At some point in your life, you come to realize that you could really use some of these self-improvement books that have been staring at you from the bookshelves. Maybe like me you were tempted before but somehow decided to buy yet another fantasy novel instead.
Or maybe you simply don’t believe they could help you, that it’s just a bunch of psycho-babble that won’t work on you? Let’s review this, shall we?
Habits: 9 Steps To Your Personal Change by Marcin Rzucidlo
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
About two weeks ago I was sent to a whole-day training session from my current work. I do like these! You get to spend a whole day off work, even though it counts as such, you get “free” food, spend some time with people from work you haven’t even met before and you get to learn something new, something interesting. Well, most of the time it’s interesting provided you get a good trainer.
This time, we’ve got a very good trainer who knew exactly what he was doing, kept it all interesting and didn’t let us get sleepy even after dinner. Well done!
But you might be wondering why I brought this up. It’s because he’s the author of today’s book.
During some breaks, he did mention his books, and my Goodreads addiction made me check them out. Since there were no reviews yet I’ve decided I could offer a kind of cooperation that should be profitable to both sides. I had the whole speech ready in my head before I made the offer… He said yes way to easily :P. I was going to use the full power of the training… Anyway, let’s move on, it was supposed to be a review after all.
The book is compact, it has just enough information you’ll need to start working on your habits and it won’t let you get lost or bored. It does have a certain amount of repetitiveness that both helps and maybe annoys a bit. It certainly makes you remember the important things, the ones that you should keep in your mind all the time.
The print-out charts, or rather tables, were a good idea, although I think it would work best in a printed version of the book. But I found it helpful to simply sit down with the book in one hand and a pen, hovering over a piece of paper, in the other. I did like the way the book was constructed. The order of things – how to recognize your habits and all the details that go with them, which habits to work on first and what is the best solution to change them.
It all looks so easy when you read about it. The author makes you put his words into action by throwing these charts and making you work on your self-improvement right away. I know I felt motivated.
After reading this I can say I know a bit more about my habits. This book helped me realize how some of them might work and how I can fix that. Maybe it’s a temporary motivation [I probably shouldn’t be writing that, it’s totally against the book] but I’ve already started working on some little habits of mine [yes coffee, I’m talking about you!].
Do you know your habits?
The good, the bad, the ones you wish you had?
Maybe it’s time to change them?
If you’ll want to change some other elements in your life, the author has two blogs (in English and in Polish) and 3 more books to help you.