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A Wall Street tech leader explains how small behavioral changes lead to major self-improvement.

Whether trying to lose weight, save money, or get organized, we’re always setting goals and making resolutions but rarely following through on them. Determination and willpower aren’t strong enough to defeat our mass of ingrained habits; to succeed we have to learn how to focus our self-control on precise behavioral targets and overwhelm them, according to longtime Wall Street technology strategist Caroline Arnold. 

Small Move, Big Change is Arnold’s guide to turning broad personal goals into meaningful and discrete behavioral changes that lead to permanent improvement. A microresolution is easily kept and designed to nail a self-improvement target exactly and deliver benefits immediately. While the traditional resolution promises rewards on a distant “someday,” a microresolution rewards us today by instantly altering our routines and, ultimately, ourselves. 

A wife, mother, and business innovator, Arnold uses her own successes and failures as case studies. Contrasting her career success with her personal resolution failures, Arnold recounts how by analyzing her own behavior she was able to reengineer her resolutions so that they were guaranteed to succeed every time, from losing weight to improving key relationships. Providing scores of engaging examples from the wide circle of colleagues and friends who practice her microresolution method, Arnold also shows how her system is supported by new willpower and habit science.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I love this book! From page one, Small Move, Big Change is filled with wisdom, insight, and whip-smart ‘micro’ suggestions you can actually implement to change your life. Caroline Arnold manages to be funny, down to earth, and hardhitting all at the same time. This is a must-read.”

    Amy Chua, New York Times bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

  • Small Move, Big Change is a rare self-improvement book that actually works. With the right mix of science and practical examples, Caroline Arnold offers powerful advice for motivating ourselves to save more, eat less, get organized, boost our willpower, and even keep our New Year’s resolutions. It’s the most useful guide to getting things done since Getting Things Done.”

    Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

  • “The real clincher here, as Arnold helps us realize, is that in order to make successful resolutions, ‘micro’ or not, we have to know ourselves and stop picking one-size-fits-all goals out of the bin.”

    Elle

  • “Genius strategies.”

    Glamour

  • “If there’s a habit you’ve been pushing against without a breakthrough, check out Small Move, Big Change. Reading it may be one of the last macroresolutions you ever make.”

    BookPage

  • "[A] thought-provoking road map to successfully transforming ourselves with new habits”

    Booklist

  • “Shows us how to effect behavioral change by thinking small. Through her own work, she’s discovered that you can vanquish bad habits by focusing on concrete, manageable goals.”

    Library Journal

  • “The genius of this useful audiobook by a savvy New York tech executive is how her one-behavior-at-a-time method stops the cycle of self-criticism we feel when we’re failing at major resolutions we’ve committed to. The resolute tone of Soneela Nankani’s delivery makes this advice sound important and worthy of consideration. But it’s her sweetness that softens listeners and helps them stay connected to the power of these simple ideas. With solid science and engaging personal stories, the author shows how changing one habit (keep track of car keys) works better than broader goals (stop being late for work). By succeeding with discrete changes, we put them on automatic pilot, which stops energy-draining daily struggles and allows us to enjoy little successes as we move toward the larger shifts we desire.”

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About the Author

Caroline Arnold has been a technology leader on Wall Street for more than a decade, leading a team of nearly five hundred technologists at Morgan Stanley. She and her team received the Wall Street and Technology Award for creating the Google IPO Auction platform and her name appears on several patents. She is a managing director at a leading investment banking firm and lives in New York City with her family.