Monday, December 18

Seven Minute Business Book Reviews 

This just came across my desk from my friend, author and change expert Allyson Lewis and her new blog, Seven Minute Business Book Reviews...
This entire blog revolves around how you can make meaningful and lasting changes in short amounts of time. As the title of my book, The Seven Minute Difference, suggests - some of you can make amazing changes in as little as seven minutes. However, some commitments will require more than seven minutes. If you truly want to be different tomorrow than you are today...If you want to be more confident, more informed and more prepared - then make the simple choice to read 10 pages of a quality book every day. 10 pages a day means you will be reading 300 pages a month.

Here are 12 books that have made an impact on my life and I believe they can make an impact in your life. It all boils down to choices.

Click here to see Allyson's 12 books

David's comment: As we approach the new year, the topic of New Year's Resolutions comes up. I just got off the phone with Allyson, and she has a very unique take on this tradition - go small! New Year's Resolutions like "I want to get in shape" or "I'll work harder to increase my sales numbers" or "I'll spend more time with my kids" are too big and broad - and as we all know, by mid-February, 88% of us have abandoned our New Year's Resolutions anyway!

Allyson's solution? She calls them micro-actions. These are small steps to big changes, as she describes in her book, The Seven Minute Difference (Kaplan, 2006).

Check out this mind-shift:

"I want to get in shape" =
Reach for a water instead of a soda... TODAY.

"I'll work harder to increase my sales numbers" =
Send a handwritten note to 2 clients... TODAY.

"I'll spend more time with my kids" =
Spend 20 extra minutes listening to your child or playing a game... TODAY.

The best part about Allyson's formula is daily accountability. Make sure you DO these small changes each day - they are the ONLY things that lead to BIG changes!

By the way, if you're looking for a great last-minute gift, I highly recommend Allyson's book. Yes, it's that good!

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