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This Year I Will--

How To Finally Change A Habit, Keep A Resolution, Or Make A Dream Come True

By M. J Ryan

Learn the secret to making changes that stick

Every so often people get inspired (again!) to lose weight, get organized, start saving, or stop worrying –but a few months later they give up, frustrated. It doesn’t have to be that way. In This Year I Wil . . .l, bestselling author M.J. Ryan offers breakthrough wisdom and coaching to help readers make this time the time that change becomes permanent.

Why do people find it so hard to change? The secret is that everyone has their own formula for making changes that stick, but most people don’t know what theirs is. They think there is one way to lose five pounds, and another way to stay on top of their e-mail, but they don’t realize that for all changes, there is one system that works best for each individual. This Year I Will . . . helps you lock on to your unique formula for planning, implementing, and seeing a life change through, so you can use it again and again to tackle anything else you’d like to do.

For anyone who has broken a New Year’s resolution, fallen off a diet, or given up on fulfilling a dream, the ingenious strategies, inspiring stories, and sheer motivational energy of This Year I Will . . . help you make a promise to yourself that you can actually keep.

Answers to the jacket quiz: c, c, false, b. Take the whole quiz and learn your score at M.J. Ryan’s Web site,

Are you really ready to change? Take this quiz and find out.

Every New Year’s Day, my list of resolutions is:
Ambitious. I aim for everything from losing weight to saving more money for my retirement.
Realistic. I just try to bump my good behavior up a notch--be a better friend, give more money to charity---without giving myself any strict deadlines or goals.
Precise. I decide exactly how many men I will ask for a date, or how many new jobs I will apply for.

Whenever I decide to change something, it’s usually because:
My doctor has put the fear of God into me.
I read a magazine article about why making this change is important.
I start daydreaming about how great life will be after I make the change.

True or False: When you want to make a big change in your life, timing is crucial.

Failure is:
Not in my vocabulary.

(The answers are on the inside back flap.)




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Format: Book
Author: Ryan, M. J
Title: This year I will-- : how to finally change a habit, keep a resolution, or make a dream come true / M.J. Ryan.
Publisher Date: New York : Broadway Books, 2006.
Subject: Habit breaking Behavior modification
Isbn: 0767920082 (alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Ryan, M. J.
Title: This year I will-- : how to finally change a habit, keep a resolution, or make a dream come true / M.J. Ryan.
Publisher, Date: New York : Broadway Books, 2006.
Description: 226 p. ; 18 cm.
Subjects: Habit breaking
Subjects: Behavior modification
Notes: Includes index.
Contents: Introduction: the adventure of living your dreams -- Preparing -- You've got to really want this -- What need is being served by what you're doing now? -- Get your three brains on your side -- Ambivalence is normal -- What's the price of not changing? -- Run toward, not away from -- The gap between where you are and where you want to be is a good thing -- No time is the perfect time to begin -- Imagine your future positive self -- Understanding is the booby prize -- Believe you can do it -- What if youve been down this road before? -- You cant get fit by watching others exercise -- Getting into action -- Focus, people -- Elevator broken, use the stairs -- Create a huge challenge for yourself -- Follow your formula of success -- Strongly set your intention -- Create a smart goal -- Put yourself under contract -- Become a tracker -- What kind of support do you need? -- Its going to feel awkward at first -- Yes, you can find the time -- When you don't know what to do, channel someone who does -- Oops, I forgot -- Make backup plans, not excuses -- Use your imagination to make it easier -- Don't despair, understand the three stages of learning -- Show up, with grit -- Do a post-game review -- A is onto something one day at a time -- Practice self-appreciation every day -- Keeping going -- How you gonna keep up the momentum? -- What's standing in your way? -- Remember what will truly make you happy -- Don't let them bring you down -- Use your abcdes on those nasty voices in your head -- The imperfect is our paradise -- You can't change what you've done, only what you're going to do -- Sift when you want to give up -- Have a little fun with it, will you? -- Ask for help from invisible hands -- You don't have to scarf down the whole box just because you ate one cookie -- Look at the character strengths you've cultivating -- Once you create the new habit, it's yours for life -- The old pathway's still there too, beware of stressors -- When blown off course, apply the 4's -- Twelve tips for keeping your promise to yourself -- The end : conscious self creation -- Acknowledgments -- Index of tips and inspiration by topic -- Want more help?
LCCN: 2006015077
ISBN: 0767920082 (alk. paper)
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