Bigger Results, Mini Habits: Smaller Habits

By Stephen Guise

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shannon barber
I am a big believer in developing habits and I believe in small steps (mini habits) grow into bigger better habits. Author talks too much about himself and not enough about how to do it. It's OK but I have had other books that have motivated me much more.
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suzy de mol
This book was exactly what I was looking for. Easy read, great insight, and life changing. No matter where you are at in your life journey, this book will meet you there and guide you in taking empowering simple small steps.
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ryan wilson
I just love it. Very simpel system that even small children can apply.
I am quiet a while busy making habits and this book gave me a lot of support.
In combination with Kindle (the text version of the book) is just perfect.
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karleen
This book was just what the doctor ordered. I am a chronic overachiever currently suffering from burnout. The ideas that Mr Guise presents in this book help me think about better ways to manage my life. Well done and thank you!
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achille roger djissa
This book helped me from the first day I started reading it.
Finally, instead of fighting myself to get motivated (and feeling guilty or bad when I don't), here is a way to work with myself to get the results I want.
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dustin fife
I've been a student of personal development for many years. I have, quite literally, read hundreds of books on the subject. I have accumulated a vast reservoir of knowledge, and yet I have not been able to create any real or lasting change in my life. Zip. Zero. Nada. I always thought it was my fault, but this book showed me that it's the strategies espoused by mainstream personal development that are flawed, not me. Armed with this new knowledge, I am on my way to creating the life I was born to live. Read this book!
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bridget murphy
I'm starting my fourth week of working my own mini habits. While the mini habits I'm working on are simple I've noticed I'm improving on other areas of my life as well but since they aren't official mini habits they are all bonus.
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pharr
I thought Mini Habits approached changing behavior in a concise and original way. I liked the concept of developing willpower through consistancy rather than relying on motivation. Makes sense to me.
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juleen
Mini Habits Mini Review:
Get it.
Read it.
Do it.
Reap the benefits.

A Little Longer Review:

We’ve all read the blogs and books about forming habits. We all know what we need to do. We’ve all tried and we’ve all failed. Repeatedly.

Stephen knows this because he is one of us as well.

What he has come up with is “stupid small” steps. Many of us, me included, are experts at making our habit change plans in detail and know long it should take to achieve our results. Then intimidation of what needs to happen can overwhelm us. The utter brilliance of stupid small steps are daily goals that you can do easily with out having to devote much precious willpower to complete. You will have a victory each day to work from. Not doing it is tantamount to trying to drive with out starting your car….stupid small steps.

As for myself, I want to write. But I can hardly ever get myself to sit down and move the pen or put fingers to the keyboard. The review for this book has already gotten me way past my new goal of writing 50 words a day. A nice red victory checkmark will go on my wall calendar!

Buy this book and read it. It’s short and packs a punch. You probably spend more time in a week reading habit /personal development blogs than it would to read through this book and implement it.

My new motto is Stupid Small…Thanks Stephen!
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michael sturgis
The mini-habit skills taught in this book have made my life much easier, removing the resistance that made reaching my goals so painfully difficult. Much better than time management management, setting goals, or to-do lists!
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beth kelly
The author presents some very interesting ideas and researched backup date in developing his mini method of develop successful habits. It's a very practical method for creating habits. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because he tended to repeat himself somewhat. Yet, this book is very much worth reading if you have a problem with self-discipline when it comes to developing a habit.
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katlyssa
I've read quite a few books on habits and still struggle with maintaining them. Honestly, I really expected more of the same but Mr. Guise has a unique logic for his mini-habit plan and I'm hopeful! I will update this review after a few months on this approach.
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pirqasim
Small message expanded into a book. Did enjoy reading most of the book. Got tired of it towards the end. Recommend reading backwards and skipping the front. The message, "just take the first step" expended to make money and sell his message and other services.
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palma
I give this book a 5 star rating simply because mini habits work! I started with just one mini habit... Exercise just 2 minutes a day, every day. I haven't missed yet and although some have been of a shorter duration than 40 minutes, most have been about that. I don't feel pushed to exercise because after all it's only 2 minutes and so I show up every day and it really does work. Give this book a try. You won't be disappointed!
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dinar
I started reading Stephen's blog earlier this summer. His writing always came across as friendly and poignant. He was the same when I happened to write him an email asking about his thoughts on a particular topic related to a post. I genuinely felt that he truly cared to try and help others. Because of that background (and the insights in his lengthy reply), I was intrigued by his statements of using will power rather than motivation. All too often, self-help gurus (and anyone else with "advice") will tell you that it's all about getting motivated to do something - and motivation hadn't helped me for years, leaving me constantly disappointed with myself for not meeting certain goals.

Mini Habits swims against the stream and focuses on using stupidly small habits to accomplish your goals. And not only does he talk about HOW to do this, he backs up his statements with information from the fields of neurology and psychology. Yet it doesn't feel like a text book at all. He talks about the prefrontal cortex vs. the basal ganglia in a way that draws the reader in rather than make their eyes glaze over.

I'm roughly 1/3 of the way through Mini Habits and looking forward for some free time to delve back in. I'm confident that the rest of the book will be as easy to read as the first. And since I'm actually understanding more why I feel the way that I do about goals and habits in ways that books like Getting Things Done never did, I'll call that a success. I hope that you'll try the book out and feel as good about it as I have.
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nikki mccoy
The book is okay, but it doesn't contain anything new. The format is a bit boring. Bullet points would have been useful when describing how to implement his suggestions. I would prefer to return it for something better.
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chassy cleland
I enjoyed this book. I love his style of writing and his totally differant way of addressing the problem of forming habits. It is a guilt free formula to success. I have been having fun setting my mini habis, I like the fact that if something isn't working for me - I can just reset the bar till it works.
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lenin
Already read the title and introduction? Seems brilliant, isn't it? But that's it. There is nothing more in the book. Buy it only to reward the author of the idea but you won't get anything more from the book. Pages and pages have been filled unnecessarily. The idea is brilliant but doesn't need that much bulk to explain it. I would have appreciated it more, had it been an article-size book that saved my time. Somehow many new authors think that to charge money, they have to fill the pages to make the book a certain size in number of words. This book is like that. At least now I know how not to write a book about a new idea.
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lillyandria
I find dat dis book deals practically dan just text on paper.I haven't tried the strategy but the way the author explains were all too gud n he has done gud homework on dis.I have read many books but dis one I really loved it.Thanks to the author for this gud work.
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sheen
I feel like when I rate a product and / or a seller as excellent, I am confused as to why I must submit a comment, so I just say lots of things like this. There's nothing more to say, this product was as expected, I did not contact the seller, and everything arrived right on time. This is all I have to say. This is all I have to say. This is all I have to say. This is all I have to say.
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ashley hilgeford
Good point made in the first few chapters, but then the rest of the book repeated the point from different angles - disappointed in the lack of new information after the first few chapters. Wouldn't recommend.
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mike scherrer
I had high hopes for this book after reading a sample of it, but I could’ve just read the sample and got the same thing out of it as reading the whole book. Repetitive and not the least bit helpful. Sounds like the author read a few self help books then wrote about how they helped him. Save your money.
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alecia
I bought the book on a whim after reading Mr. Guise's blog where he speaks about willpower vs. motivation, and how willpower wins hands down.

"Mini Habits" delves deeply into that philosophy, and Mr. Guise explains neurological bases for why that holds true.

In short, the book raises many valid arguments about why just doing something less than delectable is far better than waiting for whimsical motivation to take hold.

My main gripe is that after explaining his belief, Mr. Guise explains it again and again and again. The book is too long for its content. While reading it I wondered if most of this tome might not have been written during one of his 2000 word marathons when he willed himself to write while being disinclined to do so.

