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Too Nice For Your Own Good?

July 26, 2011

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Years and years ago I read a Bradshaw book that described a term I identified with whole heartedly: toxic niceness. That is me. I am toxically nice.  I used to say I was sorry to everyone all the time….pathetic. And I was that way before I moved down South! Imagine my delight when I ran […]

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The 1% Solution: For Work and Life

June 28, 2011

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This 150 page book is bright and fun to read: big print, lots of dialogue and it reads more like a novel about a man named Ken who talks with 6 different people who are using this method to improve their life.  If you like the type of self-help book where the main character interacts […]

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Final Post on Switch-Tweak the Environment Part 5

June 25, 2011

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This is my last post on the book Switch.  We have talked about giving clear directions to the Rider – your rational side.  We have talked about motivating your Elephant – your emotional side. Today we will talk about changing the Path. By far the easiest and simplest strategy to make change happen is to set […]

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Switch-Shrink the Change-Baby Steps for Your Elephant Part 4

June 25, 2011

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We are continuing with our exploration of change with the ideas from the book Switch by the Heath Brothers.  Motivating ourselves is difficult, which is why Switch refers to our emotions as an elephant.  In the last blog, we talked about finding the feelings that make us want to change.  This time we will explore how shrinking […]

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Switch- Finding the Feeling: Motivation to Change Part 3

June 25, 2011

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How many times do we concentrate on strategies, data, structure, logic, etc to get others to change?  Most of us follow this formula: Analyze-Think-Change. We use it to try to change ourselves too. Sometimes we use scare tactics to try to get people to feel fear and then change, but does it work? Research shows […]

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Switch–Ways to Help Our Minds With Change Part 2

June 25, 2011

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So how can we help our minds embrace change?  In the book Switch, the Heath brothers call our rational side the rider.  How can we get the rider to help make change? 1.  Find the bright spots:  find what works already and why.  This is the best way to direct the rider.  It is not […]

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Switch – A Great Book on Change

June 25, 2011

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I recently read a really cool book on change. Switch by Chip and Dan Heath.  Filled with wonderful stories, these guys present the hows of  change in an easy, enjoyable read.  According to the Heath brothers, there are 3 crucial components to change: mind, heart and environment. 1. Mind: our rational side which is like a rider […]

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