In Changepower! 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success, author Meg Selig guides readers through a step-by-step process that will help them achieve any habit change goal. Whether the reader wants to break a hurtful habit like smoking or overeating, or build a healthy habit like exercising or speaking up, Changepower! provides a springboard for change.
Selig helps habit-changers move beyond willpower and succeed with changepower - the synergy that comes from combining willpower with other resources, useful outside supports, and wise strategies. In Changepower!, she shows habit-changers how to beef up both their willpower and their changepower to achieve habit change success. The key is revving up motivation. Selig reveals the most powerful motivators for change - pain motivators, the Eight Great Motivators, and even not-so-noble motivators.
Research has shown that most changes take place in stages rather than overnight. Selig provides a step-by-step plan for each stage, leaving plenty of room for flexibility depending on each person’s needs. First-person stories, pithy quotes, and how-to exercises provide inspiration, humor, and encouragement as readers embark on their habit change journeys.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Part I: Springboard: Change by Choice. Secret 1: Discover Your Place on the Wheel of Change. Secret 2: Try the Quick-change Path. Secret 3: Detect Your Success Pattern. Secret 4: Respect the Power of Habit and Addiction. Secret 5: Know the Key Factor in Habit Change Success. Part II: The Precontemplation Stage: Open the Door. Secret 1: View Your Habit with a Compassionate Eye. Secret 2: Know When True Self-care has Morphed into False Self-care. Secret 3: Reduce Harm. Secret 4: Define Your "Change Point." Secret 5: When Your Habit is Stronger Than You Are, Seek Help. Secret 6: Open the Door. Part III: The Contemplation Stage: Discover Your Motivators. Secret 1: Wake Up from Your Habit Trance. Secret 2: Keep Score. Secret 3: Welcome the Pain. Secret 4: Think Big: Spark Your Change with these Eight Great Motivators. Secret 5: Pump Up Your Motivation. Secret 6: Create an Encouraging Inner Friend. Secret 7: Dare to Decide. Part IV: The Preparation Stage: Use Plan Power. Secret 1: Think Small: Glide into Change with a Gentle Mini-goal. Secret 2: Build Your Plan with These 12 Super-tools of Change. Secret 3: Back Up Wimpy Willpower. Secret 4: Recruit Your Support Team. Secret 5: Vaccinate Yourself Against Lapses and Relapses. Secret 6: Make Your Plan — and Tweak it as You Go. Part V: The Action Stage: Do It! Secret 1: Use the Action Super-tools on Change Day — and Every Day. Secret 2: Ride Out the Cravings with these Proven Techniques. Secret 3: Speak Up. Secret 4: Brace Yourself for the Change-back Squad. Secret 5: Shape Up a Flabby Plan with These Easy Fixes. Part VI: Relapse: Turn Setbacks into Success. Secret 1: Prevent Lapses and Relapses. Secret 2: Deal with the Dreadful "D Feelings" of Relapse. Secret 3: Try Again. Part VII: The Maintenance Stage: Keep On Keeping On. Secret 1: Keep On Keeping On with Maintenance Super-tools. Secret 2: Keep Your Life in Balance. Secret 3: Climb a Few Rungs on the Happiness Ladder. Part VIII: The Termination Stage: Move On. Secret 1: Know Your Final Destination. Secret 2: Build a Better Life with Habit Change Skills.
"This book grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. The secrets revealed in Changepower! will help you change your life, as well as your habit." - Bill O’Hanlon, author of Change 101 and Do One Thing Different
"Given how much I have read and written about change, it is a pleasure to find something so engaging with the potential to enhance my personal changepower!" - James O. Prochaska, author of Changing for Good
"Finally, a unique habit change book that will appeal to counselors and students as well as clients. Meg Selig's Changepower! synthesizes the wisdom of the greatest minds in psychology so we can apply their techniques to our daily lives. Read this book. Each chapter is a life-changing experience." - Howard Rosenthal, Professor and Coordinator of the Human Services Program at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, USA