The Six-Step Process for Making Healthy Lifestyle Changes
The following are books I found helpful in the preparation of the document "Six-Step Process for Making Healthy Lifestyle Changes"*
Man's Search for Meaning
By Viktor Frankl. I found this a poignant description of Dr. Fankl's time in concentration camps and how he came to understand the importance of the meaning we attach to events.
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
S.M.A.R.T. Goals Made Simple - 10 Steps to Master Your Personal and Career Goals (Productive Habits)
By SJ Scott. Everything you need to know about setting SMART goals, plus about 27 times more. This inexpensive resource will teach you what you need to know about setting goals and how taking action is key to making progress.
It's easy to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. Simply write down a desired outcome on a piece of paper and create a deadline for achieving it. The hard part is taking action. As you know, the Internet is full of books that talk about setting goals. The problem? Most don't talk about the daily actions (or habits) required to achieve them.
In the book, "S.M.A.R.T. Goals Made Simple", you'll get a ten-step plan for setting and achieving your goals. Unlike other titles, this book will teach you how to turn any idea into an actionable plan. Not only will you get an overview of S.M.A.R.T. goals, you'll also get a blueprint for turning them into daily routines.
Awaken The Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Financial Destiny!
By Tony Robbins. This book was my introduction to the idea that where we place our focus and what meaning we assign to circumstances creates our emotional state, and that often we can change our emotional state intentionally.
Wake up and take control of your life! From the bestselling author of Inner Strength, Unlimited Power, and MONEY Master the Game, Anthony Robbins, the nation's leader in the science of peak performance, shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life.
The acknowledged expert in the psychology of change, Anthony Robbins provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny.
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits - to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life
By Gretchen Rubin. For someone looking to change their habits, this may be the most helpful book on the list. It does not describe a process per se, but rather it offers tons of insights into why and how habits form, and strategies you might use to shape them. This book will help you to "know yourself" better and thereby gain skill to make progress in your desire to change.
The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, tackles the critical question: How do we change?
Gretchen Rubin's answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.
So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits?
Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation.
Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers’ most pressing questions—oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore:
• Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do?
• Sometimes I can change a habit overnight, and sometimes I can’t change a habit, no matter how hard I try. Why?
• How quickly can I change a habit?
• What can I do to make sure I stick to a new habit?
• How can I help someone else change a habit?
• Why can I keep habits that benefit others, but can’t make habits that are just for me?
Whether readers want to get more sleep, stop checking their devices, maintain a healthy weight, or finish an important project, habits make change possible. Reading just a few chapters of Better Than Before will make readers eager to start work on their own habits—even before they’ve finished the book.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business
By Charles Duhigg. A fairly rigorous but useful look at what habits are and how they are formed. He defines of "The Habit Loop" and provides a nice description of a process to examine and change your own habits.
In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.
Principles: Life and Work
By Ray Dialo. This might be my favorite book from 2017, and really taught me to realize I should be saying, "I've made certain assumptions about the world. How do I know if I'm right?" Mr. Dialo explains his system for trying to understand truth by continually examining his world and adapting his models as needed to be successful. Principles are discussed in separate sections relating to "Life" and to "Work." Reading this was like having a conversation with a grandfather who was passing on great advice.
Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.
In Principles, Dalio shares what he’s learned over the course of his remarkable career. He argues that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules and understood like machines. The book’s hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of “radical truth” and “radical transparency,” include Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams. He also describes the innovative tools the firm uses to bring an idea meritocracy to life, such as creating “baseball cards” for all employees that distill their strengths and weaknesses, and employing computerized decision-making systems to make believability-weighted decisions. While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, Principles also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they’re seeking to achieve.
*In the spirit of full disclosure, I receive a small credit if you purchase a book through the links above. However, I only recommend resources I believe will be interesting and valuable to you.