Monday, January 16, 2017

Habit Changers: A review

Habit Changers: 81 Game-Changing Mantras to Mindfully Realize Your Goals

Author M.J. Ryan posits that the biggest obstacle to change lies in our most deeply ingrained habits. She suggests we can rewire our thinking by using what she calls habit changers - simple, one-line statements used as mantras to reprogram the brain’s automatic responses. 

The book is a quick read, as each mantra has its own page, enabling the reader to pick and choose the advice appropriate to his/her needs. For me, the benefit of the book was not having a new "to-do" of reciting something each day, but to use the individual mantras to look at situations in a different way. Sometimes all we need is a different approach to a problem. For example, the mantra "Drop the Story" suggests that sometimes the story we tell ourselves (I'm not getting new business because the market is bad) is an excuse. If we drop the story and look at other factors (I am not networking, I am not supporting my sales staff appropriately), we can find a solution. Other useful reminders from the book: If everything is a priority, nothing is; Intention and impact are not one. 

I enjoyed the book and it gave me food for thought. I don't know that I will be reciting any daily mantras, but I am encouraged to apply the relevant advice to situations that I want to change. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this unbiased review.