Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life-for Good

By | October 13, 2017
Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life-for Good

An award-winning psychologist and director of the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior shows everyone how to make real, lasting change in their lives in this exciting work of popular psychology that goes beyond The Power of Habit with science and practical strategies that can alter their problem behaviors—forever.

Whether it’s absent-minded mistakes at work, a weakness for junk food, a smart phone addiction, or a lack of exercise, everyone has some bad habit or behavior that they’d like to change. But wanting to change and actually doing it—and sticking with it—are two very different things.

Dr. Sean Young, an authoritative new voice in the field of behavioral science, knows a great deal about our habits—how we make them and how we can break them. Stick with It is his fascinating look at the science of behavior, filled with crucial knowledge and practical advice to help everyone successfully alter their actions and improve their lives.

As Dr. Young explains, you don’t change behavior by changing the person, you do it by changing the process. Drawing on his own scientific research and that of other leading experts in the field, he explains why change can be difficult and identifies the crucial forces that combine to make transformation permanent, from the right way to create new habits to how to harness emotional meaning to motivate change. He also helps us understand how the mind often interferes with creating lasting change and how we can outsmart it, including using “neurohacks” to shortcut the brain’s counterproductive instincts. In addition he provides a powerful corrective to the decades old science of habits, offering a next generation discussion of how habits can change behavior with the right approach.

Packed with pragmatic exercises and stories of real people who have used them successfully, Stick with It shows that it is possible to control spending, stick to a diet, become more social, exercise regularly, stop compulsively checking e-mail, and overcome problem behaviors—forever.

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  1. Steve Gladis
    39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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    Better than Sticky Notes!, July 29, 2017
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    This review is from: Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life-for Good (Kindle Edition)
    Dieters won’t stick to diets, patients won’t take their meds, and businesses can’t get customers to stay with them. Why? Personality, heredity, or just bad luck? It’s hard to “stick with it”— for things like diet, sleep, exercise, and whatever else is important to you—unless you construct a process around “it.” Sean Young’s research and practice have identified seven forces or principles behind lasting change. He uses the mnemonic S-C-I-E-N-C-E to help us remember these forces: Stepladders (small steps can lead to big changes); Community (we’re pack animals, and follow the herd); Important (things must matter to us); Easy (we do ‘easy’ first); Neurohacks (we act ourselves into change); Captivating (we all like a wow factor); and, Engrained (repetition deepens habits in our brains). Young then shows how these 7 forces can be applied selectively to alter three key behaviors (the ABCs): Automatic, Burning, and Common problems. Using stories, studies, and statistics, the author drives home his process for making lasting changes. Author: Sean Young is a professor at UCLA and director of the Center for Digital Behavior and the UC Institute for Predictive Technology.
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  2. Robyn Wright
    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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    I’m sticking with this book!, July 6, 2017
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    This review is from: Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life-for Good (Kindle Edition)
    I listened to the audiobook which was pretty entertaining. Stick with It is for people like me who always set out to do something, but never complete the task at hand. I am always planning to do things, and I do for a while…but then I get bored and quit. But why? This book tells you scientifically WHY that happens and how you can break that habit!

    Setting small goals or using step ladders to get things done. As in planning steps that keep you on track to reach the goal you set out for yourself. Some of this seems like it common sense, but when you actually read it and let it sink in, you have an “ah ha” moment. I will apply this book to my life, as I really do need to start “sticking with it”

    I really do like the different stories in each chapter about people trying to break this habit and how it affects their every day when they do stick with it and keep going, such as the socially awkward guy who made the steps to practice talking to others in increments. Don’t just jump head first into things…use the step ladders and inch your way through! Set goals for the week…for the month…and see how you do! I’m going to reflect more of my progress and reward myself for sticking with my goals and things that I start in general.

    I don’t expect my life to change overnight from this book, but it really does bring things to light for me, and it was easy to understand. I tend to shy away from these types of books because of all the scientific jargon, but I could understand and relate to this book…making the information stick with me 🙂

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  3. C. Jones
    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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    Fixed my Exercise Routine, August 12, 2017
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    This book got me into my running and exercise routine again. I had fallen off for two years and was struggling to find a way home. The problem was my goals and my dreams were one and the same, and just waaaay too big. Once I started focusing on small steps to reach small goals, like running for 15 minutes 3 times (and not feeling guilty about doing more), things fell into place. I’ve got a long way to go, but I realize that achieving small goals (or stepladders as Sean calls them) is far more motivating then failing at large goals and big dreams. Celebrating my small accomplishments was another thing I was reminded of. So easy to forgot. Highly recommend this book for anyone who needs motivation to get on track and stick with a positive change they are aiming for.
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