One Small Step Can Change your Life

One Small Step Can Change your Life

The Kaizen Way

Book - 2004
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The essential guide to kaizen--the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady steps--is now in paperback.

Written by Dr. Robert Maurer, a psychologist on the staff of both the University of Washington School of Medicine and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, and an expert on kaizen who speaks and consults nationally, One Small Step Can Change Your Life is the gentle but potent way to effect change. It is for anyone who wants to lose weight. Or quit smoking. Or write a novel, start an exercise program, get out of debt, or conquer shyness and meet new people.

Beginning by outlining the all-important role that fear plays in every type of change--and kaizen's ability to neutralize it by circumventing the brain's built-in resistance to new behavior--Dr. Maurer then explains the 7 Small Steps: how to Think Small Thoughts, Take Small Actions, Solve Small Problems, and more. He shows how to perform mind sculpture--visualizing virtual change so that real change comes more naturally. Why small rewards lead to big returns by internalizing motivation. How great discoveries are made by paying attention to the little details most of us overlook. Rooted in the two-thousand-year-old wisdom of the Tao Te Ching--"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"--here is the way to change your life without fear, without failure, and to begin a new, easy regimen of continuous improvement.

Publisher: New York : Workman, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780761129233
0761129235
Branch Call Number: 158.1 M446
Characteristics: 182 pages ; 19 cm

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sgrefalda
Jul 19, 2017

"One Small Step" is a light, breezy read--a feel-good self-help book. The blatant omission of citations bothered me: Maurer includes examples from others' work--writing, research, and studies--with no credit to the authors. I agree with the message, but the book reads like a collection of anecdotes.

JCLChrisK Aug 12, 2016

This book is all about creating maintainable habits. Habits of mind, attitude, and action. The method is to go small. Ask small questions, address small problems, take small steps. So small as to be practically imperceptible. So small that accomplishing them is the easiest thing possible. So small that we have no resistance to them. Small enough to continue indefinitely, then ever so gradually add to them in the same way. With patience and persistence, natural continuous improvement results. Becomes habitual. Because the changes are so small and easy that they become integrated into who we are and what we do.

I only just finished a quick read of this short book and haven't tried implementing the ideas yet, but they very definitely make sense to me. It's an easy enough read that I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone, to at least consider the approach and maybe even try a small thing or two. The examples range from personal to relational to workplace and business, and can be applied to many aspects of life.

bbaratz Feb 27, 2012

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