The Seven Minute Difference: Small Steps to Big Changes

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Do you want more? More hope, more joy, more fun and more fulfillment? Change is the essence of life; the biggest, most meaningful, and dramatic differences in our lives?and in our world?are really just the result of a series of small, seemingly insignificant changes. ""Amazing changes can occur in the most surprisingly small amounts of time,"" says Allyson Lewis, author and senior executive at a major financial services firm. ""In just seven minutes my life changed forever, in this book I will share exactly what ...

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Overview

Do you want more? More hope, more joy, more fun and more fulfillment? Change is the essence of life; the biggest, most meaningful, and dramatic differences in our lives—and in our world—are really just the result of a series of small, seemingly insignificant changes. ""Amazing changes can occur in the most surprisingly small amounts of time,"" says Allyson Lewis, author and senior executive at a major financial services firm. ""In just seven minutes my life changed forever, in this book I will share exactly what happened to me and how it can happen to you.""

In The Seven Minute Difference, Lewis motivates business professionals to grow through micro-actions that can be completed in as little as seven minutes. According to Lewis, small efforts such as two extra sales calls, a daily action plan, a review of a competitor’s product, or a change of schedule can make the difference between mediocrity and excellence.

This book coaches readers to realize their full potential by focusing on four fundamental truths: Change begins to happen the moment you decide to change ; you must want to change; you must expect change; you should enjoy the process of change. Drawing upon years of experience as a motivational speaker and financial advisor, Lewis shows how she has successfully used these principles to help thousands of corporate executives, financial advisors, insurance executives, entrepreneurs, accountants, and attorneys change their lives. Chapters are filled with concrete examples, anecdotes, and sage advice, such as ""Life is like luggage, there are limits to what you can take on the journey"" and ""If you want your life to be different, you must be different.""

With humor and flair, The Seven Minute Difference spurs people to unlock their purpose, knowledge, and passion, and as a result, transform their lives at work and at home.

Highlights

Allyson Lewis inspires readers to:

• Define a mission and action plan that will support change

• Implement change and keep the momentum going

• Paint the canvas of your life – map out your goals

• Prioritize, organize, and simplify work and life to achieve greater productivity

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Written as an instrument for personal and professional change, The Seven Minute Difference: Small Steps to Big Changes is based on micro-actions: small activities that take only a few minutes but contribute to an overall goal of excellence. After her own seven-minute epiphany, financial adviser and motivational speaker Lewis developed a system for making major changes. Seven minutes might be devoted to making a plan for your day. Seven minutes is also the attention span of the average corporate executive. Copyright © 2007 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
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Meet the Author

A renowned time management and productivity speaker, Allyson Lewis has spent the last 27 years developing and teaching concrete yet actionable business ideas to executives all over the country. The author of 3 books,The 7 Minute Life™ Daily Planner, The Seven Minute Difference and The Million Dollar Car and $250,000 Pizza (Kaplan Publishing, 2000), Allyson has trained thousands of people in cities throughout the country including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Orlando, Baltimore, and San Juan. She is frequently asked to host motivational and educational public workshops throughout the country, often for major corporations such as Merrill Lynch and Walmart. Allyson has been a guest on CNN and Bloomberg Information Television, and many other regional radio and television programs. She lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas, with her husband, Mark Lewis, their two children, Abby and J. Mark, and two Golden Retreivers, Buddy and Vero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2007

    Great book to ignite your success!

    Allyson Lewis's new book is invaluable for busy people who want to keep growing their success. Packed with hundreds of tips, ideas, and insights, it is fun and easy to read. The format of micro-actions is especially effective and makes it easy for the reader to immediately implement new ideas. Another great contribution by Allyson Lewis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006

    Really works!

    I have never met Allyson Lewis, a financial advisor for a major New York brokerage firm, but I feel as though I have. Not only do I feel as though we have met, but after reading her two books, I feel as though she is watching me and taking note of my progress toward the goals she has helped me set. Her new book, The Seven Minute Difference: Small Steps to Big Changes (Kaplan Publishing, $20), started out, she writes, to be a business book about making small choices (and making them over and over) that will lead to big changes in your work. It was a good idea. But the book evolved into something more: Using the same tools to make changes in your entire life, most specifically to bring your beliefs, goals and actions into alignment so that the whole well-oiled machine works better. This was an even better idea. Too many of us, I have noticed, spend time dreaming of how we would like things to be different in the future without doing anything different today. Lewis offers a whole book full of tips to make these changes seem manageable, almost painless ¿ baby steps, if you will. The seven-minute concept comes from an epiphany she had during a seminar that changed her thinking about her goals, and her life, as well as from studies showing that people have about seven minutes to concentrate on something before their attention wanders. But what makes the book so strong is that Lewis herself is there on every page, sharing her journey and her tips with humor and humanity. It is nice to know, for example, that she considers herself disorganized and easily distracted (even though I don¿t believe it.) She comes alive on the page as a terrific coach, which she apparently is, one who would push you to the limit but almost always be nice about it. At first I found her accomplishments a little intimidating, but as I got to know her I decided that her significant achievement ¿ a full, well-ordered, well- balanced life, still in progress ¿ was the result of a strong will that, in other words, she had started out with the same imperfections as the rest of us and simply decided not to let them carry the day. After that realization, I decided to try to become more like her instead of admiring her from a distance, which I suspect was what she intended all along. The book came at the perfect time for me. Last month I left my job after 20 years and have been working to get my house in order ¿ in every sense. I keep Allyson¿s book on my nightstand, so that on my lazy days, and I have my share, I see her picture, imagine that she is looking back, and get busy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    This book may change your life!

