September 26th, 2010


This really shouldn't work... but it does!

As any long time reader of this LJ will know, I collect self-help books. By this, I don't mean I have hundreds of the things; a quick count reveals 10.[1] There are lots of very well known books out there that I can tell simply from the reviews will not work for me and could even do a lot of damage. There are also books that worked for me at one stage in my life, but which are no longer useful. I think I would put Feel the fear and do it anyway by Susan Jeffers and Eat that frog by Brian Tracy into that category. I still have them, but there are now just a few points that are worth remembering and I have other books, bought more recently that are much more helpful.

One of the most recent is One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer.

I actually found this book via the blog All Japanese All The Time. One Small Step sounded interesting and much more suited to my personality than some of the other self-help books out there. And indeed it was... Collapse )

The thing that interests me though is the way it seems to be possible to use one part of the mind -- the conscious, goal-setting part -- to train the unwilling sulky toddler of an unconscious mind into being more cooperative. As I said above, it sounds as though it shouldn't work, but it does -- at least for me. Collapse )