Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently
by Caroline L. Arnold
We so frequently fail to keep our New Year's resolutions that it's become a cultural expectation. Why do our good intentions so often fall by the wayside, leaving us feeling powerless to change our lives?
According to Wall Street tech innovator Caroline L. Arnold, it's because we bite off more than we can chew. If we vow to become more organized or more frugal, we don't take into account that neither of those things is just one change, but a whole cluster of changes to entrenched habits built up over a matter of decades. And when we attempt to reverse them all at once, our willpower inevitably gives out.
So if our habits are so entrenched, how do we change them? The answer, says Arnold, is the microresolution. In Small Move, Big Change, Arnold demonstrates how holding ourselves to a "small but meaningful behavioral change" will:
- Help us build new habits over time.
- Provide us a with a steady stream of successes as motivation.
- Put us on the first step to achieving our larger goals.
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Questions to spark discussion:
- What is the habit you've tried hardest to break?
- When have your resolutions failed? When have they succeeded?
- How have you made lasting changes to your own behavior? What obstacles did you face?
- After reading this book, are there any microresolutions you hope to make?