I've just spent the last hour, or so, reading an obscure book about MOTIVATION which, I think, deserves to be better know.
It's called The Sixty-Second Motivator and it's written by a physio-therapist. I found it while looking for books on exercises to help my fix/improve my back and neck and shoulders.
Here's my amazon.co.uk review: (5 stars, but I would have given it 6 if that were possible):
This book should be up on the bookshelves next to "The One Minute Manager". It's written in the same style - an easy to read, short novella - and it's at least as useful.
I have a lot of books on change. They're all considerably more complex and academic than this one. I've also not read any of them (except for the Heath Brother's Switch) all the way through.
I've just read this six-second book in less than an hour and the ideas are incredibly simple and I know I'll use them over and over and over. In fact, I know I'll start using them on Monday when I'm back at work and I'm just about to tweak a chapter in my own book based on what I just read.
So, here's the thing: the concepts and examples in the book are simple - if you want to motivate yourself or someone else then figure out how to increase the importance of the change & how to increase their confidence that they can do it - but if you only spend a few seconds reading them, you won't take them in; so spend 60 minutes with this book, learn the concepts quickly, but follow along with the story just so that you have time to let the concepts sink in.
It's a very good book.