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REVIEW: "59 Seconds"
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Since the beginning to 2010, I have been doing a lot of work on myself. Enter, self-help books. Yet, as I read them, they all begin to sound the same. Then I picked up "59 Seconds" by Richard Wiseman, a behavioral psychologist from the UK.

This book is not about creating warm fuzzy feelings of "I can do it!" Instead, it addresses each tenet of traditional self-help advice and looks at whether the behavioral research backs it up.

If not, the book offers ways to use what was learned by the many studies. As a result, you get more than anecdotal evidence. You get a full bibliography of peer reviewed studies conducted over the past 50 years.

Of course, much of the traditional self-help advice is on the right track, but not quite right. Mr. Wiseman offers ways to adapt these methods so that they will work in areas as diverse as business and parenting.

So, why is the book called "59 Seconds"? Simple. While the book offers the more time-consuming methods that one can use to succeed in these areas of life, he also offers tips that can be implemented in a minute or so each day.

For instance, many self-help gurus encourage you to visualize yourself as having already achieved your goals. The idea is close, but not quite right.

Based on Mr. Wiseman's review of many behavioral studies, a more effective way to use visualization is to see yourself, ideally in the third person, doing the various steps it takes to reach your goals. Doing so gives you a sense of confidence and helps you predict possible obstacles and how to overcome them.

Simply seeing yourself already successful, according to behavioral research, is more likely to become a form of escapism or to result in you sitting around waiting for things to happen instead of taking necessary action.

I highly recommend this book. If you are into self-improvement and want to try sound practices that work, this little book contains a wealth of information you can use.

For more, visit the 59 Seconds blog

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