One Small Step Can Change your Life

One Small Step Can Change your Life

The Kaizen Way

eBook - 2014
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Improve your life fearlessly with this essential guide to kaizen--the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady steps.

Written by psychologist and kaizen expert Dr. Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life is the simple but potent guide to easing into new habits--and turning your life around. Learn how to overcome fear and procrastination with his 7 Small Steps--including how to Think Small Thoughts, Take Small Actions, and Solve Small Problems--to steadily build your confidence and make insurmountable-seeming goals suddenly feel doable.

The science is irrefutable: Small steps circumvent our brains' built-in resistance to new behaviors. Throughout this book, Dr. Maurer also shows how to visualize virtual change so that real change can come more easily. Why small rewards lead to big returns. And how great discoveries are made by paying attention to the little details most of us overlook. His simple regiment is your path to continuous improvement for anything from losing weight to quitting smoking, paying off debt, or conquering shyness and meeting new people. Rooted in the two-thousand-year-old wisdom of the Tao Te Ching--"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"--here is the way to change your life without fear, without failure, and start on a new path of easy, continuous improvement.

Publisher: [United States]: Workman Publishing Company, 2014.
ISBN: 9780761181347
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Jul 10, 2020

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Jul 19, 2017

"One Small Step" is a light, breezy read--a feel-good self-help book. The blatant omission of citations bothered me: Maurer includes examples from others' work--writing, research, and studies--with no credit to the authors. I agree with the message, but the book reads like a collection of anecdotes.

JCLChrisK Aug 12, 2016

This book is all about creating maintainable habits. Habits of mind, attitude, and action. The method is to go small. Ask small questions, address small problems, take small steps. So small as to be practically imperceptible. So small that accomplishing them is the easiest thing possible. So small that we have no resistance to them. Small enough to continue indefinitely, then ever so gradually add to them in the same way. With patience and persistence, natural continuous improvement results. Becomes habitual. Because the changes are so small and easy that they become integrated into who we are and what we do.

I only just finished a quick read of this short book and haven't tried implementing the ideas yet, but they very definitely make sense to me. It's an easy enough read that I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone, to at least consider the approach and maybe even try a small thing or two. The examples range from personal to relational to workplace and business, and can be applied to many aspects of life.

bbaratz Feb 27, 2012



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