And personally I wonder what Mr. Guise does when he is not reading, writing or doing push-ups...
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adwoa
The author repeatedly mentions chocolate chip cookies and sugar for motivation and energy. (mostly in chapter 8 on audible) He repeats that low blood sugar/glucose levels hamper your progress toward achieving goals, which is true, but he talks about sugar as if it's the solution. There is no mention of maintaining healthy, balanced blood sugar/glucose levels by eating healthy foods at regular intervals, instead of waiting until your blood sugar plummets and dosing yourself with sweets.

Then in chapter 10 on audible he admits that sugar is addictive, and then suggests it as a reward. By the author's own Mini Habits method, if you use his sugar messages you will develop a solid habit of eating sweets for energy, motivation or reward...

This is unacceptable in the midst of a chronic disease epidemic. Sugars, including natural ones, feed nearly all diseases. Artificial sweeteners are toxic and if you look at the studies artificial sweeteners promote diabetes as much or more than sugars do.
Look at grams of sugar on every label including "health foods" and "health drinks" including 100% fruit juice. 4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon sugar. When sugar dissolves it shrinks in volume, but 4 grams still = 1 teaspoon. Very small amounts of real honey are better, but most honey is fake, you can look this up - to avoid the high risk of fake honey you can get certified organic or from a local farmers market. Xylitol is not a sugar and not artificial but is now made with gmo corn. Stevia is the only sweetener that is not a sugar, not artificial, and to my knowledge not gmo. But stevia is very highly processed, especially Truvia brand, so should be used in moderation.

If you crave sweets, you may be addicted to them, and/or have a nutrient imbalance such as not enough of the B vitamins. NO fault of yours - just look up the history of sugar consumption/ sugar industry to see how it's been pushed on us, while we were taught to fear fats. Biology 101, every cell in the human body has a cell membrane made primarily of lipids (fats) and the human brain is over 50% fat. Real fats are vital nutrients - raw nuts, avocados, unrefined coconut oil, olive oil, butter from cows fed their natural diet of live green grass- not dead grass or gmo corn.
Craving processed carbs is still a sugar craving since they turn to sugar in the body (bread, pasta, crackers, etc., including excessive whole grain processed foods), excessive meaning more than 1/4 of the meal being processed carbs.

Back to the book Mini Habits (audible version)... in chapter 8 the author states "if you're tired from low blood sugar Mini Habits gives you the best chance to take action anyway." So if we're already tired or weakened by low blood sugar, we should carry on with our mini habits, including push ups anyway? Or should we grab some sugar? These are the two options offered.

It's ironic because the book does make some exceptionally good points, and the concept can be very useful. I'm using parts of the book successfully which is why I gave it 2 stars. In fact, Mini Habits could be among my top recommendations, but I won't give it more than 2 stars due to the above reasons. Of the many books I've read/ listened to on the subject, the most helpful are the good, not bad parts of this book Mini Habits, anything by Anthony Robbins (especially his audios), The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (especially for artists, writers and others who work alone), Eat That Frog, and especially The Miracle Morning.
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gustav cappaert
I have read and reviewed a lot of so called self help books. For the most part they are very abstract, and while you can pick up at least something helpful from almost any one of them, they are not what I would consider Jewels. The premise of this book while some may consider simplistic is presented in a real life sort of application way. If you take what the author is saying to you to heart, like I have done, it is going to be impossible to not have it improve your life if you actually put into any action whatsoever. Baby steps to a better you. This is hands down the best book I have ever read on the psychology and what it takes to break or develop a habit. The information is brought together from various sources and studies into one place. While not in super depth as far as source material, it gives you enough to get you going.
If you were to read only one book on forming or busting habits this is one of your best options. I have read several other books on habits like I said (The power of habit), but the way they are presented is a bit overwhelming, or could just not relate it to my life even though the book is quite good

The phrase less is more and keep it simple for the best results comes to mind. This just works. But you just can't sit there. Action is a must.
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ette
Diferent from self help books based on motivation boost leverage, this is based on science and straight forward practical tips on enhancing action. It reminded me of biblical passage... "Never despise small beginings". It has got me back to my piano playing studio after a back trouble breakdown on my woodshed. been practicing from day 1 reading the book, it's that effective!
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frank grodio
The author has a brilliant concept in achieving goals by starting with mini habits. But he spends so very much time explaining the research, the pitfalls of traditional habit formation, brain structure, motivation energy drain, and on and on. If you've read just one book or article on goal setting, you already know most of this. When, in the second half of the book the author begins to describe how to set mini goals, he gives step one, slides quickly over the most important part and goes straight to how to measure results. I actually got what I needed from the first few pages.

Advice to author: rewrite the book - spend no more than 1,500 words on the science. Use the rest of the first half of the book to describe *completely* how to follow your method. Use the second half of your book to give case histories or examples of how to apply your method in each of the quadrants of life: health, education, relationships, career...etc.
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sonya brown
I won't waste time endorsing this book with my opinions, so here are some facts. When I started this book I was productively using a few hours of my day due to prior commitments. Now I'm working on a business plan, my room is slowly approaching cleanliness, I've gotten about halfways through my university applications and tomorrow I run a half-marathon. More importantly then all of this, I've found new faith in myself.
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dalia gamal
This very well written book introduces a concept I resisted at first--my nature (and I suspect most people's) is averse simply to setting such laughably tiny goals for myself. I kept thinking, as David (husband and--by coincidence [chuckle]--a psychiatrist) would talk about the book, "I am NOT starting with such little goals that, in themselves, won't practically help me." But the lessons of this book take all my nay-saying into consideration, deal with it effectively, and persuasively urge me on. Hey--I was at such a difficult and low point (emotionally) in this life, that *nothing* else was really even sustainable except this, so essentially, I wasn't "getting anywhere" with my hopes and ideas, anyway--all my motivationally based schemes/plans/constructs were failing me hugely, so, "Okay," I thought one day, "I guess I really might benefit from reading this book <sigh> -- here we go--another 'plan' to launch me out of these doldrums. Whatever happened to what was probably a very wise aversion to books of the 'Self-Help' genre, anyway? But, oh, what the [deleted] ever."

Let me simply say now that I've progresses perhaps 10,000 times further with this author's ideas and words of true wisdom, than I have, in many years, attempting to use the more traditional ("Set Laudable, Respectable, High Goals, and Achieve Them This Way") type of productivity, "life-improvement," "healthy habit/routine-promoting" methods.

Don't worry: the book is devised with people of different "natures" in mind: it isn't totally a one-size-fits-all work, and, at the same time, the core, well-explained principles are, surely, universal. (Well, I don't see how they couldn't be--read the book: you'll understand what I mean.)

Last thing I want to write at present: This book, as I see it, is excellent reading for most anyone who may wish to improve, say, just one or so aspects of life, but meet occasional road blocks. And there's the following.

***Very important: If you find yourself in one of those--oh, I don't know--really big, "Dark Night of the Soul" places, in which so much seems a Sisyphean effort [sorry to mix metaphors] and you're strarting to think things along the lines of, "Maybe my ex-husband was right: maybe I *am* all washed-up, and--maybe all the times he'd proclaim me worthless--well, yeah, maybe I'm that, too. Look at me: my drive to do virtyually anything has apparently driven itself far away"--or ANYthing like that--you know: desponsence arising from whatever (PTSD, MDD, BS from a soul-crushing boss, lack of enough sunlight, a dying goldfish you rather loved--whatever)--please have some much-deserved compassion for yourself and just read this. Just two easy pages per day if that's all you're up for, or have time for--that's it. (Your first [I promise, easily achievable] "mini habit" that, I'd wager, will lead to many promising achievements!)***

[Please forgive my atypical "hoopla" and seeming hokeyness.]
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denisse
While the concept of mini habits is something I’m familiar with, the devil is in the details, and doing is different than knowing. Several of the ideas discussed by Stephen struck a chord. Stephen explained how motivation only sometimes gives you the results you want. And while sometimes may be good enough, I want more than good enough. The consistency of my writing has struggled from this exact precept. At times, I can write 40 page a day, at others, I can go months without writing fiction.

