New year, new habits

I have a lot of bad habits.  Lots.  I am usually running late, I eat too much sugar and salt, I am unorganized, I drink too much coffee, I apologize way too much, I giggle when I’m nervous.  I could go on, but……you get the idea.  So, I snapped up this book on Audible hoping to overcome at least one or two of these habits this year.

This book was much more than I expected.  I didn’t read the details too closely (or at all) when I saw it listed on Audible.  I read the front cover, and thought it would be a good tool for conquering some of my bad habits.  Honestly, I got more than I expected.  The book is deeper and more detailed than a series of shallow tips for making better choices.

O’Connor, a psychotherapist, focuses on recent research that shows your brain is always growing new cells.  This happens even in adults, therefore, we all can build new connections.  I found this information highly encouraging, and I was eager to learn HOW to do this.  

The author repeatedly emphasizes the importance of mindfulness and being honest in all your interactions (especially with yourself).  He also stresses you have to PRACTICE consistently to develop mindfulness and honesty.  Therefore he recommends at least 20-30 minutes of daily meditation.  This was the most helpful advice in the whole book (for me!).  If you cannot recognize your patterns and habits, you are powerless to form new ones. 

He also provides information about different personality traits and types, the bad habits associated with them, and ways for overcoming them.  Because there is so much information to absorb, I think I would have found the print version more useful than audio for this type of book.  I had a hard time remembering everything, and had to rewind (A LOT!) to take notes.  So while I do recommend this book, I suggest getting the print version if you are really ready to change some bad habits.  Definitely a good book for the start of a new year.

Book: Rewire: Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior
Author:  Richard O’Connor
Narrator:  Fred Stella
Publisher:  Brilliance Audio
Date Published:  July 31, 2014
Overall:  B+
Story:  B+
Performance:  B
Source:  Audible (my own collection)

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