Change your Habits, Change Your Life Book Summary

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Book – Change Your Habits, Change Your Life (Summary)

Author – Scott Piles

Genre – Self-help Book

Published in – 2016

“Don’t expect miracles to happen overnight. They rarely do. It takes a while to incorporate a new habit into your life.”

Change your habits, change your life urges the reader to accept that changes are hard, and suggests small tiny changes to inculcate habits that improve all aspects of life be it, physical, financial, spiritual or overall well-being.

Scott explains in change your habits, change your life, how to identify our established habits, what triggers them and how to change them with baby steps.

About the Author

Scott is a writer, author, entrepreneur, life coach, personal trainer, speaker and avid traveller. Scott has been making money online since 2013 and decided to hop on to Kindle and share with the world his wealth of knowledge.

About the Book

This is one of the best books I have read on how to identify and change unproductive habits to improve our life. With less than 100 pages, it hardly takes an hour to read.

The book is divided into three parts 1) Pillars of habit changing, 2) Understanding the habit routine that dictates your level of happiness 3) 30 small changes you can make to improve your life.

Excerpts from each part –

Part I – Pillars of Habit Changing

  • Scott suggests that we are many times not even aware of habits we have developed. All it takes is little observation, identify the detrimental one and schedule to change those habits and holding ourselves accountable to change.
  • The difference between habit and addiction is described really well with simple example. Brushing hair is a habit with positive outcome, whereas smoking & drinking are addiction and had adverse results in life.
  • If there is a level of craving, than it’s quite possible that this is a habit that you have learned but one which restricts your life.

Part II – Understanding the Habit Routine that Dictates Your Level of Happiness

As we identify our habits and distinguish between good and bad, the second step is to understand how it affects our productivity, and happiness in general.

1) How do Triggers Work? – All our bad habits emerge from lack of confidence, some bad experiences and lack of worthiness. Instead of getting spiral down into bad habits or leaving good habits, one must work out what is affecting their response, mood and activity.

2) Trying Different Habit RoutinesAs you identify your bad habits, triggers, and routine, replace routine them with alternatives. Scott gives simple to follow examples like adding water intakes instead of coffee rounds, trying different train homes, considering stopping by the park to unwind, relax before you go home.

Scott also offers a few ideas to change bad habits –

1) Learn to Forgive Yourselflet’s face it, every time we try to change some habits or try new things, we do give up at times and Scott suggests that’s OK and urges readers to forgive self and accept giving up as part of the process.

2) Identifying Underlying Causes – This one is really good and takes self-examination. Instead of treating symptoms, we look at the cause of it. Scott explains this with a drinking habit. Many who drink are hiding behind drinking to refrain from facing a real problem.

And only they can examine and face that problem and as they do, drinking automatically fades away.

Part III – 30 Small Changes You Can Make to Improve Your Life

As they say, life is great when there is balance in all aspects of life. Physical, Financial, Relationships and Spiritual Well-being. Scott offers habits, which all of us can inculcate to a fulfilling life.

You may have a few of them already established and you can build others to make the best of life. Here are a few habits He offers in each aspect of life.

1) Productivity Habits

  • Use a calendar to diary things that need to be done.
  • Allot a certain amount of time first thing in the morning as “quiet” time.
  • Sort work into priorities of Urgent, Routine, Non Urgent and that which can be delegated.

2) Relationship Habits

  • Learn Active ListeningThis is the best thing you can give in any relationship. Active listening is scarce in times of loads of distraction, highly underestimated.
  • Learn to Say “NO”This is another habit that one must inculcate. You may consider reading book The Art of Saying NO.  Its an amazing book on how to say no in any situation without sounding weird.

3) Financial Habits

  • Work out your goals and start to save for things you want to make it happen in your life.
  • Know what your monthly expenditure is and balance your bank statements.
  • Enjoy simple pleasures in life.

4) Spirituality and Well-Being

  • MindfulnessNo matter how you feel around this word, it is better for you to understand the significance of mindfulness and reap the benefits of it. I recently read book 10 Minute Mindfulness. It teaches 71 habits that takes 10 Minute or less for bringing mindfulness in our daily life.
  • Learn to be HumbleHumility is one of the highly learned trait of successfully happy person. There are lots of successful people and yet only happy among them are the ones who are most humble.

5) Health and physical fitness –

  • Respect Your Need for sleep There are numerous researches done in regards with need for proper sleep and its effects on our overall well-being. Give yourself enough sound sleep and you’ll reap benefits of it in long term.
  • Exercise SufficientlyWe leave in a time when it is easy to come up with lots of excuses for not exercising, however, we also have lots of options to inculcate exercise in our routine. Choose what suits you best.

I have also created a video of the best quotes and lines from the book – Hope you like it. Please do subscribe to my YouTube channel – Myread4change


As mentioned in the introduction, Change your Habits, Change your life with less than 100 pages will give you enough to ponder upon, act upon and encourage you to replace bad habits with the good ones and live a fulfilling life.

You may download the Change Your Habits, Change Your Life E-book here. If you like this book, you may also like The 1% Rule.

Hope this book summary encourage you to take up change.

I wish you good luck with inculcating habits that serves you well.

Thank you for Reading.


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