Stephen also talked about willpower, and while different and superior to motivation (in his estimation), it's limited for a variety of reasons. This is where mini habits comes in. By doing small but consistent actions over time, regardless of how absurdly small, they become habit and the primitive sections of your brain take over to make it part of your daily routine.

This is where things get interesting. He explains how motivation wanes due to lack of interest, even when you see results. Willpower will also run out when you are sick, tired, hungry, or have used it for other things. With mini habits, the habits are so tiny, you can do them regardless of willpower or motivation, and once they’ve become a habit, you can turn your focus to other things or add on to those habits.

While one of the mini habits I added was to write one sentence a day, it’s what happens once that habit takes hold that’s important. While the amount sounds small, it’s the behavior that's being ingrained in the subconscious that’s most important. You are of course free to add more than just your tiny mini goal, but if you don’t, you still should pat yourself on the back to give yourself that mental reward. Over time, those small tasks add up to large gains, and the overages that you occasionally, sometimes, or frequently add on to your mini goals add up as well.

As such, I think Stephen may have hit upon the single most effective actionable tip on success I have ever seen. There are many things that can add to one’s success, and you of course need belief in order to take action. But once you take that action, mini habits are the tool that can maintain discipline in the face of all other obstacles. It’s a truly brilliant piece of work.

I must also say, that I’ve had a ton of success. Looking back on it, that success has stood in my way. If I was more willing to set aside my hubris and focus on small but consistent daily actions, my larger goals would be more likely to come to fruition. That being said, I’m sticking with my yearly goals, but I’ve decided to focus on the daily goals. More specifically, the daily mini goals.

While I still have every intention of getting the larger goals completed, simply chunking down the larger goals to a single daily amount may not be sufficient in part due to the mental effort to overcome the task of sitting down to write or do a large task even in that smaller chunk.

I can already tell that the mini goals have helped me be more mindful of my tasks and goals while reducing the resistance to taking on each task. It’s pointless to put something on a calendar if you don’t do it (and may actually do harm if you're familiar with NLP), so simply having the mini goal on my calendar instead of the chunked goal will at least get the ball rolling and continue to develop the habit.
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liane
The book Mini Habits by Stephen Guise was a new find for me, sponsored by the store. I hadn't ever clicked on a sponsored item before, and I'm not sure why I did that day. I have a push pull feeling toward self-help books, even though I've written one myself. This genre of books can hurt as much as it can help sometimes, and you always have to take the information with a grain of salt. But mini habits...I had to know what made these special and why the book had sold so many copies and garnered great reviews.

The point of the whole book is, in seven words: Doing something is better than doing nothing. The message is not too good to be true, and is therefore actionable. Whether you read the original book or the specialized one for weight loss (which I'm doing toward my naturopathic practice), you'll see why the "motivate yourself now, or you're a bad person" message of society is driving everyone bonkers. We're seeing motivation being turned into an expensive yet unattainable drug, and the companion message with it says "fake it until you make it." For once, it was refreshing to find a self-help book that points out how unrealistic it is to get motivated on demand. Wouldn't that be a strange business to walk into? Come in today and get your motivation recharged in 10 minutes or less for only $99!

Anyway, in my opinion and the author's, there are too many self-help books out there that claim to do just that, and when you buy them all you may end up spending way more than a hundred dollars. I'm going to try and steer clear of all that and instead do mini actions here and there that can add up to real forward momentum. In Stephen's book, he shares plenty of clinical and psychological research, cool metaphors, humor, and common sense to express why mini habits work well for anyone. By the way, what is a mini habit? It's a habit that you start and do everyday that is nearly impossible to fail. You have practically no excuse not to do it, and then you'll most likely do more than just the minimum because you've already gotten going.

Society bombards us with motivation strategies instead of practical inspiration. Maybe society doesn't want forward motion for individuals. Why would it? Would any of what society is trying to sell us still be interesting if we were more invested in tackling the challenges in front of us. Rhetorical question mark.

Anyways. Time to keep going. Whether you do one pushup as the author Stephen Guise chose to do, or start out writing just 50 words, or go on a 10-minute walk, or shut off all screens for an hour---its less about self improvement and more about paving the way for life to exist. There's no better indication that you're helping yourself.

My experience: For a few weeks, I've kept up with three mini habits related to fitness, writing, and career. And I have an eight-month-old baby and a toddler at home! Yay me :) Time for my reward.
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preston baumgardner
The content of the book could be summarized in one simple sentence " If you are facing a significant change in your life style ( change in habits ) start by making small changes" ( and it kept giving multiple examples of this process.)
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widiasti atmadja
The electronic version arrived right away. From what I could tell, the letters were legible. I bought it to break out of my procrastination habit but so far it hasn't helped me at all. It turns out you have to read it. I will get to it some time.
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stephanie leonardo
It has been a little over four months since I decided to start my own mini-habits while reading this book. I wrote an evaluation on my progress today, and the results have been almost miraculous. Among other things, I have lost 25 pounds, have written about 24 pages in my journal (Word docs), have finished 4 books and have started several others. All of these things were a direct result of reading Mini Habits. I had been gaining weight before reading the book. The best part-- and an extremely important point-- is that it was easy. It was extremely easy to start performing mini-habits, and I cannot see a reason why I would ever stop. The process has been easy and enjoyable.

My first mini-habit was also the authors-- do 1 push-up per day. I usually did extra, and my habit has evolved since then (although it is still extremely simple), but there were days when I did exactly 1 push-up just to prove to myself that I was not expected to do any more. There is no pressure.

The premise of this book is simple-- develop habits by starting with extremely small and simple actions that require no willpower. Despite it's simplicity, I highly recommend that you purchase and read this whole book. It is not long, and I appreciated the descriptions of the parts of the brain and their functions, the psychological reasoning behind mini-habits, as well as suggestions on how to implement mini-habits in your life. If I stopped today and only had my present progress to show for it, this book would still have been worth 100 times what I invested into it-- but why would I stop if it's so easy?
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laurent ruyt
I got the audible version of this so-called book and after only a few minutes of listening. I realized the narrator was an amateur or pretending to be one and that content is pap appropriated from dozens of other sources.

First the narrator: no life, comically misplaced emphasis on words to the point where it becomes painful.

The book: do things one small step at a time. This is not news and repeated over and over again, it is simply boring.

Look carefully at the reviews – which is something I should have done – and you’ll quickly see that the “bestselling” status of this effort is the result of aggressive promotion, not the value of its content.

On the day of this writing, there are 413 five-star reviews . . . but only 323 are from verified purchasers. Many of these are one-line reviews. Read the first fifty or one hundred closely and, as I did, you may feel uneasy about their veracity.

The concept of changing habits or accomplishing things by breaking a project into smaller components has been discussed in many other places – and practically all I know about are better than this attempt at a “book”

Jerry
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cassidy frazee
The main concept of this book is to set goals that are "stupid small" so that they are "too small to fail" (nice idea) and too small to worry your brain or challenge your motivation or willpower. Do one push-up regularly (the goal), and do more only if you feel like it.

By doing small goals regularly, you can build a track record of success in your mind and body, and form a habit of doing the goal activity (plus usually with the bonus acts of doing more than the mini goal).

That's the essence of the book -- reduce your expectations way down until they are "stupid small", and then you'll be far more likely to be successful at achieving them regularly. Once you have a track record (a habit going), then you can increase the goals a little bit if you like.

I liked the book because of the logic of reducing expectations helps you to succeed and lay down a track record that will make you feel better and help to build habits of consequential size. I would recommend the book to someone who wants to read more about the concept (although the book doesn't really have much more to say).

But I would warn readers that much of the book is pretty light and repetitive, without much good content in it (as with many self-help books that are written by bloggers who have daily writing goals). The book could have been 1/4 the size without the filler. And I thought it was quite overpriced for the content, too -- it should have been a $2 (or $3 max) book, I think.
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dalia hamed
I did not quite like this book, there was a lot of fluff around one central idea. The author in his personal experience started off with doing one push-up and went on to becoming a regular in the gym. The whole book now revolves around this principle and he repeats every few minutes that doing small is the way to go. Not much content here to learn.
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kiran sagar
This book reminded me of something....

