Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success

Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success - Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler Often when we set out to change something about our lives, a stalled career, a shopping habit, a diet, a failing relationship, we use only one tool: willpower (aka Bootstraps, dammit!). The trouble is, if willpower were enough, we would have changed long ago. The authors of Change Anything set out six ways our selves, our companions and our environments may be sabotaging us, and explain ways that we can turn those handicaps into assets -- so we have not only willpower, but a host of other techniques at our disposal to make change easier. The authors are quite obviously trying to begin a movement. They've set up a website,, and are unashamed in the number of times they encourage the reader to log on to watch this video or get that resource, or join the Changer community. There is a code in the book for a free trial of the premium subscription (the website also offers a free membership), but I closed the book feeling a little oversold on the idea. I also smirked every time they referred to research done in the Change Anything Labs (I kept waiting for the TM to start appearing) and referring all the people in their examples as "Changers", always with a capital. A little too cutesy for my taste. That's not to say the advice in the book isn't useful. A lot of it we've heard before, but the authors do lay it out in a systematic way. They are careful to remind us that the stories told to illustrate each section are examples and not instructions. The best nugget of wisdom in the book is to remember that "bad days make good data". So often, when we make a resolution to change, we don't succeed the first time. The trouble is, we use that first failure as any excuse to stop trying. ("I just don't have the willpower.") The authors adjure us to play the role of both "scientist and subject". By stepping back and analyzing why that failure occurred in those particular circumstances, we can put tools in place to keep it from happening again. Originally published at