Changing for Good
Changing for Good distinguishes itself from many self-help materials available by espousing a sound therapeutic approach based on the authors’ years of professional work with people in all sorts of damaging behavioral patterns, including smoking, overeating, alcohol abuse, and toxic relationships. This gem of a book, started to shape my coaching back in 2008. It started me down a path of education and research into the scientific developments in human motivation and helped me to understand the change process in a whole new way.
WHO SHOULD READ IT: Ultimately, we want people to become their own gurus and start figuring out things for themselves. If you’re someone who benefits from knowing the inner workings of things, reading this book can help you.
How many times have you thought about starting a business or losing weight without doing anything about it? Or lapsed back into bad habits after you’ve made some gains but hit a rough spot?
To uncover the secret to successful personal change, three acclaimed psychologists studied more than 1,000 people who were able to positively and permanently alter their lives without psychotherapy. They discovered that change does not depend on luck or willpower. It is a process that can be successfully managed by anyone who understands how it works. Once you determine which stage of change you’re in, you can:
- create a climate where positive change can occur
- maintain motivation
- turn setbacks into progress
- make your new beneficial habits a permanent part of your life
THE SIX STAGES OF CHANGE
The theories in this book are interwoven into every live course that we offer. For example, we include a readiness quiz in many course description to help you can determine if you’re at least in Preparation, and ideally in the Action stage of change as described by the above diagram of the Transtheoretical Model of Change. If you’re not ready, we tell you up front.
This groundbreaking book offers simple self-assessments, informative case histories, and concrete examples to help clarify each stage and process. Whether your goal is to start saving money or to end a self-defeating or addictive behavior, this revolutionary program will help you implement positive personal change . . . for life.