this book is made of several chapters of helpful hints on how to reach one's goal, no matter what. Made so many notes while reading this, and for me it's a good sign - this book has much to give and I never got a feeling that I was being patronised or made to feel inferior, unlike some other 'helpful' books. The size of the book, despite being a hardback, was easy to handle.
For those who want one book on setting goals, working on goals, sticking to working on goals, and reachin
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm one who boldly says I'm reading a self-help book,
...and that's usually all the self-help I get from it. I make motions and wishes in the right direction, but then seem to get stuck, or fall back into the comfort zone of the old routine, rather than rally myself toward the unknown of change.
This book's advice was mixed in well with the author's own struggles to change habits and work toward her strongest desires. She isn't promising results in 3 weeks, like many magazine articles/diet product
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
last year I decided to take on a new good habit every month, stuff I had been saying I would do, little things (regular flossing, drinking enough water, etc., regular excercise) I finished out the year with 6 new good habits I didnt have before. This year has been trickier, as its the stuff I didn't get to stick last year and I'vebeen trying to figure out why. that's why I picked up this book.
a lot of what I learned last year in this book in a readable, distilled and backed up with some neurolo
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The ideas in the book are simple. But that's because the method to change is simple -- find the right approach for you and identify what would motivate you to continue day after day. People often fail because of two reasons. They talk about or read about change but don't take any action. Or they start without having a plan or consider how to get back on track when slipping up occasionally.

If you're ready to make a change, this is a great book to walk you through it. The author describes the step
May 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Okay, so I have to preface by saying that I did learn some things from this book. There was some interesting technical information about how our brain forms neural pathways during our lives, and actions that move contrary to those neural pathways seem less natural to us. These neural pathways are what makes it difficult for us to change and cultivate new habits; our old habits are hard wired into us. I enjoyed this aspect of the book, however, I did not get much out of the quotes from Meryl Stre ...more
Eric Montag
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a pretty big fan of this author. This book is composed of many small chapters, with each chapter being 2-3 pages. Chapter headings include things like, "AA Is On To Something- One Day At A Time" and "Don't Despair: Understand The Three Stages Of Learning." So if you don't want to read the whole book cover to cover, it is very easy to skim the contents and just read the chapters that you think will apply to you. Some of the chapters seem like common sense, but I do also think that it is true ...more
May 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mind-altering
My boss and I argue endlessly over whether it's possible for people to truly change their habits and lose weight. He votes no because he's having problems shedding some weight and he sees many patients not keeping commitments to lose weight. I vote yes because I think all change depends on your mindset and I've had patients suddenly make that mental shift and lose the weight. While this book isn't focused directly on weight loss, it's all about how to shift your mindset so that you're ready to m ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
For me, this book arrived a bit too late. I have already, more or less, and with some failures along the way, figured out how to keep the resolutions myself (or maybe with some help of the zillion self-help books I've read on the subject before :)). So most of the time I couldn't help thinking "hey, that's exactly what I'm doing" - defining my goals with precision, setting deadlines, keeping record of the current progress etc. However the great thing about the book is that it gathers all the met ...more
Andrea James
May 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's probably unfair to simply say that this is a basic book because it may seem basic only because as a trainer/coach I've read so many others and hence I'm familiar with the advice that is commonly spouted.

I listened to this on audiobook whilst running and admittedly once in a while I do miss one or two things that is said because I'm momentarily distracted by some obstacle and it's too much of a hassle to rewind the audio. Anyway, another reviewer (Dang) pointed out the following:

Until I got
Change, growth, goals are things that we all aspire to and Ryan is here to encourage the reader on. She reminds the reader to figure out the why behind the reason to change, be clear about the how and plan for disruptions. Change is hard so reward yourself, with notice and praise along the way.

Why I started this book: Once again, all my library holds arrived at once... good thing that the one due first, is the one that will cheer me on to read the others.

Why I finished it: Quick read and a soli
Dec 23, 2007 rated it liked it
This book gives great insight to the psychology behind changing a habit or sticking to a resolution and how to evoke different parts of the brain and your emotions in order to make the habit long term. Very easy to read. Be prepared to do some writing as you are reading to help when you get to the task of creating resolutions
Bailey Olfert
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Although this book has quite a lot of helpful information, it isn't as in-depth as some of the other habit-related books I have recently read. I only rated it two stars more because of my own situation than because of any weakness in the book: you have to be at a place in your life where you're able to choose a goal in order to effectively use this book. ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best self-help book I have read. And I have read it twice. What I find most helpful is that it guides you through the practices and pitfalls of change in general. The information here can be used to help you get healthy, quit an addiction, provide yourself with better work/life balance, or even write that book you have been dreaming of. Great book...I took notes.
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot, although it didn't say something new but it inspired me to priotize my resolutins and try to keep them again after I lost faith in myself and my ability to achieve what i've set my mind to, it worth reread to digest all its strategies and advices. ...more
If you are needed some inspiration on how to change, listen to this audiobook. Nothing new but always need to hear this information again and again.
Nov 10, 2022 rated it liked it
This is a nice book to pick up and read bits at a time; it's not really intended to simply read at a whack, although it's short enough you could certainly do that. It would probably also be useful if you had a big goal (save money for a house, complete a degree, lose a lot of weight, etc.) and you felt stuck and weren't getting any traction. A lot of the concepts in here I am familiar with, partly because in doing WW (and losing a bunch of weight several years ago / keeping most of it off) these ...more
Hoại Băng
Oct 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I like this one. Not bad at all.
Barbara Dutton
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book from a list of inspirational, self-help books. I read it daily - at least 10 pages per day. I took notes and made scribbles all over the book.

It’s a tiny book - but very powerful. Many lessons to be learned.

Take the time to read it. You won’t be sorry.
Oct 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time I read this book, I thought that it could be my favorite self-help book. But it happened at the specific period in my life when I just needed something cheering and motivational.

Now, rereading it in a more calm state, I see that there is nothing special that I haven’t read in any other self-help book.

This book is filled with references of other books and works of other people, providing honestly very basic phycological tips and tricks.

So, nowadays I would not say it is a bad book
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
The trade-offs you make with how you spend your time and who you give it to reveal what you truly care about. Covers all the stages of changing a habit - right from the conception of change, letting go of beliefs holding you back, to failing the first time, revising and re-trying.
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Best book I've ever read on how to realize your resolutions, with practical methods to get you started and keep you on track. ...more
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent little snippets to get you motivated. A+
Rachel Bauer
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring quick read that will change the way you set goals and reach them.
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Really good one to help though changing your habits . Strongly recommended
Baron Van Radabaugh
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very easy read. A big help at taking big goals and showing you how to approach them, focus on each step, and congratulate yourself along the way.
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MJ Ryan is one of the creators of the New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series and the author of The Happiness Makeover (nominated for the 2005 Books for Better Living award in the Motivational category), Attitudes of Gratitude, The Power of Patience, Trusting Yourself, The Giving Heart, and 365 Health and Happiness Boosters, among other titles. Altogether, there are 1.75 million ...more

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