Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline L. Arnold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book offers an excellent and simple method to change your life. Much like Dan and Chip Heath's "Switch", Arnold's remedy for transformation comes back to changing your automated path by making small adjustments rather than massive goals or changes to your daily regimen.
Already I am more organized, self confident, and focused thanks to the insights in this book. Looking back at this book in the future I want to remember the seven rules for a micro resolution:
1 - A micro resolution is easy. Small changes bring big benefits - keep your resolution limited, reasonable, and achievable --easy.
2 - A micro resolution is an explicit and measurable action. Lay out the action of your resolution -what,when, how. Cue your resolution (when I walk in the door I will . . . when I open my computer I will . . . )
3 - A micro resolution pays off up front. It brings an immediate and valuable benefit, by design. Never think of your microresolution as an increment, merely a stepping-stone on the way to a future goal; the benefit your microresoution delivers today is the goal.
4 - A micro resolution is personal. It must be designed by you, for you, based on observation of you own habits, attitudes, and situation. Use internal messaging to re frame mindsets.
5 - A Micro resolution resonates. Instead of "I resolve to chew my food slowly" reframe the solution as "I resolve to dine leisurely and savor my food and drink." The reframing expresses a positive value rather than simply stressing a negative one. Remember the power of zero-tolerance framing: use only for situation where such vigilance -even zealotry- is necessary to guard against the mistep that leads to indulgence, lack of control, true disorder.
6 - A microresolution fires on cue. Establishing a strong link between an action and its cue is essential for making a new behavior automatic.
7 - Make microresolutions just two at a time. Limiting your resolutions ensures that you have the attention and endurance to stick with a behavioral shift until it becomes autopilot.
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I am a graduate student in Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. I enjoy writing, hiking, and spending time with my family.