One Small Step Can Change Your Life

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The essential guide to kaizen?the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady steps?is now repackaged as an impulse paperback with a dazzling new cover that speaks to its proper positioning as a self-help/inspiration title that?s applicable to business as well.

Written by Dr. Robert Maurer, a psychologist on the staff of both the University of Washington School of Medicine and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, and an expert on...

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Overview

The essential guide to kaizen—the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady steps—is now repackaged as an impulse paperback with a dazzling new cover that speaks to its proper positioning as a self-help/inspiration title that’s applicable to business as well.

Written by Dr. Robert Maurer, a psychologist on the staff of both the University of Washington School of Medicine and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, and an expert on kaizen who speaks and consults nationally, One Small Step Can Change Your Life is the gentle but potent way to effect change. It is for anyone who wants to lose weight. Or quit smoking. Or write a novel, start an exercise program, get out of debt, or conquer shyness and meet new people.

Beginning by outlining the all-important role that fear plays in every type of change—and kaizen’s ability to neutralize it by circumventing the brain’s built-in resistance to new behavior—Dr. Maurer then explains the 7 Small Steps: how to Think Small Thoughts, Take Small Actions, Solve Small Problems, and more. He shows how to perform mind sculpture—visualizing virtual change so that real change comes more naturally. Why small rewards lead to big returns by internalizing motivation. How great discoveries are made by paying attention to the little details most of us overlook. Rooted in the two-thousand-year-old wisdom of the Tao Te Ching—“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”—here is the way to change your life without fear, without failure, and to begin a new, easy regimen of continuous improvement.

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Ph.D. Susan Jeffers

“This is a wonderful, very readable book that describes a peaceful and simple way of handling all the difficulties in our lives. You will breathe a sigh of relief as you read it.”
—Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761180326
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 181,945
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Maurer, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist on the faculty of the UCLA and the University of Washington Schools of Medicine. He is the founder of the Science of Excellence, a consulting firm, and travels extensively presenting seminars and consulting on kaizen to diverse organizations, including corporations, hospital staffs, universities— even the U.S. Navy. Dr. Maurer lives in Spokane, Washington.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2004

    Small steps

    This book is a good addition to the personal change library. Instead of suggesting that people try to change themselves all at once, it tells us to use very small steps to affect long-term change. Using the Japanese concept of Kaizen, we can all make small changes, which in the end add up to big Change. I liked this book a lot. For example, a person who has 'no time to exercise' is told to begin by jogging in place for one minute. It sounds odd, but overall, it breaks down the mind's resistence to change. Instead of quitting smoking 'cold turkey', for example, you can begin to make micro-changes to your habit, which in the end snowball into big change. For example, change the number of cigarettes you smoke. Eventually, your mind becomes more used to the idea of cutting back, and then cutting it out totally. I like this book as an antidote to programs that tell you to totally transform yourself overnight. This seems much more doable and realistic. You just can't say no, as the author states it, when the change is so small.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2005

    Great Book

    One of the best books about personal change I have ever read. A great new approach to conquering habits, traits etc that you may have battled unsuccessfully before. After I read this book I bought several copies for freinds and family!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    This book has given me the perspective I needed to change my life

    Maurer's simple, straightforward explanation of how the kaizen approach can be applied to everyday life is both practical and inspiring. He gives you a series of questions that will help you identify the small changes you can make to improve any aspect of your life. You need never feel hellpless or overwhelmed again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    I have read countless self help books, most offer something positive for change. However this book is amazing. It all makes sense and when applied works!Easy to read, it explains WHY the brain doesn't like change and how this program overcomes that. Very workable and when applied to my creative endeavors - I can say it works! I bought several and handed them out to friends and family. I recommend it highly.

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