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December 5th, 2016
Habit Change: the Only Two Books You'll Ever Need
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Halffull

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 Changing For Good  
-By James Prochaska et al.

Influencer
-By Kerry Patterson et al.

I did a lot off research on this shit...it all boils down to these two books.    I'll hopefully be getting  up outlines and executive summaries of each of them in the next few months, but in the meantime I recommend you all buy them, read them, and apply them.

None of the shit you read on here is useful unless it leads to a change in behavior, and those two books will get you to the very heart of behavior change. Get them, read them, use them.

-Matt
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I haven't heard of these books or authors - thanks for the recommendation Halffull. I'm always open to new ideas.

I'll share my own summary on the thread you make and we can swap perspectives.
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Prior wrote:
I haven't heard of these books or authors - thanks for the recommendation Halffull. I'm always open to new ideas.

I'll share my own summary on the thread you make and we can swap perspectives.
I don't know if I'll be starting a thread for it... more likely I'll just be posting a link to the summaries on my blog.  If you have any ideas, definitely post them up on a thread (as many people on this board should be exposed to them as possible) or PM me.
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A generous person who offers value might be able to give us a free link or point us in direction to getting it quickly and for free.

What is the difference between them?
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Loller wrote:
A generous person who offers value might be able to give us a free link or point us in direction to getting it quickly and for free.

What is the difference between them?
Influencer is focused on principles and skills of succesful change agents.   It gives you very specific toosl but it's not a step by step thing.  It also covers both influence of others and influence of yourself (I'm recommending it for the latter, but lots of guys on the board I'm sure will be interested in the former as well :) )

Changing for Good is more about diagnosis and action, it IS step by step... the principles and skills are kept to the minimum level needed to be of use.
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Makes sense because at the end of the day your a product of your habits.

Look forward to your post after you read them.
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I've already read both of them, and applied them...  I just haven't taken the time to write up the summaries for myself.  I'm recommending them only cause I know they work.
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could you quickly share some insights that you gained from these books?
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Velouria wrote:
could you quickly share some insights that you gained from these books?
Changing for Good:

What the six stages of change are, what the nine change processes are, and at what stage to use each of the nine processes.  Why change is only effective when you take the stages of change into account.
How to tell using four questions what stage of change you are at for each behavior.
When it is useful to focus on the negatives of not changing and when it's useful to focus on the positives of changing.
Why exercise is such a useful replacement to counter negative behaviours.
Why you shouldn't take action too soon.
and on and on...

Influencer:

How to use the best practices research method of Positive Deviance to find the right behaviors to change.
How to use vicarious experiences to create willingness to change.
How to use cognitive reappraisal and avoid moral disengagement in order to prevet relapse.
How to make responses automatic with deliberate practice.
What the six sources of influence are, and how to use them to change behavior.

They're not "insights" in the classic sense like you'd get from a philisophical read such as Power of Now/Mastery.  The books are both heavily researched based, but distilled down into only the most pratical and effective techniques, and written to be engaging.  I'd really just recommend reading them... This isn't one of those cases where cliffnottes will do.
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Thanx, I'll add them to my read-list as well as subscribe to this post.
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What do you think of Steve Pavlina's book?
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