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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: 1st Book Library (30 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410779955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410779953
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 12.6 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan 2004
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I was trying a new diet, and I was afraid that I won't be able to keep what I achieve, as I had a previous experiment(I lost about 20 kilograms, and I gained them back over a year, because I didn't learn how to change my eating habits, and I wasn't aware of the fact that a successful diet requires a new life style with new habits to develop regarding what we eat and how often we exercise). A friend of mine recommended this book to me, although it's not written specifically for people on diet, but it was a great help for me, and it works!! Now I feel I have made a real change in my personality, not only regarding my diet, but I also developed habits that improved my relatonship with my family and made me better at my work.
Once you put the book down, you will feel that you need to read again and again till you memorize it "it's really a true compaion for life".
I also liked the big font used in the book.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Be the doers, a good advice for the people who have trouble moving forward. 13 Dec 2009
By Weinan Sun - Published on Amazon.com
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"There are two kinds of people in the world: dreamers and doers, dreamers talk about, think about, dream about, hope for, even plan on doing extraordinary things; doers do them!" -- Page 4, The power of habit.

I think this quote described the problem deeply. Dreamers are always tagged by "perfectionism" and "procrastination"; In most cases, dreamers are ambitious, sensitive and wishing to make a difference in their lives, however, goals they wrote in their to-do list are seldom accomplished. In this book, the author gave an answer to this problem: It's the HABIT keeping dreamers from their goals.

People always make predictions about the future and calculate in their brain what actions are needed to accomplish their personal needs/goals. This is the basic survival skill developed through evolution. However, the evolution didn't make the brain circuit a perfect system. Dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain, is the essential chemical for rewarding, in another way, it's regulating our motivation by generating a "right feeling". During the activities such as predicting the future events, dopamine is released in the brain, and give us sense of safety or happiness. This is the essential motivation for us to do something: either it's saving money to buy a new car or preparing an important speech. Dopamine makes our life running well, as long as it's working normally. In some cases, people can also get addicted to planning and making prediction in which case planning becomes "dreaming". This type of addiction has the same nature as the other ones such as porn addiction, internet addiction and drug addiction. All these addiction follow one same pattern: The OCD cycle. Dreamers addicted to dreaming and failed to execute, therefore, got unsatisfying results which will lead to depression. The feeling of strong depression will urge dreamers to find anyway which will help them get rid of those bad feelings, so they start to dream again to get temporary satisfaction. However, make themselves happy for a moment cannot solve the problem, thus, they will experience the "dreaming->bad results->depression->dreaming" process again and again. Since the human brain is plastic, the behavior pattern will be eventually written in the long term memory of the brain, and makes it hard to change. This is process of the formation of the bad habit--dreaming.

To be more productive, dreamers need to jump out of their OCD cycle and replace it with good habits, and try their best to keep the habits. On Page 16 of this book,The author made clear definitions of habit and addiction and indicated that the book was mainly focused on habit not addiction, however, I would say, it's still a challenge in the brain and behavioral research to differentiate habit and addiction very well, and the two terms might have some functional overlap in the brain. Thus, I think the transition from a dreamer to a doer is actually a process of quitting addiction. The main point in this transition involves a very popular term in many self-help books: Deferred gratification (DG). DG means to hold one's desires in order to fulfill some bigger goal in the future. To replace OCD cycle with a good habit, dreamers must learn to hold the desire of dreaming and BE SPECIFIC of what they want. Stop dreaming does not necessarily mean to stop thinking about the future, it means do not be obsessive and perfectionism.
To get started, Just write a list of goal that are you going to achieve in your life. Then subdivide them into different categories with higher or lower importance. After doing this, it's the time to form good habits: choose the most important goals and try to keep going toward them day by day until you form a routine of doing it. Then, year after year, the goals you are dreaming for will be accomplished.

I highly recommend this book, and I suggest read this book in combination with Eat the frog by Brian Tracy and Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin. Eat the frog gives a very good advice on how to get the most important thing done first, and Talent Is Overrated discussed the most effective way to improve: Deliberate practice.