A few years ago there was an article about how Jerry Seinfeld create a success strategy called ''Don't Break the Chain.'' Essentially he committed to writing a joke a day. And would mark each small success with big X on a calendar.

It's small little easy-to-do steps done over a long period of time. In the book Mini-Habits, there is a small reference to Jerry's concept. It's a concept which many people all over the world already apply and which has spawned a plethora if iPhone and Android apps and spin-off books.

I mention this because it's an incredibly simple process and I found myself going through chapter after chapter, wondering when the author Stephen Guise was going to get to substance of the methodology...which in end sounds a lot like Jerry's ''Don't Break the Chain.'' And really, it can be described in just a few short paragraphs or a few pages, at the most.
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ian goudie
The first thing I want to say is that I don't know the author and I don't know anyone who knows the author, to my knowledge. This book was included in the Kindle Unlimited selections, otherwise, I might not have read it. WHAT A MISTAKE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN! I have read other books about habits, and those books had no impact on me whatsoever. This book is a life changer. It has certainly changed mine. Stephen writes with a sense of humor that makes the pages light up, and at the same time he imparts truly valuable information and a plan that simply cannot fail. I created three mini habits before even finishing the book, and it has been a blast. Because I'm successful every day in my mini habit endeavor, I feel energized, hopeful, more self-confident, and completely jazzed to see where this will lead. My mini habits are really "stupid" as suggested, and I exceed my own expectations every day. If you want to read something about creating helpful habits that makes perfect sense, is super easy to accomplish, and leaves you on a high, READ THIS BOOK! I enjoyed every single page. Thank you Stephen! I LOVE your sense of humor AND your brain generally!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kaveh
I appreciated a different take on habits. The author pointed out several facts as to how most of us try to accomplish things in life and the narration was done well.

I have been applying mini habits to many of my daily things, but there are a couple it doesnt work on like drinking enough water. If i set that goal low then i will not drink more and thats that. So i make the goal more and it already is draining. However, i am finding for the other mini habits, i am accomplishing more, as the author states will happen.

Not really a book i will need to or want to read again, but i enjoyed seeing different ways i could manipulate my brain into doing things willingly.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jeannine
No motivation? No willpower? No problem! Those things won't help you achieve your goals anyway, at least not in the long run.

According to neuroscience, our brains are lazy and resistant.

Based on the – um – years it took me to grind out my first novel, I agree. Motivation is too mood-related and willpower too scarce to depend on in any lasting way. So what’s a “blocked” writer (substitute your own vice; out-of-shape person, unhealthy eater, non-reader, etc.,) to do to break the iron grip of verbal constipation?

Enter Stephen Guise’s “Mini Habits”. This short, easy to digest book is the equivalent of mental Metamucil. Set your goals in small doses, take on a daily basis, and soon you'll be s%#tting words all over the place (or, exercising, eating healthy, reading books, etc.)

Guise’s advice is to set goals that are so small (his fitness goal was 1 pushup/day, writing was 50 words/day) you can’t NOT succeed at doing them. Chances are you’ll exceed your mini-goal from day one, but that’s not the point. The point is to repeat the behavior enough to ESTABLISH a HABIT. Habits are what keep people going when boredom and monotony (see: writing a book, going to grad school, dieting, exercising, etc.,) set in. “Losers” quit at that point, “winners” keep going because they’ve established a habit.

Keep it simple.

Keep it “stupid small”.

Start today.

I did. In fact the 400 + words I’m writing now exceeds my goal for the day. I might even write more because it was so painless! YAY! That's a lot more success than I ever had setting those big, nasty 2k word/day goals that were so overwhelming I couldn’t even start (sorry, Stephen King, it may work for you, but for us mortals…), and ended without so much as a single word for weeks. I'll check it off for today and repeat tomorrow(and the next day and the next, etc., length of time to form a habit varies with the individual), until writing becomes so second nature it would feel unpleasant not to do it, like not brushing my teeth.

P.S. Now that I’ve completed my mini-habit goal for today, I’ll enjoy purging my bookshelves of the countless other self-help books bought over the years that have resulted in absolutely NOTHING.

Thanks, Stephen Guise, this one really works!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
reilly
I began a workout regimen in 2008 using exactly the principles outlined in "Mini Habits". My objective was to go to the gym everyday (except Saturday), and do some kind of workout... not an hours long "brutalizer" like I had done in the past (and usually burned out quickly on), but just show up, and do something, anything, at the gym.

Well, it is now 6 years later, and my "mini habit" has stood the test of time! I religiously go the the gym 6X/wk, and it isn't "difficult" to do... in fact it is so ingrained in my daily schedule, I feel "off" if I don't go.

I got Mini Habits under the Kindle Lending Library, and I am glad I did, it codifies what I already knew on a more or less subconscious level: Start small, be consistent, and never lapse in hitting the smallest of daily goals. You can do more, but never skip a day. This completely bypasses "willpower" as the motive force in achieving long term goals.

I actually read this book twice, and kept it on my kindle far past my usual month-long checkout time. I have started adding other mini-habits (juicing once a day, riding my bike to work,...) to try to institute long term changes in my behavior... and it's working!

This book really is an excellent read, and I already know it works. Don't start with daunting goals, don't do things *because* you are motivated right now... institute small, almost laughable habits that you will never skip because there is no excuse to skip them, they are just too small! This is how you change for the long haul. It really is!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
hans wollstein
Thought this book was very good. It relates to the idea of Kaizen, where small steps can make a big difference.

I didn't find the book was repetitive as other reviewers had said. Yes, it's based on a single idea of creating a stupidly, simple action and doing it daily, but the author sets out the steps for creating those actions and the caveats to using them.

I think the book is a good read and I especially liked that he linked to research to back his premise.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sherry hamel
Big dreams - small follow-through. This is a great way to describe my life. Maybe others would perceive my follow-through as larger, but I know inside I could do better.

But there's this damned resistance every time I want to go do something.

What to do 20 crunches? Sounds great. Time to do those crunches? See ya later!

The idea of progress always sounds nice and gives you an endorphin rush, but actually doing that progress is boring and hard and costs you something - and you won't be able to do it every day.

Mini-habits gets rid of that idea for you, and helps make DOING just as easy as THINKING.

I'm honestly surprised at how big of a difference this has made for me. I don't FEEL all that different, but I know I'm doing 80 crunches a day, doing a bit of reading (which I've chronically avoided), and working on music a bit every day.

All at the low low cost of very little willpower. Music probably takes me the most willpower, and using the Mini Habits philosophy I think I'll be able to crush that as well! In fact, I just stopped writing this review to complete my music requirement and it wasn't hard at all. My day has just started, I don't feel like I've worked very hard, yet I've already accomplished more than I have in previous weeks feeling lazy and not like I have the willpower to complete my tasks.

Mountainous tasks that are destroying your dreams become pretty easy with the Mini Habits system. Because every step you take isn't the clincher in whether you dreams come true - the step is now just symbolic of your daily routine, which is easy as hell.

I won't go on and on, but I would recommend Mini Habits for any person who wants to accomplish things, but find that they just have trouble getting started. There are lots of reasons why you might not get started (objections); this book takes care of them all.

My brother bought this book for my birthday. Now I'm going to have to get him one because he hasn't even read it yet!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rafi hoq
Update: A book, a new idea or an app didn't get me normal/productive. Fish oil (Nordic Naturals - trying others) and vit D (rainbow light gummies only) did. Ran out of vit d and got negative/lost sleep. Took it again and got happy/social with good sleep again. Ran out of fish oil and got lost in weeds/lost the view of the forest and lethargic. I need it again. Found my answer and it's consistent vitamins. Never been healthier.