    Allyson offers very practical advice on how to make positive and significant changes in your personal and business life. Chapter 4 on 'Exceeding Your Customers' Satisfaction' was especially helpful to me in my photography business. The information she provides in the 'Seven Minute Idea(s)' gave me some practical guidelines to create a more personal and warm atmosphere for my clients to enjoy while viewing their portraits. The largest goals seem quite reachable when you realize the full potential of making lasting change in a mere 7 minutes. BUY THIS BOOK! BUY A COPY FOR EACH PERSON ON YOUR SALES TEAM! BUY ONE FOR EVERY ADULT IN YOUR FAMILY! In the seven minutes it will take you to purchase the book, you will have made a significant step to big changes ahead!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    Thanks for the insight!

    The Seven Minute Difference motivates you to question and define your purpose in life and in business, and offers simple, powerful advice on realizing your potential and achieving maximum productivity. The key theme of Allyson's book is 'Change happens in an instant. It happens the moment you decide to change.' She encourages growth through daily micro-actions that can be implemented in as little as seven minutes. Examples of these small actions can be things as simple as creating a daily action plan, clearing a cluttered work space, or taking the time to thank a coworker for a job well done. These small steps can bring about the biggest changes, and can often make the difference between mediocrity and excellence. Throughout the book, she guides you in defining your purpose, outlining manageable goals, and suggests micro-actions to help you achieve them. You will learn to prioritize, organize, and simplify the elements of your life which will result in increased levels of productivity and success. By following her advice, the reader will begin making the small, but necessary changes that will eventually lead to personal and professional growth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    THE next 'big' book about business and life!

    Like most of the great business books of the last 2 decades, The Seven Minute Difference has a simple premise: life changes in an instant - it changes the moment you decide to change. Easily on par with the greats - The One Minute Manager, Fish!, Who Moved My Cheese, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - this book starts simple. You'll have many 'IATK moments' ('I Already Knew That'). But then Lewis delivers the zinger - how many of these small changes (she calls them micro-actions, and the book is LOADED with them) are you ACTUALLY DOING? For it is in the doing where the power lies. Want to lose weight? Forget about fad diets and extreme exercise programs. They'll never stick. Start today with reaching for a water instead of a soda. Micro-action done! Want to get more clients and make more money? Fine. But don't go on a tear revamping all your marketing material or hiring expensive consultants. Make 2 extra phone calls a day. Micro-action done!! Want to get promoted faster? Forget about playing office politics or thinking up manipulative schemes. Spend 7 minutes hand-writing a note to a colleague, manager, or client. And spend 15 minutes a day reading a good business book. Micro-action done!! Like one of my favorite business authors, William Bridges, Lewis talks about all these changes 'happening in an instant.' And they really do. The transformation occurs not in the change (which is immediate) but in the transition (which happens over time). But it all can start today. The book is very positive, very encouraging, and best of all, very concrete and actionable. Each chapter is loaded with micro-actions and 7-minute key points. As a consultant and speaker, I've seen many books bought in bulk and distributed to all hands inside a corporate environment. I've seen CEO's force the 'motivational Kool-Aid' down their employees' throats. It's not pretty. The Seven Minute Difference, on the other hand, is a book that EVERY CEO, EVERY executive, EVERY manager, EVERY frontline corporate insider, EVERY entrepreneur, and EVERY man and woman can learn incredible lessons from. This is a book worthy of the largest possible audience, both inside and outside corporate America. Yes, it IS that good. Don't just read this book. Highlight it, dog-ear it, share its wisdom with others. And most of all, ACT on it. Make the changes that are most important to YOU - 7 minutes at a time!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    Life Changing Micro-Actions

    We are all overwhelmed by information overload, jam-packed personal calendars, and to-do lists that never stop. Many of us are working in jobs that don¿t allow us to do what we do best every day. And many of us spend hours dreaming about what it would be like to have passion for our work again. This is all about to change in an instant! The Seven Minute Difference delivers powerful micro-actions that you can do immediately building massive momentum in your life! The genius of this ¿personal success mastery¿ book is the practicality of its solutions, and the accessibility of the concepts. I have read this entire book on a single airplane ride, three times! Every time I get juiced and focused on powerful strategies to get my life and my work moving forward. This book helped me realize what I had to do immediately to become a better husband, a better father, and a better entrepreneur. Read this book¿and most importantly ¿DO THIS BOOK.¿ It will change your life, seven minutes at a time! If you know someone who is stuck or not achieving their greatest potential, give them this book, and you will give them their greatest gift of all¿the ability to take control of their dreams, their passion and their life!

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