Book Review The Importance of Small Changes in Health Promotion

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BookReview: The Importance of Small Changes in Health Promotion

BookReview: The Importance of Small Changes in Health Promotion

One of the contradictions that influence our goal achievement is thestrategies we use to reach for what we want for our future. Peoplehave been socialized to believe that their self-control ability isstrong enough to fulfill their aspirations. Most of the time, westruggle to make any changes in our lives. Stephen Guise’s MiniHabits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results acknowledges theimportance of small habits formation for future goal attainment. Thebook also shows that getting to the future and achieving ourobjectives starts with one step, which Guise calls mini habits(Guise, 2013). My Previous assumptions were based on the notion thathabits are only negative behaviors, but Guise shows how smallpositive habits could be used to impact one’s lifestyle in apositive way. I will explain why I chose to read this book, theimportance of taking small stupid steps, motivation, as well asexternal sources that support Guise’s aspect of mini habits in lifechange.

TheReasons for Selecting Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results byStephen Guise

I picked this book because the concept that was described by Guise(2013) works in various areas not only in fitness and health, butalso in all areas of an individual’s life. This book has so manyaspects to yearn for. The most powerful thing is that it is based onfacts from professional studies and research. I believe that ownnarration from one`s experiences is not only enjoyable to read, butalso it is of great impact to people who want to make life changes.However, the book could have been more persuasive if it had otherpeople’s testimonials rather than those of the author only. Thetitle itself is presented in an absurd way, and a first reader mightbe confused about how tiny things can generate to huge things.Moreover, one would dismiss it as just as any other boringmotivational book with the same story. Nonetheless, after one of myclassmates narrated her experience after reading this book, shechanged how I perceived the book. She said that Mini Habitsconcepts are applicable in real life and she is now able toimplement the strategies described by Guise, which has increased herproductivity both at school work and at home.

What fascinated me more about this book is that Guise (2013) usesrepetition to emphasize that habit formation is independent oftriggers, and sustenance of a behavioral pattern is dependent on thecomfortable nature of that habit. He observed that the best way toachieve one’s goals is to allow individual core motivations toguide one’s habits. Besides, his analysis of engaging in a smallactivity than none on a daily basis proves that lifestyle change doesnot equate to doing a lot of exercise in one day (Guise, 2013). Itshould be done in small bits that will eventually develop into along-lasting routine.

Importanceof “Stupid Small” Steps

Before I read this book, I did not know that small actions couldeventually have an impact on self-improvement. I thought thatmotivation was all I needed to achieve my life dreams. This bookproved me wrong by showing that simple repeated behaviors wereindispensable to all life spectrums. According to Guise (2013),`small habits` consist of consistently conducting a small action thatwill push an individual in the right direction for improvement, butin a manner that corresponds to his or her lifestyle. Mylong-established impulses to read history books were impeded by avariety of reasons including boredom and lack of motivation. Afteradopting the mini habits strategies, I have been able to completereading two history books by reading two pages per day before I go tosleep.

Motivationis Not Always the Key to Success

Guise (2013) observed that motivation is dependent on the feelings ofan individual thus unreliable for success. In my journey of startingto read history books, I would feel exhausted to read even a singlepage and would postpone this desire for another day. This book taughtme that willpower is a must to ensure consistency in my reading.However, willpower is limited in nature, and that explains why wefeel exhausted. I learned that the secret to my success lies instrengthening the willpower through multiple repetitions of reading apage or two per day.

ExternalSources That Support the Essence of Mini Habits in Life Changes

Guise`s information on the importance of `small habits` in keepingfit is supported by Gardener, Lally, &amp Wardle (2012) researchthat proved that habit formation is relevant to health promotion.Gardener et al., (2012) suggested that health professionals shouldguide their patients on habit-formation in helping them to changetheir lifestyles to promote their health. Moreover, Lutes, Daiss,Barger, Read, Steinbaugh, &amp Winnet (2012) conducted research onthe effect of small changes weight program on 25 obese women. Theyfound out that participants experienced significant weight loss afteradopting the small change technique.

MiniHabits Application in Professional and Personal Life

The information acquired from Mini Habits: Small Habits, BiggerResults will be of help not only in my professional life, butalso in my personal life. I will be able to read as many historybooks as I desire. Two pages per day render to one book after threemonths, which means that by the end of one year, I will probably haveread four books. On personal life, the knowledge gained from thisbook will help me to stop procrastinating on important life changesand start taking whatever small actions to achieve my goals even inthe absence of motivation. The `stupid small` steps will help me toachieve a flat tummy that I have yearned for many years.


Gardner,B., Lally, P., &amp Wardle, J. (2012). Making health habitual: Thepsychology of ‘habit- formation’ and general practice. TheBritish Journal of General Practice, 62(605),664- 666.Guise,S. (2013). MiniHabits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results.Columbus: Selective Entertainment LLC.Lutes,L. D., Daiss, S. R., Barger, S. D., Read, M., Steinbaugh, E., &ampWinett, R. A. (2012). Small changes approach promotes initial andcontinued weight loss with a phone-based follow- up: Nine-monthoutcomes from ASPIRES II. AmericanJournal of Health Promotion, 26(4):235-238.