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Stick with It: The Science of Lasting Changes

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,057 ratings  ·  142 reviews
An award-winning psychologist and director of the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior shows everyone how to make real, lasting change in their lives in this exciting work of popular psychology that goes beyond The Power of Habit with science and practical strategies that can alter their problem behaviors—forever.

Whether it’s absent-minded mistakes at work, a weakness for junk
ebook, 288 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Harper
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Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the most helpful book I have ever read in my life, as a procrastinator, this book is a gem for me, almost all methods explained in this book are helpful, especially the stepladder (right first step and anchoring);, Easy (controlling environment, limit choices); Engrained; and Neurohacks. (I can't speak for Community and Captivating methods because I'm an introvert and self-employed, but I will also try it later)

1. Stepladder (right first step and anchoring)
I thought this is close to mind
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Super-helpful, interesting, & very readable! The info on different ways to make changes and break habits was helpful & interesting on its own, but what is best about this book is the way Young sorts out types 0f behaviors we want to change - identifying them as automatic, burning, or conscious - & then gives recommendations for the best ways to change them. I can see how times I've failed to change habits are often because I was trying to do so using the methods that are least effect for that ty ...more
Tam Nguyen
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, psy
There are examples in this book just stuck in my mind. The first one is how a password can change one's life. It works like a mantra. The constant reminder and repetition of powerful words can change people's negativity and bad habits. That reminds me of the power of repetition. The second example is about how the author's grandmothers responded to tragic events happened in their lives when their loved ones passed away. Negativity can harm people and destroy one's life in a very subtle way. I al ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm pretty leery of any method or system that has been turned into a cutesy acronym, and I am turned off by examples where the shy guy getting sand kicked in his face by life turns into Superman using that cutely-named system, so Young's name-droppy book laying out his "SCIENCE" method for creating behavioral change tripped my cheese-meter pretty heavily. Hey, he was almost in Linkin Park!

That said, I do believe the root of what he's saying is true, helpful and effective for folks looking to mak
Wendy Phraner
Some good stuff here but ironically enough, I struggled to "stick with it" and finish the book. It seemed like much the book could have been written more concisely. I liked examples that support the ideas presented but felt like there were too many. It also seemed like there was too much repetition throughout.
Zhexi (Bonnie)
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
First step is to identify what specific behavior you want to change, and think about what kind of behavior it is, automatic, burning behavior or common behavior.

Then apply as many as 7 forces to make the change behavior to stick: stepladder, community, important, easy, neurohacks, captivating, engrained(repetitive).
Meredith Mara
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the greatest, most insightful and helpful, self-help book I have discovered to date. How amazing it is to come across something where the science is sound!
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really helpful brain science behind creating good habits and overcoming bad ones. I can see reading this again in the future for another burst of motivation.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Stick with it is Helpful if You are a Chronic Procrastinator
I bought Sean Young's book because I've been trying to find a way to stop procrastinating at work. A lot of the books that I've looked at including Stephen Covey's "7 Habits" .... that one just has not resonated with me. I don't respond well to preset rules. I've been suffering at work because I can't meet my deadlines. I love my job but I keep pushing things to the last minute and my teammates hate it. Actually, I also hate it. Sean Yo
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Lots of interesting insights into how to achieve lasting change in your life. I was reminded of James Clear's book, Atomic Habits which covers much of the same ground. I personally think Atomic Habits is a better book, but Stick with It still provides a lot of useful information. ...more
John Martindale
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, psychology
For the last 17 years, I've again and again sought to form good habits and break bad ones, I've regularly been embroiled in the perennial struggle of trying to motivate my higher human self to not bow the knee before the animal within with its unquenchable ambition to be my tyrannical king. Of course, if I could ever manage to "stick with it" I wouldn't have listen to this audiobook, yet much of what the book touched upon are things that I've found over the years have helped me stick with someth ...more
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was decent. It has a lot of actionable tips for sticking with habits, nothing super surprising but useful nonetheless. I think the most novel thing about this book for me was the way the author walks you through how to classify your habits/compulsions. And then suggests which of his strategies to use for which classification. The strategies themselves felt pretty standard to anyone who like me, for some reason keeps consuming this kind of book, but the deep dive into motivations was us ...more
Step ladder.
Make it easy.
Control the environment.
Limit choices
Use a roadmap

Neural hacks
Start acting with the desired action.

Make boring things fun and rewarding.

Make the reward not just good but captivating. Use the carrot and not the stick (do not use fear but something positive).
Make the activity itself rewarding.

Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got a lot out of this book and will keep re-reading certain passages to keep the techniques fresh in my mind. Unlike a previous reviewer, I've not read many goal setting books, so this was interesting to me. It parallels Duckworth's Grit that I recently finished. Easy, conversational tone that is definitely aimed at the layperson wishing to change up their life. I appreciate that he is an actual scientist and not another motivational speaker giving you a pep talk. ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Marni Garland
“I am the genius that invented and patented the following obvious things.” — this and many other authors
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
It was ok. I much preferred Switch by Chip and Dan Heath.
Tobias Johnson
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book. I really like how positive Sean Young is about this whole project and I love "experiencing" how optimistically he views the human condition through his writing. A lot of it is watered down and massively simplified b/c it's a pop-sci book, but you still get glimpses of his personality in there.

As for the content, I wasn't actually a fan of his rubric for behaviour change while I was reading it. It seemed quite contrived and forced into the "SCIENCE" acronym. And, I was thinking my
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-review
Stick with It is a mixed bag. There are definitely some things that I think are not true in here. It is ind of hokey, very anecdotal, somewhat poorly researched book. But it does have some interesting stuff in it. So I can't really recommend it. But if you read it, you'll probably learn something. Hopefully it will be something true.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

THE NEED TO TRUST: When people trust other community members—whether family, friends, coworkers, or strangers—they become more w
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stick with It provides INCREDIBLE insight into what one really has to do to change his/her life. It's great for someone who wants to break a bad habit in their own life, parents who want to help their kids, a coach who wants his players to succeed, and entrepreneurs who want their products to be used. Unlike most of the typical self-help books, which only motivates people to change their lives, ”Stick with it” provides scientific proven methods and techniques to do so.
“Stick with It” is for peop
Frederik Lierde
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a must-read for entrepreneurs, not only he gives great business examples, the book and author Sean Young gives you that SCIENCE to make it happen.

We read often on how habits are part of success, which very successful people use habits etc. And Yes, I believe strongly in the power habits. I also am smart and conscious enough to see that most of the books talk about habits and .... some of the habits I can follow thru....

Also, I had it with people who tell me you need to dream it, visualiz
Roman Frolov
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: psych
Despite a good overview of psychological studies in the fields of behaviour, motivation, change etc., is an excruciatingly boring read. The whole idea/method of the book could be summarised into a 10 slides PowerPoint presentation with bullet points.

The writing style is patronising and quite ego scratching: too many references to what the author does himself and what he has accomplished (which does not help to bring the point of the book across). The usage of 90's-style MBA/Management consultan
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
New Year's resolutions and bad habits, we all can relate to these. Wouldn't it be helpful to explore an approach with which your desires, wishes, and improvements really stick with you? Enter Stick With It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life - for Good by Sean Young. The author heavily leans on scientific research you're probably familiar with: Kahneman c.s. The self-help step-by-step approach has the acronym SCIENCE to make that stick as well. 

Stepladders: to reach your dest
Rosa Frei
Turn your life around by creating good habits that stick.

The author Sean Young discusses in this newly published book "Stick with It - A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life", how you can change bad habits into good habits and - stick with it.

Young draws on his own research and experience and provides great examples about the psychology and forces behind habits. His approach is explained through his 7-step program, or 7 forces, that are: Stepladders; Community; Important; Easy;
Israel Drazin
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who wants to improve and live a better more satisfying and productive life should read this book and practice what it suggests. The book is by a medical school professor who has had repeated successes using what he speaks about in this volume. He tells readers how to change their behavior. He stresses that people need to change the process, not the person. He describes seven psychological forces that undergird lasting behavior changes and does so in a clear fashion and with stories that r ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book on how to change your habits, or even better, to start new, healthy ones. The author, Dr. Sean Young, has been researching how to change and/or start new habits and behaviors for around fifteen years, and he's come up with a list of methods on how to do this, which he calls S.C.I.E.N.C.E. (geeky, right?).

Stepladders - making very small but continuous changes over time
Community - social connections offers support
Important - making the change a serious priority in your l
Robert Sutherland
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book can be summarized in three charts, but the narrative is helpful for explanation and examples. The author states that habit literature falls short for two main reasons--it is behaviorist based, with studies from caged animals applied to humans. Since humans aren't caged animals, he says, the conclusions are suspect. Second, even the habit literature itself, he writes, accounts for 40% of our behavior. The rest is still unaccounted for. That's where "Stick With It" comes in.

Identifying b
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A deeper dive / a step further

I have read a few books on the topic of changing behaviors and/or forming new/better habits, among them “The Power of Habit”. While this book re-treads some of the same ground as others on this topic (and the author acknowledges as much with respect to "The Power of Habit), it goes a step further in describing (a) the underpinnings of success in truly changing habits, and (b) a method for achieving success. It is a quick read and it shies away from technical jargon
Alexa Therese
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I have been on a habit-forming kick for the past few months, and have been hearing great things (thanks, Freakonomics podcast) about The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and Grit by Angela Duckworth. So, when I stumbled upon this book at the library, I decided to give it a try. Overall, I found Sean Young's habit-forming methods to be interesting and useful at a high level, but the book was somewhat boring. I almost felt that the main points could have been more concisely summed up in a magazine ...more
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