In all, habit formation involves too many undetermined details of how the brain works, but based on what we can learn, at least empirically, habit can be formed efficiently only by persistent, careful, and highly repeated effort, and a strong will to prevent us from relapsing.

(Sorry for the writing since English is not my first language, and welcome to any discussions and comments :))
97 of 124 people found the following review helpful
Inflated volume - better published as a booklet 1 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I found the information contained in this book very helpful, I felt that I was overcharged for it. The book could have easily been condensed down to a booklet or even a magazine article, at less price, without any loss of substance.
The text is not only written in large type on small pages, the format is interspersed frequently with quotations in unnecessarily very large type. Some of the information is repeated too often, as well. Yes, this was a useful book, but I feel as if I have been cheated out of a real book after having paid the price for one.
24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
I have stopped reading self-help books since getting this one. 23 Feb 2009
By Mykeljon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I couldn't disagree more with the other review for this product.
I have stopped reading self-help books since getting this one.
It helped change my life.
It is extremely practical, it is humorous, meaningful, useful.
Does it have a lot of space, larger type, is it a bit repetitive, have a lot of quotes?
Yes, and its easy to read because of the type.
There's room to put in your own thoughts because of the extra space.
The reminders are usefully placed.
The quotes are the kind you like to paste on your mirror for inspiration.
Why complain about the price when comparing it to the cost of other much less useful self-help books?
All other self-help books suffer from the "little book trying to get out of the big book" syndrom. This one sticks to and repeats the basic message to work it into you.
In practice the 'power of habit' is what all self help books will come back to anyway.
Why not jump start your process by doing one first?
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book - highly recommended! 8 Jun 2010
By Tezza - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book after trying another habit breaking book which didn't seem to have too much affect.

Well, with this book I hit the jackpot! I immediately put the book to use by changing my eating habits. Within two weeks I was so focused and positive habit forming it was stunning! I lost quite a bit of weight, and most importantly, felt ready to break any habit I should set my sights on.

I describe this book to others as "sort of operant condition you'd use training a pet, except your turning the techniques on yourself!". To boil it down, I created a great scheme for rewarding good habits while punishing bad habits. I found after a week or two the good habits were becoming, well, a habit. I found that it became easier and easier to remain focused on good habits while fewer and fewer times I found myself lapsing into bad habits.

I would highly recommend this book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Information! Build Outstanding Life Habits By Reading This Nonfiction Book! 26 Jun 2013
By B Dorn - Published on Amazon.com
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Efficient and/or a quick useful guide in how to change your entire lifestyle for the most optimal success! It is 110 pages of life changing, insightful material! Change 90% of your everyday behavior by reading this extraordinary nonfiction paperback! Our daily habits on this planet Earth are the most important aspect of our existence! Simply, the things we do each day are a direct result of our daily habits. The one common denominator of all successful people on Earth is a routine built on excellent life habits. The most successful people in any field -- the most successful athletes (i.e. Larry Bird, Michael Jordan), lawyers (David Boise, Thurgood Marshall), politicians (Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln), physicians (Eben Alexander, Raymond Moody), business leaders (Warren Buffett, Bill Gates), musicians (Eddie Vedder, Lady Gaga), and sales people (Dale Carnegie, Tony Robbins), actors (Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock) -- those who are the best at what they do on an annual basis, have one thing in common: GOOD HABITS! The Spanish violinist "Sarasate, was once called a genius by a famous critic. Sarasate sharply replied: Genius! For thirty-seven years I've practiced fourteen hours a day, and now they call me a genius," (p. 19-20). Clearly, "specific consequences," and/or the sum total of your daily routine by way of your established habits, have "broader, more significant consequences," (p.27). Thus, those that are successful in life have established good habits, by slowly working on their goals on a daily basis. Taking a little bit of action toward self-improvement, on a daily basis. Essentially, "self-mastery through practiced discipline, will give you is the ability to purposefully create habits, not necessarily know-how," then you must "purposefully create habits and establish routines," thus the good habits by choosing "your daily drudgery," (p.41).