Yes, I read this. Chronic procrastinator... found some procrastination help with "Productive, Successful YOU" by Dr. Yip, but I think instead of fight or flight, I'll freeze. Still working with strategies, including app, Brili (awesome for building routines).
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
chalotte
I started on three mini habits while in the middle of this book. I've been keeping faithful to them. Guise says a mini habit should be "stupid small". Something that is so easy to do that you would laugh at the idea of actually doing it. Well, this is working. Chopping things into very small tasks that you can do pretty much daily in a short amount of time really will make you keep up with something.

I think this is well worth the read. Guise explains how your brain reacts to this system and why it is effective.

If you can't do your mini habit one day (or even more) because you're on vacation or sick or something, I would say give yourself a break and get back to it when you can. After all, the task is so small that it is easy to get back into the "habit." Don't send yourself on a guilt trip in these cases. If you do you may not get back into your mini habit(s). We all need a break sometimes. Some people build a "cheat day" or "cheat meal" into their weight loss routine and it actually helps their program. Ok, that's my two cents about giving yourself a break sometimes.

As of this writing the kindle book is available as a loaner for Prime members. I would definitely recommend borrowing this if not buying it. Of course if you buy it you could refer back to the book. But the system is pretty easy and that's part of the reason it works.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
amy craft
Well written book but you can really think of doing this on your own without the book. The author says motivation doesn't last but this book is just that. He talks about writing and exercising because those are the habits he wanted to get better results but you can substitute your own. Mainly start very small as much as doing just one every day, such as a push-up and you'll find yourself wanting to do more. Don't overwhelm youself, is the key. You really don't need the book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jc wallett
Un excelente libro sobre hábitos, realmente es una metodología muy inteligente, basada en ciencia y comprobación. Ya he estado desarrollando hábitos, pero ahora con este libro seguramente he aprendido mucho más y ya me siento mucho más preparado para seguir implementando mini-hábitos.
Una de las cosas que más me gustó fue el nuevo concepto, para mi, del detonante que no es específico de tiempo o acción, sino más bien se puede implementar en muchísimos momentos, realmente hay hábitos que se dan bastante para ese tipo de detonante, como por ejemplo el hábito del "declutter", cada vez que tomo un objeto en la mano o abro un armario yo me pregunto: eso me sigue sirviendo en mi vida? me hace realmente feliz? o solo está ocupando espacio en mi vida? y entonces se va formando un hábito continuo de simplificar la vida en todas las áreas!
Gracias Stephen por su excelente trabajo
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
marcus conge
Amazing book. I was struggling with lists, schedules and big goals before I discovered minihabits. I didn't have to read it all for the first day to start applying them in my life with amazing results. Now I understand that habits are not about how much you do of something, but how often and consistently you do them. It is so clear I'm ashamed I didn't know this before. I was struggling to create a game, and I had a lot of progress this week on it, since I discovered this philosophy.

A good way to convince yourself you just need the minimal is sacrifice some days a week doing ONLY the MINIMAL of your minihabits, no matter how motivated to continue you feel, so you feel comfortable doing minimal.

I hope the author write more books on the subject, maybe a book of experiences and testimonies so others find new ideas and ways to apply minihabits. I find this method revolutionary, really. Best book on personal growth I've read by far in loooong time.

ihope to publish soon my game and I can't wait to see how much progress this October I will realize by the end of this month.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
bluma schneider
I read a number of self improvement books and I think this was one of the more useful ones because it was so actionable. The whole point is it is something you can start now. I listened to the audio book and I was not crazy about the speaker. Also I did find the book was a little repetitive, although the author states that this is on purpose. We are all so busy his point of starting small, starting with the incredibly easy ended up being a home run for me.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
beverlee
I don't know why I chose to read this book. It was on the Kindle lending library and I thought, "hey, procrastination is a big problem for me." OK, it's actually my number one problem. It's been an ongoing problem for me. I also feel that self-help books are usually not very helpful. This book is different.

Yes, the ideas put forth in this book can basically be put into a pamphlet. The author relies heavily on mind-numbing repetition. I think this partly because he needed to make something larger than a pamphlet to sell and partly because (as he even states in the book) that repetition is key to learning. He does write about the science behind his ideas, which I found interesting, while I've read others complain about it.

This book got 5 stars from me, not because it was well written, but because it's a great idea put forth simply. It was exactly what I needed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
meredith enos
I'm like the typical person who sets big goals when it comes to changing my habits. I want to exercise three times a week for at least 30 minutes or I want to write a minimum of 750 words a day. I've struggled to stay consistent and when I'm not, I get frustrated.

In the book when Stephen talks about starting with one push-up, I wonder how can one push-up a day make a difference? It seems so tiny! That's the whole point behind mini habits. They are setup so easily that we cannot fail. In the book, he goes into more depth about the reasons why our brain does what it does. It's interesting to understand why and made me understand why I've failed at getting control of my habits.

If you've been struggling w/ building better habits, I recommend this book and start small.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
omayma
My fellow self-help seekers and procrastinators,
I am here to share my own experience with mini habits. It all started around 4 months back, where I stumbled upon this book. Needless to say, reading self-help is like an addiction. I was hoping from one-book to the other, only the next book promised to deliver better than the previous. Yet unable to take 'consistent' action from any of the books. There were sporadic gems in the vast self-help literature. What was lacking was a structure or framework to do something on a daily & doable basis. This book delivered a singe bullet to condense all the self-help fad in to one word 'Mini-Habits'. I read the book on a single sitting. Immediately, I felt 'this is the way' to go. I immediately started mini-habits in 4 areas.
1. Brisk walking in thread mill for 30 min - 4 times in a week
2. Drink one a liter of water before going to Gym and after coming from Gym
3. Practice creating beautiful & effective power point slides for 15 min( I need this for my career) - 5 days in a week for 15 min
4. Fill the daily expenses before going to bed in 5 min.
Four months have been completed. I would say, I have done all the 4 items to 95% of the time, barring occasional hiccups where I couldn't complete due to circumstances. Earlier I used to do all the above 4 habits whenever my motivation dictates. Now i am doing this religiously for absolute bare-minimum effort and time. What did I get? My health has improved due to habits 1& 2. My career has improved due to habit 3. I need to create power point slides to be presented to top management on a regular basis for my career. My spending habit is in control as for the first time I am able to see where my money is going due to habit 4. Also, as a side-effect My self-image has soared, as for the first time, I am able to finish what i started. I no more need the motivation to do the job. I have taken forward mini-habits to other areas of my life. Just do it for say 10 min and usually that does the trick. As the author explains, the power is in the repetition!!!

I tried to explain the concept to my friends and colleagues, who were awed that such a simple thing can bring such a large benefit. But most never followed it up, barring a few. I guess the reason is simple, whoever stumbled upon 'Mini-habits' had tried a variety of other prescriptions and lastly they tried mini-habits. There was hunger in these people to do their passion or chore. They were lacking a framework to do this on a consistent basis. Mini-habits provides that. I am of firm belief that if Mini-habits doesn't deliver what you are looking for then you don't want 'that something' badly.

There is another interesting thing I noticed after diligently doing mini-habits for the past 4 months. My basic skill/expertise has grown. Now i need new skill level in the same habit/chore/passion for mastery. I realized, I have to set the bar for new benchmark. I couldn't find the answer for this in the book. I went in to the website and found the answer in the question & answer section. Just set a slightly higher benchmark and start working on that. Currently the book is lacking in this aspect(mastery!!!). I sincerely hope, the author is working on this and we can expect something in the next version of the book.

