“Change is cumbersome, clumsy, and even contrary," according to John C. Norcross, board-certified clinical psychologist, university professor and author of Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions. "In a word difficult." That’s the bad news. The good news is change is possible. Changeology presents a systematic program designed to help the average person tackle everything from breaking bad habits to acquiring new skills and improving personal relationships. Norcross views change as a 5-stage journey: Psych (get ready), Prep (plan before leaping), Perspire (take action), Persevere (manage slips), and Persist (maintain change). The start of a new year is, according to Norcross, a propitious time to initiate change. Carol D. Goodheart, EdD, former president of the American Psychological Association, praises Norcross' achievement as “a rare feat—translating thirty years of sophisticated psychological research into practical, understandable, doable steps that really work for changing behavior.” Written in succinct, understandable prose, Changeology provides an easy-to-follow plan to self-improvement.
And don't forget, whatever your goals for 2014: losing weight, raising chickens, learning a new language or tuning up your Chevy Malibu, the Library has resources to help you realize them.