Superb information and/or time tested techniques illustrated within this excellent nonfiction book, allow the reader to easily implement, take the correct steps toward changing bad habits and establish good habits! Readin this phenomenal nonfiction book WILL MAKE YOU MORE SUCCESSFUL. I learned the time tested technique(s) one must follow in order to establish coherent goal(s)! Then the techniques for replacing bad habits and keep them from returning by replacing them with excellent habits! Human potential is almost limitless in any human, "once we establish good habits they're as automatic as any other, and as difficult to change," (p.16)! "They grow from the sprout to the massive oak tree the more we repeat them and the longer we have them," (p. 16). Jack D. Hodge (author) shows the reader the techniques, principles, habits for fulfilling optimal human potential! The principles, keys to positive habit(s), successful change! It gives you the information that is needed to comprehend the difference(s) between the kind of person that succeeds in life versus those that are not successful in their life! These differences between the successful versus the losers are not your IQ, height, weight, talent, appearance, work ethic, but rather your life habits! Success is a direct result of persistence in your relentless pursuit for a set of good habits! Thomas Edison, the man who invented the light bulb, "took him 10,000 tires before he found the right materials for his invention. The next time you flip on a light bulb, thank Thomas Edison's habit of never giving up," for he was night like most in life, "people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up," (p.20). Reading pages 1-110 of this book show you the right habits, goal techniques, life principles, achievement level(s) necessary for establishing good habits over bad habits!

A successful lifestyle is the direct result of reaping the rewards from replacing bad habits with good habits. The consequences are limitless for both the individual and/or the world population! For example, upon learning the correct goal setting, principle centered techniques for replacing bad habits with good habits, the reader is relayed to hallmark habits! Some of my favorites provided include:"Always following up with commitments," (p.24), also, "Eating Healthy Everyday," "Watching Less TV," "Reading More," and "Actively Listening," (p.25). Jack D. Hodge (author) provided numerous efficient life habits one can implement into their daily existence, which will compound into gigantic annual dividend(s) for the individual reader! He explores why some habits are so powerful and how we can harness this power to reach our God-given optimal human potential! Plus, obtain the absolute highest summit and/or level of success within all areas of our life. He also shows how bad habits always breed bad consequences! "Habits aren't broken: they are replaced. In other words, you replace, not erase, bad habit," (p.53).

This amazing nonfiction book is packed full of useful wisdom, it empowered me to transform my life and become much more successful! Identifying goal(s), how to constructively implement these goals, replacing bad habits with good habits, this book had it all! My favorite portion included but was not limited too the most famous people in world history who were able to replace bad habits with good habits, by following the time-tested techniques shown by the author. Page 75: "Dr. Seuss' first children's book was rejected by twenty-three publishers," yet, "The twenty-fourth publisher sold over six million copies," another, "During its first year of business, the Coca-Cola company sold only 400 cokes." The most important information includes: the power of specific goals, how to set them, sticking to your vision, verbal reinforcement, progression catalog, influencing your environment to your advantage, and increasing your ability.

Time-tested, successful techniques for replacing bad habits with good habits. These include but were not limited to the following: establishing a better morning routine, goal structure, benefits of habit, call to action, and transforming from a dreamer to a doer. Overall, this book allowed me to become much more successful in life! The consequences for reading this book, using the goal-setting techniques and/or time-tested strategies for replacing bad habits with good habits harvested success. I learned how to "suffer less from stress and anxiety, concentrate better, demonstrate more self-confidence," become "more efficient," and how to "consistently perform better," (p.88)! Go from 'as is, to what can be," (p.101). Learn how to "Set your course and utilize the power of habit," (p. 110), by completing this efficient, easy to read - fun - entertaining - brief - insightful - 110 page nonfiction book! Very good writing, highly recommended to anyone on planet Earth in search of a more productive existence!
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