All-in-all I would rate 5/5 for this gem of a book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andry
I can't recommend this book enough. So practical, so useful, simple & yet makes a huge difference in your life. Not just good reading, but if you take it seriously will inspire real positive change.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
ana valero silva
Very uninspiring...If you were looking for "tips and tricks" this is not the book for you. This book reminded more of a blog entry you would see on the internet. This book is similar to the works of S. J. Scott. I am not sure who copied whom, but I did not find useable ideas here. I found this book to be written for more of an element school student. Love the store as I am sending it back. I don't mind paying for books, but this was not worthy of staying on my shelf.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ali maher
I'm already seeing results, and it's only been 2 days. Mini Habits is a thoughtful, easy-to-read - ACHIEVABLE! - program for self-transformation. You learn how and why it is possible, and a great idea, to form habits that are "too small to fail." Whether you want to get in shape, or learn how to play flamenco guitar, this book shows you how to break any goal down into tiny, practical tasks, in order to make your goals too attainable NOT to achieve them.

Mini Habits is short, sweet, and gets to the point. Stephen Guise supports his concept of mini habits using simple explanations and examples that anyone can relate to and apply successfully to their own needs-work areas. He covers the "how-to" aspects point-by-point, and provides tips for successfully integrating the program into your life, whether you have lots of free time or a hectic schedule. Concrete scientific data supports and fleshes out his ideas throughout this easy read, which is made vastly more entertaining and accessible with Guise's frequent does of humor and pragmatism.

I'm not much of a New Year's Resolutions person, but this year I think I've got a couple of mini habits that will be well underway by the time January 1st rolls around... If you're intimidated by self-help books, the author makes it very easy for you - you can start developing your desired mini habits simply by reading two pages of this book per day! Love it! Highly recommended read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kirbzzz
I got this on audio. It's absolutely brilliant. I am in my 4th month of mini habits and for the first time in my life I feel really organised and successful. I have always been one of those people who sets lofty, complicated goals and even with the best of intentions I can never see them through. As soon as I fail even a fraction from my plans, I tend to abandon ship until my next goal setting binge. Mini habits has cured me of this. I am actually getting somewhere and it is giving me tremendous confidence. If you sound like me, don't hesitate. I have the audio version and found it entertaining and easy to listen to. This is something I will continue for life. I really thank the author...it's like this book was written just for me!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dmitri
I very much enjoyed the concept of a mini habit. In fact I think that this concept is the key bridge between many of the theoretical concepts mentioned in The Power of Habit and my own daily implementation. Given that I tend to have a very short attention span, arduous and long habits almost never get developed for me and I am always subject to that all too familiar disappointment of failure. With mini habits I'm able to feel accomplished even after doing relatively simple tasks like reading a few pages of a book, running a few miles, or writing a few thank you emails. I've only started my mini habits journey but I look forward to seeing how this develops, but for those wondering if they should read this book, I highly recommend it because I've already noticed a marked improvement in my own life. In fact, make reading a few pages of this book every day your first mini habit and you'll experience the power of it yourself.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
talli
I'm too tired right now after this long day to make a huge review so I'll do a mini-one

I've had many s***ty days since I wrote down my mini habits about a month ago. Many excuses went across my mind, some of them even justified (come on you're traveling, drove hours, stressed, have a ton of work, better just stay lying down in bed huh?)

But even on the s***tiest days I managed to complete my mini habits routine, because it's just TOO EASY. Even for an elite procrastinator.

I loved this book so far and I think I'm going to love it more and more.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
djdave
Like the title says -bigger results!! This humble book has helped me beyond my wildest expectations. It is so simple that it is actually usable.
I'm very grateful that I found it and have been successfully utilizing the strategies every day for 3 months, so far. And I'm gaining momentum. I used it as a catalyst to make major changes- losing weight- exercising- improving my health and mindfulness- tracking my progress towards major goals.
One caveat- the book is humbly written and humorous at times- if you take yourself too seriously or are just a critic of everything, you'll probably miss the point. The writing style may be a little too spontaneous and minor editing could have made it even better. But the idea and strategy is worth a million stars.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kate atkinson
I'm normally a quick reader, but I took my time with this one.

I really enjoyed this book and part of the reason I spent three weeks reading it was the time I spent tinkering with my mini- habits. I found most of the advice to be spot-on and I found myself making a few mistakes and then reading the next chapter to find advice on how I should have aproached things differently. For example: I started with twelve mini-habits because I was very excited. This didn't go so well because even if I just spent five minutes on each they didn't feel very mini. My willpower was getting taxed too quickly. Now I have just three and I'm happy with my progress and I look forward to when these habits are ingraned and I can add a few more into my routine.

Anyway, it's a nice book and I see this leading to a great life practice. Here are my mini habits and over-achievments:

Listen to my wife for 5 minutes.
- nothing specific but she's decided to spend 5 minutes each day listening to me!

Create one thing, anything
- Wrote a lovely short story and made my wife a nice card

Run ten step
- Ran 16 miles one day
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tinea
Best reading experience all year. Here's why:

This book delivers! The main idea of mini habits is introduced from the start. There is no screaming in frustration at an author who goes on and on without getting to the main message or point.

The concept of mini habits, how and why they work, is argued with logic. Detailed steps, rules, and tips follow this.

The presentation throughout is peppered with personal experiences and engagingly voiced. It is like listening to an insightful friend with a good sense of humor.

This audio edition is superb. The audio chapters follow the content chapters, which makes it user-friendly. And the narrator is clear and lively. I will definitely be looking out for other narrations by Daniel Penz.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
pete frank
The concept of mini habits intrigued me. As Guise explained it makes perfect sense. I even tried a mini habit - to make a 15 minute limit on Facebook - it worked! So I will be apply these principles to other aspects of my life - like completing a paragraph a day on my dissertation.

The one drawback of this book is the rehashing of information. I think Guise talked about his mini habit of writing about 25 times throughout the book. But I was able to overlook that for the nuggets of knowledge that is shared.

Gotta go got some more mini habits to consider...
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
trspanache
The idea of this book is simple. So simple in fact that I feel it didn't need a whole book just maybe a single chapter to explain it. Seems like a waste of words. The author sort of keeps repeating himself. But the idea behind it is good.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
scott custer
This book just clicks for me. I cannot speak for any one else, but I am employing the authors strategies and I'm finding it's working for me. So far I have employed a strategy for exercising, and keeping my living room, bathroom and bedroom clean. Now I am moving on into building a small on line business, keeping the kitchen clean, taking a fun class I've wanted to take, I'm finally starting to learn french, and am designing my own line of jewelry. Those have been things I usually don't have a whole lot of time to do because I have a full time job that is exhausting. I come home from work too tired to want to do anything. But now, for me, using the Mini Habits method I will be able to work with all of this and eventually so much more. I am grateful for the author for sharing this information. I've taken things I've needed to work on one at a time and I am finding that my habits are forming because I've worked the method. If you're the kind of person who is interested in having hobbies, or maybe pursuing a new way of getting organized, writing that book or starting a new career, but you find your self just tired after a long day of your same old boring hard job, I'd say try reading Mini Habits. It's getting me out of my rut of, get up, go to work, come home to tired to do anything, veg out in front of the TV got to sleep. get up, go to work... you get the idea. From me to Stephen Guise, Thank you. I love it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
karen schoessler
This may be the most important self help book I have read to date. I have read perhaps three other self-help pulications since finishing this short but extremely powerful novel and they have all referenced what was condensed here into extrodinary advice and assistance. I wish I had read this book and started applying it years ago, and I am grateful it has come into my life.

