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Psychologist and professor Art Markman offers a plan of action to develop new behaviors you want to achieve. He explains why doing something positive using his “Go System” does more to create internal change than exercising willpower, which he calls the “Stop System.” He guides you through making changes in your environment and relationships. Markman offers examples and exercises to explain how his system works and how being systematic makes change possible. He provides instructions and exercises to help you start developing new habits and offers a toolkit for managers and coaches who help others launch and sustain personal change. getAbstract recommends Markman’s advice to anyone looking to make personal or professional changes.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How habits work;
  • How to alter your habits to bring about personal change and
  • How to develop a plan to adopt new habits.

About the Author

Art Markman, PhD, who consults with firms across the US, also wrote Smart Thinking and Habits of Leadership. He contributes to Fast Company, Psychology Today and HuffPost.



The System of Habits
People may want to change but often lack the tools to establish new habits. Most people maintain their current habits because that’s simpler and smoother than changing. Just deciding to change isn’t enough. Your brain wants to cling to ingrained habits. It likes to...

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