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Publisher's Summary

One afternoon - after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise - I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day). I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books and blogs.
I was right.
Is there a scientific explanation for this?
As I sought understanding, I found a plethora of scientific studies that had answers, with nobody to interpret them correctly. Based on the science - which you'll find peppered throughout Mini Habits - we've been doing it all wrong.
You can succeed without the guilt, intimidation, and repeated failure associated with such strategies as "getting motivated," New Year's Resolutions, or even "just doing it." In fact, you need to stop using those strategies if they aren't giving you great results. They don't work because they all require you to fight against your subconscious brain (a fight not easily won). It's only when you start playing by your brain's rules and taking your human limitations seriously--as mini habits show you how to do - that you can achieve lasting change.
©2013 Stephen Guise (P)2014 Stephen Guise
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 11-26-14

Breaks Things Down Into Tiny Do-able Bits

This isn't a book that will wow you with facts and research and science. Instead, it is a book that makes huge and often overwhelming goals possible. The theory and method presented are based on the author's personal experiences of creating change in his own life. I agree with other reviewers -- there is something strangely liberating about the idea of setting your goals so low that you can easily meet them. Then from these tiny goals bigger change begins and builds. Worth a listen if you need a new and simple approach for attacking the problem of feeling bogged down and want to start building new daily habits. A positive listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By ANDRÉ on 11-30-14

Mini Habits May Work for You (and Myself)

Although it is a small book and the writer tries hard to fill it up with scientific knowledge, the soul of Mini Habits is simple: create few-- up to 4-- mini habits, even laughable ones (like do one push up), and follow the script (or don't break the chain).
And yes, it may work.
I did something like that when I was writing my first book. At the time I was a resident at a cardiology hospital, my wife was pregnant, and I told myself: write one page a day and please don't break the chain. Most of the days I wrote 3 pages, and couldn't get hold of myself. I completed the book before my daughter was born.
Now for my second book I cannot write one page a day-- It seems too much effort. I have 2 kids, many patients to see, well, almost impossible (or so I think). And I postpone. I know that I could find time to write. Maybe if I told myself: "write 5 LINES each day" I could had completed my second book years ago.
Good idea, Stephen Guise!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jon Scriven on 06-10-15

I'm a mini habits convert

If you could sum up Mini Habits in three words, what would they be?

Life Changing System

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It has already changed my life

Any additional comments?

I've tried a dozen self-help books and none have delivered. Mini Habits is so simple and easy, yet makes complete sense and even though I have only been doing the system for a short amount of time, I have already seen results beyond anything I've tried before. If you procrastinate horribly or just want to change your life for the better, then look no further.

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5 out of 5 stars
By MarkPT on 10-04-16

Excellent

Had actually done some work prior to this book on small habits but it's certainly the way to go for coaches or clients both.

The brain does not like change so we must do regular small changes often to achieve new things - definitely worth a listen

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jesse on 08-01-16

Good book

Yea good stuff. Easy to understand, funny at points.
Already started some mini habits, good job.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ms Elaine K Targett on 03-16-16

Loved it!

Perfect for those of us who have always side-eyed weird 'motivation gurus'
Simple way to get things done, no matter how you feel in the moment.

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