What Follows Is A Book Review Of Stephen Guise’S Mini Habits:
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What follows is a book review of Stephen Guise’s Mini Habits: smaller habits, bigger results. There will be a look at the selection process of the book and my experience with the book itself. Then a look at two separate topics from within the book, and the impact they had on me. Then a detailed explanation of two examples from the book with at least one professional external source that corroborates or contradicts the information in the book. Then, finally an explanation of how or why the book will or will not impact my personal actions or professional practice. Seeing as this class is about promoting healthy lifestyles, it would not be complete without at least some mention about healthy habits. I chose to read the book Mini Habits:…show more content… Maxwell Maltz “reportedly found that amputees took about 21 days to get used to the loss of a limb (Guise, 2013, p. 24). Mr. Guise then notes a study published in 2009 that stats that the “average time for a behavior to become a habit was 66 days. But the range was wild, from 18 to 254 days, showing that there is huge variation” (Guise 2013, p. 24). Using his technique, Mr. Guise asserts that habits are easy to form, when you set yourself up for success by starting small, sometimes painfully small in my opinion. Personally, I think Mr. Guise wrote the book for people who, perhaps like him, struggle with motivation and will power. I decided to go to the gym at least four days a week 12 weeks ago follow very detailed and purpose driven workout, and so far, I have not missed that goal. I did not start with one push up a day, or set the bar at one day a week at the gym, as Mr. Guise would have his readers do, and to date I have been successful.
Another topic of interest to me is the brain science that Mr. Guise considers, specifically the basal ganglia and the prefrontal cortex. He notes that the basal ganglia “recognizes and repeats patterns until told otherwise” (Guise, 2013, p.29) and that the prefrontal cortex is a manager that “understands long-term benefits and consequences […] it has the ability to override the basal ganglia. It handles short-term thinking and decision making too” (Guise, 2013, p.30).
As a description of the prefrontal cortex Mr. Guise calls it a