I just finished reading Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. While the subtitle of the book is Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, in my opinion, the book goes far beyond this. It actually helped me to understand many things about myself that have frustrated me over the years. And it helped to view many of those frustrations in a new light, so that I can now see them as opportunities to build on.
Using herself as a guinea pig, Mrs. Rubin explores the ways in which we approach habits and the methods that work best for some, but not for others. I was surprised to see the variety of ways that varying types of people reinforce habits in their lives. We truly are unique creatures and what works well for one, may in fact ruin the chances of another being successful.
Through the reading of this book, I discovered that I am an Obliger, Lark, Procrastinator, Underbuyer, Finisher, Simplicity Lover, Familiarity Lover, Prevention-Focused, and a Taker of Small Steps.
Utilizing all of this information, I can now see why I am able to do some things (like train for a marathon on my own), but struggle to do other things (like put a box away in the attic). So much of my behavior is tied to my tendencies and foundational beliefs. Where this book have aided me the most is in recognizing my need to work within my core to accomplish things, rather than spending all of my energy on trying to change who I am before I do the things that I need to do.
I can’t tell you how highly I recommend this book. It has been eye-opening to say the least, and is a book that I will refer back to for years to come.
Throughout the book, Gretchen shares how she allows reminds herself to just “BE GRETCHEN”. I am realizing that while I may not be able to be a very good “Gretchen”, or anyone else for that matter, I can be an amazing “Doug”.
The book has just been released in trade paperback. And I would love to give you a copy. In face, I am giving away a free copy of the trade paperback. All that you have to do to enter the drawing is:
-Click the follow button on the left hand side of this page, AND
-Leave a comment below sharing the habit that you would most like to change or add.
I will randomly select a winner on March 25th.