Books to Support Your 40 Days To Change For Good

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Books to Support Your 40 Days To Change For Good

Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward by James O. Prochaska, John Norcross, and Carlo DiClemente
[Still the most useful and easily applicable book on personal change I’ve found yet. Highly recommended.]

Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own And Other People’s Minds (Leadership for the Common Good) by Howard Gardner
[Great research as to what makes people change their minds, and what doesn’t work. This work is one of the cornerstones of Quixote Consulting’s change and influencing work. Be forewarned: It’s very dry and dense] 

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
[A well-researched, readable look at the positive psychology of persistence.]

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
[Endlessly inspiring and entertaining, here are 161 famous creative artists’ rituals – from Mozart to Einstein]

The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity At Work by Teresa Amabile, Steven Kramer
[Completely in a work context. Repeated small successes combined with meaningful work lead to happiness. Small failures at meaningful work lead to unhappiness. Meaningless work is a straight path to unhappiness.]

Gandhi An Autobiography – The Story of My Experiments with the Truth by Mahatma Gandhi
[Surprisingly, it’s a page-turner. A fascinating and inspiring account of a man dedicated to personal change and through that his country and beyond]

The Power of Full Engagement by Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr
[The ‘Taking Action: The Power of Positive Rituals’ chapter is a very nuts and bolts look at rituals and incremental change.]

What You Can Change . . . and What You Can’t: The Complete Guide to Successful Self-Improvement by Martin E. Seligman
[Especially recommended for those of you who like to know what the research has to say. There’s no self-help ‘Seven steps to lose those pounds, be loved by everyone and transform your life in just 20 seconds a day!” silliness here, just what science has found can be changed and what can’t.]

The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief by Francis Weller
[Profoundly helpful and beautifully written, the title says it all. You’ll either know immediately it’s the book you need to read right now or you’re not ready for it…yet. Loss and sadness are either visiting you or they’re not. The chapter on ritual is from a spiritual/mythopoetic view.]

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
[Written from a journalistic viewpoint, it’s heavy on stories and light on actionable content. Three sections: individuals, organizations, societies]

Leading Change by John P. Kotter
[Exclusively aimed at change leaders in organizations, but the general principles are sound.]

Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar
[You’ll find a short section on rituals and negative (a ritual to NOT do something) rituals – which is an interesting concept]

 

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