Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life--for Good
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
ISBN 10: 0062692887
ISBN 13: 978-0062692887
ISBN 10: 0062692860
ISBN 13: 978-0062692863
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
An award-winning psychologist and director of the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior shows everyone how to make real, lasting change in their lives in this exciting work of popular psychology that goes beyond The Power of Habit with science and practical strategies that can alter their problem behaviors—forever.
Whether it’s absent-minded mistakes at work, a weakness for junk food, a smart phone addiction, or a lack of exercise, everyone has some bad habit or behavior that they’d like to change. But wanting to change and actually doing it—and sticking with it—are two very different things.
Dr. Sean Young, an authoritative new voice in the field of behavioral science, knows a great deal about our habits—how we make them and how we can break them. Stick with It is his fascinating look at the science of behavior, filled with crucial knowledge and practical advice to help everyone successfully alter their actions and improve their lives.
As Dr. Young explains, you don’t change behavior by changing the person, you do it by changing the process. Drawing on his own scientific research and that of other leading experts in the field, he explains why change can be difficult and identifies the crucial forces that combine to make transformation permanent, from the right way to create new habits to how to harness emotional meaning to motivate change. He also helps us understand how the mind often interferes with creating lasting change and how we can outsmart it, including using "neurohacks" to shortcut the brain’s counterproductive instincts. In addition he provides a powerful corrective to the decades old science of habits, offering a next generation discussion of how habits can change behavior with the right approach.
Packed with pragmatic exercises and stories of real people who have used them successfully, Stick with It shows that it is possible to control spending, stick to a diet, become more social, exercise regularly, stop compulsively checking e-mail, and overcome problem behaviors—forever.
“Sean Young has taken psychology research and applied it outside the research lab, helping people make lasting changes to their behaviors. In this book, he shares a process and tools so that we can make these changes ourselves.” (Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take)
“Behavioral scientists have been...much less successful at showing us how to make change last. With Stick with It, Sean Young has come to the rescue, offering a system for generating lasting change that is both scientifically grounded and personally implementable. It’s a winner.” (Robert Cialdini, New York Times bestselling author of Influence and Pre-Suasion)
“Stick with It helps you go from wanting to change to actually doing it. Sean Young breaks down the science behind behavior change and offers practical and effective strategies for changing your life.” (Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do)
“It’s a must-read for anyone who’s been unable to keep a new year’s resolution, improve their work productivity, or failed at making a lasting change in any other area of their life or work.” (Jonah Berger, New York Times bestselling author of Contagious)
From the Back Cover
Whether it’s absentminded mistakes at work, a weakness for junk food, a smartphone addiction, or a lack of exercise, everyone has a bad habit or behavior that they’d like to change. But wanting to change and actually doing it—sticking with it to make that change permanent—are two very different things.
Dr. Sean Young, an authoritative voice in behavioral science, knows a great deal about our behavior and how we can change it—for the better. Stick with It draws on his scientific research, and Young identifies the seven crucial forces that combine to make lasting personal transformation, including
- Stepladders: how the power of incremental steps creates long-term change.
- Community: how social support and competition fuel change and keep us accountable.
- Neurohacks: how a set of mental shortcuts can reset the brain so that people can finally change old unwanted behaviors.
- Engraining Good Habits: how success in life and work depends on developing the right behavioral routines.
Packed with pragmatic approaches and stories of real people who have used them successfully, Stick with It shows that it is possible to control spending, stick to a healthy diet, become more social, stop compulsively checking email, and overcome problem behaviors—forever.
About the Author
Sean Young is a UCLA medical school professor and the founder and executive director of the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior (CDB) and the UC Institute for Prediction Technology (UCIPT), which have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and Science, and on NPR, Yahoo Finance, TechCrunch, Mashable, CNN, CBS News, and other major media outlets. He has a PhD in psychology and a master’s in health services research from Stanford University. He lives in Southern California.