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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Public Announcement: My personal goal.

Have been reading an amazing book on my kindle.

It’s called, “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot” by Richard Wiseman.

Here is the product description:
Richard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self-help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships, and reduce creativity: the opposite of everything it promises. Now, in 59 Seconds, he fights back, bringing together the diverse scientific advice that can help you change your life in under a minute, and guides you toward becoming more decisive, more imaginative, more engaged, and altogether more happy.From mood to memory, persuasion to procrastination, resilience to relationships, Wiseman outlines the research supporting the new science of “rapid change” and, with clarity and infectious enthusiasm, describes how these quirky, sometimes counterintuitive techniques can be effortlessly incorporated into your everyday life. Or, as he likes to say: “Think a little, change a lot.”

Here are my comments:

There is so much wisdom in this one little book. It’s no wonder his name is WISEman. Believe this will be in my personal list of top 100 favorite books. He reviews what self-help authors say in their books and then looks at what scientific researches have to say. Real motivation and change is discussed in his book. Several important social psychology experiences are discussed, too. My advisor in graduate school, Dr. David Austin (a foundering member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association) said that his graduate advisor referred to those of us in recreational therapy as “applied social psychologists.” Social psychology is one of my favorite fields. And Wiseman writes about social psychology, positive psychology and other related topics in an easy-to-read form.

Here is one of Wiseman’s tips. Make your personal goals public. People who do so are more likely to meet their goals. It’s like positive social/ peer pressure. Your peers will provide you with support in reaching your goal. Plus, once you’ve said you’re going to do it, they’ll be more likely to help hold you accountable.

So here it is, my BIG audacious 2010 GOAL: Write a book on “techniques for becoming nice” and have it become a #1 best-seller!
That is my goal. I’ve completed 3/10 chapters and no editing. The full outline for the book has been created.

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