I can't remember precisely when I finished this book, but I do know that every day since I have not skipped a day of my stupid simple and small actions, which without fail always lead to other beneficial actions. I love that this novel changed my perspective about motivation,and how fleeting and volatile motivation in and of itself can be. I geniunely just wanted to take the time to thank the author for this book, it has made a dramatic difference in my life and I hope that this book will be utilized for generations to come.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andrew haskins
The reading just flows easily and even though is backed by science is feels like a conversation. This system of habits/goals seems to be the way to go against all of the overwhelming resistance that goals bring.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
bruna martinuzzi
What a waste of time. I kept wondering throughout the book: What is a mini habit? This was a boring, useless book. It didn't help at all with forming a habit. Very frustrated reading it. Glad I borrowed it from a library and saved myself the purchase price!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sarah a
I am industrial, E&E, and Comp. Sci. engineer by degree. I am doing lots of project management, process improvement work, I educate and train people from different walks of life. With the overload of heavy mental work, I experience challenges to sustain/maintain healthy habits. This book has been an eye-opener for me by giving me another perspective about how to entertain my challenges by starting from scratch in a smart and conscious way. Read it, you won't regret the time you will spend reading it. Guaranteed!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
christine almodovar
I was hooked immediately when I first heard about the book Mini Habits by Stephen Guise. This simple method of turning goals into mini habits is brilliantly easy and successful. You choose a “stupidly simple” daily action that would be like a first baby step in meeting your goal. It should be small enough to require only a miniscule amount of will power to complete: “too small to fail,” like doing one pushup, or writing one sentence in your blog. Your subconscious lets you step barely outside your comfort zone with this tiny action, and once you are in motion over that line, you often do much more than your itty bitty requirement, so your brain begins to widen its comfort zone. The small goal is to be so easy that you don’t even need to be motivated to do it. You can do it with a headache. You can do it if you forgot about it until bedtime. I made mini goals for four desired habits (Guise suggests no more than four mini habits at a time) which had been lounging on my wish list for years, and have been pleasantly surprised at how much I am now accomplishing in those areas, after trying this out for less than two weeks.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
patty young
Here is a book that actually takes a different look at why all of us seem to continually fail at reaching goals. The author makes a great case on why motivation is a terrible thing to depend on for reaching your goals.

Instead his method of developing mini habits is a unique and refreshing way to start designing the life you know you are meant to live.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
pique dame
I unexpectedly had started a mini habit with my reading. Clarification came through in this book and I followed its goal of reading a couple pages a day and bingo... some 14 books later. A repetitive read but a good one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shilo
I heard about the book on a podcast and it was very much aligned with my past experience so I bought it. The book makes a great case for not making big exciting goals but rather simple almost silly mini goals which become habits. Unlike most books on the topic making life chances this one logical and simple. The end result we all want is to have us do the things we know we should without all the discipline/pain that it takes to do them. This book shows us both how and why mini-habits are the easiest and most effective way to change your life for the best.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rebeca fraga
Highly recommended.....inspirational....and will change your outlook on your goals. Baby steps lead to giant steps. Moving forward is all that matters, even if you think it's in an insignificant fashion.
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joseph majdan
This book was fantastic. In the past I have been bombarded by resources stating that I needed to be goal-oriented and motivated to achieve anything. Having the end goal always in mind always reminded me how far away from my goals I still was and thus I could never appreciate the small achievements made towards each goal.

I now use the principles found within this book towards my studies and fitness. It is so much easier to have a goal of read one page per day rather than I need to read this chapter. With the latter goal I don't open the book, but with the former I've been reading either one page (as promised to myself), or more commonly, I read the entire section. My mini habits towards fitness are even more "stupid" than my study mini habits. Great book!
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susan rubinsky
I put four stars because some parts were conflicting. In many areas of the book, motivation is constantly bashed for helping you to do something. Then there are a few areas were motivation was used to get passed the mini habits.

Overall it was great read. I'm going to do this and see how it goes. I will update my progress in 60 days to give an insight on its effectiveness
Here are my mini habits
Reading 2 pages a day from a book/kindle
Doing 5 push ups, 5 sit ups, 5 second planks a day

Let's see how it goes.
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urmila
I have read many self help books over the years but never one like this. This book allows you to just jump right in and use the very simple but incredibly powerful techniques that it teaches. I am using one the techniques right now as I write this review! In the past I would choose not to write reviews because it seemed so overwhelming to me. But now I decided to make a mini habit out of writing reviews for the books that I read. My mini goal is just to write the minimum of 16 words that the store requires for a review. If I write more than 16 words that's a nice bonus but I'm only required to write 16. Looks like I already wrote some nice bonus words in this review! Wow that was easy! Read the book and you will understand ;)
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marissa falkiewicz
I checked out this book using the Kindle Lending Library. It was great! The author gave lots of examples and clearly explained why setting very tiny goals and being consistent pays off more in the long run than setting huge goals and trying to willpower your way to completing them. I especially enjoyed the part about resistance and how setting tiny, "stupid small" goals avoids bringing up a lot of internal resistance.
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mike rowan
I've read too many self help / guide books over the years. I really do enjoy them. Some have actually been beneficial. A lot had a catchy title or a few chapters of insight and then pages and pages of filler. This one is different. An original, ingenious idea that works. Seems simple but then t th e best ideas always do once you have that aha moment. Like inventing the paper clip. This author did it. This works!! I started the book and the mini habits right away. In fact one of my mini habits WAS making time to read a least two pages a day of this book. I feel great. Read it for yourself, you'll see.
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kamran motamedi
The book is very poorly written. It's very repetitive, and you can tell the author is just rambling. There are a few good ideas in here, but they are so poorly expressed that they're hard to find in the frustration of reading. Also, I can't stand books that won't elaborate on certain points and simply direct you to a website. Save your time; don't read this book
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irena
I enjoyed the book and the ideas in the book sound very good. The key is getting action to occur, which will lead to our goals. I thought the ideas were easy to understand and the final chapter outlines what you need to do. A book would be easier to work with (rather than audio) if you wanted to start straight away, rather than having to write down the plan as the author reads out the steps. Perhaps, an accompanying PDF would be really helpful?

I would recommend this book to anyone, because it actually removes any excuse to taking action, which is the core benefit. The other thing is that is doesn't take long to listen to, so just listen to it and make your mind up. Oh, I think people should just go along with the narrator; he's enthusiastic, but articulates in a clear and sometimes excited manner. At least it wasn't boring.

Buy it, download it, listen and get on with getting things done.
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letecia
I would like to recommend this book to anyone who struggles with creating good habits. Who would have ever thought that committing to a daily walk to the mailbox would develop into 30 minutes of walking each day? Or that a commitment to sew for five minutes per day would lead to the start of a sewing business that I have been trying to start for several years? I am just getting started (2 weeks), but I am further along than I have been with any other plan. Forming habits always seemed so difficult, but I can do this. I'll report back in one month. Thank you, Stephen!
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emanuel
If you're like me: someone who is a natural procrastinator, maybe has attention-deficit, who rebels at any type of restriction, or just has had difficulty reaching your goals, then this is the book for you. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I am so thankful I found it. It's changing my life for the better, each and every day.
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uguisumochi
The basic premise of this book has been helpful for me. I have successfully established 3 mini habits but have not yet made any sweeping life changes as a result. However, I've stuck with them for 2 months, which is longer than previous attempts I've made at starting "normal" habits. "Mini Habits" isn't a magic bullet but it does contain some good advice and a different theory about motivation that makes sense.
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tom craig
The author's emails are some of the best life changing info I have read. The book is more of the same. I read a lot of articles and books on habits, goals and other aspects of self improvement but mini habits is the best. I don't even know who the author is or how I came across his work but I'm glad I did.

