How Do You Handle Change In The First 30 Days?

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first30When I first heard about the book, The First 30 Days, by Ariane de Bonvoisin, I was intrigued…

Maybe it was due to my longstanding interest in Buddhism or because the central message resonates so closely with one of my favorite books, Comfortable With Uncertainty by Pema Chodron.

Fact is, about the only thing we know for sure is that life is uncertain.

Change is a regular part of the process. Sometimes we see it coming and embrace what it’s bringing. Other times, we’re blindsided and hope desperately to sidestep it’s impact.

Either way, de Bonvoisin argues, how you handle major changes within the first 30 days determines, in large part, the way they impact your life. What I love about this approach is that it acknowledges and accepts the notion that “stuff happens,” but gives you power within that framework of uncertainty.

de Bonvoisin lays out a series of actions, exercises and ideas, developed through thousands of interviews, that not only shift the way you look at change, but allow you to take regular steps to move through the early stages with a lot more grace and create a team of people who participate in the process and support your efforts. And, her website is literally bursting with a ton of additional information and resources.

So, check out The First 30 Days, the paperback version is just out today and word on the street is de Bonvoisin is even offering some cool stuff for new readers.

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5 responses

5 responses to “How Do You Handle Change In The First 30 Days?”

  1. Wow. This sounds great! It’s so difficult to change and this book sounds like it really tackles the issue of how difficult it is in the beginning. I’m definitely going to check it out. Thanks for mentioning it on your site!

  2. Joe Jacobi says:

    Liking the sound and feel of this book. Definitely going to read. Will be curious as to why “30 Days.” Maybe less? Maybe a lot less? I am definitely fueled largely on uncertainty and would add how you adjust to and embrace the small changes can say a lot about how the big changes will go.

    In kayaking, I watch closely how paddlers work in small water and with smaller consequences – it tells me a lot about how they might handle bigger water!

  3. On my (ever-growing) wish list. The problem with a 250sq ft apartment, there just isn’t any space to add new books!

  4. Hey Jonathan,

    Interesting that it takes between 21-30 days to form a new habit or routine. The same time frame also represents the most challenging aspect of breaking an unwanted habit or pattern. We are creatures of habit, Tony Robins calls them rituals. Once established we tend to link them to our sense of security. I haven’t read the book but I totally agree with the premise.

  5. john says:

    very interesting and I am sure that yoga can be affective than anything else… 🙂