Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently [NOOK Book]

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A Wall Street tech leader explains how small behavioral changes lead to major self-improvement


Whether trying to lose weight, save money, or get organized, we’re always setting goals and making resolutions but rarely following through on them. Determination and willpower aren’t strong enough to defeat our mass of ingrained habits; to succeed we have to learn how to focus our self-control on precise behavioral targets and overwhelm them, ...

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Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently

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Overview

A Wall Street tech leader explains how small behavioral changes lead to major self-improvement


Whether trying to lose weight, save money, or get organized, we’re always setting goals and making resolutions but rarely following through on them. Determination and willpower aren’t strong enough to defeat our mass of ingrained habits; to succeed we have to learn how to focus our self-control on precise behavioral targets and overwhelm them, according to longtime Wall Street technology strategist Caroline Arnold.


Small Move, Big Change is Arnold’s guide to turning broad personal goals into meaningful and discrete behavioral changes that lead to permanent improvement. A microresolution is easily kept and designed to nail a self-improvement target exactly and deliver benefits immediately. While the traditional resolution promises rewards on a distant “someday,” a microresolution rewards us today by instantly altering our routines and, ultimately, ourselves.


A wife, mother, and business innovator, Arnold uses her own successes and failures as case studies. Contrasting her career success with her personal resolution failures, Arnold recounts how by analyzing her own behavior she was able to reengineer her resolutions so that they were guaranteed to succeed every time, from losing weight to improving key relationships. Providing scores of engaging examples from the wide circle of colleagues and friends who practice her microresolution method, Arnold also shows how her system is supported by new willpower and habit science.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
04/01/2014
By the time this review is published, most of us will have made and broken many of our New Year's resolutions. Wall Street technology leader Arnold hopes to help readers stop that cycle by learning to separate their goals into smaller—micro—components that are concrete and measurable. Instead of aiming to "be neat," for example, one can adopt zero tolerance for leaving anything in the car at the end of the day. The author's method, clearly detailed, applies to dieting, relationships, and spending. VERDICT Arnold's useful guide transforms the vague into the specific and helps make change something anyone can achieve.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101620250
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/16/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 40,935
  • File size: 660 KB

Meet the Author


Caroline Arnold has been a technology leader on Wall Street for more than a decade, leading a team of nearly five hundred technologists at Morgan Stanley. She and her team received the Wall Street and Technology Award for creating the Google IPO Auction platform and her name appears on several patents. She is a managing director at a leading investment banking firm and lives in New York City with her family.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    A really wonderful book focused on the art of making a the small

    A really wonderful book focused on the art of making a the small change that has a big impact in personal or professional life.  Arnold presents a really solid system for achieving change that lasts  as well inspiring "microresolutions" that she and others have made to make progress in every area of self-improvement.  It's also a fast and fun read, I was entertained the whole way and it's not repetitive like so many self-help books..  Highly recommended, I've already made a lot of progress, and think it will be a big help to me both personally and professionally (the book was on Inc Magazine's top 5 business books for 2014, a first for self-help perhaps..

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    A must-have book for anyone setting out on a journey of self-imp

    A must-have book for anyone setting out on a journey of self-improvement, not to mention anyone who enjoys a good thinking read. How Caroline Arnold cracked the code of lasting behavioral change for herself, then systematized it and laid it out for family and friends (and now the rest of us habit-driven humans) makes an absorbing and inspiring story. Forming good habits (and ditching bad ones), she found, is not a talent, it’s a skill, andit can be learned—not through repeated-every-New Year’s wannabe resolutions like “I will be fit by summer,” with rewards on the misty horizon and (for some 90 percent of us) disappointment around the corner, but through immediately achievable goals, focused can-do “microresolutions” like “I will walk every Monday morning to work,” where success is measurable from the very first day. Success begins, in fact, with the microresolution itself: once you’ve learned how to make one, you've learned how to keep one. Arnold not only teaches you the techniques for doing that, but also how to go on teaching them to and developing them for yourself—the most useful kind of teaching there is. The book is richly illustrated with the self-improving (and self-discovering) journeys of Arnold and her family, friends, and colleagues who test-drove the techniques she honed; their stories are instructive, funny, and very encouraging as you embark on your own. Highly, highly recommended!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    An amazing, life-changing book that is smart, fully of insights,

    An amazing, life-changing book that is smart, fully of insights, and very entertaining.  A game changer for me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    incredibly helpful because you devise your own solutions in a st

    incredibly helpful because you devise your own solutions in a step by step, win-win fashion. and one solution generates new solutions out of the blue. the hard work pays off.

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