I was won over early in the book when the author rejects the very commonly cited thought that it only takes 21 days to create a habit. I've done things for 100 days and then completly fall off the wagon.
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linda hymans
IN TWO DAYS!!!? That alone is a plus fir me. I've written down my habits wish list...i can see light at the end if the tunnel and am excited about my life change. I plan to write a review in 60 and 200 days from now to let all know how things are. GOOD BOOK EASY READ as my sister, who reads all the time, would say. ?
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wahlawweii
I was layed up after a bad accident when this book popped up on my kindle. After weeks in hospital, some days reading the 2 pages was all I could do. But I could read 2 pages. It gave me hope and direction. Now it's helping put my tired life back together. There is hope.
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mohini
I am a huge fan of audiobooks, both fiction and non-fiction- especially self improvement. This book's narration by Mr Penz feels like having a conversation with a trusted friend about how to make a better you in easy steps.
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patricia powell
This is a good worthwhile read.
As mentioned by other reviewers, It's a bit repetitive in places but even so I recommend it.
Take very small actions towards your goals consistently (daily) to get them completed (or the habits that you are trying to develop).
' Willpower beats Motivation in many cases ' is one of many interesting ideas that the author expounds on.
Give this short read a try.
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mike watters
I enjoyed how this book was written and that it was very practical and obtainable. If you have problems making things a habit, this book will help you take small steps and make you feel at the same that you have made some progress even though it is a small accomplishment.
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cara cannone
I'm impressed by what I learned from this book. I'm already seeing some small improvements...that are big improvements, in a way! I already knew pressuring yourself and guilt usually do more harm than good. The author has found an alternative that works. Very pleased with this book.
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esther julee
Great book and an easy read. I was an overachiever for most of my life and in the past ten years have allowed my life to be filled with way too much activity and too many expectations, and it has resulted in the demotivation described in this book. After reading this and setting a mini habit of my own, I am seeing the willpower and reward system that sustained my earlier successes return. Such a refreshing change after years of exhausting "big" goal failures.
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kyle clark
I just finished reading it. I love this. A rare self help book. For the first time I am confident that i will be able to change my habits. I can't wait to start tomorrow. I will come back and post on progress.
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sharon brady
I want to do sit-ups since I went to college, I planned to do 100 sit-ups a day, but never did it. But when I read this book, I decide to do just one sit-up as the writer did. It works! I did more than one sit-up, perhaps 15 sit-ups. This is a greatest self-help book I have read ever. I feel so happy that I find this book and finish it just because I didn't want to waste my 1-month free trial of kindle unlimited. Thank you so much, Stephen Guise. Your are amazing!
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willow
The concepts presented in this book are useful, easy to understand, and can be put into practice right away. However, the book is VERY repetitive - the same key points and examples are stated over and over. I think the majority of this content could be better summarized in a blog post.
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paola coppola
This book is a great for those who have problems meeting their goals. For some reason, the author thinks he invented the process when in reality, many many other authors and speakers have touted the greatness of the small goal. Yet, as he (the author) stated, even Seinfield says it's the key to productivity. This whole book could easily be summed into simple key points on a single page, but despite this, it's a well written book.
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elissa hall
I was struggling a long time to achieve some goals.
This book gives an awesome new strategy to overcome procrastination and laziness. In the beginning it is harder than i thought to set my goals low, and it didnt felt right. So that the first time I failed to start this strategy.
But after a second try and following the guidelines in the book, it worked out perfectly. I achieve more and have less stress while doing so.

For me it is one of the most valuable selfhelp books I have ever been reading. In addition it is written very well, so that reading never gets boring. I can totally recommend buying this book and trying this method.
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cece
Loved it. Started implementing the ideas presented in this book on day one, and even when I'm sick I'm still able till follow through. Would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to develop healthy, lifelong habits.
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kellan
Love the idea of the stupid small goals. Seems fear of failure was a bigger block than I knew and with that kicked to the curb starting is easier every day. Amazing how quickly progress piles up. I find myself looking for the "stupid small" in every area I want to improve--just being patient when I see the possibilities is now the hard part. And the best thing is I'm adding success every day to my internal feedback loop. Thanks so much Stephen
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jonathan ridenour
Deceptively simple and repetitive concepts that become life changing habits. Digs deeper into how and why we are really able to change our habits. He skillfully explores the concept of motivation versus action. His philosophy reminds of constructive living.
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coralee
I enjoyed the basic premise of this book that by setting very small goals we are motivated to keep going and often overachieve. One example is doing one push-up a day. Once you are on the ground it is easy to keep going if you do one. In this manner you can use your will power to accomplish a new goal and build habits even when your motivation is at zero. The goal is so stupid easy that you can do it on your worst day.
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nancy
This book clearly describes the What, Why, When, Where and How of Mini Habits. I now understand why my many attempts in the past to create habits failed...not because I was weak-willed or unmotivated but because I was working against the way my brain functions. Mini habits work because they don't trigger my brain's natural resistance to change and have the added bonus of increasing my willpower, not depleting it!

Mini habits are EASY....that's why they work!
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kristopher jansma
why so? the book explain the methodology of habit that form behavior .
the explanation is just amazing and the "What" & "How" make the book just a perfect gift for anyone who want to form a change.
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ravi
Very good book. I really like the idea of a stupidly small goal. I am very lazy and even though I have good intentions, I feel easily defeated for getting into new routines such as exercise or diet changes.
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isaac kerry
This was an excellent book on habit creation. I've read many other books on habits but none have helped me integrate new habits into my life. Mini habits have helped me to consistently take action on the key habits I had most wanted to begin doing.
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venla
This is a practical and useful book!
It is a little slow reading and longer then it needs to be, but it is well worth reading!
Practical because it is really easy to implement the idea of Mini Habits. Useful because it works!
I read this book free from the store Prime, but I am going to buy it.
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mikhaela
I love self-help books, making charts, giving myself stars, positive affirmations... for awhile. Then I just get sick of whatever the current plan is and chuck it.
This book helps me realize a better way. I put that in the present tense because I am still a work in progress but the key is the word "work" because now, with the knowledge I have from this book, I can make changes that will "stick."
I get it. My brain is processing it. Real, permanent change is on the way.
Thanks, Stephen!
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zhiqing
I gave it 4 stars though I really liked it, because the author kept repeating himself so much. Other than that I got a lot out of it, the mini habit idea is great, I have been experimenting and it really does work. I recommend it to everyone that has trouble sticking to a project or goal, or procrastinating about starting one. It is very encouraging.
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sonny hersch
This book comes with many good points in helping readers understand the Mini Habits system. If you are thinking of trying a new method or looking for tips to built a habit, this book has many good suggestions to help you not only to do it but also convert your mind to be really 'creative'.

I would recommend this book to people who want to make their life better.
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henna helmi heinonen
A great tool for building self-discipline. The concept makes you success every single day. It's a genius concept for those lacking willpower, procrastinators, people with low self-discipline, and lacking motivation. Highly highly recommended, I could say, life changing experience, and I'm not lying.
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nesma
This is an easy fast read with a novel approach to setting and achieving goals. Despite being unconventional, it makes so much sense as to why it would work. I have many times set lofty goals only to feel like a failure a few months later, like many people. I'm very excited to give this new system a try, and see if starting small really will bring more success.
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colleen s conclusions
This book is short but provides some food for thought about why it works to set small, attainable goals. I liked the research he provided on willpower & forming habits. His ideas make sense .I'm going to give mini habits a try &also try incorporating some of these ideas into my work.
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tegwyn
This book was a very easy read.it is gentle on you but inspiring at the same time. It is a simple idea explained well and I plan to go on to his blog and other options to see what other ideas he can help me with.
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nithya
It's easy. Just do one simple thing. Usually such a daunting task but someone breaking it into its smallest pieces makes it ridiculously easy to accomplish. And exceed. I can totally do this. And I have already started.
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se n
I wished there would have been a book like this when I was in my 20's! I can't say enough good things about it! If you want a life changing experience, BUY this book right now! Buy it for yourself, for friends and family. Amazing and WOW!
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sandra
This book is awesome. I am getting so much done, and not just with new habits I am trying to create. The ideas in this book are also useful in getting me to do some of those one-off tasks that I have been resisting.
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kunkku
This book provides a different approach to building good habits than I've seen before. It seems to help remove the barriers to starting--the hardest part of any new habit. I found the book through an article on Lifehacker.com, and am so glad I decided to give it a read. Hopefully it will help me develop some of the habits I've been putting off.
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laurie lee
I really enjoyed this book! The mini habits program is actually a very effective way to tackle the problem of procrastination. The author's writing style is humorous and down to earth. Brain science is discussed but never becomes overwhelming. A really good read and program.
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